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Monday, June 27, 2011

Naturally On A Budget : Recycling


Being a natural diva, it's not uncommon to find yourself stuck with a not so effective hair product you bought after hearing so many good things about it or try a homemade mix that just didn't end up so great. It's quite common...but the problem is, if you are a natural queen on a budget, what do you do? The fault with most of the products is that they are just not good enough and only a very few of them end up being a threat to our precious strands.
So what do you do when you find yourself with, let's say, a so called mega moisturizing conditioner that barely does the job or with your supposed to be awesome homemade mix that took another turn?

Here are a few tips on how to save yourself some money when you find yourself with products you are unhappy with :

● Tweak it up. This is the easiest thing to do and the only way to give the product another chance on your hair. Say you bought the above mentioned conditioner and you see it doesn't really cut it, well the  best way to improve it is to add some oils and actives and give it another go. 

Here are some ideas of what you can add to your products :

Olive oil : the most common and one of the most effective oils for our thirsty strands. It's penetrating and conditioning  properties make it a great addition to any product.

 Coconut oil : Also a great conditioning, nourishing oil. Also adds shine and improves softness.

Aloe Vera gel : Moisturizing, conditioning, detangling. You know it all.

Honey : A great addition to a conditioner. As an humectant, honey moisturizes and traps moisture in the strands.

Glycerin : Does pretty much the same thing as honey but with a less conditioning effect. 

Panthenol (provitamin B5) : is a great strengthening agent that fortifies the hair strands and is also a good humectant. Can be added to any product.

Hydrolized Wheat Protein : A great way to add some protein to any product.

These are just examples of ways to make a dull product really work out for you.

● Trade it. Trading is a great way to still get your money's worth when you are faced with a "product no show" situation. Remember, what doesn't work for you might work for another sister and vice versa. There are a lot of natural meet ups where you can trade your products for another one or you can even trade them on Lola's green hair, a great site especially built for selling your not so useful products.

● Mix them up. This is especially good for homemade mixes that just don't come out right. I normally use my not so successful homemade mixes as deep conditioning treatments along with some other things (like honey, regular conditioner and olive oil to spike it up) especially when it contains things like shea butter, honey, glycerin etc. You can also do this with store bought products and you'd be surprised at what you can achieve by mixing some products together for a fun deep conditioning treat.

How do you recycle your not so great products?



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