Air Dry Hair When Possible


Blow drying your hair frequently can lead to dry, damaged hair and can fade your hair color more quickly. Hair that is chemically treated is especially prone to hair dryer damage, since the health of the hair has already been compromised. While air drying may take longer, the benefits are definitely worth it if you can find the time. Air drying is easy as it requires no special tools or time. You can multitask while waiting for your hair to dry; I typically apply my makeup as my hair is drying, for example. If you are still somewhat pressed for time, consider air drying your hair for most of the time and then finishing it with a blow dryer. If you do continue to blow dry your hair, be sure to apply a thermal protective spray before using any heating tools and consider keeping the hair dryer on a cooler setting.

Air drying is also more environmentally friendly and can save you money on your electricity bill (especially if you use multiple tools such as a blow dryer, straightener, and/or curling iron). According to a poll (summarized here:, women spent about 15 minutes blow drying their hair each day and another 15 minutes styling the hair. For blow drying alone, that is 5475 minutes per year, or about 91 hours (3.8 days). In addition to saving money on electricity, you might also save money by making fewer visits to the salon by improving the health of your hair (less blow drying = fewer split ends = fewer trims).

I used to blow dry and straighten my hair every day when I was in high school, and the health of my hair definitely suffered from it. In college, I decided that I enjoyed having the extra 15-30 minutes of sleep or study time and typically resorted to air drying my hair on my way to class. Now, I usually shower at night and let my hair dry overnight in a satin head cap. Sometimes I end up with really nice waves in my hair when I wake up by doing it that way!


Use Less of Your Toiletries


Ever notice while you’re washing your hair that you end up with a lathered excess of product? Yet each day you use the same amount of said product with the same result? It may be common sense, but you can minimize the amount that you use in order to save a lot of money. For many items, we only need a small amount of product for best results; the rest is just wasted. While washing your hair, for example, try using about half of what you normally use. It’s actually better for the health of your hair anyway — you only need to shampoo the roots with a nickel- to quarter-sized portion and the water will rinse the rest of your hair. Try this for other items as well (toothpaste, hand soap, body wash, shaving cream). While brushing my teeth, I tend to squeeze out too much toothpaste. Every. Single. Time. I finally decided to consciously put about half the amount onto my toothbrush, which will extend the lifetime of my toothpaste container. Advertisers actually show a large glob of toothpaste covering the entire toothbrush head in their commercials on purpose, in order to trick you into thinking that you need more toothpaste, which results in more purchases (clever, huh?). A pea-size portion is about what you need. If you think about it, by using half of what you normally use, you will extend the product’s lifetime by about two. That means that you won’t need to purchase the product as much, which will save you plenty of money in the long run. Try to also use your products until they run out, rather than throwing out the bottles or containers when they still have plenty of product within them. Common sense concepts, but things that we may not normally think about!

Trim Your Own Hair

A simple way to save money each year is to trim your own hair. It’s actually very easy! Hair grows at a rate of about a half-inch per month and should be trimmed every 6-8 weeks depending on the growth and health of the hair. Trims should remove about a quarter of an inch of hair if the hair is being trimmed regularly. I have been trying to grow out my hair, so I avoid cutting it, but find it necessary to trim it every few weeks to remove the split ends and even the style out. If you are looking for a major cut or style change, I would suggest seeking the care of a salon specialist (perhaps you can save money by finding a friend who knows how to properly cut and style hair, or you can attempt to be more adventurous and try it out yourself). If you do decide to trim or cut your own hair, be sure to purchase a set of salon scissors; regular scissors can actually damage the hair. I found a pair of hair shears at Sally’s Beauty Supply for about $10. The average hair trim/cut costs about $20-$40, so the scissors have already more than paid for themselves. If you trim your hair every 6-8 weeks and switch to doing it yourself, you can save around $140-$280 each year. It may not sound like much, but can add up over a lifetime. It also removes the hassle of trying to fit an appointment into your schedule.

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