I color my hair...often. As in, I color my hair every three weeks.
That's right: every three weeks.
I know several women who do this because we have fast-growing hair that shows the root-line with vexing aggressiveness.
For years, I've debated not coloring my hair at all, coloring it less often, coloring it different colors, etc. I've discussed this whole debate with my sister, ad nauseam.
Then, a few weeks ago, at the salon, I noticed a new product. It's a root touch-up product, so it was only mildly exciting. I've done root-touch up products. I've used boxed color touch-up kits, powders, wands, sponges and sprays. I mean, I've tried it all. Some products work better than others. Most are okay at best or gloppy, streaking, smearing messes. All of them smell rancid. I had given up and resigned myself to the three week visits to the salon.
So when I saw this new product, I showed some half-hearted interest. My stylist suggested I come back in a few weeks, before my next color, and try it out. On a whim, I did.
It goes on light. It covers and blends to my hair color. And it smells lovely (if you're into heavily-scented hair products, which I embarrassingly admit I am).
It comes in 5 colors including: black, blonde, dark brown, light brown and red. I got the light brown.
I paid $31 for it at the salon. On Amazon, it's $32. I'd personally go to a nearby salon and just get it there. That way, if you don't love it, returns are easier.
It's not cheap; I admit that. So....
I did the math.
If I get my hair colored every three weeks, that's 17 times per year.
At $85/visit (plus a $15/tip), that's $1700/year.
If I stretch the color out to every four weeks (conservative estimate), that's only 13 times per year, which is $1300. The tube saves me $300 year, after cost.
But here's where it gets good because money isn't everything. In fact, the older I get, money is less important than so many other things including, perhaps most of all, time.
It takes my stylist 2-3 hours to color my hair, wash it all out, glaze it and style it. She's good. I'd say she's great. But she's not fast. I kind of love this and appreciate this about her. She treats hair like a real art form. So, I don't begrudge her work, but I also hate sitting in a chair for 3 hours, relatively unproductive every three weeks.
If I get my appointments down to every four weeks, I save myself 12 hours over the course of the year. If I get it down to every five weeks, I'm looking at saving 21 hours.
The thought of sitting in the chair, managing that appointment and spending that money less often is thrilling.
I know this is only a relatively small game-changer. We're not curing cancer or saving a life or providing food for a hungry family. I get that.
But for anyone who colors her hair....if you feel so inclined....you might try it out.
It made my heart sing a little when I said, "Let's book 4 weeks out."
And that's the kind of craziness I get up to on a Friday night.
Hope everyone had a lovely week and is embracing a slow, late-start Saturday with coffee in bed.