In today’s belt-tightening, penny-pinching (seriously, is that a drop of blood I just squeezed out of Lincoln’s lip?) recessionary world, everyone has advice on how to save money: barter (with LB as your steely-eyed negotiatrix), shop the ethnic food aisle (hmm, I might try that … as I have been doing so for FOREVER!), make a new bar of soap by squeezing all your little soap slivers together. After twenty, yes, twenty years of long hair, I think I’m going to take the plunge and get shorn. “But, Baji!” you might exclaim, “your hair is so thick and beautiful!” to which I might respond, “Why, thank you! That is so sweet of … ” and then you interrupt with, “And you’ll look like you are wearing a helmet, especially because you won’t take the time to style it every day!” to which I will take great offense, put you ON NOTICE, and throw dagger chappals at your head.
What does cutting your hair have to do with cutting your costs? I submit that having short hair has, at minimum, the following cash-saving perks:
- You won’t spend as much money replenishing your fancy shampoos and conditioners because they will last much longer. Downside: standing in the shower is the only quiet time I get in the day and any curtailing of shower-time has its consequences.
- The time you save washing shorter hair can be spent being a productive member of society by getting to work earlier. Granted, in my case the issue is moot because time is fluid when it comes to my work but maybe it’s pertinent to your job. Or, if you don’t have a job, your job-search. Or, if you don’t fall into either of those categories, your blog-search.
- You won’t waste your money on those puny rubberbands or ponytail holders that CLAIM to be able to contain thick hair but haven’t tangled with the likes of desi/mujahideen hair.
- Cut down on house-cleaning costs and time resulting from strands of long hair mingled with dust bunnies found under the couch and bed or morphed into suds rodents (not nearly as cute as dust bunnies) that get clogged in the drain.
- Dramatic decrease in medical bills when running outside without drying your hair properly in the winter results in icicles forming on your head and, in turn, results in hypothermia!
- If it comes out badly, avoid visits to the money-grubbing salons to let it grow back and in the meantime, you can just toss your head a lot.
An added bonus is that I think I’ll juuuuust meet the 10″ requirement that Locks of Love sets on the hair donated for
children’s hair prosthetics. Sorry, Pavement, I think I am (assuming my nerve holds up) going to go and cut my hair.