Relaxed vs. Natural

Okay, i've been relaxed since I was about 9 years old, now i'm 18. I do everything by myself: The perm, the cutting, the washing, the conditioning. I only went to a salon once for my 17th birthday. SO, taking care of my relaxed hair was easy and it was over all... cheap. With natural hair, I know that there's a lot of products that you need to care for it. Like, certain brushes, combs, conditioners, and curl defining products and it seems that caring for natural hair is going to leave me broke. Maybe I'm wrong. This is why I'm making this thread. What is easier to care for? Relaxed or Natural. What's your opinion?

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Okay, i've been relaxed since I was about 9 years old, now i'm 18. I do everything by myself: The perm, the cutting, the washing, the conditioning. I only went to a salon once for my 17th birthday. SO, taking care of my relaxed hair was easy and it was over all... cheap. With natural hair, I know that there's a lot of products that you need to care for it. Like, certain brushes, combs, conditioners, and curl defining products and it seems that caring for natural hair is going to leave me broke. Maybe I'm wrong. This is why I'm making this thread. What is easier to care for? Relaxed or Natural. What's your opinion?

Ni-Ni
Originally Posted by Mz.CurlyRootz
I am eighteen also so i know exactly how you are feeling. I started transitioning to save money. I used to spend $150 a month on products, trips to salon, hair supplies. Now all i spend is $20 at the most.

My conditioner is 2/$6, my brush was only $7 and either make my own hair creme or buy the garnier curl creme for $3.

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Is it really hard to find the right products? Personally, I can't shop online. So, that marks most of the popular stuff out of my shopping list. It's just confusing and hard for me to learn how to adjust.

This is what I have so far... a wide-toothed comb($1), Motions Nourish Leave-In Conditioner($4), Organic Root Stimulator Carrot Oil($7), and Fantasia Pure Tea Instant Oil Moisturizer($5). All of these from a beauty supply.

I have a list of extra things that I THINK I have to get for my hair.
-Silk Elements Hair Mayonnaise Hair Treatment
-Elan Plus Conditioning Setting Lotion Extra Hold
-Satin Scarf
-Jilbere shower comb?

All new products for all new hair I guess..
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I just looked at the ingredients for the hair products that I have and all three contain Dimethicone. That's bad. Ugh!
So, yeah. It seems like natural hair is a wreck to take care of, but I'm not giving up...
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IMO, natural hair is wayyy less expensive. The cheepest conditioners do not contain any kind of cone, Alot naturals do not use shampoo, Wide tooth combs is probaly the only tool you will really need.

Getting your hair relaxed in a salon, is probably as much as a natural would spend in a month or 2.
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for me its soo much cheaper being natural-i have my wide tooth comb=2 bucks
v05=1 buck or less
giovani 50:50=9 bucks(most expensive thing i have)
honey=2 bucks

u just have to find what works for u-there is no need to spend a lot of money

for me natural hair is a lot less work too-just hop out of the shower and use the giovani as a leave in n dont touch my hair till its dry
From the responses it's starting to seem easy. So, I don't have to spend a lot of money to find the right products for my hair?
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The reason why it may seem that you have to spend a lot of money is because some people become "product junkies" when they become and are natural. Its so exciting to buy and try out new products even though you already have several that work great for your hair. Im 17 and my mom is def not supporting any product junkie lol so anything I buy above and beyond for my hair is on me, which is def enough for me to stick with the products I have.
Also, it may take time to get used to your hair and understand its texture which MIGHT involve a trial and error with products. Information is key, so to prevent unnecessary and abundant spending def do research. HTH
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Thanks Janellie for your comment. That's my biggest fear: To become a product junkie. I would like to just stick with one or two brands so that I'll know how much I'll spend every single time I run out. And I'll definitely do research on good products.
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Hi Mz.CurlyRootz! Most of the PJism (product junkie) comes from those who want to have a CG or a CG/organic hair care routine and buy expensive items either online or in the store. However, it is possible to be CG and/or use organic products without spending too much and not having to buy stuff off the internet.

And, to answer your original question, I find taking care of my natural hair 1000 times easier! I'm not sure of your hair type, but for me it was so the way to go... Also, I've always been a product junkie, so I probably just buy more stuff off the internet than I did before, but I still spend lots of $$!

Hope that helps!
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I prefer my natural hair to relaxed hair. Natural hair of course can be difficult to deal with at first . You just have to be patient. I am talking from experience.

You have to try products to know what is good for your hair.
I'm starting to realize that while i'm transitioning it's easy. I'm just wearing my hair in braids so far. Instead of buying a lot of new products, I'll just use what I have until they're all gone. Eazee peazee!
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I agree w/ the poster who said that being natural can be expensive when you are a 'product junkie', buying every new curling product on the market.

Work with your texture, and don't believe the hype in all of the products out there. Trust me, it worked for me. Keep it simple, I personally believe that's the best way to go.


Last Perm: Feb. 11th, 2005
Big Chop: October 16th, 2005

Hair Type: 3C (nape), 4B (middle), 4A (top)
Natural is cheaper and easier.

The most I spend is on my cuts and that is like 120.00 maybe once or twice a year.

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