Monday, November 26, 2012

Why is going natural so expensive?



It's often said that to go natural is too expensive. You have to buy this product and  that product and so on and so on. But is it really expensive to rock the hair your born with? Do you REALLY need all those products?

Lets talk about this!

It's sad to say that going natural have only been 'cool' for the last few years. But it is true. When we were little girls the vast amount of information available to us now was not there then. Even if you don't admit it, we bought hair products that had a pretty permed hair girl on the front or stuff you saw your mom or sister used. NONE of us looked at the ingredients. And why would we? We did not understand anything but what the marketers said it will or won't do for our hair. 


 We trusted the hair dressers - who are mostly not highly educated - with the hair chemicals and products more than ourselves - who actually hold degrees. Whatever they said was law. But most of us who had perms have experienced hair breakage or growth to our shoulders then that's it. We were never really taught how to understand what we put in our hair and what it does. Well other than the hair dresser saying "buy this, it's good for your hair". 

To be totally honest, as a natural, your weekly/monthly hair care regimen should not break your pocket. All you need is a good cleanser, conditioner, leave in or moisturizer and an oil. That's It! My Shea moisture shampoo is natural and cost me no more than $10 and last me months, my conditioners are cheap (mostly herbal essences) which cost me around $6 for a huge bottle and my Shea Moisture smoothie is $10. Right there you see it's cheap. So does it cost a lot to be a natural? NO!

Ok, so you might say "but those are not the prices I see in the natural hair aisles". And I agree. Lots of hair products company shoot their prices up because going natural have become a new 'niche'. Seriously, there is no real reason why those products should be $30 and more a piece. When I look at the ingredients they are things I can get myself and a mixer. Why am I paying $30 a pop for something clearly not worth my money. And do I really need to?

Now don't get me wrong, I buy all sorts of products. I have tons of products at my house and my boyfriend's house. But that is my little product junkie habit. I don't HAVE to buy tons of products. I just want to. So there you have it. Going Natural does not have to be expensive unless you want it to. You don't need a lot. You can make your own spritz and Shea butter mixes if you like. To be honest I am yet to find a hair mist better than my aloe vera mix I have in my spray bottle. Being natural is fun. Don't let it seem complicated and don't buy a product because other people are using it. Find what work for you and stick with it. I suggest trying the Shea Moisture line. There is something for everyone and at a good price. 

Do you spend tons on hair products?

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