By Christi­na of The Mane Objec­tive

You’ve heard time and time again that hair care and beau­ty can be expen­sive. You also know that both are boom­ing indus­tries, and adver­tis­ers are always look­ing for new ways to get you inter­est­ed in drop­ping dough on their prod­ucts. How can you still give your hair every­thing it needs with­out burn­ing a hole in your pock­ets? Read on for a few ideas on how to max­i­mize your mon­ey when it comes to key areas of hair­care.

1. Use Apple Cider Vinegar instead of a Clarifying Shampoo

You’ve heard all about the ben­e­fits of an ACV rin­se, but did you know you can use Apple Cider Vine­gar to clar­i­fy your hair? Just mix one part Apple Cider Vine­gar (organ­ic, with Moth­er) and one part water. Shake it up in a spray bot­tle and sat­u­rate your hair. Let the ACV mix sit on your hair (and scalp) for 20–30 min­utes, then con­tin­ue with your reg­u­lar co-wash or a deep con­di­tion. Apple Cider Vine­gar can be pur­chased from Vit­a­m­in Shoppe for $2.99. If you’re not a fan of the scent of Apple Cider Vine­gar, Aztec Heal­ing Clay is an odor­less alter­na­tive. Mix the clay and water until you achieve a mud-like tex­ture. Apply to your hair and scalp for 20–30 min­utes and rin­se thor­ough­ly. You can also fol­low this up with a co-wash or deep con­di­tion­ing, depend­ing upon your hair’s needs. You can grab a 16oz jar of Aztec Heal­ing Clay for around $7 at retail­ers like Sprouts and Vit­a­m­in Shoppe.

2. Avoid Buying Conditioner at Grocery Stores and Pharmacies

Arguably, con­di­tion­er is some­thing that nat­u­rals tend to spend the most mon­ey on — and right­ful­ly so. We need pro­tein con­di­tion­ers, mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­ers, co-wash­ing con­di­tion­ers, deep con­di­tion­ers, con­di­tion­ers for our con­di­tion­ers, leave-in con­di­tion­ers, and so forth. The thing about con­di­tion­ers to remem­ber is that just because it comes with a hefty price tag doesn’t mean it’s worth the mon­ey. As we explored in this arti­cle, the expen­sive con­di­tion­ers often couldn’t hold a coun­ter to their cheap­er coun­ter­parts. When it comes to con­di­tion­ers, avoid pur­chas­ing at gro­cery and phar­ma­cy stores (like CVS and Wal­greens) if pos­si­ble, and unless there is an irrefutable sale. Often times, the­se stores car­ry many of the same brands you can find at Tar­get, but tack on $2 or $3 more than Tar­get prices.

3. Use Conditioners that Serve More Than one Purpose

Addi­tion­al­ly, you can always find con­di­tion­ers that do dou­ble duty – like a nour­ish­ing con­di­tion­er that can also dou­ble as a deep con­di­tion­er if mixed with a favorite oil, or left on your hair a lit­tle longer. And, don’t under­es­ti­mate the cheap­ie con­di­tion­ers. Just because the bot­tle says Suave, Aussie or Tre­sem­me doesn’t mean it can’t do your hair any good. In fact, Aussie Moist and Tre­sem­me Anti-Break­age are sta­ples in my hair­care col­lec­tion! 

4. Use Diluted Regular Conditioner Instead of Buying Leave-In Conditioner

Unless there is a dire need, one thing I vowed to nev­er spend mon­ey on is a leave-in. There are far too many ways to cut that cost out of your hair­care bud­get. For starters, you can always buy a con­di­tion­er that dou­bles as a leave-in. My per­son­al favorite in this area is Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea But­ter Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er that I use not only as a reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er, but also some­times as a leave in, and some­times as a deep con­di­tion­er. Alter­na­tive­ly, you can leave a lit­tle bit of your reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er in your hair by not rins­ing all of it out. Just make sure you dou­ble-check the ingre­di­ent list to ensure that noth­ing in the bot­tle is going to irri­tate your scalp. Or, since most leave-ins are noth­ing more than a dilut­ed ver­sion of a stan­dard pro­duct, you can always pour some of your favorite con­di­tion­er into a spray bot­tle, add water, shake, and spray. Last­ly, you can have your styling/sealing pro­duct dou­ble as a leave in – as long as it con­tains water or a pen­e­trat­ing oil like Coconut.

5. Use Inexpensive Oils and Butters to Seal in Moisture, Instead of Buying Sealing Products

When it comes to seal­ing in mois­ture, there are tons of mon­ey sav­ing options that are fair game. If your hair loves oils or straight up but­ters, Shea, Coconut, and Cas­tor are pret­ty inex­pen­sive go-tos. You can also use your styling prod­ucts to dou­ble up as sealants. Two of my favorite dou­ble-duty sealants are Shea Moisture’s Coconut Hibis­cus Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie, and my Napp­tural85-inspired fluffy styling cream.  With the Shea Mois­ture pro­duct, I alter­nate between apply­ing after a dilut­ed con­di­tion­er leave-in, after a lit­tle coconut oil, or by itself – all depend­ing on my hair’s needs at the time. My DIY fluffy styling cream is so chock full of good­ies that I just spritz on water for mois­ture, and fol­low up with a small amount of the mix. There are dozens of dif­fer­ent recipes out there, so make sure to fol­low or mod­i­fy one accord­ing to what your hair likes. My DIY cream is made with Shea But­ter, Extra Vir­gin Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, and a Sweet Almond/Vit­a­m­in E Oil blend. It is heavy enough to seal, but light enough to give my hair life with amaz­ing braid-outs.  A cool bonus: the DIY fluffy styling cream is an awe­some body mois­tur­iz­er too! For more infor­ma­tion on my DIY cream, click here.

Ladies, how do you save mon­ey on nat­u­ral hair prod­ucts?

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.

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Samantha R.

I get my all nat­u­ral sham­poo from http://www.naturalwayorganics.net and don’t have to pay and arm and leg for it like the phar­ma­cies want you to pay for their prod­ucts. It’s been the best for my hair chem­i­cal free and still does won­ders for my hair.

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Good ideas! I always think to do which is more nat­u­ral. Well done.

Jo Somebody

Wow! 50:50 ACV:Water?? I always thought you were rec­om­mend­ed to use 1tbs per cup of water or some­thing. Hmm…

Sophie

Good ideas! Although I don’t spend much on con­di­tion­er (Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals), but I find that rins­ing with ACV make me use more because it’s hard­er to con­trol the amount since it’s not as thick as cond­tion­er or sham­poo. Peo­ple should be a bit cau­tious of num­ber 4, though, because some prod­ucts are FDA approved to be washed out but not approved to be in pro­longed con­tact with the skin because after time they cause irri­ta­tion or pro­longed expo­sure to cer­tain chem­i­cals.

Aly

great post!! espe­cial­ly since I was just in Tar­get the oth­er day and was appalled at the $40–60 range of Miss Jessie’s prod­ucts on the “nat­u­ral hair care” end­cap. WTH?!! Unless impec­ca­ble results are guar­an­teed or else a com­pli­men­ta­ry salon appoint­ment is grant­ed, I’ll pass!

That said, it’s good to know the more wal­let-friend­ly options serve their pur­pose and more…

Ugonna Wosu

Every­thing except #4. I use reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er as a leave in, but not dilut­ed. The whole appeal of reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er as a leave in is that its thick­er and more mois­tur­iz­ing, why make it more like reg­u­lar leave in and take away its appeal?

JenniD
Um num­ber 4 is a big no no for my hair. Tried this tip a few years ago and my hair became coat­ed and I devel­oped an itchy scalp. If the bot­tle doesn’t say leave in I’ll pass. A real­ly good tip is sim­ply to use less. Peo­ple often claim that their hair is so “thick” that the dime size or quar­ter size rule can’t apply to them. Just because your nat­u­ral doesn’t mean you have to use 1/2 a bot­tle of con­di­tion­er to get the job done. If you do, the pro­duct your using prob­a­bly isn’t any good I… Read more »
DreamGirl
I must say I spend more now as a nat­u­ral than I did when I relaxed my hair. I use Tre­sem­me which is kin­da expen­sive in south africa,but I buy the huge bot­tles when they are on sale and the last me a very long time. I’m try­ing to cut back on “find­ing the per­fect “mois­turis­er” but I’m still on the hunt ’cause we don’t have shea but­ter or any but­ter here either. I think the best thing is to stock up the good stuff when its on sale and don’t use too much pro­duct ’cause most of the time… Read more »
Anne

I am find­ing it very hard to believe you can­not find any but­ters in SA.

neochasez

Shea but­ter is from West Africa. Believe it or not, there aren’t tons of prod­ucts from there in South Africa. It’s a long, long way and the mar­kets are dif­fer­ent.

Anne

I was not refer­ring to shea but­ter. Baob­ab and Maru­la oils/butter are native to South Africa. I bought aloe but­ter there as well. I should also men­tion Ugan­da pro­duces Shea But­ter so it is not only pro­duced in west Africa.

DreamGirl

Do you live in SA,where do you buy your but­ters?

Anne
Anne

I do not live there, but I used to spend a lot of time in Sand­ton for work and I remem­ber buy­ing aloe and maru­la but­ter from a store in Jo’burg. It was in a large mall down­town and it was very crowd­ed.

This link has quite a few com­pa­nies that sell but­ters: http://www.hotfrog.co.za/Products/Butter

Tiff Dizzle

N I thought Shea Mois­ture was a bit pri­cy for 10.00 with those small con­tain­ers… count ya bless­ings huh

k

Ha! in Trinidad and Tobago its $120 TT dol­lars for the Shea Mois­ture Anti-Break­age Masque! I keep watch­ing it and hope to buy it one day as a present to myself! Its a lux­u­ry good here!

Carla

Yeah and Shea Mois­ture tends to last me a real­ly real­ly long time.

Dee dee

In Trindad and Tobago, Suave retails for $19.99, Aussie and Tre­sem­me is between $36 — $50… Defi­nate­ly not cheap­ie con­di­tion­ers!!! I guess Vo5 would be our cheap­ie con­di­tion­er as it retails for $10.50 to $16 Trinidad & Tobago dol­lars!!!

laila

US dol­lars or T&T dol­lars?

hair facts

One Trinidad and Tobago dol­lar equals .1562 Amer­i­can dol­lar, so we are not talk­ing about a big dif­fer­ence in price. A bot­tle of Suave in TT retail­ing at $19.99 is like $3.12 in the US. Vo5 sell­ing for $10.50 TT is about $1.62 in the US

Tiff Dizzle

My goodness!!!!Tresemme is like 3–4 buks in Amer­i­ca… What do you use there? and Suave with­out a sale is no more then 3.00

HomeGrownHairGirl

Actu­al­ly, Suave Nat­u­rals con­di­tion­er is on sale at my local Wal­greens for $1. VO5 Con­di­tion­er is 88 cents.

Jaslene

She did state if they are hav­ing a sale on those items then hit up Wal­greens or CVS but more often than not it cost more than Tar­get or Wal­mart.

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