Gosh, this seems like a very good exercise! Let's estimate how much I spend monthly...
L'Oreal Evercrème Cleansing Conditioner ... $6 per 3 months = $2Leave-in and Stylers: $7.30
Oyin Handmade Hair Dew ... $13 per 3 months = $4.30ROs and DT: $8.03
Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Jelly ... $9 per 3 months ... $3
Aubrey Organics GPB ... $8.50 per 6 months =$1.40Hair Oil/Pre-poo: $1.00
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose ... $8.50 per 4 months = $2.13
Shea Moisture Purification Masque ... $9 per 2 months = $4.50
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil ... $12 per 12 months = $1.00*ROUTINE SUBTOTAL ... $18.33
Each full-head henna treatment is... $13.20
400g BAQ henna ....... $33.00 incl. shipping per 3 treatments = $11MONTHLY TOTAL ... $31.53
Apple juice ........ FREE in campus dining hall
VO5 Shea Cashmere condish **without Propylene Glycol (to cowash) .... $.99 per 5 = ~$.20
+ extras: gloves and hair baggies: est. $2
BAQ Henna is $$$
First off, I didn't realize henna was so pricey! Then again, I really do think it does wonders for my hair. Still figuring out how often is best, but maybe I can start alternating roots and full-head treatments. I loved my purchase from Henna Sooq and I'll continue to purchase with them. Their Organic Rajasthani Henna is glorious!
PSA re: Vitacost
Also, Vitacost.com is the bomb!!
It helps me save so much on Aubrey Organics products. Plus free shipping over $49 – and they do have other free shipping specials occasionally.
Buying in bulk
Once I move in January, I can invest in larger sizes of products like Oyin Handmade Hair Dew. That'll bring the per oz price from $1.55 down to $1.03 – that reduces the price by a third
! Henna Sooq also has bulk discounts when purchasing henna, and once I have a freezer at my disposal it'll be easier to keep it fresh and in stock in my own home.
This list conveniently ignores my bursts of PJ-ism. Experimenting is expensive!
Fortunately, it has lead me to finding reasonably priced mostly-natural/organic products that work for me. Remember that if a product doesn't work for you, you can cut your losses by selling/swapping on the Swap Board or using the product for other purposes (e.g. shaving?) – just don't let your hard-earned money gather dust in the sink cabinet!
Thanks for such an interesting thread, justdoingme! <3