What To Do When On A Budget
Doing hair on a budget isn’t easy. Taking care of hair on a bidet is even harder. When I lived in New York, I had to live on a strict budget. Everything I bought was calculated into my budget list. Rent was high, and so was tuition. There was virtually no space for hair care. It's great that homemade recipes were available to save the day.
My biggest issue with my scalp and hair is dryness. My scalp gets extremely dry at times, and my hair typically follows after. Living in New York with dry hair was awful because of the weather, and the fact that I was on a tight budget. So, what did I do?
Well, I used homemade products to keep my dry hair under control. Typically, the best remedy for dry hair is deep conditioning. However, deep conditioning products can be expensive when you’re on a budget, especially if you were like me living in a ridiculously expensive city. Being on a budget is never fun, but there are always ways to take care of hair while saving money.
Let’s get into some of the best homemade hair conditioning treatments that’ll give your hair life!
3 Favorite Types
There are tons of homemade conditioner recipes out there, but which ones are effective? As previously mentioned, I have dehydrated hair. My scalp isn’t any better either.
I’ve tried all the homemade recipes possible, but I’ve finally narrowed it down to about three favorite ones.
The first one is the infamous mayonnaise mask.
The second is the coconut oil and honey, a lovely smelling and soft mix that’ll transform your hair.
The third is avocado, and aloe vera gel, a combination that’s sure to bring softness to your hair. I chose these three homemade recipes because of three factors. One, I found that my hair was softer after each of these conditioners.
So soft that I thought that I left some product in my hair! Second, not only was my hair soft, it was moisturized. My dry flakes were gone! Third, the best aspect that I was able to save money and most ingredients were already in my kitchen!
If you want to get like me, try these recipes out. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Let’s get into them!
The homemade mayonnaise mask is easy to make. All you need is mayonnaise. However, if you want to add a little spunk to it, you can add some essential oils, egg yolk, or another healthy ingredient such as a banana. The processing time for a mayonnaise mask is about 20-30 minutes.
Because the consistent of mayonnaise is already so perfect, you won’t need to whip it before application. If you’ve already rinsed your hair, then you’ll apply the mayonnaise on right after. To use the mask, take about one cup of mayonnaise, and lather it onto your hair from root to ends. Make sure you massage it into your scalp and outwards.
Then, let it sit for about 20 to 25 minutes. After, you’ll use a gentle shampoo to cleanse the mask out of your hair. Make sure you don’t use a harsh shampoo as it will just dry out your hair. When I use this mask, I add about 5 to 10 drops of tea tree oil to add more to the mask.
The oil helps with dry scalp patches. The mayonnaise mask is beneficial for anyone needing moisture, and frizz control! The mayonnaise mask also defines curly hair.
It’s also been said to remove hair lice!
Coconut Oil and Honey Mask
Coconut oil has been hailed as the most fantastic product for hair, especially when it comes to moisture. Honey has also been said to be amazing for anyone needing to soften their tresses. To make this homemade mask, you’ll need one tablespoon of honey, and one tablespoon of coconut oil.
Pour both ingredients into a small bowl, and add any other ingredients you like. For this mixture, I like to add some rose water to make the mix soft. Also, before doing any of this, make sure your coconut oil is completely melted. Coconut oil hardens when stored at room temperature. To apply, you’ll need to part your hair into two sections.
Wet it, then use the mask by massaging it onto your scalp before lathering it from roots to ends. Leave the mask on for about 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, rinse off the mask using warm water.
Make sure you’ve gotten all the product out of your hair before shampooing with a mild shampoo. I loved this mask because it moisturized my hair. The honey was a nice touch since it smelt great, and helped soften my hair.
This mask is great because it doesn’t require much and you can purchase the ingredients anywhere for cheap!
Avocado, and Aloe Vera Gel
One of my favorite hair masks is the avocado and aloe vera gel. Avocado is rich in fatty acids that moisturize hair. So, this mask is created with avocado, but also with aloe vera.
You can add ingredients such as eggs to change the consistency of the mask. To make this mask, add all ingredients to a small bowl, and whip until it’s an even consistency. After creating the mixture, you’ll dampen your hair, and apply the homemade conditioner.
If you want the conditioner to penetrate deeply, leave it on for 20 minutes, and wear a shower cap while doing so.
This will trap the heat into your cap and cause the conditioner to penetrate deeply.
A Homemade Budget
All in all, these masks are great for anyone looking to treat their hair without breaking the bank. The three masks above worked great for me, especially since I have dry hair.
Homemade recipes are incredible because the ingredients are right in your kitchen, and if not, you can get them for cheap at the store!
Don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone, and try some ingredients you wouldn’t have thought of before!Continue reading
Tips on Switching Your Hair Up Without Breaking the Bank
Let’s be real – no one wants to get bored with their hair!
There’s nothing like having the freedom to wake up one day and decide that you want to try a different hairstyle to fit your mood, the occasion, or "just because." The great thing about hair is that we can create hundreds of looks on our own with little to no effort!
Here’s the Real Challenge with Changing Your Hair Frequently
I know I’m not the only one that has an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the many styles that I plan to try.
You have to keep the people guessing! However, I sometimes look at the photos on my board and ask myself, “how am I going to make these styles work without breaking the bank?”
When we see our favorite celebs and influencers wearing new hairstyles daily, we tend to think that we can’t do the same while remaining budget-friendly. I’m here to tell you that it’s possible, sis. To all of my budget-friendly hair lovers, it’s time to chat!
Here’s how you can ditch the dull hair looks and change your hair without spending a lot of money.
Go Curly, Go Straight
One of the easiest ways to change your hair is to switch up your hair texture.
Are you usually a fan of keeping it straight? Try a wash ‘n go or create curls with a hair tool. If you’re a curly chick, go for a straight look (only if you can accomplish this without the risk of heat damage).
There’s nothing wrong with a little texture change here there – show off your versatility!
Snatch People's Wigs With a Wig!
Fun fact: When I was younger, I would play with my grandmother’s wigs while laughing at the fact that she would proudly wear one every day.
Let me say that times have changed, sorry grandma! Now, I am a huge fan of a good wig and will rock one like it’s growing out of my scalp. The thing that I love the most about wigs is that there is no commitment to a hairstyle. I can decide to have long, curly hair one day and then a short bob the next day. Wigs are one of the easiest, fastest ways to change your hair and switch up your style.
A high-quality wig can be expensive if you’re looking to invest in a long-term style. However, if you want a unit that you can pop on here and there, you can either search online or head to your local beauty supply store to purchase one that is inexpensive.
There are a lot of synthetic units that you can find for less than $40 that look just as natural as a high-quality unit.
Another great tip is to make a wig yourself by using some older bundles that you may have. Take some of your Private Label Extensions hair that you have laying around and create a u-part or full cap wig. Making a wig out of extensions gives you the flexibility to change your hair whenever you want while also allowing you to rock human hair that you didn’t have to buy.
If you are a beginner when it comes to wigs, no worries!
Roll It Up
Foam rollers, perm rods, heated rollers, Flexi rods – you name it, it’s out there!
Roller or rod sets are cute and easy to maintain, but the thing that I love the most is that you can do so much with the curls that you form with these tools. Whether you want a “pineapple” ponytail (in the words of Twitter users, a “pineapple”) or a half up half down ‘do, your curls will make your style pop.
Much like hair accessories, you can find inexpensive packs of rollers and rods at your local beauty supply store. A few packs will go a long way!
Accessorize Your Hair
Let’s go back to the old days again.
Do you remember when our moms would add all types of bows, beads, and ribbons to our hair? Get back to that trend! A quick and simple way to add some flair and change your hair is to play around with different kinds of hair accessories.
There’s no limit to the hairstyles that you can create when playing around with different accessories. You can even use something as simple as rubber bands to give yourself a perfect look for any occasion, like a pom-pom ponytail.
Another trendy accessory to include in your style is a scarf or head wrap. Wraps are not only fashionable, but they also help to protect your hair (or conceal it during a “bad hair day”). Looking to achieve festival vibes? Slide on a flower crown or headband for a boho-chic look.
Here’s the best part: you can find all of the accessories that I mentioned at a beauty supply store or even a dollar store for a super low price.
Faux It ‘til You Make It
Here’s a neat trick that will change how you view natural hair!
I remember watching a YouTube video where a beauty vlogger shared her best-kept secret about creating a natural look. She proceeded to pull out a curly drawstring ponytail, and I couldn’t help but wonder what she planned to do with it.
To my surprise, she used the faux ponytail to make a super cute natural puff. Yes, you can use a cheap drawstring ponytail to create a full, curly puff that will look like the real deal. I know you’re probably just as shocked as I was.
All you need to do is pop it on, fluff it out, and boom – you’ve created a new look in minutes!
D.I.Y. Time: Learn to Braid
Okay, bear with me. I know this tip may take a little more time and effort, but I promise it’ll be worth it when you realize how much money you’re going to save!
Learning how to braid your hair will take time, practice, and patience. However, D.I.Y. braids will give you the flexibility to change your braid styles on YOUR time and with barely any of your dime. Say “goodbye” to the hassle of making hair appointments and the stress of paying over $100 for the style, not including the price of the hair.
If you decide to braid your hair, you’re only responsible for purchasing the hair and products, whether you're doing cornrows or box braids.
Now, do you see how much money you can keep stashed away just by teaching yourself this technique? You can do this!