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I’m pretty sure that, out of all of the ways you’re looking to save a dime or two, your shampoo and conditioner aren’t on the very top of the list. But you know what? I think we all have seasons in our life when, if we can find any way possible to keep an extra couple of bucks in our bank account, we’ll do it. And so, in the spirit of being as thrifty as possible, I’ve got a few money-saving shampoo and conditioner hacks that I want to share with you. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll probably be wondering why you never thought about going this route before! Especially since each tip is super easy and loaded with old-fashioned common sense. You ready?

 

Transfer product to a pump dispenser.

Is it just me, or does it seem like when your hair is soaking wet, your eyes are closed and you reach over for your bottle of shampoo or conditioner that sometimes at least three times the amount of what you wanted to come out spills all over your hands and into the sink? One way to prevent this from happening is to transfer your shampoo and conditioner to containers that come with a pump. That way, you can control just how much you want to use at a time without wasting any product in the process.

 

Thin your shampoo out.

Shampoo tends to be pretty concentrated. Something that you can do in order to thin yours out so that it can last a bit longer, is to pull out a clean empty bottle. Then, add two ounces of shampoo per every one teaspoon of baking soda. If you pour five ounces of water to that and then shake well—voila! You’ll have a thinned-out version of your shampoo that is just as effective.

 

DIY your shampoo and conditioner.

I’m thinking that a pretty obvious way to save money on shampoo and condition is to make some of your own. It’s really not that hard to do. For this particular point, I think the best way to probably break it all down is to point you into the direction of a few YouTubers. Naptural85 has a cool African black soap shampoo recipe. Debbie Williams will walk you through how to make a shampoo out of Aloe vera. If you’re looking for a detoxifying shampoo recipe, check out one from JeanetteJBeauty. Selina Zinchuk’s got a shampoo recipe that treats hair loss. Or, if you want to take a stab at making your own shampoo bars, check out DIY natural’s channel for a step-by-step walkthrough. And what about conditioning your hair? Our site totally has you covered on that tip. All you need to do is check out “DIY Homemade Deep Conditioners” and “DIY Homemade Conditioner Recipes”.

 

Try a shampoo bar.

I guess it’s been about six months since I’ve stopped using shampoo that comes in a bottle. Instead, I’ve been going the shampoo bar route. Not only is it way easier to use but I like how mine lathers up. I also really like how cost-effective shampoo bars are. How much can it save you? Word in the street is that one bar is equal to a 24 oz. bottle of shampoo. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

 

Shampoo less often.

Honestly, there is no solid steadfast rule for how often you should wash your hair. It depends on things like how much product you use, if your scalp is super-sensitive and, if you use a shampoo that contains sulfates or not. But if you happen to have natural hair that is a type 3, once a week is good. If you’ve got type 4, every 3-4 weeks is fine, so long as your scalp isn’t irritated. Whatever your hair texture is, unless your hair is extremely oily, there is definitely no need to shampoo on a daily basis. All that does is strip your hair of its natural oils which can ultimately lead to brittleness and breakage. Plus, it can cause you to use up your shampoo a lot quicker than you wanted (or needed) to. So yeah, when it comes to how much shampoo you use, applying the “less is more” approach is definitely better—for your hair as well as your wallet.