Save your dollars

Save that hard-earned money!

Perhaps you’re running low on cash this month, and you feel the need to cut back on your hair care products. Before running to the nearest dollar store for a hair gel with questionable origins, stop and consider all these tips for saving money on hair products. You don’t have to sacrifice on the quality of hair products because of a tight budget.

Tip #1. Buy in Liters

If you have a favorite product that you consistently use, buy it in bulk. What seems like an expensive purchase at the moment will actually save you money in the future. Be sure to buy products you know, love and trust. You wouldn’t buy a gallon of a mysterious deep conditioner just because you want to try it.

Tip #2. Look for BOGO Deals

Buy-one-get-one deals are unabashedly awesome. You are essentially getting a product for 50% off. If you see these deals on products you do not need at the moment, look ahead! You might need them in the near future.

Tip #3. Don’t be afraid to give out your e-mail

And get more spam, are you kidding me? Actually, giving your email address to your most trusted hair care companies can be advantageous for you. Signing up for newsletters will not only increase your awareness of new products but also of great deals! Many companies send out weekly coupons that you can use to save big. Coupons can be a girl’s best friend.

Check the grocery store

Time for the grocery store?

Tip #4. Participate in Product Swap Boards

Swap boards are great places to buy high-quality products for a reasonable price. Basically you can buy and trade hair products with consumers like yourself. If you have a perfectly good hair product that you don’t use, try selling it on a swap board. Simply post a thread giving the details of your product and wait to see who responds. If you’re looking for a good deal, CurlTalk is a great place to start.

Tip #5. Spend Selectively

If you have an elaborate hair regimen that involves deep conditioner, daily leave-in, the works, a great tip would be to cut back on one particular product. If you can’t live without your $50 deep conditioner, try switching over to an inexpensive shampoo and conditioner.

Tip #6. Look in Unlikely Places

The grocery store might be the last place you look for hair products, but if you’re trying to save money, it should be your first. Big department stores such as Target, Walmart, and other various multipurpose stores usually have the best prices for products. Grocery stores usually have big brand names at discounted prices, so you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a good price.

Tip #7 Save Unwanted Hair Products

Recycling hair products within your own household is a great way to stretch your dollar. Perhaps you have pomade that you are not satisfied with. Don’t forget that hair behaves differently during different seasons! Your hair might react wonderfully to that same pomade in the summer. Save that pomade and use it later. While some do, many hair products don’t expire, so check for expiration dates and, if possible, store away hair products until you are ready to use them again.

Talk to your stylist

Your stylist may be able to help you find a discount

Tip #8 Don’t Overdo It

Many of us are guilty of lathering our hair with too much shampoo. Perhaps we love the feeling of running our fingers through fluffy suds, or maybe we think that the more suds we have, the cleaner our hair. In reality, too much shampoo dries the hair and damages it. Not to mention this habit is downright wasteful. The same goes for conditioner. Many of us use a palm full of conditioner for our hair because we can’t resist that soft, slippery feeling of our wet locks. In truth, depending on how much hair you have, a dime-size amount of conditioner can have the same effect. A little goes a long way. By reducing the amount of shampoo and conditioner you use in your hair, you not only improve its condition, but you save product and save money.

Tip #9 Talk to Your Stylist

Next time you go to the salon, ask about their hair products. Many salons offer discounted hair products to their customers—all you have to do is ask. These products are likely to be of high quality and in large amounts if they’re used in the salon, which means you get more for your money. If your salon doesn’t offer discounted hair products, ask your stylist about good, inexpensive hair products that you can invest in.

Tip #10 Experiment with Cocktails

Many curly-haired women find that one product is never enough to do the job. A cocktail of hair products is often the solution. If you’re doing inventory and find that you have several products that don’t work, try mixing some together to see the results! Again, you don’t have to throw away a hair product if it doesn’t work. Extra measures can be taken to save your products and essentially save you money. Get creative, and play with different hair products before throwing them out.