It is almost fall…Labor Day Weekend is behind us…most everyone’s kids are back to school.
I, myself, am headed back to school, but have a couple more weeks before classes start.
Just like the little kids, I have to do some “getting ready” for back to school. Yesterday was my salon day. I am terrible about taking time to do things for myself that I enjoy relating to my looks.
I am pretty good about getting a regular pedicure every 6 weeks or so, because I just really like having pretty toes, and the expense is fairly low. I find it to be *reasonable* to spend the money for pretty toes, whereas regular hair cuts and manicures seem less *reasonable* of an expense, to me.
I don’t get regular manicures because I am pretty hard on my nails and regular polish just doesn’t last. Usually within about 5 minutes of leaving the salon my nails are smudged or chipped. And they go down hill quickly from there. That makes a typical manicure VERY unreasonable for me, dollar wise. I have come up with some mediocre solutions over the years, like when I do get a manicure I just get clear polish or very, very light or sheer colors. That way, when the inevitable chipping and smudging happens, it is much less noticeable.
I have had acrylics in the past; I don’t care for them.
I had used Gelac “shellac” gel polish earlier this year, but it really tore up my nails, made them very thin, caused them to split down the middle and made them exceptionally sensitive to warm water. I got them taken off and it took months for my nails to return to normal. Not a good solution for me. If you aren’t familiar with the shellac gel polish, it really is impressive. It is a gel that is cured to your nail under a UV light. They claim that the polish will stay on your nails and not chip for 2-3 weeks!
I found this claim to be somewhat true. My nails stayed chip free for 5-6 days (which is about a 100% improvement over regular polish, upping the cost benefit greatly), but on MY nails, specifically my ring finger on my right hand, the polish would just start to peel off after about 5 or 6 days. Other nails would start to do so to a lesser extent within a few days. Some nails never chipped or peeled off.
As for haircuts, well my hair is pretty straight, and fine. I generally wear it long and in the same style (except last year when I went crazy and chopped it all off!) Because it is just “long and straight” for the most part, and I don’t get horrible split ends or frizz or anything like that, I don’t feel like spending $50-$100 bucks on a “shampoo, cut and style” is really worth it. My hair looks pretty much the same long, longer or longeeer. So I don’t head off to the salon more than a couple times a year. My stylist is mortified, I assure you! lol!
What is the THING that you would do if you had an hour a week to do whatever you wanted?