Keeping natural hair can be quite expensive. But it is a hundred percent possible to grow and maintain your natural hair on a budget.
If you are a student, a newly-earning young woman or things are not really doing great in the financial department, then, you might be looking for a way to cut down cost and save some money.
Many people have this idea that once they become natural then hair care become cost-effective. Giiiirrrllll! Have you seen the prices of Natural hair products these days? Girl, you definitely want to use a hair budget.
So where do you begin?
When I first went natural in 2016, I was a student. And as a student, you automatically work on a budget or else you want to get broke real fast. Everything for me had to be on a budget, including my hair. Below are some things that helped me grow a healthy natural hair on a budget.
Natural Hair On a Budget
1. Keep it Basic
Start with the basic products. You don’t need 20 products to grow a healthy hair. If you keep jumping at every product you see, you would surely break the bank.
I have come to realize that all I need in my product stash are:
- A Shampoo
- A conditioner
- A deep conditioner
- Hair Butter
- A sealing oil
- A good gel
Find the essentials and stick with them (cleanser, moisturizer, deep conditioner, oil, etc). It is okay to try new things, but ensure that you are only experimenting after you have used up all the products that you have already bought. You don’t need 10 different shampoo or 12 different growth oil to rock your natural hair well.
2. Do it yourself (DIY)
This would help you save cost. There are tons of videos on DIY shampoos, conditioners, hair mask and so on. The good thing about this is that you already have these ingredients at home. However, you can easily purchase them in the market at a cheap price. You can get a handsome amount of shea butter for as low as $1 (N360).
You want natural hair on a budget? You have to be the DIY kind of girl.
3. Buy local
There are amazing Nigerian hair product brands that cater for the needs of natural hair women. These brands are right here in Nigeria and provide products as low as $4 (N1200). So why travel over board when what you are looking for is right here in front of you.
Moreover, you can keep your ears open for products that are on sale. All these buy two get one free kind of sale would help you save a lot of money.
4. Have a go-to protective style
Yes! It’s never a sin to not wear your natural hair all the time. Even the hair needs some time off. Having one or two protective styles is a must especially if you want a natural hair on a budget kind of life. You can do braids, weavons or kinky twist. whichever one is you can afford.
Also note that you can’t be out there changing your protective hairdo every week. Well, you can, if you choose to use just your natural hair without extensions.
5. Spread it out
Some unspoken rules of natural haircare states that one should deep condition their hair on a weekly basis. However, as one on a budget you can deep condition biweekly. So instead of having 52 wash days, you can have 26 wash days by washing your hair once in two weeks. This also allow your products last longer.
(P.S: if your scalp needs cleansing on a regular, please cleanse! you can’t have a healthy hair with a dirty scalp)
Few more tips
- Don’t be too heavy-handed on your products. Use dime size girl!
- Buy multi-functional products. That is, products that can be used for more than one purpose. I recommend products you can use for both hair and skin. e.g. shea butter, coconut oil etc. This is called killing two birds with one stone.
- Stick to what works for you.
- Don’t be afraid to try lower cost products. Just because you are natural doesn’t mean you cannot try products that are cost-effective.
I hope these tips I have shared are helpful and you can use it to make your ‘natural hair on a budget’ journey smooth.
I would love to know how you rock your natural hair on a budget. Do leave a comment below!
Stay natural and beautiful!