The Hair Diaries

Women from all over the world confess how much they spend on their tresses in The Hair Diaries.

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May 21, 2013 2:00 PM
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India

NAME: Richa Mathur

CITY: Pune, Maharashtra

AGE: 23

JOB: Software engineer

ANNUAL SALARY: $7,000

YEARLY SALON SPENDING: $180

HOME MAINTENANCE BUDGET: $74

MANE MOTTO: "I have very long hair that's naturally curly and thick, so I straighten it to make it easier to manage. I also make sure that it's conditioned properly to avoid tangles and damage."

PRODUCT ARSENAL: Sunsilk Co-Creations Shampoo Lusciously Thick & Long, $8; L'Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Arginine-K Complex+Ceramide Restoring Conditioner, $7; L'Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Arginine-K Complex+Ceramide Damage Erasing Balm, $7.

TOOL KIT: Extra large boar-bristle hairbrush, $4; wide-tooth comb, $4; 1" ceramic flatiron, $7.

STYLE THEORY: "I stay away from blowdrying because I think it weakens my hair. Instead, I straighten it with keratin treatments at the Jawed Habib Salon and get it redone once a year. It's quite expensive, around $150 per visit, so I save by getting a $15 haircut every six months."