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Old 09-07-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
 
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What I am wondering is why does everything cost so darn much? I mean $25-$30 for a bottle of shampoo $75-$150 a month for a haircut? Do they really think the average woman, let alone mom has that kind of money? My single friends blow that much, but sheesh. When your haircut costs more than most of your utilities together,then that's just nuts!
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Old 09-07-2007, 11:28 PM   #2
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I go to the cheap haircutting places (fantastic sams, supercuts, even barbershops) its usually about $18 and you get what you pay for, but it works into my budget

as for products...I tend to steal other peoples, not the whole thing but when I'm short on products I might stop by a friends house with an empty bottle
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I hear ya! You have just written out the very reason I took a part time job at a salon. I get haircuts / trims for $15 and products at whole sale costs. If we don't happen to carry the product (i.e. re:coil) I'll have one of the stylists pick it up for me when she's at the distributers.

I watch for coupons and I don't hestitate to return or swap (on nc.com) a product that does not work for me.
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I was actually able to find a stylist recommended on the site who only charges $40. (She has trained with LM, but is not actually a Deva stylist.) I live in OK, though, which has a pretty low cost of living.

I've also found that when my hair is longer, I don't need to cut it as often.

Most of my experimenting so far has been with drugstore and healthfood store products.
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What I am wondering is why does everything cost so darn much? I mean $25-$30 for a bottle of shampoo $75-$150 a month for a haircut? Do they really think the average woman, let alone mom has that kind of money? My single friends blow that much, but sheesh. When your haircut costs more than most of your utilities together,then that's just nuts!
seems most of the curlies on this site don't cut their hair every month. i only get mine cut every 3-4 months.
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:00 AM   #6
 
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i don't trust my hair with a hairstylist! i've had too many bad experiences, so i generally trim my hair myself, which is free (except for my recent chop, i donated my hair.)
but i totally know what you mean about the expensive products!!! its hard to justify buying such expensive products when you can buy cheap stuff at the store...but the quality is cheap too. some good company should develop a cheaper line that they sell all over... they would make a lot i bet!!
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:06 AM   #7
 
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I go to the cheap haircutting places (fantastic sams, supercuts, even barbershops) its usually about $18 and you get what you pay for, but it works into my budget

as for products...I tend to steal other peoples, not the whole thing but when I'm short on products I might stop by a friends house with an empty bottle

This is the weirdest thing I've ever heard. I'd be if a friend did that to me!
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Old 09-08-2007, 11:18 AM   #8
 
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Well, I don't pay that much for my products or my haircuts. I have my haircut at a local salon every 3 months or so now...it costs about $40 with tip because I don't have her dry or style it. I use a combintion of pricey and cheap products so it all works out okay.

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Old 09-08-2007, 11:56 AM   #9
 
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I cut my own hair, and I like to use combo's of cheap and expensive products too to make stuff last longer.
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Old 09-08-2007, 12:18 PM   #10
 
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I get my haircut done by a friend who works in a salon , her haircuts r only $15 so it works in my budget, i get products thru her and sometimes she has sales goin on so she tells me first or i go to sallys or ultas when they have a sale going on too. Buying on sale gives me more products to buy/try cuz everything is cheap when on sale.
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I go to the cheap haircutting places (fantastic sams, supercuts, even barbershops) its usually about $18 and you get what you pay for, but it works into my budget

as for products...I tend to steal other peoples, not the whole thing but when I'm short on products I might stop by a friends house with an empty bottle

This is the weirdest thing I've ever heard. I'd be if a friend did that to me!
actually I've had people do it to me before, so it must not be that uncommon. Its a good way to try something else without buying the whole thing.
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Old 09-08-2007, 01:47 PM   #12
 
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There are lots of good products that you can use that aren't expensive. I've gotten so many good recommendations on this forum. Some of the favorites here are cheap drugstore brands (and there are often 2-for-1 sales on these), or Trader Joe 'poo & condish, or health food store brands. There are lots of good inexpensive gels at the drug store. You can make your own deep conditioning treatments using kitchen ingredients, which are cheap and very effective. There are a lot of recipes on the recipe forum and in the Curly Girl book. You can even make your own gel. If you're on a budget, there's no need to buy $30 shampoo.

I think a lot of us spend more money than we have to on hair products because we are PJs, it's sort of a hobby, and it's such fun to try out new stuff, but I could be pretty happy with some $3 TJ conditioner, a $5 jar of LOOB, and a $3 giant bottle of LA Looks gel, plus homemade deep treatments.

Haircuts are another matter, but I usually get 3 cuts per year, so it's manageable.
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