5. Your eyes glaze over and you go into a daze when you find out a new product came out
This is so me every time I see that Shea Moisture dropped a new line or any time I see a product in the store with a shiny ‘NEW’ label on it. As product junkies we wind up spending money just because something is new and claims to be better than the rest.
We don’t know anything about the product or what it can do for our hair specifically, but we want to try it. This can be harmful to our hair if we don’t pay attention to what the product actually does, because sometimes we wind up using a product that’s totally wrong for us.
Although the product junkie bug may bite the best of us, it IS possible to resist the urge and only spend money on products that will benefit you. Here are a few tips:
Create a budget
Limit yourself to buying products as needed, or as a treat to yourself
Have realistic expectations about the products you buy and what they will do for your hair
Read the ingredients and the claims of the product before buying it
Read other people’s reviews
Use old products that you’ve purchased to avoid wasting product or give them away
Swap gently used products with friends
Even though we have taken pride in our hair journeys, it is sometimes better to stick to what you know. Even though a new product comes out that does not mean that you have to try it. Once you’ve found your favorite or staple products, you can use them as often as you would like in your hair regimen.
Your hair will adapt to the product, you’ll get maximum results from the product, and you won’t have thirty seven random hair care items laying around your house. As you grow in your hair journey, you will learn more about what your hair does and doesn’t like, and you will be able to choose hair products wisely. If you identified with being a product junkie above, following the tips we listed which will have both your hair and your wallet thanking you.
Do you consider yourself a product junkie? What do you do to control your spending?