Will switching to natural afro hair products save you money?
In short, the answer is: yes. But let’s root the argument in context...
With black hair shops, supermarkets and beauty supply stores offering “afro hair products” at prices lower than £5, it can be tempting to throw them into your shopping cart in a bid to save money.
You might think you’re getting a bargain, but if you buy cheap, you tend to get cheap. Your hair deserves better.
Cheaper afro hair products are mass-produced, and much more likely to contain harsh detergents and chemicals which could irritate your scalp (cough, sulphates, cough).
Natural afro hair products, on the other hand, use high-quality, natural ingredients and gentler cleansing agents. OK, you do pay a bit of a premium for them upfront, but it’s worth it.
Here’s the thing; buying cheaper afro hair products will cost you more in the long run. Don’t believe us? Here’s why:
1. You end up damaging your hair if you choose cheap, ineffective products
Cheap afro hair products might look attractive to your wallet but they won’t do your hair any favours.
Let’s take cheap shampoo, for example. Cheaper shampoos contain a lot of sulphates and other man-made ingredients. Sulphates are cleansing agents that remove oil and build-up, but they also remove a lot of the naturally occurring proteins and sebum (oil) generated by your scalp.
They also contain low-quality silicones. Silicones allow can allow for nutrients and moisture to penetrate the hair shaft, but build up with prolonged use. This prevents moisture from entering, leading to weakened afro hair.
If you use these shampoos frequently, your hair will gradually dry out and become brittle and flaky. Eventually, the strength of your afro hair will decline and breakage will occur. To fix the problem, you’ll have to reinvigorate your hair through costly treatments, trips to the salon and expensive wigs. By the time you find the best afro hair products that really work for you, you may be weary of spending more money on top of what you have already spent!
Sulphates and silicones are just two ingredients to avoid in afro hair products, check out the others in this article.
2. You buy more afro hair products, more often if you choose cheap, ineffective products
A good shampoo, oil and conditioner set should keep your afro hair looking, feeling and smelling great for a week. At the very least, all you should need to do is moisturise every few days or so to preserve it - especially with a good hair care routine.
But cheaper afro hair products just don’t do a good job: your hair ends up dry, flaky and dull - you think the problem is your hair and you layer on more and more products.
So, what do you do? You buy more products - different brands from different stores and repeat the process, only to arrive at the same result!
You try trimming it to no avail. You give up and hide your hair under a wig and think "natural hair works for her, but not for me." The problem isn't your hair. It’s the products you’re using.
So, will switching to natural afro hair products save you money? Absolutely!
3. Products are far more effective and long-lasting if you choose quality, effective products
You shouldn’t have to wash, oil or moisturise your hair constantly.
As mentioned above, a good set of afro hair products will keep your hair in top condition for at least a week.
And that’s exactly what natural afro hair products do. Our Newly Natural Set, for instance, contains everything you need to look after your hair and its growth. It includes:
- Swish - a natural, sulphate-free shampoo that combines aloe vera with essential oils to cleanse and soften your afro hair. It’s gentle enough to use once a week and effective enough to remove all build-up.
- Smooth - a natural moisturising cream that prevents breakage, nourishes, softens and revives afro hair. It’s also a super leave-in conditioner.
- Swirl - a sulphate free conditioner with extra slip for detangling. Enriched with Aloe Vera concentrate, coconut extract and avocado oil to for healthy shine with a lightweight feel.
It’s a simple but effective set that means you only need to wash your hair once or twice a week. We would recommend using the LOC or LCO methods to follow up. It’s all about creating a routine that works around your day to day.
Also, because you wash your hair less frequently, you don’t have to replace afro hair products as often, meaning money saved!
4. The health of your hair will improve, meaning you spend less if you choose quality, effective products
If you use natural products that provide the support your hair needs, the health of your hair will improve.
Most of these products contain things like coconut oil, aloe vera, shea butter, jojoba oil - all of which are great for your hair.
Coconut oil, for example, is known to promote scalp health and adds shine, softness and strength to air. Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins and minerals that can prevent damage and hair loss, maintain your scalp’s natural moisture and much more. Then you have aloe vera which helps to repair skin cells on the scalp, reduce dandruff and promote hair growth.
And that’s not an exhaustive list. There are so many more natural ingredients contained in a lot of natural afro hair products that can support your hair. Have a look at ours (they’re completely natural) and probably the best on the market.
So really it’s much better if spend a little more on afro hair products, after all - your hair is worth it. In the long run, your hair will be healthier, fuller and stronger. Why would you settle for anything less?
Would you like to learn more about caring for your hair? Read these articles:
Afro Hair Care – The Ultimate Guide
Afro Hair Products and Silicones: Why to Avoid Them
How to Choose the Best Afro Hair Products For You
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