Whether you rock braids, your natural curls or an updo, your natural hair journey doesn’t have to leave you broke. Some budget friendly tips for scouting out the best natural hair products
1. Cruise the clearance section
Often times, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Pricey products can find themselves on the clearance endcaps for any number of reasons. Sometimes, that particular line of products may not be doing well at the store, and the retailer is trying to fast-track the phasing out. Other times, the manufacturer has re-vamped the product formula and packaging, and the retailer needs to make room for the newbies. Some products end up in the clearance section because they are damaged or used — I would steer clear of these. Any product that looks previously used, opened, or has obvious damage (like a completely broken nozzle, or the screw-on lid is shattered) is essentially a last-ditch salvage item for the store.
2. Stock up during sales
Walgreens and Target are known for having pretty dope sales on the Shea Moisture line, so when those roll around, I know to rack up. Check online, and sales papers often for your favorites, or for products you’re interested in trying.
3. Spring for sample sizes
Many manufacturers employ sample giveaways in an attempt to drum up new business. Take advantage of those opportunities to try out products that you’re curious about, or that are too rich for your blood. As a matter of fact, Miss Jessie’s is giving away products at their website right now… if you’re interested. Click here
4. Always ask for more off
This may be off-putting to some folks, but it has worked like a charm for me. If an item is on clearance, or reduced for quick sell, there is almostalways an opportunity to get an extra 10, 20, 30 percent or more off. All you have to do is ask. I barely noticed the crack in my Catwalk pump, but it was enough to get nearly 30% off an already significantly reduced item.
5. Deals at discount retailers
Most people typically think of Ross, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx as places to find discounted clothes, shoes, and purses. A lot of us see the hair products, tools, and body lotions and keep walking. Next time, slow your roll. You’ll typically find salon-level products at upwards of 50% the retail store price. The only down side is that because their stock always changes, there’s no guarantee that your product will be there next time.
(Source: Black Girl Long Hair)
Here’s some of our favorite natural hair divas:
5. Ledisi: The epitome of the natural hair up-do!
4. Tanika Raye: Three words: Love.The.Curls.
3. Solange Knowles: She made it clear she doesn’t want to be a spokesperson for natural hair. But we can’t help but love hers!
2. Jill Scott: She fought to rock her short, natural hair on the cover of Essence and we fell in love.
1. Esparanza Spaulding: Our favorite! She keeps natural hair big and fab. Just like we like it