Kicking The Product Junkie Habit
The irony of my shopping spree these past few months, is that I will probably go back to what I used in the good old days: Garnier Fructis (leave-in conditioner, conditioner) or Suave, castor oil (hard or liquid), and aloe vera. That’s all I really need.
All the other stuff I have, I’m just going to use up. I do that by mixing a lot of them together.
I put castor oil, and other oils, like carrot and tea tree, into my Suave Conditioner to use it as a quasi-deep conditioner. I leave it in overnight or under an hour.
Product(s) I Hate
If I have a product I hate, I’ll slather it on, then sit under the dryer so my hair will drink it up. I do this after I’ve shampooed and (not deep) conditioned my hair. Getting it nearly streaky clean makes it easier for my hair to drink up the products.
I mix the cheap with the almost-pricey products. I like buying a bottle of hair / skin oil for $1.25. I like buying conditioner for .79 to .99 cents. I aim not to go higher than $5 for a 24-32oz bottle of castor oil or aloe vera.
I have bought products in bulk, but I’ve discovered that unless it is aloe vera, castor oil or Garnier Fructis, there’s no point. I don’t use these other items with the same frequency.
My experimenting days with different products will end. I may still pick up an item, but I need to gradually reduce my inventory of stuff. I hate clutter.
My Mom’s Hair
I use up product by putting some in my Mom’s hair. She’s (finally) a natural, and has such pretty curly hair. She said she hasn’t seen her natural hair in years, and didn’t know it was curly.
I’ve been washing, deep conditioning, and roller setting her hair. I give her a next-to-near-salon experience. She claims I’ve been saving her about $100 each time I do her hair.
I am astounded. I had no idea they’ve gotten that expensive.
In this economy, and in general, it’s good to realize that to take care of one’s hair doesn’t have to break the bank. Being frugal works just as well.