Young, poor, and blonde.

As I mentioned in a recent post, this summer was one of a bit of…excess.

This was true when it came to eating and drinking, but I’m a little embarrassed to admit that it also meant spending more than I normally do. I mean, I think it’s fairly common (there’s a lot more going on in the summer generally…now we’ll go back to hibernating), but it still means that now I’m looking for as many ways to save as I can for the next few months.

For me, one of the first things to go are my favorite girly habits. (I swear I’ve blogged about something like this before, but I just searched for about ten minutes and couldn’t find the post.) I’ve started doing my own nails (even procuring a little cuticle trimmer in the hopes that I’ll eventually stop picking at mine), and I’ve been seeking out cheaper ways to maintain my hair color.

As I’ve said before, it is expensive being blonde in New York City. Like, whoa. Since a full highlight can be equivalent to a car payment, anything I can do to stretch the time in between is super helpful.

Which is why I was pretty thrilled to discover these two products.

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Seriously, you guys. Life. Changing.

The first one is John Frieda’s Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray. (Say that five times fast.) You spray it on your hair (I usually just do the roots) when it’s wet, then either hang out in the sun or simply blow dry. The heat makes the product work it’s magic.

I was a little nervous to try it initially because of a scarring Sun-In experience my brother had when I was a child (I’m a good sister, so I’m not admitting which brother), but the lightening is really gradual and natural-looking. In fact, I’ve had about six people ask me if I had just gotten my hair done since in the last couple of weeks of using it.

That’s a win, folks.

The second product is an even faster quick-fix. I actually discovered it on accident on my way to work one morning. I realized a little too late that I maybe should have washed my hair the night before (whatever, you all know I’ve gone longer without washing my hair) and ducked into a drug store to buy some dry shampoo. When I spotted Jonathan Product Root Touch Up and it promised not only to soak up excess oil but also to hide roots, I was very interested.

And, you guys. It works SO well. Here’s me before using it:

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And here’s me after:

IMG_5590RIGHT? It’s like the roots were never even there. You just dust it on and run a brush through your hair a few times. You should probably go buy this right now.

So that’s how I fight the fade on a fixed income. Any other secrets out there I should know about?

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7 thoughts on “Young, poor, and blonde.

  1. That’s so amazing! I’ve been worried about how to maintain my bridal blonde the next year without breaking the bank. Steenie to the rescue! I should’ve known…

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