The Cheapest Place to Buy Shea Butter and 5 Other Natural Hair Essentials

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By Christina of The Mane Objective

As we discussed last time, having natural hair or transitioning can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be expensive .As an impulse shopper and recovering product junkie, I have a tendency to randomly decide I “need” something for my hair, then go grab it the first place I would assumed carried it. Needless to say, I poured a lot of money down the drain by not doing my homework. But boy, have I learned my lesson. I often spend my lunch break or other bouts of down-time exploring stores in my area and looking for the best bargains. Here are six more natural hair staples that can be nabbed at discounted prices:

Raw Shea Butter

Whether you like Shea Butter for your skin or to blend in a DIY mix a’la Naptural85, this natural staple doesn’t have to be pricey. I live in LA, and have places like Dawah Books (on Crenshaw Blvd.) where I can get a pound (16oz) of Shea Butter for $6. If you live near any African shops or marketplaces, I would check there first. However, if you have to order online, 8oz of raw Shea Butter will run you in the ballpark of $5 — and a little goes a long way. Check out Amazon or Erzuli for online purchasing.

Jojoba Oil

Great for leave-ins, pre-pooing, or sealing hair, Jojoba oil has made it on many a natural’s radar. However, the price-point can be a little discouraging to some — especially when olive, coconut and other oils are available in much larger quantities for much less. One way to ease the sting in purchasing this powerful oil is to head over to Trader Joe’s. This amazing store chain carries 4oz of 100% pure Jojoba oil for $6.99. This is by far the best in-store pricing I have found.

Henna

Eight months ago, I would have suggested heading to Whole Foods or Sprouts and grabbing a box of Light Mountain Henna for $7.99. DON’T. YOU. DARE. Take it from me, cutting corners when it comes to Henna just isn’t worth the hassle. Light Mountain Henna is decent enough (if you enjoy repeated co-washing and picking sticks and stems out of your hair), but for the price point, you can easily get ahold of some Body Art Quality (BAQ) Henna. I resorted to ordering my Jamila BAQ Henna from an Ebay dealer, Mehndi911 who is located in Culver City, CA. I usually purchase 2 or 3 boxes at a time, for $6.00each and $1.98 shipping. I chose this particular dealer because she has Summer 2012 crop of henna, which is the freshest. If you’re interested in saving a few bucks, you can always purchase previous crop years (2010, 2011) for cheaper on sites like Ebay or Amazon. When purchasing Henna online, make sure the vendor or dealer is able to indicate a crop date and brand. Don’t be taken in by bootleg Henna!

Apple Cider Vinegar

The interwebs tout ACV as a miracle in a bottle that can help you kill lice, dandruff, grow hair, improve your credit score, pH balance hair, re-elect Obama, smooth hair, bring down gas prices, and fight frizz…and the list goes on. When it comes to buying Apple Cider Vinegar, most people naturally gravitate toward Braggs, as it is known as a popular brand of reputable quality. However, did you know that the Vitamin Shoppe has their own brand of organic ACV (with Mother, of course) for less? Head to the Vitamin Shoppe for a 16oz bottle for $2.99!

Vitamin E Oil

If you’ve headed to Trader Joe’s for Jojoba oil, don’t leave just yet. If you love Vitamin E oil or are curious about how it’ll treat your hair, you can purchase some at TJ’s at a price that won’t leave you mad if you don’t love it. Try out a 4oz bottle of pure Vitamin E oil for $3.99.

Storage Containers

In this area, my #1 recommendation is reusing emptied hair product jars. Make sure they are washed well and dried thoroughly before re-use. My personal favorite is taking Shea Moisture jars, washing and loading them up with my mixes. Fair warning: do not pour hot flax seed gel (or any other “cooked” concoctions) directly into the container. It will melt. If you insist on purchasing airtight containers, your best bet is Target. Grab an 8-count GladWare Mini Round Containers for $3.29.

What other staples have you uncovered at discount prices?

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Christina Patrice

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

 

47 thoughts on “The Cheapest Place to Buy Shea Butter and 5 Other Natural Hair Essentials

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        I also have Cocoa Butter – Almond oil – Coconut Oil in stock.

        Kind Regards

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    • Good day

      I’m replying to a request made on a website about Shea butter that you’re looking for. I’ve got a lot in stock, I would like to know if you’re still interested.

      I also have Cocoa Butter – Almond oil – Coconut Oil

      Kind Regards

      Moosa
      Cell: +27 82 754 4992

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    • hello,

      Am looking for some natural butters to buy in bulk. please advise if you have the following butters and the prices.

      Shea butter – raw unrefined
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      Tucuuma Butter – raw
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  3. (posted this on another article but felt like it was relevant here as well)
    WARNING: “Gold Shea Butter” is NOT UNREFINED SHEA BUTTER

    So I’ve been doing lots of research as I’m trying to have healthier natural hair. I was very excited about Shea butter and I used the link you have shared multiple times linking to one of the Amazon sellers to purchase my Shea butter. Sadly this led me to “Gold Shea Butter” but the truth is that Shea butter is NOT gold so if a vendor is selling “Gold Shea Butter” it is either Kpangnan (a different butter) or it is dyed which could potentially effect the quality of the Shea. I discovered this by watching this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9XzMd2AJu8

    Coupled with going to Naptural85’s preferred Shea butter source and reading this: http://www.shop.agbangakarite.com/product.sc?productId=23&categoryId=7

    And then finishing with the wikipedia article which talks about the coloring of unrefined Shea butter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shea_butter

    All this leads me to believe that many people (including this site) are being dooped by some Amazon sellers. I think what’s ultimately happening is similar to how people in America think a Yam and a Sweet Potato are the same (they aren’t) but with shady implications as I think Kpangnan is cheaper to obtain but is being marked with Shea Butter prices. I even think that the photo above may be of Kpangnan but has been continually labeled as Shea butter. I believe this is a more accurate depiction of Shea butter http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-6s-KybNKEHo/UEyPEcs6mbI/AAAAAAAAAgk/ScHRqq0N2lM/s640/raw-shea-butter.jpg

    Again this is just my own internet sleuthing I have done. Does anyone else have a different understanding or interpretation of my sources?

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