By NICKY CHAMP
How much do you think you spend on your hair each year? Go on, take a minute a think about it, I’ll wait.
Ready? How did you go? $50? $200? If you regularly cut and colour your hair (even if you don’t go back every 6-8 weeks – who does?) I’m guessing that figure was somewhere north of $1000.
But what if – and stay with me here – we take that money and put it towards a total makeover instead. We all want to look good, but if we can do it on a budget, even better, right?
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by Garnier Olia. But all opinions expressed by the author are 100% authentic and written in her own words.
But what about my hair, Nicky? I can hear you say. Well, I have a plan for that. I’m going to show you how you can save the $200 you would spend at the hairdresser’s and use it to overhaul your winter self and leave you hair looking fab.
1. Upgrade your wardrobe.
Remember from 2004-to-2005 when everyone was into shopping at second-hand and vintage shops? I think it had something to do with Sex and the City being on our screens? Anyway, if it’s been awhile for you, they are worth revisiting because they’re still a goldmine of (mostly) affordable, sparkly clothing.
The best op shops in each capital city:
Sydney: Cream on Crown, C’s Flashback, The Vintage Clothing shop and Reverse Gabage.
Melbourne: Retro star, Circa, Shag, Vintage Garbage, and a visit to vintage homewares haven, Chapel St Bazaar is a must.
Canberra: April’s Caravan, Down Memory Lane, Frith Street, Hipsely Lane.
Brisbane: Ra Ra Superstar, La Bella Donna, Atomic Martini Vintage, Can You Keep a Secret?
Perth: Ms Brown vintage, Fi&Co, Bluebird Vintage.
Tasmania: Hello Gorgeous Vintage, Nanna’s Coffee and Vintage.
Your budget here: $100.
2. Makeover your make up bag.
Are you still hoarding a brown lipstick from 1995? Get an early start on Spring-cleaning by overhauling your makeup bag. One of the quickest ways you can change your look is by painting on a bright lippie.