Returning to natural hair can be one of the greatest lessons in self discovery ever, especially if you never had a lot of experience dealing with your own hair in the past. Learning how to take care of your hair, finding the best hairstyles for your length/facial features, and finding the perfect product are all a part of the process, although some of us can go too far on the product end.
You can be a product junkie at any point in your journey, whether you just started transitioning or if you’ve been natural your entire life. If you don’t know whether or not to classify yourself as a product junkie, here are five things that most product junkies can relate to. I’ve also included a few tips to save yourself from ‘product junkie-ism’.
1. You frequently spend a ton of money on unnecessary products
Sign number one! As a product junkie you’re more concerned about buying products instead of the price tag. This is common for ladies that are returning to natural hair because they may not already know what products would work for them.
With all of the reviews and promotion out there it’s hard to find the perfect product, so you keep buying until you find what works, even if that means you have to part ways with a nice piece of your wallet.
2. You’ve used most of your products in your stash maybe once or twice
Does this sound familiar? With all of the products you have stashed in your house, you could probably start your own beauty supply store. When you have a ton of products you only wind up using a few staples and wasting the others.
3. You enjoy taking long, romantic strolls down the hair care aisle
Every store that you go to, you find your way to the hair care aisle. You can sit there for hours on end debating which conditioner to buy. You also want to check that every store in the same chain sells the same product, just to make sure.
A 5 minute trip to the drugstore for water and eyeliner can turn into a half hour of sitting in front of Shea Moisture products*, or maybe thats just me.
4. You convince yourself that you actually need four different leave in conditioners
With the natural hair movement growing in popularity, tons of products are being sold that advertise different miracle benefits for our hair. Who wouldn’t want to try a leave in conditioner* that claims to moisturize hair better than water itself?
The problem with having multiple variations of one product (even if they’re all for different reasons) is that your hair doesn’t get the opportunity to grow and adapt to one product. You should at least give your hair a few weeks with one product before trying something else.