Let’s be honest, natural hair care can be expensive. We love our hair products (especially conditioner!) and we love our protective styles. Black Hair Care is a billion dollar industry and natural hair products specifically are definitely on the pricier end of the spectrum. Whether you’re newly natural, considering transitioning or have been rocking your kinks, coils and curls since you were in diapers, one thing is certain, you are definitely not trying to break the bank on hair care alone. We want healthy, beautiful hair but we want to achieve this on a budget.
Here are some ways you can save money on your natural hair care this year 🙂
Buy Multi Purpose Products
Usually when shopping for hair products most of us head straight to the beauty and hair store. When actually, many of the products we need to maintain our natural hair can be purchased during our weekly trip to the grocery store. if you’re like me and unable to find the right shampoo for your hair, try a homemade Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) rinse (half ACV, half water) which works just as well as a clarifying shampoo. Similarly, rather than buying sealing/moisturising products such as butters and manufactured oils from the hair store opt instead for pure natural oils such as coconut oil, olive oil and avocado oil from the grocery store which are cheaper and great for cooking and skin care. Not only will you save money, you’ll save time making only one trip, instead of two!
Re-purpose Your Products
Naturals are often accused of being hair product junkies. Although, personally, I think that is one natural hair trend we need to ditch in 2017, finding the right products that work for your hair is a process of trial and error. As a result, we tend to unintentionally hoard lots of unused or barely used products. Rather than letting these products and the money spent on them go to waste, you can re-purpose these products for other uses and benefits. Use that conditioner/shampoo that didn’t work out as shaving cream instead. I personally have not bought actual shaving cream in years. Additionally, new/unused natural hair products are perfect gifts for special occasions such as Birthdays and Christmas. As for slightly used hair products, try swapping with fellow natural friends/family. Win/Win!
DIY over BUY
The irony is, I am without a doubt a buy over DIY (do-it-yourself) type of person. However, I cannot deny that indulging in certain DIY activities regarding our hair care can certainly result in huge savings. Rather than spending large sums of money to get your hair professionally trimmed or install protective styles like braids and weaves, try doing it yourself. YouTube is a great place to start for helpful tutorials and inspiration. You can also find many DIY recipes for homemade hair masks, protein treatments, shampoos and conditioners online.
Stick To The Basics
At the end of the day, if we really had to, we could live without all the fancy hair care products and still achieve healthy hair. The most important element for natural healthy hair is moisture and simple H2O remains the ultimate moisturiser. If saving money is your priority invest in the basics such as a good shampoo, conditioner and sealing oil (that works for you) and you’re set!
DO YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR SAVING MONEY ON NATURAL HAIR CARE? IF YOU DO BE SURE TO SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
Until next time,