The day after I big chopped I immediately went to Target and bought over 200 dollars worth of natural hair products, because I was sure that I needed all of them…. and that’s where it started.
Shortly after I purchased all of those products I realized that I didn’t even need half of them, and some are currently still sitting under my bathroom sink collecting dust.
If you’re anything like me, which I know a lot of naturals are, buying new products is something that can get the best of us, because we love our natural hair so much, and always want to try the next best thing.
However, as a young adult who is also on a mission to build up her savings, being a product junkie wasn’t the best thing financially, so here’s how I kicked that bad habit to the curb:
1. Sample Size or Travel Size
I recently learned that big beauty supply stores have free sample sizes of a lot of hair products and you don’t even have to buy anything to get them.
Also, most stores have travel sizes of products, and I’ve started buying travel sizes to test out a product before I commit to buying the regular size. I always feel a lot better wasting 3 dollars on a sample product that doesn’t work than 20 dollars on a full size jar that doesn’t work.
2. No New Products
I never buy any new hair products until I completely run out of something. This way I know that what I am buying is something that I absolutely need. This is also the time I try new products as well.
There is no need to have multiple products stacked under your sink that you aren’t using, only buy what you need when you need it.
3. Treat Yourself
I started giving myself rewards for accomplishing my spending goals. If I stick to my budget, and plan, then I’ll reward myself every quarter and buy a new product.
This equates to a new product 4 times a year and 4 times is a lot easier to keep track of, than every time you walk into the beauty story.
How did you get rid of your product junkie habit?