Jul 9, 2007

Tip for Cutting Your Shampoo Expenses in Half

I've found an unexpected benefit to growing old(er): saving money on shampoo by washing my hair less often. When I was younger, I had to wash my hair every day because it would get so greasy if I didn't. But I realized a couple of weeks ago that I'm in my thirties now and that my body has changed. I can actually skip a day now, so I'm washing my hair half as often as I used to. It not only saves me money on shampoo, it also saves me time (which is at least as important to me as these days).

Other suggestions for saving money on shampoo include:
  • Use half the amount of shampoo.
  • Diluting the shampoo with water.
  • Mixing an inexpensive shampoo with a salon brand. (You could also alternate the shampoos.)
  • Use your shampoo to wash your body as well - just take your soapy hands and move down. (OK, this one doesn't actually save you money on shampoo, but you'll save on soap or body wash costs instead.)
  • If you have light-colored hair, you can brush some baking soda through it to absorb the oils instead of washing. This is apparently great for when you don't have time to shower post-workout. (I wouldn't know - I don't have light-colored hair and can't even remember what a workout is.)
Note: I haven't tried all of these tips. Most of them I've read in newsletters, posts and articles on frugality. So if you try one, let me know how it worked for you!

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