I’m still a little surprised at what Midlife Rhenna did this time. It happened almost six weeks ago and I’m a little scared because I know she’s thinking about doing it again. Honestly, I can’t believe I’m going to confess this—not so much because it’s a horrendous act—but because…well, it’s just extravagant. In a freakishly vain way.
I spent one hundred and sixty dollars on shampoo, conditioner, and styling gel. That’s roughly fifty-three dollars each.
I know. That makes me crazy and stupid, right?
The guy who does my hair—a genius for folks with fine hair like me—carries this line of products called Shu Uemura. Much like his salon, their products are allegedly the crème de la crème of all things hair related.
Now, I willingly crossed the line into crazy hair maintenance costs several years ago after one too many cuts and colors ended in either disappointment or disaster. I told myself I’d save loads of tears and frustration by shelling out more money, and chanted, “You get what you pay for,” every time I went. But forking over even more money to pay for their products? Huh-uh. I didn’t bother to ask how much the stuff was because the packaging looked like it was past my price-point comfort level, and I was already packing my lunch every day to pay for my visits.
And then they sucked me.
I was happily reclined at the rinse bowl, the stylist’s helper giving me a deliciously relaxing scalp massage, when this glorious scent hit me. An exotic, floral perfume I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I asked the lady what it was and, sure enough, it was some new product from Shu Uemura that works miracles on fine hair.
The stylist finished up on my hair and I made my way to the counter to pay, the wonderful scent still wrapped around me. I took a chance and asked them to add the products to my bill, thinking twenty—maybe twenty-five each. It would be a splurge, right?
The cashier read me my final bill and you’d have thought someone zapped me with a defibrillator. The total was so bad, I didn’t care how much of a cheapskate I looked like and told the lady to put them back. No way was I spending that kind of money on shampoo.
But for the next six weeks I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I confess, I even tried to find the stuff on Amazon to get it cheaper…because hey, Amazon Prime is the bomb. (This is when I learned the exotic scent was Lotus Flower.)
No luck online. Not anywhere except the official Shu Uemura site.
Next time I went it? I caved. Never in my life have spent so much on something so readily available at a much lower price point. But, in true midlife fashion, that rebellious part of me knew I had a few extra Christmas dollars tucked away and chimed in with a, “What the hell.”
The stylist swore I’d notice a difference, and surprised as I am to admit it, he was right. Now I’m a few weeks away from my next appointment and I find myself wondering if I’ll buy more.
What’s the most shocking thing you’ve ever purchased? What made it shocking? The money or the product itself? Would you do it again? Do you think I’m nuts? Would you pay this much for shampoo?