One of the best things natural love about being naturals is the expensive, reoccurring perms they have to put in their hair. That does not include the amount of shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, gel, hair spray and everything else naturals have to use to keep their hair proper.
Luckily, being a natural means you can do so much at home. You can make your own conditioner, leave-in conditioner, hair mist, curl pudding and hair gel all at home, saving you a butt-ton of money in the process!
This is even true with protective hair styles. Senegalese twist, crochet braids and corn rows are all very pretty styles that you can do right at home. The only issue with protective styling is that you have to have a basic idea of how to do hair.
Let’s do some quick math on how much money you will save in a year’s time giving up on perms and trips to the salon.
Furthermore, if you get your Senegalese braids (or microbraids, kinky twist, certain corn row styles, etc.) done every 2 months, costing in the neighborhood of $200, you would be shelling out $1200 a year!
So, if you get your hair down routinely, you could be saving $1920 a year by doing your own hair. That’s nearly $2k! I don’t know about you but I don’t have money like that!
Additionally, making your own products at home could make the world of difference between saving your money and making your hair healthier! Homemade hair products usually do not contain mineral oil, preservatives or other things that could doing more harm than good for your hair.
One of the easiest things to make is a do-it-all hair cream. Some shea butter for an organic store, almond, coconut and jojoba oil mixed together will not only give your the sealant/moisture/leave-in conditioner/conditioner that you need, so buying 4 different products will no longer be a problem.
In regards to protective styling, most natural hair protective styles required synthetic hair. Traditional Senegalese twist, for example, required synthetic fibers costing less than $4 a pack as opposed to human hair costing anywhere from $35 a pack to several hundreds of dollars. When I visited a hair store recently, I saw that a pack of Kanekalon hair costs $3.99. This hair can be used to do all types of lovely styles. Take advantage of it!
If you want to look gorgeous while saving your money, stop spending so much time in a salon chair and take advantage of this fun journey by doing some of the things I mentioned above. You won’t regret it!