Yesterday I was reminded of something that I tried to forget. My wife had mentioned (quite a long time ago) the cost of her hair coloring. At the time if she asked me to guess what a coloring costs, I’d say it should be in the neighborhood of $40 – maybe $50. It turns out that I wouldn’t have been close – not by a long shot. She spends $200 for a cut and color every 6 weeks! I was in shock, by this number, but since we were single, it was her money, so what could I say? Now it stings a little because it is “our” money. I tried to examine all my grooming costs and $200 might cover a whole year’s worth.
I’m a pretty logical person and since I blog about my money, my thoughts immediately turn to, “What can we do about this?” My first thought is to eliminate the cost completely. “Is hair coloring really necessary?” Unfortunately, it is in this case. My wife has gone gray and being 30 with gray hair is just not acceptable when we can afford this luxury. In short, “Honey, your gray hair is beautiful. Go with it” is not going to work. My next idea is to limit the cost. I seem to recall seeing an entire aisle of hair coloring in the drug store. Back in college, I even experimented with over the counter colorings myself – with hilarious results. The cost of these solutions are minimal. Alas, my wife claims to have tried a couple of these and they were failures making her hair “frizzy” or some other negative adjective.
I think it’s worth trying to find a brand in the aisle that works. However, my wife tells me that if you try it and it fails they need to strip out that (at additional cost) and start all over with the expensive stuff. Thus experimenting with a lower-cost solution would probably cost us $300 a try. She tells me that all her friends pay this cost, so there must not be a better solution. I can’t get my head around the fact that there’s a whole aisle in the drug store that generates no sales. However, I’m out of my element here. So ladies, how do you color your hair? Do you end up paying such a high price? Men, what are your thoughts on this?