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The High Cost of Beauty

I am not about to disclose my own personal choices for hair removal, beauty products, hair cuts, and the like, but I will say I am staggered by the costs of beauty and beauty-related expenses where I live.

How the women around here afford their typical beauty "maintenance" remains a mystery to me.

A full-leg wax plus a bikini wax is actually a deal at $60 at a nearby salon. Add in $15 for eyebrows for those who aren't too handy with the tweezers and you have a monthly cost of $75 alone just to remove your unwanted hair from your face and body.

Add in the cost of hair cuts, hair coloring, perms, straight perms, and whatever else it is that you personally need to do to keep yourself looking stunning hair-wise, and it can be up to $50-200.00 for a 2 month period, without even considering the cost of shampoo, conditioner, mousse, hair gel, or anything else hair-related.

Should you really believe the hair stylists who claim that it is imperative to go to the salon every 6-8 weeks or is it ok to let your ends straggle a little bit and let the roots grow out?

The experts remain divided, but it's hard to pinch pennies when it comes to your hair. You can color it at home, but home hair kits don't always turn out as well.  (I recommend using natural products like hennas or temporary dyes) and it's really tough to cut your own hair unless you are in the mood for a buzz cut.  

Make-up is yet another expense. Again, I'm not disclosing my own beauty regime, but if you calculate the cost of make-up that the average woman uses on a daily basis, it's not cheap. And, as a friend who recently cut back on her expenditures for beauty products pointed out, it's hard to start using alternative products when you're used to using a higher quality of products on your skin.

I haven't even gotten to the added costs of manicures and pedicures, which are almost necessary for summer time. To save costs on manicures and pedicures, going to a beauty school is a good idea.

I won't even begin to discuss wardrobe and shoe costs. A part of me really is curious how easy it is for most women relate we watch Carrie on "Sex and the City" when she buys a $500.00 pair of shoes when most of us are lucky if we can keep ourselves feeling beautiful with the occasional pampering coupled with the necessary beauty maintenance?

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