College- one of the best and also most stressful times in our lives. In between studying and class, there’s almost no time for anything else. Being in college can be especially difficult if you are in the beginning stages of a natural hair journey.
If your school is on a campus removed from different stores, you may not have any clue how to get what you need to help your natural hair. Below are five hair hacks to make things easier for the college curly girl:
Use conditioner for more than one purpose
Conditioner is definitely your best friend during any hair journey. A good conditioner gives us added moisture, great slip, and eases our detangling sessions. Conditioner is an interesting hair product because it can be used for so many different purposes.
To save money, invest in a few bottles of a good conditioner. It can be your cowash*, rinse out, deep conditioner* and leave in all in one. Learn how to manipulate your conditioner to get it to serve these different purposes.
Add a little tea tree oil* to a handful of conditioner to get rid of excess buildup; add your favorite oil mix to more conditioner and let it sit for 20 minutes underneath a heating cap to deep condition. You will find that you’ll have a steady stream of conditioner, but you won’t have to kick out the excess cash for other hair products if you don’t want to.
Use plastic bags for deep conditioning*
I actually learned this trick while studying abroad in college! Although it’s extremely important for us to deep condition our curls, don’t feel like you need to buy thousands of shower caps* if you don’t want to. There’s a much easier alternative: using plastic shopping bags that we probably already have laying around!
After washing your hair and applying deep conditioner*, place the plastic bag on top of your hair and smooth it down until it’s flat on top of your head.
Tie the handles together and tuck them under. For extra deep conditioning* (or if you need to run out), put a hat on top of the bag. Nobody will know the difference! Using plastic bags takes away the extra expense and it’s super convenient.