The most frequent question I get is “What do you use in your natural hair?” So obviously people are on a quest to find products that are going to have their hair looking it’s best. Today I am going to give you a guide for how to find these products without breaking the bank.
I recently did a more condensed version of this on my YouTube Channel. You may watch it now (video can also be found at the end of this post also) if you’re strapped for time or you prefer your advice in video form. In this post I will be sticking to the five tips I mentioned in the video but I will be expounding upon them a lot more.
Tip No. 1
In order to be successful at anything you have to do some research. Lack of information is going to have you making stupid decision’s that are going to leave you frustrated and stagnant. To ensure that you don’t overspend on products, buy products that don’t work or products that have inferior ingredients ( all things that might have you throwing your money down the drain) you first have to do some research.
Start with finding out what a typical successful natural hair regimen looks like. Watch tutorials and read blog posts of other naturals and identify potential products that might work for you. Once you’ve identified the products you will need research the products to ensure that they do not have ingredients that might not be beneficial to your hair or scalp examples are mineral oils and petroleum. Doing this research will ensure that you don’t go out and randomly buy products that have no real purpose in your regimen or that you might end up throwing out because of bad ingredients or because they simply do not work.
Create a Plan and Stick to It
Once you have done all your research you should have a basic idea of what your regimen will consist of. Namely, cleansing, conditioning, moisturising and sealing and styling. You therefore need to find a product to fulfil each step in your regimen. There is no need to have 3,4,5 different products that do the same thing. If you do you are wasting money that you could save or use for something else.
Tip No. 3
Do Some DIYs
In cases where you purchase a product that doesn’t work as well as you would like it to a simple DIY can help enhance the product.
This will prevent you from throwing away product and your hard-earned money. I sometimes add oil or some aloe vera juice to sub par conditioners to make them more moisturising. I also save my shampoo by adding some to a colour applicator bottle and diluting with water for easier application to my scalp.
Tip No. 4
Keep it Simple
The simpler you keep your regimen the more money you will save and the healthier your hair will be. Co-washing, for example is an extra step that some people do to refresh their hair midweek but it’s not absolutely necessary and if you don’t need to do it then don’t. It requires an additional product that you wouldn’t normally need. Another important thing to do is to keep styling as simple and minimalistic as possible. Find the most convenient style for you and stick to it most of the time. For me it’s the wash and go ( you can watch my tutorial for a super defined wash and go here). Trying a lot of styles are going to require a lot of new products especially if you are not a hair expert, plus all that manipulation can cause damage to your hair. So save your coins by finding one or two styles that you love and stick to them, save the extras for special occasions.
Tip No. 5
Find Your Holy Grail products and Stick to Them
Overtime you will identify the products that work for you and those that do not. Stick to the ones you absolutely love and keep trying out replacements for those that you don’t. Once you find a product that works for you there is no need to change to something else that you might not like and end up throwing your money away. It’s a good idea to keep a record of how a product works for you so that you can refer to it when deciding whether you should repurchase a product or switch to something new.
Let me know what you think in the comments. Is your natural hair journey causing you to overspend? Do you find these tips helpful?