Magazines like Cosmo tell you HOW TO be beautiful. Most solutions are aimed at individual externals and include things like manicure/pedicure, hair style/hair color, skin care, hair care. All these things need regular upkeep whether daily, weekly or monthly. The business models for them are to pay per unit or service. Let's take a look at 2 ends of the spectrum.
Let's say you're a high maintenance chic living in a high cost city. You're wallet would suffer at least the following:
- Hair cut/ color: $250 every 6 weeks
- Nanotechnology shampoo and conditioner: $110 every 3 months
- Microdermabrasion Facial: $130 every 4 weeks
- Cosmeceutical face skin care: $78 per month
- Designer Daily makeup: $200 every 60 days
- Mani/pedi: $50 every 4 weeks
- Deep Tissue Massage: $85 every 4 weeks
- Gym membership to keep it hanging together: $79 every month
Let's say you're a DIY girl who knows where Super Cuts and Target are:
- Super Cuts Hair cut/ home box color: $22 every 6 weeks
- Clairol shampoo and conditioner: $10 every 2 months
- In home egg facial: .03 cents every week
- Target face skin care: $49 every 6 weeks
- Almay daily makeup: $39 every 6 weeks
- DIY Mani/pedi: basically free
- Foam Roller Tissue Massage: basically free once you buy the $10 foam roller
- Run outside for free: .69 cents a day for the shoes
I believe in BOTH taking care of yourself and in helping people. This isn't an anti-skin care or anti-makeup diatribe. As a woman, looking at my own priorities, I think it's fair to ask myself what share of my wallet is going to support what priorities? Where can a share of my wallet make the biggest difference? Do I really want Cosmo influencing where it goes that much?
Whereas a $1.25 spent on beautification may not improve things noticeably, that same amount spent helping the poor can make a powerful difference. And helping out doesn't have to hurt. Small changes can make a huge difference. For example, by just adding 12 days between facials, high maintenance chic can give $1.23 per day.
Make your wallet more powerful than your face.
If you don't know where to start, here are a few of my favorite non-profit organizations serving the poor
City Team Ministries - urban and global poor
One Day's Wages - developing countries
World Vision - developing countries
Open Door Ministries - urban poor