Coming from me, this post seems like a joke knowing that the picture above only displays less than a quarter of the products that I own, however, these plethora of products have taught me a few things about discernment. We all have things we like and don’t mind spending a ridiculous amount of money on. It could be shoes, makeup, clothes, books etc. but for me among other things, I like to purchase hair products.
Yes, I just admitted that. I don’t know if it’s the packaging or simply curiosity but what innocently began as finding out what works for my hair turned into an addiction. A healthy addiction I hope. So, over the years, I have picked up a few ways to stop myself from buying more unnecessary products that I end up discarding after one use.
I hope my following tips can help you (if it’s not too late) from becoming a product junkie.
First of all, you REALLY DON’T need every product that is reviewed or advertised on a blog or on social media. So many products generally have the same standard formulation with slight differences in measurements and ingredients. Thus, learn to read ingredients and if you don’t require a new conditioner then DON’T buy one.
Now, you’re probably thinking, “hey Chinwe Juliet, how would you know what works for your hair if you don’t try new products?” Well, you obviously can try new products but just not every single one you see a blogger, vlogger or hair enthusiast recommend. This advice is especially for newly naturals. Hair texture and porosity differs so rather than buying full size products that you may never use half way, opt for sample sizes where available. It would save you a lot of money in the long run.
Secondly, products are purposely packaged and sweetly scented to attract customers. I fall for this one all the time so be careful. You may just be paying for the packaging and not quality ingredients. Don’t be deceived by the fancy labels or be brainwashed by the perfect blend of essential oils.
Thirdly, do your research. Read and watch lots reviews, learn about the brand involved and practise discernment or you will end up with a bathroom filled with half full products (thank God I have siblings who help me with this problem). Also, be money wise, you cannot be spending so much on hair products while there are more important things to be taken care of.
Lastly, do not buy hair products on impulse. Most often than not, impulse buys don’t turn out the way we want them to so be wise and be frugal. You don’t need every gel, custard, leave-in or deep conditioner (except if it’s for free 🙂 ), to achieve the softest and most defined styles.
Goodluck! (Because you’ll need it).0