I’ve always made do throughout my life with either the thing that’s on trend and everyone has, the thing that’s cheap or on offer or the thing that’s still got life in it so why would I replace it.
I kept the same hair dryer for years that was a hand-me-down from my Mother, until it blew up in my ear and I threw it across the room in a frightened panic. When my old faithful hair brush finally gave up its fight, I bought a big brand brush that was meant to be the best on the market. But I hated it! Although, rather than admit the product probably wasn’t that good and I had been conned, I blamed my hair for not being suited to the brush. Yes, I know, I’m dumb but moving on.
Something I’ve realised more and more as I’ve grown up is that sometimes the big brand isn’t best, it’s just a name you’re paying for. And sometimes spending a little bit more money on a product is actually a better investment in the long run.
The best example I can give is my work shoes. I used to buy a budget pair of shoes about once every six weeks, walk a hole through the bottom, bin them and buy again. I did this for years and years thinking that because I was only spending around £6 a pop, it was ok. However, I worked out over a year this added up to a lovely £52! Now, at the time, if I said I was going to go out and spend that much on one pair of shoes I would have laughed so hard I might have pee’d myself. But at £6 every now and then, it didn’t seem like much. Wow, does it add up. So I saved up a little and took myself off to a proper shoe shop! Feeling like a grown up I got a lovely pair of real leather shoes for £60, walked out trying not to worry about how much I had spent and reassured myself that I had made an investment. I wore those shoes every working day for 2 years before they got a hole in the bottom and needed to be replaced. (Although I’m still clinging onto them even though I’ve got a new pair waiting to be worn!)
My experiment had worked! Spending more money on a better quality item not only made me feel smarter and happier wearing the shoes, but saved me money over time. So I started to apply the same logic to other areas of my life. Rather than going for the big brand or the thing that is on offer, I think about what I want from a purchase, what can help me achieve that and do my homework before I shop. Skincare is the best area for this. I think about the ingredients, read the reviews and then decide. It not only saves money, saves waste but saves me time testing and trying loads of different options.
One benefit I’ve had from shopping like this is that I save money because I’m only buying one good quality product that lasts rather than 10 or 15 cheap ones that don’t really work. I’ve also cut down on the products I use and the waste I produce which makes me (a self confessed environment fan) pleased.
But the biggest, and most important thing for me that I’ve found, is that I enjoy seemingly simple things. I’ve bought a beautiful hair brush that contours to my head, doesn’t snag knots and is environmentally friendly. I love brushing my hair! The face creams I use now are the most expensive I’ve ever used but they work wonders for me and I love my skincare routine morning and night. Plus they last for ages! My wardrobe is the smallest its ever been, because I spend a little more money on clothes that are good quality and make me feel happy when I wear them. So I don’t feel the need to buy loads and loads of clothes.
The main point of all of this is that sometimes its worth making an investment not only in something that’s better quality but also in yourself. Money is just a number but it’s such an amazing feeling to own something that serves its purpose well and makes you feel happy and look forward to using it.
So yes, happiness can be found in a hairbrush!