There is so much pressure to look a certain way in society that we pay a huge price to keep up our appearance, especially us ladies. Between getting our hair done, make up, nails, eyebrows, tanning, waxing, a tuck here a nip there, buying clothes, shoes, purses, and accessories. I mean it’s crazy what we’ll go through to look good.
I am guilty of doing things that I don’t necessarily need to do, but I enjoy looking nice, so some of the things are worth it. I was sitting in the hairdresser last week and I looked around at everyone getting their hair done and started adding up how much money the hairdresser probably made just from the people sitting in the salon at the time I was there. They easily made a few thousand dollars, and that’s not including the people who were there before I got there or the people who showed up after I left.
I spend $130 a month on my hair, but that’s something I am not giving up. I love when my hair is done. I could consider doing it myself, but I would just rather pay someone to do it.
Make up is something else I spend money on. I don’t wear a lot because I just don’t want to spend more time than I am putting it on, plus future hubby likes me o’natural. I wear a bit of foundation and powder, no eye shadow and rarely do I wear mascara. Make up cost me $50 every three months. No big deal here! I also buy face cleaning products which cost about $10 a month.
I pay $10 to do my eyebrows every two weeks. In fact they need doing now! I get them waxed because threading makes me cry, literally. Who am I kidding, waxing makes me cry as well, just not as much. I am such a wimp when it comes to pain that I actually tear up. Waxing doesn’t really feel much better, but it plucks more hair at a time than threading. I have to be completely crazy to pay someone to make me cry!
I don’t tan, tuck or nip anything. I am too afraid of the knife and I am black, so no need to tan. I know someone who removed fat from her thighs and put it in her butt. We all told her she was crazy and honestly her butt doesn’t look any different to me. She spent $3000 to get it done. The things we women will do.
Working out is another area that I would spend money on. I started working out when I was 18 and the only reason why I started working out is because I wanted to look good. Forget health, that was the last thing on my mind, it was all about looks then.(Yeah I know, I was shallow)
Shortly after I started working out I saw the Tina Turner movie What’s Love Got To Do With It starring Angela Bassett. When I saw Angela Bassetts’s muscles in that movie, that became my goal. I eventually developed some muscles, but I am still to this day not as muscular as Angela Bassett was in that movie. I guess over the years my focus shifted from working out to look good, to just wanting to be in shape and stay healthy. (Yes I’ve matured a bit since then)
I no longer pay for a gym membership because I have a gym where I live and I do the Insanity work out whenever I want a more intense workout.
So on average I spend $176 per month on my appearance not including clothes. I didn’t include clothes because I don’t shop regularly, which is something I need to do. It’s nice to buy a skirt or a new top here and there. I just have to make more time to do a little bit of shopping or buy some of Michelle’s clothes over at Making Sense Of Cents. She’s got some cute stuff.
How about you, how much do you spend to look good?