Talking to other women, I always find it interesting what they spend their money on when it comes to health and beauty. We all have very different priorities when it comes to what we splurge on. Here’s where I save and where I splurge…
Hair Cuts: Splurge
I’ve always been a believer that you’re better off spending the money for a great haircut than having to worry about getting a bad one. I’m also fiercely loyal to those that do great things with my hair, like my stylist Anthony at STRUT Salon here in Chandler, AZ, and my previous stylist Jared at Rock|Paper in Knoxville, TN — both are AMAZING and well worth the cost!
Hair Color: Save…for now
It’s been a while since I’ve colored my hair, and the last time I did, I did DIY ombre (which actually turned out pretty well). But all in all, my hair’s been it’s natural brown for the past few years. So while I won’t rule out some beautiful balayage in my future, for now hair color is something I save on.
With naturally curly hair, I’d love to spend in this area, but when it comes down to it, I just can’t justify the cost to myself. For special occasions, maybe, but on the day-to-day, I handle my blowouts in-home.
As a broke college student, I learned to handle my waxing myself (see my At-Home Waxing Tips), and I still do it myself to this day. Once you get the hang of it, it’s really easy to do. Just be careful with your eyebrows — air on the side of caution so you don’t accidentally take more than what you mean to!
I didn’t always spend on nails, but I believe having nicely manicured nails is important professionally, and since I’m terrible at doing them myself, I get gels done once every two weeks. Occasionally to save, I will actually make a gel mani last up to four weeks. (See my post on, 3 Tips for Making Your Gel Mani Last 4 Weeks.)
Sitting at a computer all day takes a toll on my back, so every once in a while, I’ll splurge for a massage. I don’t do the feel-good Swedish massages though; I go with the slightly painful deep tissues massages that work wonders on my painful back!
When I was younger, I spent money going to the tanning bed, but as I’ve gotten older, it’s an expense I’ve cut out. Not only is it bad for my skin, it’s just really not worth the monthly fee. Today, I get a little natural tan (which is hard not to do living in Arizona), but mostly don’t worry about being too bronzed.
I’ve been pretty lucky with my skin so far, and since I’m a believer that if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, facials just aren’t something I’ve invested in yet. People swear by them, I know, but this is an area I save on.
Naturopathic Medicine: Splurge
I’m a big believer in naturopathic/homeopathic medicine, so this is an area where Michael and I both spend. I love the approach of finding out the underlying cause of issues v. simply treating symptoms and have learned more about my body from my naturopathic physician than I ever have from a traditional doctor. Not to mention, treatment is all natural, so there are no side effects to worry about. While naturopathic medicine is traditionally not covered by insurance, it’s worth the expense in my opinion.
When it comes to health and beauty, where do you save and splurge?