Monday, 24 July 2017

The cost of washing your hair

Hello. Some smashing replies on yesterdays post, thanks for joining in everybody. I forgot I had these photo's of the Coffee Morning at the Bowls Club on Saturday. Lots of raffle prizes to be won, sadly I didn't get to take one home with me.  
Home made cakes for sale. I treated myself to a slice of coffee and walnut cake, baked by Bob, it was lovely.

People are having a go at bowls. I chucked a few balls last year but wasn't very good so I'll give it a miss this year. Mind you, if you asked me if I fancied a game of ten pin bowling I would jump at the chance. The wooden clubhouse will be demolished in the near future, they applied for a grant to build a new one, and got it.

Everyone is gathered for a natter, tea and biscuits are included in the £1 entrance fee. It was a successful event, more money made for the club.

Do you remember this? The experiment has finished. I wanted to see how many hair washes I could get out of a cheap 35p bottle of Aldi shampoo. I managed to get 42 out of it. I noticed that when people on the MSE forum work out how much they needed to spend per month on toiletries, it always seems quite a lot to me. I usually wash my hair once a week, sometimes twice depends if I am going out somewhere and I want it to look nice.I don't think I can get my hair washes any cheaper than less than a penny each, unless I give up shampoo altogether. I don't feel the need to buy expensive brand names, in my book they are a rip off. Can you cut down on your toiletries spend?

Thanks for popping in, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

24 comments:

  1. I rarely eat cake-but at a party I yesterday I ate cheesecake,chocolate cake and birthday cake !!!-I then went home x

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  2. Lidl used to sell huge bottles of shampoo but they've stopped doing them now - used to last me a couple of years. My hair never gets greasy so I don't wash it in the winter - perhaps twice. In summer - a bit more. Always water the shampoo down so it is diluted. I only wash once. I never use conditioner. I have hair that comes from my indigenous grandfather (native canadian) and hair is important. Natalie

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  3. Haven't used shampoo for years. I have short hair so a teaspoon or two of bicarb dissolved in about 2 cups of water is all I use now. I give the hair a good rinse and finish with t tablespoons of vinegar (they say apple cider) diluted in about 2 cup water for the rinse. Since stopping shampoo my hair does not get as greasy. In the past I had to wash it daily but no longer. Now I wash it once a week and give it a quick rinse in just water every day. Cheap as chips.

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    1. I do that too..gives a lovely feelto my hair, which lasts,unlike the sticky feel after shampoo

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  4. I use shampoo and conditioner from Aldi which is as cheap as I can find - it does a great job
    J x

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  5. Confession time: hair products are my downfall. I have to admit that I could make some easy savings in that department. I think I'll try to get a grip!

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  6. Never use anything but a bar of soap, it does for washing, showering, shaving and hair washing.

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  7. I have dreadful hair, fine, static, flyaway. I have to wash it every other day or it just looks lank and dirty. I buy one of the standard shampoos from Boots and have to use a conditioner otherwise I can't get a comb through it and it becomes knotted. It's a brilliant idea to use cheap shampoo though, I would certainly do it if my hair were not so difficult. I wish I could cut it myself like you do Ilona, but it is so uncontrollable I feel it needs a hairdresser. I actually have a couple of wigs as they look much better than my own hair ever has!!

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    1. I have the same issues of limp, thin hair that gets lanky and dirty after two days so I have to wash it every other day but my shampoos last a really long time so I don't feel that is a money issue compared to other things. Everyone has different hair textures and body odors so washing hair and baths is an individual thing.

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  8. I use the Aldi shampoo aswell.Great value for money!Debi,Leic,x

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  9. I use a homemade and homegrown Rosemary infusion as a final rinse. It replaces conditioner (which I've never used having grown up before it was invented) and leaves my undyed but professionally cut hair sleek and glossy. I wash my hair once a week with a shampoo bar which costs a lot more than your Lidl shampoo (I buy mine from a local producer at a farmers' market) but lasts for ever and cuts down on plastic waste/recycling. I wash my face and body with soap too and use a basic moisturiser (currently a large tub of E45). Like you I am vegetarian (I've had an allotment for 17 years and have always enjoyed the relaxation that cooking offers) and walk and cycle off-road in beautiful countryside every day. For anyone trying to wean themselves or teenage daughters off the beauty industry Naomi Wolf's "The Beauty Myth" is an interesting read. Thank you for your blog, I love how you simplify and celebrate living well.

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  10. Another Aldi buyer here... but I've not spotted the 35p one I must say! They do keep changing what they have in my local though. sometimes it's the 55p fruity ones, sometimes the 59p anti-dandruff ones, sometimes the cheapest is the 99p Tresemme-a-like.

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  11. Ive always looked after my appearance, something my Mum taught me from a young age and that includes my hair.I have it cut every six weeks or so. My hair is fine but lots of it (so does flyaway) and although I may spend more on shampoos etc I bargain shop at Wilkos, Superdrug, Aldi & Lidls etc for reduced 3 for 2. Ive always got two brands on the go as my scalp is sensitive and I wash my hair maybe 3-4 times a week. Its a personal thing, it works for me, I spend less on other things...lifes too short x Rae x

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  12. I think I have rather a lot of hair products Ilona.I have fine flyaway hair like Kate.I only go to the hair dressers twice a year now though.I have it cut a bit shorter than I really like it ,so it lasts a bit longer.I used to cut it myself ,upside down and it was OK but now it needs help.I don't have it coloured and don't colour it myself anylonger-gone grey.I do enjoy the pampering twice a year and the wash room which is in darkness with a twinkling night sky and a massage chair and head massage.I also have some gorgeous wigs x

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  13. Yes, I think that is very cheap for washing your hair. I know you don't use conditioner, but I LOVE the Aldi coconut conditioner (cheap as chips), it is as good if not better than expensive brands. But I do spend a fair bit on my other numerous products (my hair is curly and needs product), but I colour and cut my own so I can justify it - and I enjoy using them.

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    1. Love coconut products so will try Aldi conditioner.

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    2. Was my hair alternate days.its quite long. It's highlighted so use medium to cheap conditioner so can get comb through. Grey roots done approx 7 weekly. I save on other things, my make up is not expensive and I alway use offers to stock up. Shower gel is giant size so very economical. Have my own uv machine, gel polishes etc so no 30euro cost at salon for me when want nails done. Great to read other people's ideas.

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    3. I stockpiled the Aldi coconut shampoo when it was 29p a bottle. we all use it and I have about 4 bottles left. love it.

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  14. I wash my hair every day perhaps skipping a day here or there. I will have to try this.

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  15. I suppose I spend about the same as you. I wash my hair irregularly, depending on what I am doing and the weather. I don't use conditioner. It makes my hair limp. So, does being dirty--limp! I look greasy if my hair is not very clean.

    I use shampoo in my soft soap pump for the bathroom sink. I use shampoo that did not work for my hair or shampoo given to me. It is almost free hand washing.

    To save on shampoo, my friend did not leave her shampoo in the bathroom where adult son, daughter, grandchildren, teens could use it freely. She wanted her shampoo left alone. She put the cheapest shampoo in the bathroom for them. Anyone has special shampoo should keep it away from people who use too much shampoo.

    My hair is very long. I put a tablespoon of shampoo in my hand, sometimes less. I never just squirt it on my hair! I use less by watching the glob of shampoo.

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  16. I have that fine, thin hair that gets really greasy, really fast. I wash it everyday. I have terrible allergies so my choice is very limited. Right now there's one shampoo, one conditioner, one deodorant, one bar soap, one moisturizer/skin cream that I can use without breaking out in icky, weepy blisters. I buy them whenever I see them on sale and love it when I can find a coupon. None of the stores around here carry my soap or deodorant so I watch the prices and order them from Amazon. I try to keep a supply on hand so that if any thing goes out of production, I have some time for testing what's available for the next best substitute.
    On the other hand, I save money because I can't use any make-up, perfume, nail polish etc. And when I go to the salon to get my hair cut that is all I get is a haircut. I wash it myself at home beforehand.
    Joan in Michigan

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  17. I wash my hair every other day, and always use conditioner, but only use shampoo once a week. My hair needs the conditioner, it's my one absolute essential. But I think I will try a cheapo conditioner next time I'm buying. Thanks Ilona. Karen

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  18. A tip from my hairdresser anyone with hair long enough to tie up, perhaps a greasy scalp and needing to wash everyday or every other day to keep looking fresh. Instead of washing your whole head, tie your hair into a tight ponytail and just wet and wash your scalp with very little product. It helps your hair from getting split, wispy and dry ends. Thats how the models do it.Rae x

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  19. I have a very sensitive scalp and tend to buy the same organic shampoo because I know it's suitable for me. I do use it sparingly though and add water when there is very little left. I don't condition unless my hair is longer and use just a little, then I can get a comb through it. We all make our own economies I think, I go 10 weeks between cuts now, I have never coloured my hair, not because my scalp is sensitive, I just don't like the thought of dousing my head with chemicals.

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