I was watching a YouTube video and the Vlogger was going a review of a natural hair care company and while she was describing the company she said "So this is great for all you naturals who are into natural products." and she had a little smirk on her face when she said it. She wasn't/isn't the first vlogger/blogger to refer to a natural hair woman liking natural hair products this way. I think a lot of people just don't know much about natural products and how beneficial they are to our hair and bodies. Although, this should be basic science like knowing fruits and veggies are healthy...but, I digress.
Just to be clear, when I say natural hair care products, I am speaking of natural ingredients, not so much natural hair companies.
Are natural products better for your hair?
Anything from the earth is better than anything synthetic or man-made. Hands down. The vitamins and minerals from the earth will always surpass man-made medicine. This is scientifically proven, Google it. So, while a product full of synthetic chemicals can help maintain healthy hair, there is almost always a natural alternative that will have the same effect. This is not to say synthetic products are harmful (I use synthetic ingredients all that time) but, we have to keep this in prospective and admit synthetic is no match for natural.
Is there a way to use natural hair care products on a budget?
Yes, whether you want to make your own natural hair care products or buy ready-made products. You don't have to buy a specific product just because it's natural and handmade; shop around. See who has similar products within your price range. If your budget is $3 a product, then look for natural ingredients. Many natural ingredients, serve multiple purposes.
Shampoo- If you already use an all natural soap, try it in your hair and see how your hair responds. Soaps & shampoos are very similar and the main goal of both products is to clean off dirt and grime. WholeFoods, sells a store brand of body soap for if I remember correctly $5-6 for 8 oz.. If you use it for your hair and skin that averages out to $2-3 for a shampoo and bar soap.Just find a bar that fits your needs.
Conditioner- There are a plethora of recipes online for conditioning treatments using ingredients from the grocery store. Honey rinses, oils rinses (with olive oil or coconut oil), or even using yogurt. These are ingredients that are inexpensive and effective. Protein treatments can even be done with eggs and mayo! Google it!
Also check stores like Ross and TJ Maxx for discount store brand products, I got my Yes To Tomatoes Conditioner for $2.99! It retails for $9-10 at Target! Again, check around and shop for products with the best ingredients within your budget. Always look through the clearance racks to see what has been marked down and stock up!
Natural products are healthier for everyone with less chemicals and synthetic allergens. I use mainly natural hair care products and I do not (I actually refuse) to spend more than $10 for any one product! I shop around and make a lot of products myself. Buying in bulk helps as well, I bought 1lb.of black soap for about $11-12 which is what some people charge for one bar. I have had that batch of black soap since November and it's just now reaching the half way point!
So, using simple and natural products can actually save your wallet, not break it.
Hope this helps!
What natural products do you use? Where do you get them? How much do they cost?