Product junkie is a word that’s often tossed around in the hair community. It’s jokingly something we use to refer to those of us who can’t seem to refrain from purchasing all the products. You know the ones. A brand comes out with a new conditioner, and they feel compelled to purchase the new conditioner and every other product the brand has ever produced.
The reasons given to justify this type of buying are endless. There are different levels of product junkie behavior. Some earn their title by drip buying. That’s when you purchase the conditioner Monday. Then on Wednesday at lunch, you go back to the store and buy the shampoo. Friday comes and you make another trip to pick up the leave-in.
In the interim, none of the prior purchases have even been used yet. The struggle is so real. Everyone knows that it’s a problem and that there are better ways to purchase products that you will actually use and that your hair will actually benefit from.
It’s wasteful to be a product junkie. So let’s try to get real and deal with things reasonably. Organizing what your currently have is a great start. When you organize, you can see what you have in your stash. It will also force you to actually look at each product. It’s similar to when you count out cash to pay for that $1200.00 purse as opposed to swiping and not thinking about it until the invoice arrives in the mail.
Some quick pros of organizing are that you avoid double buying; you rotate products so your hair doesn’t become unresponsive; and you’re more likely to use products prior to their expiration dates.
How many times have you made a purchase only to get home and 2 weeks later discover that you already had the exact same product in your collection. It’s a sickening feeling because you know now have to double up and be sure to use all of both bottles. Plus, you could’ve bought something completely different with that money.
When your products are all in view, you will be able to see clearly what’s there and you can choose products that you may otherwise overlook. This will keep your products from becoming stale and you can switch it up so that your hair doesn’t become too used to a product and stop behaving the way you’d like.