Invest in at least one good oil
Don’t feel like you need an entire array of products to maintain your hair. If you’re limited in either space or money, you can continue your hair regimen with the essentials.
There are plenty of oils out there that have benefits for natural hair. Pick your favorite oil and use it for different purposes, just like with conditioner. Oils are good for pre-pooing, oil rinses, hot oil treatments, sealing hair, and even reducing frizz when taking styles down.
You can also find most oils (like coconut* and EVOO) at the supermarket, so if you have one near campus it’ll be much easier.
They are also a cheap investment, with some oils* being less than $10. Play with different oils* and see which have the most benefits for your hair. If you feel comfortable adding more into your regimen, you definitely can.
DIY some recipes
Even if you’re living in a dorm, it’s still possible to become a curly DIY mixtress! Sometimes, the best products are the ones we make ourselves. Do some research into different DIY mixes, and find out what works best for you hair. Order things like bentonite clay*, that can have multiple uses.
You can make your own butters*, gels, stylers, and cleansers that may possibly work better than something store bought. The best part is that most ingredients are pretty cheap, and DIY products can be made in larger quantities so that they last longer.
Like I said before, your school might be somewhere that you can’t get to a store or access to certain products that you need. Luckily, we live in the age of technology, so what you need may only be a few clicks away!
Since the natural hair movement is getting so popular, you can find new brands almost every day on different social media sites like Instagram and Twitter.
There are always competitive prices online on websites like Target and Walmart. For extra deals, you can try websites like Amazon and Loux.
Amazon offers two day shipping and discounts almost all the time. MyLoux.com is made specifically for hair products, and they have products separated by need. Save yourself the hassle of trying to hunt for certain products, and just let them come to you!
If you decide to embark on or continue a natural hair journey while you’re in college, don’t think it has to be a major drain of money or time. You can make a few alterations that can actually make the journey easier. Once you learn exactly what works for you and your mane, stick with it and your hair will thank you!
Originally posted 2015-02-24 15:00:36.