I have curly hair. I have really curly hair. And yesterday for a chunk of the day while I was not here posting deals, I was having my first cut/color in the last six months or so. Us gals with curly hair know that finding a stylist who actually knows what to do with curly hair is a rare and beautiful thing, indeed.
I think I found such a person, yesterday. Although for some reason, she didn’t want to come home with me. I have no idea why not.
In addition to giving me a great haircut and covering up the gray in my hair (woo!) and using products on my hair that smell like angel wings wrapped in flowers, this stylist ironed my hair stick straight for me, which is always a treat, because I don’t own a flat iron.
After the appointment, though, I desperately wanted to be able to recreate what she’d done, so I wrote down everything she told me and came home to do some research.
Now, I’ve had my hair flat-ironed before, but never so quickly and smoothly.
“What are you using on my hair?” I asked, figuring that surely I could afford one just so long as I was willing to forgo the mortgage payment this month.
“This is the best flat iron out there,” the stylist told me (of course; like she’s going to say “Actually, there are several better than this one…”), and then she proceeded to detail all of the ways in which this is the best flat iron in the history of womankind, and also to tell me that they sell them there at the salon. For $240. And then I passed out.
Here’s the magical flat iron: The GHD MK4. ($240!!)
But guess what! Amazon sells that same iron for just $145. Still, not exactly chump change, but better. Perhaps Santa will consider that. Especially seeing as how you can either use it to flat-iron or to create perfect curls (I had no idea you could use a flat iron for that, but she demonstrated on my hair, and I may have harumphed that it was oh so very wrong that she’d just used a flat iron to make a nicer curl than my actual curls.)
Anyway, once I was at Amazon, I started looking up the various shampoos and conditioners and thermal protectants and stuff that had been recommended to me, and I discovered that for the month of November Amazon is offering $15 off your $75+ professional hair care purchase with coupon code NOV8HAIR. I did not end up investing in the shampoo recommended to me—because it is against my religion to spend $35 on eight ounces of what is essentially soap—but I was able to stock up on some salon-quality products at a savings (and have them shipped to me for free).
Look, as a relentlessly frugal person I am generally loathe to spend money on fancy hair care, but sometimes you do get what you pay for; I always rave about how great my hair looks/smells/feels after the stylist has her way with me and yet I always try to get away with using cheap products. And then I wonder why my hair doesn’t look good.
This is my compromise—the expensive stuff, at a discounted price. Sometimes.
Okay, back to our regularly scheduled tightwadery, now. Oh, wait. One more thing. Smell my hair! See? Angel wings. Hee.