Do you want to maintain your natural afro hair without breaking the budget? Let’s face it the reality of having afro hair is that it is expensive. And Black women spend A LOT of money maintaining their hair. It is possible for us, with natural afro hair, to maintain our tresses without breaking the bank.
How much does the average woman spend on hair products?
On average British women spend £162.52 on hair products. Black women spend six times as much on products like pre-poo, shampoos, conditioners. This figure does not include wigs, weaves, extensions, hairpieces and trips to the hairdressers.
The amount we spend on our hair is important because of the income and wealth gap that black women experience.
My natural hair journey
I started to relax my hair in my teens. The chemicals in the treatments didn’t agree with my scalp. It resulted in the skin at the back of my head being burnt, my scalp became very flaky and my head was very tender. I realised I couldn’t continue to put chemicals on my hair. I only relaxed my hair a handful of times and I have never been tempted to use straightening products. I have been maintaining my natural hair ever since and this includes during periods when I have not had much money. I understand how to maintain natural hair when I am on a budget.
Here are 4 action points to look after natural tresses
Keep it basic
Limit the number of products that you use to maintain your hair – you do not need 3 different types of shampoo and five different types of conditioner. Stick to one that you like and do not use multiple products. Here are the following products I use for my natural afro hair.
- Pre-poo – use once a quarter not every wash day
- Leave-in conditioner
- Gel (optional)
A good shampoo brush – to massage the scalp and get rid of excess oils and products.
Spread it out
Instead of washing your hair every week. Wash your every fortnight instead. The money you spend will be halved. Instead of 52 wash days, you will have half that number which means that you will use fewer products. Also only buy a product when you have finished a product. Multifunctional products like coconut oil or shea butter, which can be used on your skin, can also reduce your spend on hair care products.
Have a go-to style
I have a couple of go-to styles that I can use to maintain and protect my hair. These are twists and cornrows. Whenever I know I am about to go into a stressful or busy period I use these hairstyles so that I do not have to think about styling my hair which saves time, stress and money.
Eating a healthy well-balanced diet, drinking lots of water, getting a good night’s sleep and walking outside to get sunshine. Take a vitamin D or a multivitamin can improve your health and this could result in you and your hair looking healthier.
It is possible to reduce the amount you spend on your hair and it still looks good. Natural afro hair can be maintained on a budget. If you limit the number of products, space out wash days and find a go-to style that suits you.