Girl Maintenance on a Budget

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photo of girlBy guest blogger Tiana Bouma: Tiana is a senior at University of Oregon double majoring in Political Science and Journalism with a focus in magazine. Her hometown is now Bend, OR but she graduated from high school in Danville, CA. After graduating from UO, she plans on traveling and working for National Geographic. During her spare time, she enjoys music, reading, sports and movies.

Being a girl can be a lot of work sometimes – as you may have read in my previous post about dinner dates. I’ve heard “pain is beauty” a million times, but I’ve never heard that beauty makes you broke. But I am no longer amazed at how quickly I can spend WAY TOO MUCH money on haircuts, color, waxing, nails, etc.

My personal maintenance has seriously declined since becoming a college student. This means that things like painting my nails, eyebrow waxing, and haircuts and styles are last on my list. I’ve come to realize that I FEEL better when I’m taking care of myself. Although I can easily give up pedicures and I can color my hair myself over my sink (usually), I can’t just go cold turkey on my routine.  Below are some of the tricks I use to save myself money.

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Photo © Mark Menzies

1)   Go to a cosmetology school, most cities and towns have them and the girls there are going to school to become beauty specialists. They need real-life models and the prices are usually seriously reduced. The services offered at these schools range from hair coloring, styling and cuts to waxing and even facials.

2)   Coupon and Discount websites can pretty much be used to save money on any product nowadays. Groupon and Living Social have featured some pretty awesome deals in my area including up to 50% off massages, deep cleaning facials, and haircut/color combos.

3)   Get some friends together and learn how to do it yourself. Sometimes DIY is the best way to save money on a service. Although you may not be as good people you pay to wax, cut, buff, and color for you at first, practice makes perfect. One of my friends can cut and re-dye hair to keep a style after its been professionally done. You can also get home waxing kits and pedicure/manicure kits. All it takes is a little time.

An important part of saving money is spending the time and energy researching to make sure that you have the best possible deal. Once you do that, you may be amazed at how much you can save yourself in monthly maintenance costs. Anyone hear a GIRL’S NIGHT calling her name?

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