Lisa Michelle curly hair product stash

I’m sure many of you in the natural hair community have heard the term “product junkie” before. Some of you may even be one yourself. Most PJs I know didn’t start off this way, and I wasn’t always one myself. Over the past few months, I’ve been seriously contemplating how I came to amass such a vast collection of products, and just how I ended up becoming a product junkie.

Before I start, let me just say being a product junkie is not all bad. Expensive, yes, but it’s not always a bad thing. I’ve discovered many products I normally wouldn’t have given the time of day, and I have an opportunity to pass along anything that doesn’t quite work for my hair.

So how does someone even become a product junkie in the first place? The rapidly expanding natural hair care industry has played a big part in my ability to even consider becoming a product junkie. There are so many new brands and products out on the market, it makes it hard to pick just one. Even though I’d consider myself a “veteran” natural, I still find it hard to make decisions about what to buy, so I know it’s even harder for those who are newly natural or transitioning.

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One of the biggest reasons I think I’ve become a product junkie is that I like to play in my hair, and that experimentation has led to an interest in trying different types of products. From conditioners to moisturizers and everything in between, you name it, I’ve probably tried it. Although I have my favorite brands, I am still learning new styles and have been trying new products to complement those styles. Not all products work well together, and it’s a good idea to know which ones in combination will give you your best hair. There is a method to the madness that is being a product junkie!

What I will say about becoming a product junkie is that it’s not for everyone, nor is it completely necessary. Going natural does not automatically make you want to run out and buy every product labeled natural under the sky. Take it from me, managing a product stash is not always fun! Your natural journey does not have to be an expensive one, and it doesn’t require you to fill your cabinets to overflowing with more products than you have hair! Taking the time to develop a system that works for you with regards to the products that you buy and use can save you time and money in the long run.

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