conditioner http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/1363/all en-US 5 Hair Conditioners You Can Make at Home http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/natural_hair.jpg" alt="Woman flipping her hair" title="Woman flipping her hair" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="147" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You might think of beer, bananas, and coconut oil as the main ingredients to an awesome banana bread, but to use in a natural hair conditioner?</p> <p>According to Cristi Nunziata &mdash; The Herbal Education Coordinator at <a href="http://www.citymarket.coop/">City Market</a> in Burlington, VT &mdash; there are many items from your kitchen that you can use to make natural beauty products. And aside from saving money, there are many reasons to make your own, including taking better care of your skin and hair.&nbsp; I have picked out five easy recipes for homemade hair conditioners that treat dry or damaged hair, along with some excellent general advice from Nunziata's natural hair care workshops. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-budget-beauty-products-you-can-make-at-home">10 Budget Beauty Products You Can Make at Home</a>)</p> <p>While these are simple recipes, Nunziata does say it takes practice to get it right and that there are some important things to remember about using conditioners:</p> <blockquote><p>Conditioning lubricates the hair shaft, causing softness and preventing breakage and tangles. Most are applied after shampooing, but some are used prior and left on for 20 minutes or even overnight.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From &quot;Herbal Hair Care&quot; by Cristi Nunziata</em></p> <h3>Avocado Deep Conditioner</h3> <ul> <li>1/2 mashed ripe avocado</li> <li>1/2 tsp olive oil</li> <li>3 drops lavender or rosemary essential oil</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Combine ingredients and apply to hair, focusing on the ends. Leave on for at least 10 minutes, then rinse.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Around $10 for two to three treatments. The essential oil will be the most expensive item here (around $8.50). You can always buy a small amount of olive oil in bulk if you don't already have it on hand. Unless you plan to eat the other half of the avocado, keep the pit inside the flesh of the avocado and store it in a container in the refrigerator; this will keep it from turning completely brown when you are ready to use it again. Use the other half within 24 hours.</p> <h3>Oil Hair-Conditioning Treatment</h3> <ul> <li>Small amount of jojoba, olive, or coconut oil</li> <li>Herb mixture of choice (optional)</li> <li>Essential oils of choice (optional)</li> </ul> <blockquote><ol> <li>Warm the oil to 100-105 degrees in a double boiler. If using, add herbs and essential oils.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Dampen hair. For long or thick hair, use 1-2 teaspoons of the oil mixture, and for fine or short hair, use 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture. Massage oil into the scalp and work through the strands, covering all hair completely. Cover hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and if possible sit in the sun or by the woodstove. Heat facilitates the process. Leave the oil in for an hour or two, and then, shampoo and rinse.</li> </ol> </blockquote> <p><em>From Rosemary Gladstar&rsquo;s </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rosemary-Gladstars-Family-Herbal-Vitality/dp/1580174256">Family Herbal</a></p> <p><strong>Cost:</strong> Less than $15 if you don't use jojoba or essential oils. This cost should include at least 20 treatments, since a jar of coconut oil lasts a long time if you use a moderate amount for each treatment. Same with the essential oils if you decide to use them, which will increase the cost to between $20 to $25, depending on which essential oils you choose (some are more expensive than others).</p> <h3>Vinegar Rinses</h3> <blockquote><p>Vinegar rinses relieve itchy scalp, dandruff, and dull hair and restore the scalp&rsquo;s natural acid mantle. They are best for normal and oily hair, rather than dry. Use white vinegar for blondes, apple cider vinegar for brunettes, and red wine vinegar for red-heads. Leave the rinse on for at least five minutes if you are going to rinse it out. You can, however, leave it on and any smell will disappear once the hair is dry.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From &quot;Herbal Hair Care,&quot; by Cristi Nunziata</em></p> <ul> <li>Herb blend: For blondes, calendula and chamomile; For dark hair, nettle and marshmallow; or make up your own</li> <li>Apple cider vinegar</li> <li>A few drops of essential oil</li> <li>Distilled water</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>1. Fill a quart jar half way with herbs. Cover with vinegar and cap tightly. Place the jar in a warm spot for 2-3 weeks, shaking daily.</p> <p>2. Strain the vinegar and add essential oils. Store in a plastic bottle.</p> <p>3. Dilute the rinse with distilled water. For oily hair, dilute one part rinse with four parts water. For dry hair, dilute one part rinse with six parts water. After shampooing and rinsing, pour vinegar rinse slowly over hair, massaging it into the scalp. Rinse with water.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From Rosemary Gladstar&rsquo;s </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Rosemary-Gladstars-Family-Herbal-Vitality/dp/1580174256">Family Herbal</a></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Less than $15 to make the initial quart, which should provide 20 or more treatments. You can find many herbs in bulk at your local co-op or health food store, and possibly even vinegar. Even if you can't find <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/254-uses-for-vinegar-and-counting">vinegar</a> in bulk, it is usually around $10 for a 32 oz. bottle, and it's a useful health-food staple to keep on hand. You can find really good prices online, such as this gallon of Bragg's at <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000OP1W0S/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_2?pf_rd_p=486539851&amp;pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&amp;pf_rd_t=201&amp;pf_rd_i=B000FIISBA&amp;pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&amp;pf_rd_r=1YDF7ZR35BVKXV3XMVXB">Amazon.</a></p> <h3>Anti-Dandruff Herbal Hair Rinse</h3> <ul> <li>1 quart water</li> <li>Large handful of rosemary, nettle, thyme, and lavender</li> <li>2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Use vinegar if your hair is dry or lemon juice if it is oily.</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Bring water to a boil and add the herb mixture. Stir, cover, and steep for 30 minutes. Strain and add either vinegar or lemon juice. After shampooing and conditioning, squeeze out excess water, then pour the liquid over your hair and don&rsquo;t rinse it out.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost: </strong>Less than $10 per treatment, if you can find the herbs in bulk or grow your own herbs.</p> <h3>Disappear Dandruff Treatment</h3> <ul> <li>1/4 cup coconut oil</li> <li>1/4 tsp tea tree oil</li> </ul> <blockquote><p>Combine ingredients, massage into scalp before bed and cover head with a breathable shower cap.</p> </blockquote> <p><em>From </em><a href="http://books.google.com/books/about/Beauty_by_Nature.html?id=3eb7OiuZIDMC">Beauty By Nature</a><em> by Brigette Mars</em></p> <p><strong>Cost</strong>: Between $10 and $15 for 20 or more treatments (see note about coconut oil in second recipe from above).</p> <p>For more information on general hair care, here are some additional tips from Herbal Ed Coordinator Cristi Nunziata:</p> <blockquote><ul> <li>Hair is made up of protein (95-97% protein and 3% water), so be sure you are getting enough of it. Other hair essentials include: biotin (eggs, organ meats, dried fruit, molasses), iron, iodine, B12, and Omega 3s.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Teas for hair health include: alfalfa, burdock root, ho shou wu, horsetail, nettle, and oat straw.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Seaweeds are said to keep hair healthy and dark.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Rinsing hair with cold water will flatten hair and make it better able to reflect light.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Scalp massage can prevent hair loss, stimulate sebaceous glands, and increase circulation. Add a few drops of rosemary essential oil to fingertips.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Brushing hair distributes hair oils. Natural bristles are best because they absorb and distribute the oils and trap dirt and dust.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Minimize blow dryers, hot rollers, curling irons, and chlorinated swimming pools. If you use a blow dryer hold it at least 6 inches away from the hair and use a low setting.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Ditch stress, which can cause hair loss and lackluster hair. Try yoga, meditation, massage, or a cup of calming tea.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>Get your hair trimmed every eight weeks to remove frizzy, split, or frayed ends.</li> <li>Wear a hat to protect your hair from sunlight, which can be drying or color-altering especially for color treated hair).</li> </ul> </blockquote> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-hair-conditioners-you-can-make-at-home">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-avocado-face-mask-and-other-natural-beauty-experiments">The Avocado Face Mask and Other Natural Beauty Experiments</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-house-with-dr-bronner">Cleaning House With Dr. Bronner</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-cheap-and-easy-homemade-mosquito-repellents">4 Cheap and Easy Homemade Mosquito Repellents</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Health and Beauty conditioner hair care natural beauty Fri, 01 Jul 2011 23:26:12 +0000 Ashley Watson 600976 at http://www.wisebread.com I'd Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/haircut.jpg" alt="Little boy&#039;s haircut" title="Little boy&#039;s haircut" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>In high school, I watched a friend drop over $100 on a trip to her favorite salon. I&#39;d always known that her hair looked better than mine, but I couldn&#39;t believe that it was simply a matter of money. I didn&#39;t want it to be, either. Even in high school, I had other financial priorities than my do. There are frugal options for taking care of your locks, though. It&#39;s taken me a while to find them, but I use these tricks regularly.</p> <ol> <li>Skip the repeat: &#39;Lather. Rinse. Repeat.&#39; is one of the greatest marketing phrases of the 20th century. But it&#39;s misleading. To get your hair clean, one lather-and-rinse cycle is plenty. </li> <li>Eat a healthy diet: You can eat your way to better hair. If you eat a balanced diet — plenty of fruits and vegetables, as well as protein — your body will have the nutrients necessary to grow healthy hair. A balanced diet won&#39;t solve every hair problem, but it can head quite a few off at the pass.For instance, if you have an iron deficiency, your hair can thin out. </li> <li>Go natural: Hair dye is expensive, and it can make keeping your hair healthy much harder. Consider going back to your natural hair color for a while and save some serious dough. The same goes for perms. I&#39;ve also been known to dye my hair myself. It isn&#39;t hard, but I recommend having a second pair of hands around. </li> <li>Shop around for products: The same tips for shopping frugally for groceries work on hair care products. I buy on sale, clip coupons and pick up bulk bottles. I do have a preferred brand that I tend to stock up on, but it&#39;s not the most expensive brand on the shelf. According to a few hair styling friends, the expensive hair products aren&#39;t really any better than cheaper options. Wholesale distributors will also often provide great deals, as do online vendors. </li> <li>Barter: If you really do prefer the job a professional will do on your hair, you don&#39;t have to give up those regular visits. But it&#39;s worth finding a stylist willing to accept a payment other than cash. During high school, I traded babysitting for haircuts on a regular basis. I didn&#39;t have to pay for a haircut and I could generally do my homework at the same time. Barbers and stylists need services as well as cash; you can see what you can trade.</li> <li>Go organic: Sure, organic brands can be more expensive than their chemically-enhanced counterparts. But many organic shampoos and conditioners do not contain sulfates. While sulfates do remove oil and other junk from your hair, they also strip it and create frizz and other problems. If you can switch to sulfate-free products, you can stop using other products — like anti-frizz mouse. There&#39;s a period of adjustment and your hair might be slightly oily in comparison, but after a few weeks, your hair should be healthier. </li> </ol> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/thursday-bram">Thursday Bram</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Go Bald!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-spa-treatments-you-can-do-at-home">10 Spa Treatments You Can Do at Home</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty conditioner hair care hair cuts shampoo Thu, 31 Jul 2008 11:55:27 +0000 Thursday Bram 2283 at http://www.wisebread.com Pet Peeves Part 2: Good Grooming http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/177334280_8349dcae11_z.jpg" alt="dog in towel" title="dog in towel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Dogs are by far the most expensive pets to groom. Cats need a good brushing and maybe the occasional bath, birds clean themselves (as do rodents) and fish LIVE in a bath. So, dog grooming is where a lot of pet owners drop a wad of cash. It doesn't have to be that way.</p> <p>I used to take my dogs to Petsmart for a good all-over grooming &mdash; bath, trim, nails, ears, tooth brushing. Petsmart grooming fees differ depending on the breed you have, not the type of grooming that is performed. Because I have two small dogs that might be considered high-maintenance breeds (a Shih Tzu and a Pekingese), my fees run about $50 per dog, plus taxes. I always thought that this was a bit unfair &mdash; I can see charging $50 each if I wanted the dogs to have long, silky hair that was brushed out and swooped up in bows, but I have my dogs clipped short all over. That doesn't matter to Petsmart.</p> <p>All in all, I used to spend over $119 every three weeks to have my dogs groomed (nearly $2070 per year).</p> <p>Once I calculated that total, I realized that grooming my own dogs was going to be key to saving myself some moo-lah. After a bad experience with $30 Costco dog clippers, I found that although an initial investment in grooming supplies might cost me more than a couple of groom sessions, the purchase would pay for itself within the first four months of ownership.</p> <p>DIY pet grooming isn't nearly as difficult as it sounds. If you just set aside a little bit of time each month, you can save a bundle and still have happy, clean pets.</p> <h2>The First Cut is the Priciest</h2> <p>First, clippers. The groomers at Petsmart were happy to tell me which clippers they used in the doggie salon, which were conveniently sold at Petsmart for roughly $220. I wrote down the model number and found them on eBay for $160, less than the cost of two grooming sessions. These clippers do require maintenance and replacement blades, but they are still much cheaper than having someone else trim my dogs. Also, I can give my Shih Tzu a Mohawk whenever the whim strikes me.</p> <p>Now, I'm not claiming that I as good a job trimming my dogs as the people at Petsmart did. But my dogs aren't that vain, and they look good enough that so far, no one has laughed openly at them.</p> <h2>Rub-a-dub-dub</h2> <p>Next, bathing. I had tried unsuccessfully to bathe my dogs by setting them in the bathtub and shampooing them while pouring pots of water over their heads. My little guys are small, but absolutely determined to be nowhere near the water flowing out of the faucet. Turning on the shower did no good because the spray was too dispersed and difficult to aim at such a small target. And they were just too big (and gross) to wash in the kitchen sink. Because I had to do so much fighting, I ended up wasting a lot of water, and I'd usually run out of hot water halfway through bathing the second dog, so that one of them was guaranteed to be shivering and miserable when I was finished (as opposed to just miserable).</p> <p>Thus, I was delighted when my sister gave me a <a href="http://www.petco.com/Shop/petco_Product_R_1814_PC_productlist_Nav_185_rpp_51_N_22+102_cp_2_Nao_51_sku_848247_familyID_10359.aspx">Rinse Ace Indoor Pet Sprayer</a>, which she had started using on her large dog after it got too cold to simply hose him off outside one winter. An ingenious little device, the Rinse Ace is a hose with a showerhead that you can plug into your current showerhead. The hose is long enough to reach into the tub for bathing small dogs, and you hold down a little switch to the turn the water on. When you let go, the water stops, thus saving dozens of gallons every bath. Having to hold the button down does cause some hand fatigue, but it's better than using all the hot water, and struggling to keep the dog in the tub while pouring water over its head.</p> <p>I also like using this when I occasionally have to bathe the cat. Since we got her when she was a kitten, she's easier to bathe than a cat that has never been in the water. I have to wear rubber gloves and long sleeves for the process, but it significantly cuts down on her shedding and my allergies.</p> <p>As far as canine beauty products go, I really like the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=Lavender+and+Mint+Buddy+Wash&amp;x=0&amp;y=0">Lavender and Mint Buddy Wash</a> shampoos and conditioners by Cloud Star. They cost between $9-13 per bottle, but they are concentrated so that they last a long time, and leave my dogs smelling great. And, one of my dogs has terrible allergies that cause him to chew and scratch, but the Buddy Wash Conditioner soothes his dry skin and keeps him from scratching.</p> <p>Towels. Never fall for the ruse that your dogs need special towels. Just use your old ones.</p> <h2>Grin and Brush It</h2> <p>Tooth care. This aspect of pet care is often overlooked, but you should brush your dog's teeth at least once a week, if not <a href="http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2089&amp;aid=384">every day</a>. If the process is followed by praise and treats, your pooch with probably endure it. You don't need to get an Oral B Extra Sonic Ultra Laser Boom Brush like the one that you use &mdash; a simple doggie toothbrush and some dog-happy toothpaste is enough.</p> <h2>I am Canine, Hear Me Bark</h2> <p>Ears. Cleaning your dog's ears is actually easier than it sounds. Simply take some tweezers and pluck out most of the small hairs that crowd your dogs' inner ears (not inner-inner &mdash; you're not plucking out their eardrums or anything). Pulling the hairs out is remarkably painless for most dogs. Then swab the inside of the ear with a soft cloth (or Q-Tip, if you have good aim and your dog has small ears). An ear cleanser should be relatively inexpensive and <a href="http://www.ehow.com/how_2209_clean-dogs-ears.html">free from alcohol</a>.</p> <h2>Putting Their Best Feet Forward</h2> <p>Pedicure. This is my least favorite part of caring for my dogs, and I will occasionally take them to Petsmart with me when I go to pick up their special, hypoallergenic prescription diet, and pay $5 to have someone trim their nails. If you are brave enough to do it yourself, ThePetCenter.com has <a href="http://www.thepetcenter.com/gen/nailtrim.htm">instructions</a>. Remember that it is uncomfortable for dogs, as they have nerve endings in their claws that we don't in our fingernails, so be gentle and patient, but firm.</p> <h2>Flea Market</h2> <p>When I went to Petsmart grooming, I often paid extra for anti-flea treatments, in addition to using Advantage flea-treatment capsules (I use <a href="http://www.canadavet.com/advantage-flea-C86.aspx">Advantage</a> rather than the better-known <a href="http://www.petparents.com/show.aspx/products/k9-advantix-for-dogs">Advantix</a> &mdash; it's cheaper and safer around cats). The combination of a flea bath AND flea medication is not necessary. Stick with whatever your vet gives you (Advantage, Advantix, whatever) and forgo anything else. You will need to wait about a week after bathing your dog before using any flea treatments. And all dogs should be protected against fleas, unless you want to deal with worms some day. You don't, trust me. Grossest thing ever.</p> <h2>Smells Like Wasted Money</h2> <p>Perfumes. Bunk. Unless your carry your precious poochie in your handbag, or unless your dog is exceptionally stinky, and your vet has told you that it's not a medical problem and you just have a stinky dog, dog perfumes are simply a waste of money. They can cause skin irritation, and probably cause your dog immense embarrassment around other dogs.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-2-good-grooming">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/pet-peeves-part-1-couture-critters-are-expensive">Pet Peeves Part 1: Couture Critters Are Expensive!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-smart-new-uses-for-hair-clips">15 Smart New Uses for Hair Clips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-homemade-pet-products-that-are-cheaper-and-better-than-store-bought">7 Homemade Pet Products That Are Cheaper and Better Than Store Bought</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/blood-gore-and-hairy-warts-a-diy-halloween-makeup-guide">Blood, gore and hairy warts; a DIY Halloween makeup guide.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-many-reasons-besides-frugality-to-do-for-yourself">The many reasons--besides frugality--to do for yourself</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Life Hacks bathing cats clippers conditioner cost-saving DIY dogs ear grooming nails paws shampoo solution trimming Mon, 26 Feb 2007 21:45:14 +0000 Andrea Karim 299 at http://www.wisebread.com Former Pop Princess Figures Out Frugal? Go Bald! http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/britney_bald300.jpg" alt=" " width="200" height="267" /></p> </p> <p>I think every woman should shave her head once in her life. I can say this, because I&#39;ve already done it, so I&#39;m off the hook now. It&#39;s a very liberating experience, feels really neat when you shower, and gives you a fresh start with brand-new, stress-free strands. Also, it saves you a bundle on styling products, because you really don&#39;t need anything, save a few tuques or baseball caps to stay warm. It&#39;s something that a lot of women do to support friends who are going through chemotherapy, and it can be quite the bonding experience for the shavees. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/sinead.jpg" alt=" " width="128" height="228" /></p> </p> <p>And of course, there&#39;s always the memory of the soulful, wailing Irish balladeer who made the look acceptable to begin with. Could Sinead rock that look or what? So, I lend my wholehearted support of chopping off one&#39;s locks and sporting a fuzzy noggin. It&#39;s a sort of rebirth for a lot of people. In fact, in many Asian cultures, you are encouraged not to cut your hair following the New Year Celebration - something about not cutting off the luck of the New Year. <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/baldingbrit.jpg" alt=" " width="450" height="300" /></p> </p> <p>Now, there are plenty of theories out there as to why Britney Spears shaved her head. K-Fed was threatening to test her locks for traces of illegal substances. She was going bald already because of all the terrible chemicals, weaves, braids, glue and whatnot she had been piling on her scalp for the last few months. That stuff can really destroy hair follicles. Maybe she&#39;s having a nervous breakdown - who knows? <p>Or maybe, just maybe, she wanted to save some dough.</p> <p>A bald head has so many implications that it&#39;s tough to know what to make of Brit&#39;s Baldness. The military shears off recruit&#39;s locks during basic training, mostly for the purpose of creating an atmosphere in which none of the new arrivals is visibly superior to the others (hopefully enhancing a sense of community and subordinance). Head shaving has often historically been a method of punishment (The Inquisition and The Holocaust are two good examples of forced head shaving), or a way to prevent headlice, or both. In an ironic move, Neo-Nazis throughout Europe adopted the look in the 1970s, and bald heads still send mixed messages today.</p> <p>According to the <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=402793&amp;in_page_id=1770">British Daily Mail</a>, the average British woman spends, over the course of her lifetime, £36,903.75 and 650 days on hair care. I&#39;ve <a href="http://www.whoisisabella.com/article.php?id=316&amp;pg=2">estimated</a> that I spent over $5,000 on my hair over the past 6 years. A <a href="http://fabsugar.com/46952">blog poll</a> puts the number of women who spend between $100-200 on a cut and color at 35% (as of February 21, 2007). I went on a date a few years ago with a man who was a bit older than me, made more money than me, and spent more on his colorist every month than I did on my rent. One date was all her got.</p> <p><a href="http://singlemomandmoney.blogspot.com/2006/03/singlemas-plan-to-be-fabulous-frugal.html">Fabulous Single Ma</a> thinks that she can save $100 a month by doing the following:</p> <p>1. Reduce salon visits from weekly to bi-wkly</p> <p>2. Consider new hairstyle or cut that requires less maintenance</p> <p>3. Extend touch up from 6 weeks to 8 weeks</p> <p>4. Let hi-lites grow out</p> <p>Weekly to biweekly? A salon visit every week? I like FSM and all, but weekly visits to the salon are bloody insane! I&#39;m not a great saver, and I&#39;m not yet even close to frugal, but I never went to a salon on a weekly basis.</p> <p><a href="http://www.womenshealthmag.com/article/0,6176,s1-22-74-1279-1,00.html">Women&#39;s health magazine</a> has a breakdown on American hair spending that makes ME want to breakdown:</p> <ul> <li>Percentage of women who don&#39;t own a blow-dryer: <strong>5</strong></li> <li>Amount spent on hairstyling appliances in 2005: <strong>$941 million</strong></li> <li>Price the AW pays for a haircut: <strong>$42</strong></li> <li>How often she gets a trim: <strong>every 5 to 9 weeks</strong></li> <li>Percentage of women who&#39;ve never dyed their hair: <strong>16</strong></li> <li>Most popular dye job: <strong>brunette</strong></li> </ul> <p>Aha, but there&#39;s more:</p> <p class="blockquote">Number of women who&#39;ve considered shaving their head: <strong>1 in 5</strong></p> <p>So, it&#39;s not that unusual after all. One in five! That&#39;s 20% of the population. I&#39;ll bet it&#39;s higher than that, too. </p> <p>According to a hilarious <a href="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,821343,00.html">Time Magazine article from 1950</a> (!):</p> <p class="blockquote">American women is damaged by too much pampering, tinting and shampooing (all the things the beauty shops do to it). &quot;The hair of European women is like a well-manured garden,&quot; explained one of the Fleischers solemnly. &quot;The quality is good, but sometimes it doesn&#39;t smell too well.&quot; </p> <p>There are even videos out there to help you figure out how it&#39;s done.</p> <p><iframe id="videos_list" name="videos_list" src="http://www.youtube.com/videos_list?tag=head shaving" scrolling="auto" width="265" height="400" frameborder="0" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0"></iframe></p> <p>Doesn&#39;t that just make you want to take it all off? Even if you&#39;re not checking into rehab after months of stupid public behavior, you too can going <a href="http://www.headshaver.org/">fabulously follicle free</a>! Let&#39;s all follow Britney&#39;s example (minus the drugs, divorce, and child neglect) and lop off our locks.</p> <p>Well, the rest of you. I did that in college, and let me tell you, I have a really strangely shaped skull.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/former-pop-princess-figures-out-frugal-go-bald">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-to-get-your-toiletries-for-cheap-or-even-free">6 Ways to Get your Toiletries for Cheap or Even Free!</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-shampoos">The 5 Best Shampoos</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/id-rather-be-a-brunette-10-tips-to-save-on-hair-care">I&#039;d Rather Be A Brunette: 10 Tips To Save On Hair Care</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-get-great-hair-without-the-salon">10 Ways to Get Great Hair Without the Salon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-sell-your-hair-for-cash">How to Sell Your Hair for Cash</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty bald Britney Spears celebutard colorist conditioner cost drug abuse hair hairstyle paparazzi savings shampoo shave stylist Wed, 21 Feb 2007 18:33:04 +0000 Andrea Karim 291 at http://www.wisebread.com