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Not everyone has access to makeup artists, hairstylists, nail technicians and eyebrow gurus like Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian and Rihanna. But for many everyday women, the pressure to be glamorous every time you step out of the house is the same.

I can’t count how many conversations I’ve had with girlfriends, stressing over how they need their eyebrows done or their nails are a mess. I’ve even known women who won’t come out to an event if their hair isn’t done.

We know black hair is a billion dollar industry, and eyebrow grooming services and nail salons are successful as well. It’s in large part due to the social demands of having “nails did, hair did, everything did,” and putting your money behind the meme.

Monthly beauty costs can easily border on the expensive side, when you factor in a manicure and pedicure, a weekly visit to the hair salon, body hair waxing and more. When you add up all the money you spend on beauty needs a month, and a year, you realize looking beautiful can come at a steep price.

Once I tallied up the costs of my glamorous habit, I quickly saw an opportunity to save and keep some extra money in my pocket. I was able to cut down some of the expenses by opting to do my hair and nails by myself, though after an eyebrow plucking session gone wrong, I still leave waxing to the professionals.

What about you, Clutchettes? How much do you spend on monthly beauty maintenance? How do you cut costs, if at all?

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