Years ago, I started going to the nail salon. I would get the works, a manicure, a pedicure and my eye brows waxed. It didn’t matter what the cost was, I wanted it done.
I’ve been to the spas and paid for the privilege of letting people see me walk into the foo-foo salon to get some pampering. I didn’t necessarily get better service. Maybe newer chairs, prettier music and aroma therapy.
But that’s about it.
I settled for a small nail place with reasonable prices, one that I didn’t have to wait all day to get an appointment. It was semi-new but it didn’t have the latest and greatest equipment.
Definitely an average kind of place but it worked for me.
I became a regular. Getting my pedi and brows waxed was something I felt was a deserved luxury. And didn’t all ladies get their nails done? I wanted to look just as polished.
As soon as I became a stay at home mom, our income level forced us to make cuts to any extras. My little nail and waxing trips came to a screeching halt. At first, I was in complete support of doing away with the unnecessary cost.
I tried to keep up with all the tweezing and plucking myself. My hair is dark and the older I get, the more it seems to like growing straight across the top of my eyes. It became a real chore to keep up with.
And if I went more than a week between plucks it turned into a hassle to the shape.
Ladies with light-colored hair or maybe you just aren’t furry faced like me, thank your lucky stars. I had to keep up the tweezing maintenance or look like Chewbacca. It’s not fun having an eyebrow from ear to ear, lol.
Another sad realization was the state of disrepair my poor little tookey-toes were in. This was very time-consuming to take care of while you’ve got a demanding baby. When you get those precious few spare moments do you shower or paint your toenails? Bye bye pretty toenails.
When I stopped going to have my brows waxed and my nails done, this is what happened.
I became self-conscious of my appearance
Built up resentment towards my hubby because he got to leave the house
Alone time was non-existent
Eyebrows went wild
I was overwhelmed with taking care of a baby and like most moms, I put myself last on my own list of priorities. This was a huge mistake as we discovered.
Believe me, I watch what I spend. Very seldom do I add to my wardrobe. Being thrifty with our money is important but so is my well-being. Incorporating my nail salon visits back into the budget is happening now.
Here are the results of when I started going back to my little nail salon.
My brows are beautiful and perfectly shaped
I have more self-confidence about my appearance
Me-time recharges my batteries
I am happier
For these reasons, my husband and I decided this was an expense we never should have cut. It was a small allowance to our budget that made me happy. And you’ve all heard “Happy Wife, Happy Life”? It’s true for the whole family.
What little perks do you give yourself?