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Day 178: What is the most frugal hairstyle?

You guys, it's the ultimate grudgematch throwdown today on SD as we figure out...


Will the winner be Long Hair? Short Hair? Or the wildcard contendor, Bald?

Rapunzel from "Tangled" represents all the ladies with LONG HAIR!

So, Long Hair has many frugal qualities. For instance, you save money on haircuts because you never have to get it cut (...unless you want it to look nice, in which case you should get it trimmed at least every few months at LEAST). You also can go without hair product, because the weight of your hair will make it look OK. And as long as you don't have bangs, you can always just throw it back in a ponytail and not have to spend very much time on it.

Long Hair also has some frugal cons. Firstly, you need to buy and use more shampoo (...unless you are doing a 'no poo' thing, in which case, well... hi.) Also, long hair sheds long pieces into your shower faucet, which needs to be cleaned out. Now, you don't need to purchase Drano or Liquid Plumber, necessarily, because you can use baking soda and vinegar. But still, that's baking soda and vinegar you could be using for other stuff such as cleaning your sink or whatever.

Audrey Hepburn in "Sabrina" reps the short-haired cuties!
 Short hair is frugal in that, you use less shampoo. It also dries more quickly, so you save money on electricity in blow-drying. And you also save money in buying hair elastics, and although short haired people usually need to use hair product, you don't need to use very much of it. But you may spend more in haircut costs, as the length needs to be maintained. Or I guess you could cut it yourself, but it would be hard to do the back of a short head of hair.

...I'm not sure who this is. But she is fiercely rocking her bald head
(and making up for lack of hair with X-long lashes!)

Bald can be very frugal. You don't need *any* shampoo or product, you can just wash your whole head and face with the same soap. But, if you aren't naturally bald, then you need to maintain your baldness with the use of razors. You can use some sort of reusable razor scenario, or purchase numerous disposable blades. One option is more frugal than the other. However, if time is money, you need to shave your head fairly frequently, which could be time-consuming. Although, probably no more time-consuming than brushing long hair or getting short hair trimmed.

So what's the verdict?

I guess all different hairstyles can be as pricey or as frugal as you decide to be. I personally have long hair right now, and it's fairly frugal because I only shampoo a few times a week and get it trimmed every couple of months or so. I also save money by usually just letting it air-dry, however, it is constantly tempting to try out some sort of amazing new hair product (my latest miracle product is Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, which works REALLY WELL on wavy hair).

So, whatevs. I have to declare a winner, so I think I'll just go with Willow Smith. Sometimes long, sometimes short, but always whipping her hair around with gleeful abandon. Work it, pint-sized pop star!


Daisy said...

HAHA. "(...unless you are doing a 'no poo' thing, in which case, well... hi.)" - the well... hi part in this made me LOL.

long hair also looks greasy less quickly, so you don't have to wash it every day!

Niki said...

I have the frugal long hair ponytail/bun thing going on. I do need a haircut, but I need to do more with my hair, like styling wise.

Anywho. I wanted to tell your I tried the newsprint fingernail and I love it!!!

My daughters' fingers came out better than mine because by then I was an expert. They loved it too and all their friends want it.

Annabelle said...

Thanks for the comments, guys! I'm so happy to hear that the newsprint nails worked out so well! You should totally try it with comics, too.

And excellent point, Daisy. Long hair can go longer without washing... also, it's a lot more flattering on more people than short hair is.

Lindy Mint said...

Oh my, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray may need to be my next hair splurge. Perfect for the summer too-hot-to-blow-dry-hair look.

When I had a short and sassy hair cut, I am embarrassed to report that I cut it myself. For the back, I'd twist it, then snip, then fill it with product so it looked so messy you couldn't tell.

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