The Cost of Beautiful Hair

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When we as women walk out the door for our dates, we may make it look easy, like if we just stepped out of the shower and BAM … we are perfect. And if we are not exactly ready on time, our dates tend to wonder what is actually taking us so long. Do they even have a slight clue as to what it takes to look like we just stepped out of a hair salon or of what the cost of actually stepping out of a salon is? Do they know the cost of the upkeep and the time we take to look our maximum selves?
We spend not just a lot of money but a lot of time, as well, to achieve the look that suits us the best and most women cannot just prep like men do. We cannot just take a five-minute shower, get a ten-minute haircut, do a quick shave, spray on some cologne, throw some gel in our hair, and be ready to go in twenty minutes or less. That is just not how it works by any stretch of the imagination and now it is time to give a complete break-down of the cost, both monetarily and in time, of looking good and getting ready for a night out.
Let’s start with basic hair coloring, going through the entire spectrum from base color to ombré to highlights and beyond. To just get an overall professional base color, the cost is around one hundred dollars and that is per month. Yeah, you can walk down the hair color aisle in the drug store and see color for $6.99. However, boxed color pales in comparison to what a professional hair stylist can do.
Do you really want to go on a date with a girl who has sixteen different colors in her hair, unintentionally? Maybe you do, but she won’t be nearly as confident with herself or as much fun if she is not feeling her optimum self and that includes fabulous, luscious locks.
Along with the hundred plus dollars that has just been spent (cannot forget a twenty percent tip), there may be an additional fee for a trim or deep conditioner so your lady is looking at around two hundred dollars every single month to look like she just woke up that way. That’s over two grand per year, just for maintenance and upkeep, and that is just base color.
On top of the money spent, there has also been a lot of time and effort spent to make an appointment with a stylist. Popular stylists book up fast. Coordinating the time to get to the salon is very important and once you get there, expect to be in the chair for around two hours or so. We have not even gotten into the more elaborate services that make men swoon. As for time, a cut and color can take about two hours, but that does not include any additions that one may want added on like a few face framing highlights or conditioning.
If your lady goes the ombré route, and I dare you to explain to me what that means without looking it up on Hairfinder, you are looking at even more time and money. Ombré is the process of gradually going from dark at the roots and progressively going lighter, sometimes caramel, honey, or bleached blonde.
An ombré hair color can cost roughly around two hundred dollars, at minimum and takes around two hours for the whole coloring process. That does not include any cutting, styling, conditioning, etc. along with a tip that goes into this whole process. The prices can elevate based on hair length and thickness. So when you are running your hands through your girl’s silky and sexy locks, do not assume that they just came like that.
Balayage is another form of ombré styling, but the process is a lot more precise and particular as the color is literally painted individually on the hair. A work of art, if you will. A balayage gives the hair a more natural and sun-kissed look as opposed to the “lower maintenance” ombré style. Yet it still takes, at minimum, two hours.
Again, it all depends on the length and thickness of the hair as well as the prior damage and the color that is desired. More factors than you may have thought, right? The cost of balayage is around two hundred dollars. A balayage is much like ombré but it is a much different technique that leads to us women having to make the choice as to which one we will spend our money and time on.
Highlighting is super popular, especially with foils, but that is a very long process, running over three hours. This depends if you want a full head or half of a head of highlights and the price varies from seventy-five to three hundred dollars. As for the upkeep, we have to go back every six to eight weeks for touch-ups and spend even more time and money.
If your girl has naturally curly or wavy hair, professional hair smoothing with a Brazilian blowout is a popular choice but one that costs around three hundred and fifty dollars and only lasts about thirty-six washes. It can also be quite damaging to preprocessed hair, so more may need to be done to the hair and that just adds up in time and money.
Finally, we have the ever-popular hair extensions, which add length, depth, and volume, but most definitely takes your money. To make them look as natural as possible, we can pay as much as two grand, if not more. That is for the process, and that does not include the hair. Extensions can last between four to eight weeks and the time to apply them can range from under an hour to ten hours. Yes, we will sit in a chair for ten hours to ensure that we get the best look possible and the best bang for our buck.
Now that we have spent all this time and money, we are not going to just let the maintenance until our next appointment go by the wayside. We now need to invest in special shampoos for color, conditioners and masks for silky hair, sprays for shine … it never ends.
So, when your girl needs an extra twenty minutes to get ready, think about where this time and money is going to. We do not have the same luxury as men to hop in and out of the shower and look amazing. I mean, we do but when it comes to dating and dressing to impress, that takes time and money and now you know just how much!
By Mandi N.     ©
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