I have yet to meet a woman who doesn't enjoy a trip to the hairdresser for a spot of pampering. It's really got nothing to do with getting a good hairdo, it's about the attention. It's about the escape from everything and everyone. It's about the pure joy of having somebody being overly keen to make you happy. It's about being brought cups of tea and biscuits. It's bliss.
It's also expensive. It costs money - oodles of it. Find a good salon and you find the need to justify the cost of a new hairdo alongside the weekly food budget. Guilt sets in. Is it right to be so selfish? I can buy the kids shoes for that, I can fuel the car for a week, I can pay this month's electric.......
No, it's not wrong. But it is an easier pill to swallow when you find a hair salon that offers model nights and you get that very same treatment for a fraction of the published price.
So, Mums everywhere. Check out your local salon and ask them if they do model nights. They are always looking for people to volunteer their heads for training. Don't fret, they are overseen by the experts and you come out with a professional wash, cut, restyle and blow dry (and sometimes a colour if you like). The salon I go to is fantastic. The staff are fabulously friendly and really appreciate having the chance to help their apprentices and students work towards their qualifications.
Give it a go - you deserve it.