The Surprising Way Customized Shampoo Saved My Wedding Season

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Last year, I was right with you. All of a sudden it felt like everyone I knew was getting married, and I even managed to score invites to ceremonies for some couples I barely knew (lucky me?). The money I was shelling out for all of these celebrations started adding up fast. I realized that if I wanted to see everyone say I Do, I would have to be a savvy wedding saver. One of the most surprising costs was getting a blowout for each wedding. At my local hair salon, a blowout and simple styling sessions run about $80. Multiply that times 6 weddings, and suddenly I was spending almost 500 bucks on hair alone! I needed to find a way to cut that cost, but honestly, I am not blessed with the full and bouncy hair I want to show off in all the wedding pictures. My hair tends to be oily and flat, plus it's a little fried from years of daily flat-iron use. I wondered if maybe I should just surrender the $500, and put off buying a new sofa for another year.

I was a bridesmaid in the first wedding of the season, for my best friend from college. She had a gorgeous rustic outdoor ceremony on a farm and bought each of us really cute bridesmaids gifts, all themed in lavender to match our dresses -- including a custom shampoo and conditioner set from Function of Beauty. The customized hair care line creates a one of a kind formula for your hair, based on a short quiz that asks about your hair's thickness, how oily or dry it is, and what your hair goals are. The bride had picked thermal protection, strengthening, and volume for me because she had heard me talking about how brittle my hair had gotten recently. She even got to pick the color and scent for each, cherry bl(awesome), and the bottles came with our names on them. Mine read: Function of Sarah. It was such a cute way to show how much she appreciated us being in her wedding, and how well she knew us as friends! And it was a nice treat because I wouldn't have thought to buy customized hair care for myself.

The wedding was absolutely beautiful, but as soon as it was done, my mind was on to the next. When I got home, I took a long relaxing bath and washed my hair using the new shampoo and conditioner set. I blow dry as usual, and when I looked in the mirror, I couldn't believe what a difference custom hair care really made!! My hair had so much volume and was easy to manage. I sprayed a little hairspray in and decided to see if my best hair day ever would stick throughout the workday. Usually, by the end of the day, my hair is so oily and completely flat. But I checked my hair in the mirror on my way to happy hour, and it still looked bouncy and full! Seriously, all day my coworkers were asking if I slept in the blowout from the wedding, but it was just my own amateur tools and help from Function of Beauty. After work, I pulled my hair into a ponytail, and it looked so much better tied back than it used to when it was dry and frizzy.

I decided to do what just a week earlier would have been unimaginable: I wasn't going to pay to get my hair done for any more weddings this season! Customized shampoo and conditioner was giving me absolute blowout confidence, so armed with a curling iron and a little more hairspray than usual, I went to 5 more weddings as a money-savvy guest. Ok, it didn't look exactly like I had a professional do my hair, but I felt confident and beautiful, something I never thought was possible before I tried Function of Beauty. After the wedding season, when my friend from college sent out her thank-you-notes, I sent one right back thanking her for changing my hair game for good! Starting at $36 for a set of shampoo and conditioner, Function of Beauty has given me wedding-season confidence every single day.

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