Products That Can Sink Your Hair Budget

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Hair care is business and marketers know how to appeal to our emotions and get us to spend money that we sometimes don’t have. With so many products to choose from, who can keep up? It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in the latest craze and discard what you already know to be a tried and true hair routine. One minute, you’re overdosing on pomegranate juice and the next, you’re ingesting inhumane levels of Biotin, all in the name of fuller, longer, shinier hair.

Knowing what works and doesn’t is the key not only to great hair, but also to a healthy wallet. Too often we complicate things and the process of cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing turns into a series of time-sucking rituals that also drain our wallets. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it – but how you can  take control of your budget when it comes to your tresses?

  1. Look for shampoos, moisturizers and conditioners with high levels of water and lower levels of alcohol, parabens, wax, petrolatum and mineral oil. Not only will alcohol dry your hair, the other ingredients  will add dullness and prevent moisture from entering the hair shaft. So while you think you’re being good to your hair, you’re really impeding it and throwing money out the window. Switch to gentler products that will nourish your hair and help it thrive. Gentler and nourishing, by the way, doesn’t always mean expensive. There are many organic and natural products that are also affordable. Do your research and soon you’ll be able to ditch the moisture-sucking, hair-dulling products
  2. Multiple hair accessories are easy to accumulate and even the simplest, most universal embellishment can cost ridiculous amounts and leave you thinking, hey, I could make that! Truth is, you probably can. If you troll around YouTube long enough, you’ll discover dozens of talented and creative souls all too happy to share their knowledge and show you how to copy their style.
  3. Hair potions and growth aids are other budget busters. As long as you’re living and breathing, your hair will grow. Browsing the Internet will leave you with a myriad of new ways to grow longer, fuller hair, from spreading paprika or cayenne pepper on your scalp, to rubbing harsh creams that aren’t even designed to be used on your head in the first place. Massaging your head instead with your fingertips can help stimulate your follicles, not to mention, keep it clean and scent-free.
  4. Trimming costs can be lowered by going to a beauty school where students are eager to show off their skills. Source a reputable school first.
  5. Colouring Afro-textured hair means extra dryness which means more moisturizing to prevent splits and breakage. More moisturizer adds to your final bill, not to mention any special shampoo that helps keep the colour in longer. Consider switching to rinses that fade over time, which are not only gentler on your hair but easier on your wallet.
  6. Make some of your own products. Shampoos, conditioners and serums can be concocted at home, plus you’ll subject your hair to less harmful chemicals.

That’s your biggest hair budget buster?

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