Move away from the hair product aisle. Yes that’s it, nice and slowly. Now listen up, didn’t you just purchase 2 conditioners and a moisturizer last week? Have you even tried them yet? And now you are at the BSS stalking that new product line you heard about….
Product junkieism is all too real for those of us caught up in it and I totally feel your pain. At the beginning of my hair journey I was addicted to YouTube product reviews. I mean I would literally spend hours upon hours a day watching hair videos & stalking the hair boards for new products to buy.
Hair style tutorials, tips or product reviews, you name it, I watched or read it! It didn’t even matter whether or not the products were available to purchase close to home, I just wanted to know what everyone was using on their hair.
It became so ridiculous that I was seriously considering purchasing a $30 product on the other side of the world that came with a whopping $56 shipping cost. That’s when I knew that it had to stop.
I can definitely understand the obsession with products, especially if you are brand new to hair care. Everyone seems to be looking for that one magical product that will instantly soften their hair or make it curly like the girl you saw on YouTube. More likely you will give up disappointed having spent hundreds of dollars on products that will never be used again.
And even when we are aware of our weaknesses, some of us still go to the BSS looking to purchase one deep treatment and walk out of there with 4 different ones; just because we heard about them online, it’s a never ending cycle of purchase and disappointment.
But if you in the midst of product junkiesm right now you will know that there are major downsides not least of which is over extending your financial position. I kid you not, I once read a story of a woman who couldn’t stop buying weaves. She had a huge stockpile of extensions* that hadn’t even been used yet but she kept buying more because of recommendations from ladies on her favorite forum.
This week one vendor’s hair was the best and the following week another vendor was all the rage so she kept buying and buying. It got so bad that she couldn’t bring herself to tell her husband that she had spent their rent money on hair. Yipes! An extreme example certainly but still something that some of us fall victim to.
Here are some tips to help you recover from product junkieism.