Are You Saving More Money Now That You Are Natural?

Are you saving more money now that you are natural

Even though I would like to hear your thoughts on this, I understand this is a question that I can only answer from a personal standpoint. I think the best way to answer it is with a simple comparison on how much I spent prior to going natural and now.

I don’t think it’s fair to ask a new natural this question because back when I just went natural I spent TONS of money on different products trying to find my holy grail. But now, I’m pretty content with my stash and can say I’m no longer looking for the perfect mix.

So here is my personal breakdown…

Washing – I know I spend about the same on washing my hair as when I was relaxed. I used about the same amount and even though I no longer use the same brands I can make my cleansing conditioner last just as long as my shampoo back in the day.

Conditioning – Ok, I think you already know the answer to this question. 1000% more money is being spent on conditioner as most naturals slather it on to help keep our hair tangle free and moisturized.

I finger detangle primarily and for my magic fingers to glide through my tresses without trouble they need some help and there is nothing like a great conditioner that has slip.


This is definitely where the majority of my money goes on my natural hair. I go through tons of conditioner and I do not buy the priciest ones around. I spend about $7 – $10 on an 8 oz bottle of conditioner and it may last me a week.

Coloring – I never really colored my hair that often but when I did I would have someone else do it. Going to a salon would be expensive but I know I would get the color I really wanted without worrying about over-processing my hair. This luxury is pricey and whether relaxed or natural since a salon visit is order either way, it does not factor in.

Cuts / Trims – I spend wayyyyy less money as I don’t have to go to the salon for my trims. I learned early on during this journey that many hairstylists can only trim or cut hair while straight.

That is a no no for many naturals as we know a real natural hairstylist can cut our hair while in it’s coily/kinky state and that’s the only way to ensure enough is cut and that it is shaped correctly.

Chemical treatments – What do you think? No money spent for a natural in this area and we all know that relaxers are not cheap (for the good quality ones) and it’s a six to eight week expense that we do not incur. I am definitely saving on this one!

Styling products – I know I spend more on these as my natural hair needs assistance in staying moisturized and frizz-free. Gels (although, not all are expensive) and other stylers are necessary for most naturals. Even some butters and oils are necessary so I honestly can say that I spend more in this area.

The Conclusion

It depends on who you ask but for ME I am spending less money overall. I used to hit the salon every six weeks for my relaxer touch-ups and the prices were steadily rising.

Even with all the conditioner and styling products I use now, the savings I am making still far outweigh what I spent on the pricey salon visits. So, how about you, Naturals, are you saving more money?

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About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

About Sabrina Perkins


Hello all, I'm Sabrina. I'm a freelance writer and a full-time blogger at my site, http://www.seriouslynatural.org/ where the focus is on Natural hair, beauty and style. I became natural 8 years ago at the tender age of 35 and love sharing my ups and downs as I master this thing called natural hair. Married, with two kids (one being a natural herself) gives me a different perspective on our hair and why I love being natural. I want healthy hair, long hair and sexy hair! I'm an older natural---that's right---I'm grown and sexy, and I have much to share. I love fashion too and recently opened a clothing shop for beautiful black women at www.seriouslynatural.spreadshirt.com

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Kourtney Monique

Hell no

Heather Roebuck

Heck no! They charge double and triple or more for the natural hair products. I’m not natural, but I like the products and I also use them on my daughter.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I find the product pretty resasonable and I still save more money since I don’t pay for pricey perms.

Ariana van der Wilk

definitely not!

Evelyn Brown

No. . I am a product junkie. .

Trina Hawthorne

Yes,, cheap products work just as well,,, the high priced ones are just a gimmick, ,,, plus I don’t have to pay someone $40+ a week to do my hair.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Exactly!

Sierra Greer

No & I’m not even a product junkie but since I have 4C hair I have to purchase some things time 2

Sierra Greer

Trina Hawthorne please share the cheap products you use so that I can save? Thank you in advance!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I have been saving money use Organix and they are at Walgreens. They sell for about $8 but they were buy one get one free last month.

Shaye L. Walls

Hell no lol

Muriel Oduro

Yes.. the cost of maintaining relaxer is high.. if ur hair is natural u can save money by managing ur hair urself. Make ur own products….Do the research..

Grace Labelle

Nope. Hoping that homemade products will help with the costs. Natural hair products are NOT cheap.

Sheenana Sheena

Yes no more monthly trips to the salon to get my hair relaxed and blow. For the product section, I keep it simple and it works for me

Muriel Oduro

Look at how much it costs to do a weave or relaxer. .. u have to go to the hair dresser.. u should be able to manage Natrual hair with less visits thus saving money… some people will always spend a lot on hair products.

Lena Clark

Yep, not paying to get braids and perms all the time.

Jennifer Corazón Gonzalez Windster

No!!! These products aren’t free!!!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

No products are free, love. I wish they were.

Evoni DeFreitas

YES! I don’t buy every product that hits the store. I buy: shampoo and conditioner, natural oils, hair moisturizing lotions and sometimes grease. I have saved so much money its insane!

Trina Hawthorne

.gel, any oil moisturizer,,, suave coconut conditioner,,, aussie moist conditioner,,,miss jackies whole line,,, old school curl spray/moisturizer, ,,,and my curls are poppin

Ciana Ford

No.

Fabiola Aurelus

No !!!

Melissha Camp-Lindsey

I think that Natural products are more expensive than buying home relaxers. But, as far as salon styling on a regular, the answer would be yes! But I relaxed my own hair because salons are just too expensive.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Salons need to stop with those outrageous prices.

Loren Tennyson

Yes. 🙂 When I was relaxed , I lived in the salon. Now I just wash and go!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Girl, you and me both. I hated my Saturday being eaten up in the salon.

Loren Tennyson

We are free at last! 🙂

Norma Joseph

NOPE!

Hester Jackson

Whatever perm or natural hair… They’re both expensive ….

Buhriyyah Nayl

Yes, just olive oil si fine for me now, and water is the most important moiisturizer no saloon anymore

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Water is my favorite moisturizer!

Pb Kanes

True agree

Geraldine Indameantime Davis

What is 4c hair

Mariah Fletcher

lol at the comments, i feel like its so much more expensive to be natural and healthy which is stupid.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

It’s always more expensive to eat right but I don’t spend that much on being natural.

Mariah Fletcher

Really?! What your regimen??? Im so lost!

Irene

Did you really respond by saying it is stupid to be “natural and healthy”?

Valencia Green

no it’s just as much work or even more.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

It does get better over time in the work department.

Dede Spencer

Yes I am! Natural hair products may be expensive depending on what your idea of expensive is $7.00 for some moisturizer is not expensive to me because it last for months and months and months. I love natural hair products because after you buy it you wont have to go back for more for several months thus saving me lots of money in general.

Renotta Brown

Um no i am not. Natural more expensive,than when i had relaxed hair

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Really? Why?

Tatanisha Nikia Pettes-Florence

Yes… my conditioner is super cheap for me and my four kids. I use oils EVOO, JOJOBA, ALMOND, AVACADO, GRAPESEED which last a very long time and I don’t have to pay anyone to do my hair. Is it more time consuming. .. YES! Would I change any of it… NO! WE KEEP IT SIMPLE…

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Great way to save money especially when you have kids. Just imagine how much you would spend taking them all to the salon?

Maybell Lena Killion

No! Who made this up? It’s much more expensive especially if you use great products!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I created the article and I save tons more money but I used to spend a lot at salons when relaxed.

Kimika S Harvey

Nope! Especially since a dime sized amount of product doesn’t work anymore

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

Now, that is so true!!! Dime size is a joke.

Kimika S Harvey

And some of the cheaper products don’t work as well

Michelle Smith

No I am not, I am a straight up product junkie

Priscilla Washington

No..I’m spending more money trying to find products that work for my hair.

Dowonah Talbott

Yes. I spend $11 every three months.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

NOw, that’s amazing!!!

Lynn Watson

No, I can’t afford to go natural…I would like to know a brand that’s not so expensive. I have a daughter and buying for both of us is crazy!!!

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I have fallen in love with Organix and it is only $8 at Walgreens and they had a sale last month for buy one get one free. I went crazy buying it up.

Leenayka Yulaykis Isaac

When I was natural I spent a fortune on my hair lol

King Que

No. Spending more

Nikki Russell

Heck no!!

Tashika McFarland

Yes I am saving money. I used to spend 65 every six weeks for a relaxer and then 35 every two weeks for upkeep. Now I do it myself with the products that Ive found that worked. My favorite leave in is four dollars along with the curling cream which is ten. These products can last up to four months for a mere fourteen dollars…natural and loving the price.

Latia Wilder

Yes; my hair products aren’t at all expensive and they last a while so I’m not coming out of my pockets (for my hair) as often.

Brigitte Inge

Not treu

Teah White

I don’t think being natural has anything to do with how much money you spends. It has to do with your hair regimen. I’m relaxed and use natural products and I spend way more money now than when I didn’t have a hair regimen.

Carla
Carla

Yes. As a true monthly & annual budgeter, I have truly saved a lot of $$ since going natural. It appears that my biggest expenses were at the salon for perms and maintnenace. The extra spent on oils and stylers are what I used to pay in tips at the hair salon.This is such a win-win for me.

Jenny JackJack

This isn’t true… I have relaxed hair and I barely spend any money on products….

Deneen Majette

no way no how

Carrie Cowart

I have definitely spent more money on my natural hair then the 4.99 for a relaxer. I still use most of the same oils but buying shampoos and conditioners and shea butter and picks and denman brushes and blah blah blah lol and definitely more time consuming the more your hair grows.

I still love it though. <3

Melanie Bowen

Not at all!

Kristal Jones

It’s like food. The better it is for you the more expensive it is.

Sabrina Richmond Perkins

I’m hearing that arguement but I’m coming across more reasonable products now.

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