How to Maintain Healthy Natural Hair Without Overspending

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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 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 points I mentioned in the video but I will be expounding upon them a lot more.

Tip No. 1

Research

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.

Some Youtube channels that I find helpful in creating a regimen are Traycee SimmonsJourney to Waist LengtheVaniwithaV , and Viv Hair Therapy

Tip No.2

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 buy 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 sticking 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 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?

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Curly Hair Products I am Dying To Try

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Ever since I started my transition and especially now that I am completely natural  I can’t stop fantacizing about the styles I want to try, and the products I want to use. I decided to compile a list of the top ten products I want to try. Sort of like a bucket list that I will tick off one by one and see if they are all worth the hype.  You might find this helpful if you are natural and are searching for products to improve the health of your hair. If you are a more experienced natural please feel free let me know if you have already tried any of the products on my list and how they worked for you.

My picks are based on the reviews of some of my favourite Youtubers. These products should work well on Type 4 hair which is my hair type based on what I have observed so far. I have categorised them based on their purposes. So I ended up with five categories which are:

  • Cleansers
  • Deep Conditioners /Masques
  • Detanglers/ Rinse Out Conditioners
  • Leave-in Conditioners/Moisturisers
  • Stylers /Gels

I have included clickable pictures (where I could find links) so that you can view each product in greater detail.

Cleansers

The two Cleansers that I cannot wait to try are-drum-roll please:

  1. Bentonite Clay

I have heard great things about the detoxifying effects of bentonite clay. I’ve seen it work wonders on low porosity hair that is lacking definition. So if you are struggling in the curl definition department try some bentonite clay. I can’t wait to see what it will do for the hair at the crown of my head that hates to clump and loves to frizz.

2. Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo


This shampoo seems to be the real deal if you want a gentle cleanse that is not going to strip your hair’s natural oils. It’s great for persons who have sensitive scalp and skin. Lets hope it’s all it’s cracked up to be!



 

Deep Conditoners/ Masques

3. T.G.I.N Honey Miracle Hair Mask

 

Of all the deep conditioners I hear naturals talk about this seems like the one that sets the bar. This wouldn’t be a natural hair products wish list if this wasn’t on it.

4. Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque

Lets just say this seems to be a strong competitor to the TGIN Honey Miracle hair Mask

Detanglers/Rinse Out Conditioners

5. Aussie Moist Three Minute Miracle

I know…this might not be a strictly “curly hair” products but it does seem to work wonders in softening and detangling natural hair…so sign me up. It comes highly recommended by hair vloggers across the board.

6. Herbal Essences hello Hydration Moisturizing Conditioner

No matter what type of hair journey you are on you are bound to have heard about this product. It’s a staple in many a hair regimen…begs the question why is it still on my wish list and not in my bathroom cabinet?

 

Leave In Conditioners/ Moisturisers

8. Mixed Chicks Coil, Kink and Curl Style Cream

I love a great moisturiser and so far i am yet to find one that makes me swoon so i am definitely up to try this one after the great things I have heard about it.

7. Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk

Well what can I say this is my third Shea Moisture pick…I guess they are doing something right.

Stylers/Gels

I was least interested in this category just because I think that nothing can beat my Ecostyler Olive Oil gel ( check out my defined was and go using it here. However I did manage to find two gels that peaked my interest…so one day I will give them a try.

9. Mixed Chicks Curl Sculptor

10. Alikay Naturals Aloe Berry Styling Gel

What curly hair products are on your wish list? Have you tried any of the ones on mine? how do you like them?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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