Written March 30th, 2012   

Sloppy Hair Rides Again

Last Sunday I ran out of hair conditioner.  Oh, no!  My hair is is curly, so it really needs a daily application.  What is a wild-haired Cheapskate to do?  Especially a big lazy Cheapskate such as myself.  Run to the store?  No, NO, a THOUSAND TIMES NO! (And I’d just like to say here, that being a Big Lazy is often a Big Help to being a Big Cheapskate. Laying around on the sofa is cheap.  Walking around a mall is expensive).

So right away I got on the Internet to see if I could find some homemade alternatives.  After some brief searching it seemed as if olive oil was a workable alternative.  All the “recipes” called for olive oil plus other ingredients (like essential oils) which of course I don’t have.  But I do have olive oil and water.  So what the heck, thinks I , I’ll give it a whirl.

I poured 1/3 cup of olive oil into a more-or-less empty bottle of detangler, then filled the rest of the bottle with water.  I washed my hair, then spritzed it with my olive oil conditioner.  Left it on for a bit, rinsed it, then headed out for a fun day of bowling and tightwaddery.

This turned out to be a Super Exciting Cheap day.  On the way to the bowling alley, a hot air balloon landed near our house.  Wow!  I have never been so close to one before.  Those suckers are really huge.  Here I am having all the fun of being near a hot air balloon, without having to actually pay for a ride.  Which I would never do because I am a big chicken and would be too scared to do it, even if I wasn’t too cheap.

At this point, the hair was more or less dry, but a little flat. Maybe a little crunchy, like a crouton.  Not as exuberant as usual.  I didn’t care though.  I think I did hear someone in the balloon basket wondering why they suddenly wanted a salad at 7:30 in the morning.  Hmmmm….my first indication that olive oil hair dressing might , er, need to be re-evaluated.  But no matter.  I press on the bowling alley.

The bowling alley is hopping.  And why not?  Bowling is AWESOME.  In the lane next to Steve and me is a Dad and Son duo.  They are really good, too.

But there is a slight problem. The little kid is such a good bowler he can afford to be a trash-talker.  I love this sport of kings, too, but I’m a solid 85-er at best.  So every time the kid gets a strike or I get a gutter ball, he looks me straight in the eye, gives me two-thumbs-up and yells at the top of his lungs “SLOPPY HAIR!!! SLOPPY HAIR!!!”.  Me being Sloppy Hair.

Wow.  You don’t have to hit me over the head with a bowling pin.  I get it, Kid.  Olive oil hair dressing is a Frugal Fail.  But it turned out OK because all my hair fell out, and now I never again have to spend money on shampoo and conditioner.

Heh.  Just kidding.  Actually I made a beeline for Walmart and bought the darn conditioner.  Hair crisis averted.

Sloppy Hair over and out.





Tags: Frugal Ideas

2 Responses

  1. Rose in SV Says:

    Yowsa, that kid was kind of brutal. Sometimes I’m amazed that some children actually do grow up.

    Okay–I have to ask: what is your favorite brand of hair conditioner? I have curly hair, too. I use the Kirkland brand from Costco.

  2. Tessie Says:

    Hi, Rose in SV!
    That kid was saved by a totally unfair and amazing cuteness. He was just cracking me up, too, so I couldn’t be mad. I had to admit he had a point!

    I use Tresemme (sp?) Curl Hydration for Curly or Wavy Hair shampoo and conditioner. It works great for me and is reasonably priced. I used to really like Pantene, but they changed their packaging a few months back and I can’t figure out which is the curly hair stuff. Pantene has a good dentangler and curly hair spray-on gel that I still use, though. Really though, my very FAVORITE curly head products are the Catwalk stuff. Wow! They smell great and make my hair look great, too! But they are SUPER expensive, so it’s Tresemme for me.

    I’ve been thinking of doing something my mom used to do. She would buy shampoo and conditioner by the gallon at the local beauty supply house. It’s a lot cheaper, but I’m not sure how well it would work with my hair, as it’s not a specific curly-hair formula. Hmmmm. I need to think about this! This could be a good cheapskate move – but yet another beauty disaster!

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