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Let’s all share a moment of silence for all the wallets, pockets, and bank accounts that have endured constant abuse at the whims of our desire for new hair care products.

Creating and sticking to a budget that allows us to pay all of our bills, have fun, and keep ourselves looking amazing can be difficult; especially if you can’t resist a new curly cream or butter that you’re dying to try. Saying no can be hard, but your beauty doesn’t have to suffer because you’re on a budget. Before you wither away from want, check out these ways to stay cute without breaking the bank...

Get in the kitchen

Your curls really require the basics: love, attention, cleansing, and moisturizing.

There are numerous options from your kitchen or local grocery store that will keep your hair clean and moisturized for a fraction of the price for traditional hair products. You can whip up hair masks, concoct oil mixtures, or clarify using a few natural ingredients without taking one step into the beauty store.

Think about it this way -- you can spend $15 on conditioner or a couple bucks for avocados to make your own conditioner and still have some left to make guacamole. Here is a great DIY deep conditioning treatment to advise.

Test the waters

There are lots of companies that will offer sample packs of their leading products. Don't be afraid to be a sample queen.

In the long run, it will save you lots of money from buying products that don't work well with your hair. If you’re lucky, you’ll find something you really like. And in the meantime, while you’re trying everything out, you’ll be able to make it rain with all the shampoos, moisturizers, oils, and other goodies that you get in the mail.

Be a stickler

Think about what is a reasonable price for a product and do your best not to buy anything that exceeds that limit.

That doesn’t mean you’re out of the market for quality stuff, it just means you’ll become better at finding deals, researching comparable alternatives, and discovering new brands you were unaware of.

What about your friends 

Everyone has that one friend with a cabinet overflowing with products he or she no longer use.

Don't be afraid to be that friend that asks for products they no longer care about, and chances are you have a couple of forgotten products you could trade for. Oftentimes the products just didn't perform well on their hair or they’ve moved on to greener pastures. In that case, you can benefit from their trial and error and use their stuff. One man's trash is another man's treasure, sometimes.

Wait for it

There’s a time and a place for everything.  When you see that super expensive product and are fighting to say no, wait for it to go on sale or clearance.

You'll thank yourself later when what you want is half-off or when the price has been slashed to a point where it doesn't make you wince to type in your credit card number. Patience is a virtue, right?

Use what you've got

Hey you, with the half-used conditioner in the shower? Stop it.

Back away from the hair care aisle and use what you have at home, okay? Unless it’s making your hair fall out or desert dry like a Brillo Pad, it is still worthy of your use. Remember why you bought it and why you liked it in the first place. Avoid buying new products just because you’re bored with the ones you have.