Friday, September 15, 2006

~Frugal Friday: Shampoo and Conditioner~

Frugality is not just finding the best deal at the store, but properly utilizing what you have spent your money on.

Several years ago, I read a book in which the author stated that the correct amount of shampoo to use is about a quarter's width in the palm of your hand. The correct amount of conditioner to use is about a dime's width in the palm of your hand.

Using this little shampoo and conditioner does work! My hair is shorter now, but even when it was longer, it was still enough shampoo. Conditioner is for the ends of your hair, not your whole head, so that small amount is just right for all lengths of hair. If your hair is extremely oily, or very long, I'm sure you would have to adjust the amount of shampoo and conditioner to suit your needs.

Also, using less shampoo and conditioner means your hair will be shinier! It takes extra work to wash out large amounts of shampoo and conditioner, so I suppose that would mean less water used too! (Theoretically speaking, anyhow!)

My shampoo lasts for months on end. I only buy several bottles of shampoo a year.


Crystal said...

Excellent! I so agree. I usually buy more expensive shampoo which I get incredibly cheap using coupons and sales and then use a lot less which means that it lasts for a long time. The higher quality shampoo seems to be more concentrated.

Thanks for participating in our second Frugal Friday!


Mrs.R said...

I use very little too and it does last for a very long time.

BessieJoy said...

Thanks for the reminder!

Jammy said...

BTW, this applies to other things as well. I only fill my dishwasher well 1/2 full. It works just as well!


Happymama said...

Now this is something I'll definitely try. Thanks so much for sharing that.


Rebecca said...

Hi Tammy! This is a great tip.

Unfortunately we don't have enough hot water to allow both shampoo and conditioner (although I suppose you could just use shampoo on the roots and conditioner on the ends, for one rinse). So we use the two in one. Not every brand has it, but that's what we find works.