Even though we gals beg Justin to keep his black locks long, he insists on a hair cut once a month (well, sometimes he goes two)
For over 20 years now, our family has cut its own hair. Well, not that we cut own our hair ourselves but haircutting is done in house – saving us loads of money over the years. Of course, there are 2 choices: we could adopt a longer hair style to save money or learn to cut or own hair. Hair Cuts for guys around here are about $25 bucks and for women, well they can go as high at $45. So home hair cuts are saving our family nearly $1,000 dollars a year and over 20 years that figure certainly adds up. A $1,000 which goes towards investing in sustainable projects like rain barrels, and urban homestead supplies.
Hair cutting is not that hard if you wear simple styles and don’t intend to look like a movie star. And, to start, you don’t have to invest much. All you need is a good hair scissors and comb.
Care to share your home cutting experiences?
Last January, Justin went on a no-poo challenge and more about being soapless here meaning, he wasn’t going to use any shampoo (even natural, sulfite free kind) on his lovely locks. I had forgotten his declaration and he reminded us this week that it’s been a year since he’s washed his hair with shampoo. I asked him “notice anything different — “good or bad” and Justin, being a bit of a macho man who doesn’t really like to discuss his personal grooming habits, matter of factly answered “doing fine.” Yeah, thank you very much for such a in-depth and insightful answer. Now if I had asked a woman that question I’d have much more to post!
Actually, people do wash their hair and skin too much these days. My European grandmother once remarked “You Americans take too many baths.” She’s right. Grandma’s “old fashioned” practical wisdom has something to it. Instead of doing good, this excessive obsession with cleanliness may be doing more harm to the environment and personal health.
There are many studies and articles that point to this on the web – which, if any readers care to share, that would be great. Lookie here, I just found a related article when I typed in my grandmother’s “too many baths” saying.
But from our personal experience, we urban homesteaders take baths (unless really, really dirty) once a week. Just like our pioneer counterparts, the Ingalls family, Laura described their weekly Saturday bath ritual in her ‘Little House‘ book. Here on the modern urban homestead we follow the same weekly bathing ritual using as little water as possible with natural or homemade soaps. In the summer we enjoy taking showers in our outdoor solar shower which drains the used water into the surrounding edible landscape.
This actor and this actor have similar water conscious & natural hygiene practices which have their peers wrinkling their noses. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying we stink (our friends could back me up on this) or that you want to smell (cleanliness is good… it’s “next to godliness”), but the American obsession with clean and obscene amount of chemical hygiene products has changed our perception of what it’s like to be a natural human being.
Any other “Nose-Wrinklers” out there?