When it comes to curls, it's easy to spend a lot of money. Products and trips to the salon can really add up. Not everyone has the budget to spend tons on their curls, so here's some great suggestions on how to save some money and still have amazing curls.
Don't over buy products:
Buying products is tempting. Experimenting can get expensive. Before buying, see if you have a friend who's product you can try, ask for a sample and read blogs so you can make an informed decision.
Make your own:
Before you buy, see if you can make your own products. Many wonderful curl care products can be made with ingredients right from your own pantry. Not only is this cheaper, you control exactly what goes into your products so you know it's always safe for your curls.
Stick with what works:
Promise yourself you'll try a product no more than 3 times before moving on. Don't spend time and money trying to make a product that doesn't work work for you. Once you've created a toolkit of basic products you know works, stick with those.
Keep it simple:
While there's nothing wrong with loving products, don't go overboard with what you buy. Ultimately, it will be easier on your bank account and routine not to have an oversized array of products to upkeep and choose from.
Don't go overboard:
Limit not only what you spend your money on but how you use it. Don't overuse products such as masks and deep conditioners, as those are usually quite expensive. Try to minimize your use to what you need and what you think will help your curls grow (doing extra treatments won't make your curls grow fast and could in fact harm them).
Learn to style yourself:
Learn how to do protective styles and simple wash and gos on your own to limit the amount of time and money you spend in a salon. While we recommend you get cuts and chemical treatments in salons, you can learn to do braids and buns at home. YouTube has tons of great and free tutorials.
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