I know this is possibly a question many are curious about. Just like the song from Cake “How do you afford your Rock and Roll lifestyle?” the same question is asked about gals.
Before I start let me say it’s very possible to carry off the gal look without one or all of these items, but many consider them a necessity.
Cost: Around 6000 yen upwards
Last: 1 month (touch-ups free within a certain time)
Cheap alternative: Self manicure (600 yen-ish) or Press-on nails (3000 yen-ish)
Importance: Middle, most everyone has them so its best to have cute ones.
Dying: Cost 6000 yen to 16000 yen plus
Last: 1 month(ish), roots aren’t sexy ladies
Cheap alternative: Home products and color conditioners
Importance: Extremely, barely anyone stays with their original black
Extensions: 8000 to 30000yen
Last: 1 month
Cheap alternative: finding specials on Hot Pepper Beauty (the 11000 price for 80), clip in extensions (3500 at Paris Kids to ?? for custom), wigs
Importance: Less girls are wearing these, but good extension work can be seen as instant-gal
Contacts: Cost 3500 for a pair lasting a year, cheaper for non prescription
Importance: Very, most girls love these. I’m a total convert.
Eyelash extensions (article)
Cost 7000 to 15000
Last: 1 month
Cheap alternative: Bulk lashes (1500 for 5) or good quality ones by Shu Uemura and MAC (1500 for one pair), Lash extending mascara
Importance: Getting higher with gals everyday. I keep seeing so many gals in eye exte.
Cost: 1500 – 3500 per visit for 20-30 minutes
Last: As long as you keep up with it
Cheap alternative: Paleness if you’re hime or agejo or self tanner (1500 for a bottle)
Importance: With the rise of Agejo it’s becoming less and less, but I loooove my brownness
So how do you do it?
When you consider a clothing budget is needed as well, this all starts adding up. Most girls don’t do one or two of these to save money. Many search through coupon magazine and website hot pepper to get discounts. Many aren’t as dedicated to one salon unless they’re always cheap and good. A few gals I know get their nails done in Yokohama for the cheaper large Swarovski stones. Another girl I know just jumps on anything hot pepper offers.
Others wait longer between hair and nail sessions and wear hats to cover their roots or allow themselves to have a missing nail if its cheaper to wait for the other 9 to be weak.
What are your necessities?