I went to get my hair highlighted last night and in trying to keep costs down and extend my highlights for as long as possible I asked only for partial highlights. I also did not get a cut as I decided to cheat on my hairdresser and go to the ‘cheap’ place for a trim the week before. My hairdresser, by the way, totally picked up on my transgression and was quick to point out that my hair was not even at the back. Really? Well for sixty dollars less, I’ll go a little uneven lady. Sheesh.
When I got up to the cash I was a little giddy. I could hardly wait to see how cheap this was going to be. I was so proud of myself for my resourcefulness.
This feeling did not last for long.
My eyes almost bugged out of my head at the cost. $148!! What the fudge? I only had partial blond highlights people. That’s gotta be what, about $1.50 in product? The girl behind the counter looked at me completely dead pan and totally unamused. Of course $148 is nothing to her because she works there and probably gets her hair done for free. $148 to me is a whole lotta groceries. It’s at least a couple of outfits. It’s a lot of money.
My head suddenly hurts. I hand over all the cash in my wallet and wait for my change. Then, to add insult to injury, I hand all my change back for a tip!!!
GAH! Hair is the expense I hate the most. In fact I hate it so much I stopped colouring my hair a few years ago and let my hair go back to it’s natural colour. Afterall, I am lucky enough to still not have any grey hair, so I don’t have to colour. But in a weak moment, for my husband who always loved the blond in my hair, I decided to get highlights again. Now I’m stuck with the damn upkeep.
Stupid, stupid, stupid.
Here’s the thing though. Spending money elsewhere doesn’t irk me as much as spending it at the hairdressers does. I’d spend $150 for a gourmet meal somewhere and barely bat an eyelash. The hairdresser’s is obviously my trigger point. What’s yours? Where do you hate spending your hard earned paycheque?