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October 31, 2014

FF #13 – Curl Up and Dye

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Except for the curl part. I have the straightest hair in the world. It does not curl unless only the most extreme measures are used. I’m still a little traumatized by my last day of fifth grade… See, I had a dance recital that night. Curly hair absolutely required – the bigger the better. So I dutifully slept in my sponge rollers. And then proceeded to wear them to school the next day. Not the most attractive look for me, though I’m sure I’ve looked even more ridiculous at one point or another since then.


Now, I know this sounds really obvious to most budget conscious folks, but it’s new to my arsenal of frugalities. I dyed my own hair this week. Since before I could drive a car, I had been paying someone to highlight my hair to be the blonde of my youth. I personally think I look pretty good as a blonde, but the maintenance salon trips started to add up. So about two years ago, I decided to go more low maintenance with a brown closer to my real color. The frequency of my trips was reduced but I was still paying someone else to do it for me. I haven’t been happy with the mirror staring back at me lately so I decided it was time for a change.

A bit of a departure from the blonde of yesteryear!

A bit of a departure from the blonde of yesteryear!


I poured over the shelves at the store before settling on the perfect new shade. I read the instructions three times to make sure I didn’t end up bald afterwards. I set aside two hours before bedtime for this adventure. And it did not disappoint. I’m very pleased with my new look. I think Mr. Maroon likes it too. No comment yet from the minis. For those that like the numbers… total cost was $8.00 and just over an hour of my time — or roughly 10% of what I used to spend and, with the 5 second commute to the bathroom, less time than the salon also.


I will still need to get a cut before too long. But then again, let’s not kid ourselves… I have two kiddos running around. The times where my hair isn’t in a ponytail of one form of another are few and far between. A budget haircut from a non-salon will be more than sufficient for the lifestyle we lead. Actually I’d really like to check out a beauty school. Why not let a student get some practice?


~ Mrs. Maroon


And, yes, I’m stealing borrowing the title from the movie Runaway Bride. But who can resist a good Julia Roberts / Richard Gere love story?!?


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  1. Comment by Mrs. Frugalwoods — November 1, 2014 @ 8:44 AM

    Way to go on the home dye! Just out of curiosity–is there a particular reason why you don’t leave your hair its natural color? I really need to have Mr. FW give me a haircut soon, my hair has gotten super long lately!

    Mrs. Maroon Reply:

    Since you’ve asked the question I find myself pondering the answer. As I write it down I feel a little vain. My real color just feels blah. Best word I can think of. I just want something more interesting.

    On second thought… Mr. Maroon has asked on multiple occasions if I plan to return to blonde. I push back because of the high maintenance. His next question is if I will go really dark. I can do that easily. Small investment for the hubs…

  2. Comment by Carolyn — May 6, 2015 @ 5:52 AM

    DIY is definitely the way to go, I saved a lot with home hair coloring. My guy has done it for me the last couple times. I asked him to “help” me do it the first time and he wound up doing it all for me. Turned out great. But hey, he is my stylist, he cuts my hair every 10-12 weeks and he does an awesome job braiding my hair, so I told him he could add colorist to his resume, of course he prefers my hair to remain the natural color even with the grays, but he does it for me because he loves me. Frankly I don’t want anyone else to touch my hair.

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