If you know me then you will know that I am big on growing natural hair on a budget. Natural hair care doesn’t have to be complicated and expensive, that’s why I decided not to take the product junkie route when I embarked on my healthy hair journey.
I have been natural for about three years and those who know me know that I am not a product junkie as I buy only products that I really need. This has helped me to save a lot of money when it comes to buying and trying different kinds of hair products and accessories.
The truth however is that you do not need to try every product recommended by every natural hair enthusiast, you only need to stick to the basics and then you can build your product stash from there. Your hair would still grow long and healthy if you know how to use your products the right way.
How to grow natural hair on a budget
Buy only products you need
You actually need very few products to begin your hair journey. The basic products you need are; a sulfate free shampoo, a good conditioner, a leave-in conditioner and a good natural hair oil and butter.
If you need to deep condition and you do not have a plastic cap, you can use a grocery bag, I’m very sure you have that in your kitchen, they’re disposable and that’s great!
If you need to stretch your hair, you can twist it and pin it down with bobby pins or you do the african threading, this method works like magic as it gives you that heatless blow out and stretch, you don’t even need to get a blow dryer or flat iron because those heat appliances actually do more damage than good.
Go the diy route
DIY’s aren’t for cheapskates only, if you love diy’s then by all means do your research and explore. If you notice your conditioner doesn’t give you the slip you need, add your favourite oil or honey, dilute your leave-in conditioner with some water in a spray bottle if it’s too thick for your low porosity hair. You just need to understand how to find your way around this.
Oftentimes, the answer to the hair issue you’re experiencing could just be in your kitchen. As always do your research before trying any do it yourself remedy.
Do your hair yourself
Most natural hair salons are quite pricey and may not be pocket friendly if you’re on a budget. In other non natural hair salons that offer cheaper services, the stylists do not really understand natural haircare or healthy haircare in general, visiting such salons would be a disaster so the only way out is to do your hair yourself, this will save you a lot of trouble and set back in your healthy hair journey and you actually get to learn, understand, care and love your hair better and faster because you have to deal with everyday.
You don’t need to use and do everything
Everyday, someone in the natural hair community comes up with something new, like a magic growth portion that promises to help you grow waist length hair in one month. Most times you’ll feel tempted to join the band wagon but don’t fall for it sis, you do not need to jump on every new trend. In my minimalist natural haircare journey, I’ve learnt to wait until the hype for every magical product goes down before I get to try it, I also do my research and read reviews before I buy any new product.
How would you describe yourself, a minimalist naturalista or a product junkie?
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