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Frugal Friday: In Which I Try the Ogle School

Full disclosure: for a long time, I’ve not had a regular hairdresser. I have a dear friend who lives in Rowlett who does hair, and another who is still a student in stylist school in Austin. To visit one, it’s an hour’s drive. The other is three hours away. While I feel strongly about supporting both, a major commute to do my hair just can’t happen right now, especially while I am working full-time. My weekends are spent playing catch-up with household chores and errands; I can’t spend all day Saturday driving to and from a salon.

But I am also at an age where I need to have a regular salon. My bangs need biweekly trimming or else I look like a Shetland pony. My hair color needs brightening. And my ends need to be trimmed free of the split ends. So I noticed that there is an Ogle school practically across the street from my daughter’s school. Supporting other students seemed like an excellent idea when I can’t always support my friends who are stylists. So, I made an appointment last Wednesday night for a color and cut. I figured I would try it once and see how it went.

Let me tell you now, the Ogle school will be my go-to salon, and here’s why:

  • The students really looked at my hair, the shape of my face, where my “occipital bone” started and ended, and they really listened to what I wanted. The result? Color and cut that looks amazing. It looks like me and like what I envisioned. The 5 minute consultation makes the appointment run long, but wow if it doesn’t make a huge difference in how you collaborate with the stylist.
  • They had two students working on my hair at the same time. I have a lot of hair, people. A LOT. One of the students called it “deceptively thick” while the other joked that I have “Disney princess hair.” Even with two students working together, it took a good 2.5 hours to cut, color, and style my hair. But I loved having two people working at the same time–they chatted with each other, they chatted with me–there was none of that awkward “so…do you have kids?” kind of conversation that makes it difficult for an introvert like me to relax at the salon.
  • The instructor didn’t hover, but he did stick around enough to make me feel like I was in good hands. If you ever read Beezus and Ramona when you were a kid, then, like me, you probably grew up wondering if a student could do a good job on your hair. I wanted to be Ramona, not Beezus. And sure enough, with that teacher wandering by at intervals, I knew nothing would happen to my hair that couldn’t be fixed.
  • The price was UH-MAY-ZING, which is why this is a frugal Friday post. They were running a special–cut, highlights, and style–for $20 with purchase of 1 product. Which was like $8. So for $28 I had services that normally would have run closer to $100 or more. No guilt attached. I mean, normally I worry about getting my hair done and how much it costs and then I put it off and put it off–not any more. I can totally afford to get all the bells and whistles without worrying that I am depriving my family of a vacation fund or something. PLUS, I ended up tipping both girls as much as the service, so even with tips and product, I was still way under budget. And it felt great to be able to tip that big–honestly, I felt like I hit a gold mine or something.

I already have my November follow-up scheduled. I am so excited that I found the Ogle School. What a great way to celebrate Frugal Friday!



Manic Monday: What I Wore–Floral Shirt & Jeans (Cute kid alert!)

I haven’t posted a What I Wore post in a while, for a few reasons:

a.) my husband was out of town for a week, and he’s my photographer;

b.) in the mornings, when I am kitted out as a paralegal, I am in too much of a rush to worry about photos;

c.) it’s HOT here. Even if you wear makeup, it melts & sweats away in a few moments.

BUT–my husband is back, and he took the time to work on a new braid for my hair while we watched the Equestrian events on the Olympics (my favorite sport).You may think it odd that my husband does my hair, but he really only tackles the braids, which I don’t have the patience or the coordination to handle. And since he’s an engineer and also knows how to tie knots for sailing, he’s very precise when it comes to braids. So…there you have it.

I wanted to show off my hairstyle, and my daughter wanted to show her outfit, which she put together herself:

On me: Thrifted Calvin Klein Jeans, garage sale-d Gap jacket, Jones New York floral shirt from $7 Dillard’s, and flip-flops from a fellow Freecycler. The whole outfit cost about $13.

Frankly, my daughter’s outfit is cuter.

This photo reminds me that I need to get back on the proper eating train. I’ve been stressed at school lately and the bloat is proof of that. Also, forgive the lack of makeup…like I said, it’s hot! My hair is styled in the Boho Nape Knot, which I learned from Franny’s Blog–an invaluable resource for any woman with long hair.

I don’t usually wear prints of any kind, so this floral shirt was a departure. I loved the feel of the fabric and decided to give it a go. But now…I’m not so sure. I think I am more of a solid girl. What do you think?

I promise I will post pictures of me in my workday attire soon…but on the weekends, the last thing I want to do is tug on a pair of hose. In the meantime, it’s casual all the way, baby!

Hair Styles: Playing Around All Week

I apologize belatedly for the lackĀ  of blogs this week. My husband has been in Georgia all week for training and I have been getting a small taste of what single parenthood must beĀ  like. My hat is off to all of you single parents out there–I don’t know how you do it.

My five year old daughter and I have been experimenting with our hair all week. I have longish, very thick hair. I often despair of my hair because it is so very fat. My daughter, on the other hand, has thin, fine, blonde hair. I used to cut it in an adorable bob, but ever since “Tangled” came out, she only wants long hair. And so we’ve let it grow.

I love having long hair because I can experiment with some hairstyles. The problem is I often get too frustrated and annoyed with my own hair and go back to the tried and true ponytail, or bun, or just straight down. But now that I am dressing up for my paralegal school, I thought it would be fun to try new, professional-looking ways to dress my hair.

This week I tried the Gibson tuck, a topsy-tail, a half-up Celtic knot, and a half-up figure eight knot. Since my husband is out of town, I’ve had no photographer. But my daughter did snap this photo of my hair in the Gibson tuck:

– Photo coming soon –

As you can see, it needs a lot of work. I have trouble fitting all my hair into the “pocket.” But the only way to get comfortable with it is to keep trying.

I used a tutorial to do a modified Lady Gaga hair bow on my daughter. I was amazed that it turned out so well. This blogger is great about breaking the style down step by step.

The modified Lady Gaga in my daughter’s fine, slippery hair.

My daughter’s hair also did really well in a topsy-tail, so I think we’ll be doing that one more often.

What hairstyles do you like?