There are many blogs that will tell you about all the wonderful natural products that exist. They are indeed many great, fancy products but they are hardly a necessity. If you’re on a budget, you only need a few things to keep your hair healthy and beautiful.
YOUR ESSENTIAL HAIR PRODUCTS
- SHAMPOO – Opt for something that gives good bang for your buck. Don’t automatically think that cheap is best. A product like Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil is sulphate free, won’t dry out your hair but will keep it clean and last a few months (even with weekly washing). Still, almost any shampoo will do. Go super cheap if you need to to avoid a high cost.
- CONDITIONER – Go for a moisturising conditioner. Something like Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner can be used as both an instant conditioner and a deep conditioner. It can also be used lightly as a leave-in and gives great slip for detangling. Condition – Deep condition – Leave-in – Detangler – You’re getting almost 4 products in 1. Win! You can also buy these types of product in bulk to save on money.
- MOISTURISER – All you need is water. No, I’m not kidding. Mist your hair with water nightly to get the moisture you need. Use an old spray bottle or buy an inexpensive one HERE.
- SEALANT/OIL – Follow your moisturiser (water) with coconut oil (which helps retain protein in the hair). This will work well on the scalp if you have dry scalp tendencies as well. If you have no scalp issues, you could opt for something like raw shea butter mixed with coconut oil instead. Both products can be sourced at a fair price online and will last you many, many months. Again, great bang for buck. Sealing with a shea butter and oil mixture will also keep the moisture in your hair for a longer time and is typically very good for setting styles like twist-outs. Coconut oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil can also be used for hot oil treatments. An almost natural but very inexpensive oils is Africa’s Best Ultimate Herbal Oil. That can also be used for a hot oil treatment too. For thicker hair, you may just be able to use EVOO alone. These you’ll have to play with to see which is best for you.
- OPTIONAL CONDITIONER – If you need protein (typically because your hair is over-moisturised and stretchy to the point of tearing), you could purchase an inexpensive protein conditioner to use once a month. Using it once a month, you aren’t likely to purchase it regularly so you’re likely to only need to purchase this once or twice a year. For a quick burst of protein, I suggest ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor. I keep it in for about 5-10 minutes a month with heat.
Curlfriends, this routine will have you spending a ridiculously small amount of money on your hair. If you’re broke or just miserly, this is likely to work very well for you. Even if you have the cash, try it, just to see whether you could be saving for your first (or second) home instead of spending a bunch of money on your hair.
- We generally use way more product than we need. Add your products slowly and build as needed. For example, your deep conditioner doesn’t have to be dripping from your hair. It just needs to evenly coat/touch your strands.
- Find multiple uses for your products. Just as we mentioned the Hello Hydration doing double duty, the shea butter-coconut oil mix could also be used as a deep conditioner. Buy shea butter in bulk and use the mix as a body lotion too.
Honestly, writing this post just made me want to throw out products… but NO WAY. LOL. I’m using up what I have but we really don’t need nearly as much as we have ladies. I surely won’t be repurchasing half of the things I own. I’ll also do a personal favourites blog post and video soon.
AN INEXPENSIVE NATURAL HAIR REGIMEN
Here is the regimen outlined.
Once a Week – Wash hair once a week with shampoo. Follow up with your instant conditioner. Towel or t-shirt dry (blot). Add a dime size amount of conditioner to large sections of hair. Add oil or your shea butter mixture. Style as desired.
Every 2-3 Weeks – Deep condition after washing instead of instant conditioning. Add extra virgin coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil. Let the conditioner sit on your hair for at least 5 minutes under a bonnet dryer or 20 minutes with a plastic cap wrapped in a towel.
Every 4 Weeks – If needed, do a deep protein conditioning session. Always follow up with your regular moisture conditioner. Also, check your ends when your hair is dry. Use your hair scissors and trim away any single strand knots or split ends to maintain the health or your hair ends.
You don’t have to do or buy the most to have the most healthy and beautiful hair. Add your tips in the comment section and share your favourite cheap products or hair care tips.
BUY THE ITEMS
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- Creme of Nature Moisture & Shine Shampoo with Argan Oil
- Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Moisturising Conditioner
- Spray Bottle
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ApHogee Intensive Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor