In pursuit of the perfect curl it’s easy to feel that the product your mother’s girlfriend’s cousin’s baby sister’s best friend said was the best thing ever will be the answer to your prayers. Only to find that it wasn’t the product for you. And you swear you wouldn’t do it again only to spot a sale on some other product that Shea Moisture or Kinky Curly Curling Crème that said it was the business.
This is a how to guide on how not be a product junkie (or least minimize the addiction).
1. Have a hair goal on what you want the product to achieve. Many of us look at the descriptions and let that decide our purchasing choice. If you decide “I need something for moisture” begin looking at only products for moisture. Try not to let your eye wander to something for cleansing if that is not what you are looking for.
2. Start to eliminate products that contain ingredients that you are allergic too or prefer not to have in a product. Example: you have found a few moisture products that sound promising but a few of them contain mineral oil. You decided sometime ago that you wouldn’t use items with that ingredient in it.
3. Look for products that offer sample or small sizes to try. Nothing worse than to buy a large jar of something only to find it just didn’t work the way you imagined.
4. Clarify your hair before trying a new product. This allows you to better assess what the product is really doing for your hair.
5. Give the product a full 2 weeks trial before giving up. Follow the directions first, and then experiment with it to see if you get better results.
6. Don’t be afraid to mix product lines.
7. Once you have found your product that you can’t absolutely be without, look for sales and specials and stock up on the larger sizes to help save money.
These simple steps can help you control your urges. Its okay to splurge every once in a while, but the key is not to do it with every paycheck.