Before I talk about the goodies I acquired while on my shopping adventure this past Friday, I want to take a moment to extend a genuine thank you to Caroline C and Jada B. for giving me some much needed feedback when I asked social media for help about which products I should try. Both of you rock!!!!
Initially I planned on purchasing products that would fit into the hair growth regimen I am experimenting with this fall. I have mentioned this multiple times already but I doubt saying it again would hurt–I am a creature of habit finally ready to branch out and try different products just for the sake of experimenting. Other than asking Facebook and Instagram I did a little research on natural hair products, specifically for stimulating hair growth. There are plenty of products on the market but only a few were fairly affordable and even less were off line accesible. I love online shopping but there are some times where walking down each individual isle gives me its own form of satisfaction. Since I had already assigned myself a spending limit and because really just wanted to get out of the house and shop I switched from Plan A ) make out a list of reccomended products and where to find them, to Plan B) make a list of ingredients for testing out homemade product recipes.
I’m not quite sure what my alternative option may have been if If Pinterest wasn’t a source. Ladies and Gentlemen if Pinterest isn’t a frequently used app on your smart phone or tablet you are missing out. It is hands down my go to source for finding home decor projects, cooking recipes, work outs and I have at least 5 boards dedicated to natural hair care and hairstyles. I pinned a few recipes to play around with and I’m proud to say I’ve successly whiped up a my first batch of leave in conditioner (both creamy and spray), moisturizer, and conditioner. The only products I purchased from the beauty supply store are shampoo (apprx. $8), setting lotion (approx 7) and gel (apprx $3). So instead of products falling between the $10-$15 range before tax, I stocked up on some basic kitchen sink finds,a few more essential oils, and an aloe plant. I even managed to stay a little below my budget so much so that I used the remaining change to buy containers for my creations.I am certain I lucked out and I cannot wait to shift into this phase of my natural journey. Below I have provided my shopping list and I hope it’s helful for anyone wanting to play around with product making too.
- Olive Oil
- Canned Coconut Milk
- Cayenne Pepper Flakes
- Vitamin E Oil
- Shea Butter
- Tea Tree Oil
- Creme of Nature Argan Oil Shampoo
- Lottabody Setting Lotion
- Eco Styler
I definitely plan on sharing my recipes sooner rather than later so I ask that you awesome individuals bare with me whil I play aound with the recipes.The best piece of advice I can offer for your next shopping trip whether it be online or offline is to plan ahead. By planning ahead I mean speand a little time looking over products or if you are want to try making your own creations spend some time looking over different recipes. By researching the different different effects that certain essential oils have on hair and skin and then also rechecking my current stock I saved a lot of time shopping aimlessly and a bit of money by pricechecking. Yes I do like walking each isle, but I love saving a little money a little bit more. Over all I made 2 planned trips to Walmart and a local beauty supply store and one unplanned trip to Food Lion and spent 15-30 minutes at each stop which for me is unheard of. I am still open to suggestions from y’all about products, remedies and recipes I should try. I hope everyone is having a great August and can’t wait to update yall on my progress.