I would like to address something I’ve noticed overtime especially on social media platforms like Twitter. Often times, I see tweets about how natural hair is an expensive venture.These complaints most likely lead to frustration of sorts.
Now, many people clearly do not realize that this natural hair business is a personal thing. Yes, we all agree that there’s more awareness and the community is increasing by the day but that doesn’t mean you should lose yourself over it.
Everybody wants to join the bandwagon especially when it comes to products when they clearly cannot afford it. They want to able to flaunt and be affiliated with the various popular brands. They’re not conscious of the fact that some of these products might not even work for you. It’s all about trial and error. So what is the point?
Cut your coat according to your size.
This might seem like a cliché but we need to have this at the back of our minds. Unfortunately, natural hair product companies are not exactly popular. We do not have that many local businesses catering solely for the needs of naturals especially since it’s not mainstream yet (except for a few emerging brands). We need to get to a point that we can buy these products over the counter or in our local drugstores just like relaxers.
In the mean time, it’s important to learn to shop – just like you would with just like you would with everything else – according to your budget.
But first, what is your budget? Trust me, it is very very easy to get carried away with products. Heck! It’s even the easiest thing hence the need for a budget.
- You need to allocate a particular amount for for products and follow it religiously. Yes, it that serious.
- Next, study your hair. Know the kind of products that are applicable and whatnot. Find out what works for your hair and stick to it. Product junkism might not allow your hair thrive.
- Read product reviews. This is one habit I’ve imbibed this year. Before buying anything, I check reviews online. Google it and streamline the reviews to suit your location. Trust me, it has saved me a whole lot of money. Often times, some of these products are just hype, nothing else.
- Finally, you really do not need to go overboard as along as you have the basics. You could always concoct a few recipes for that deep conditioning mix (which is often always more effective).
From time to time, when you feel the need to switch things up or even try new products, go right ahead and splurge as you so desire. Afterall, variety is the spice of life!
You can totally manage your natural hair on your budget. Don’t let anyone convince or tell you otherwise.© Copyright 2014 Ebun Oluwole, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!