With so much emphasis on choosing cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly beauty products. More and more of us are turning to DIY beauty products. The fact is that a lot of products that are of a high-quality, also cruelty-free and sustainable tend to be expensive. Which puts them out of reach for anyone on a small budget. Then there’s the fact that we’re told time and time again that natural products are better for us. This is another reason why so many beauty lovers are now turning to DIY beauty products.
- We often don’t think twice when picking out makeup and skincare products off the shelves. We automatically assume that most products have passed safety regulations before they can be sold to the public. However, this is simply not true. According to the FDA, there are no laws that require makeup companies to obtain FDA approval before selling their products. This puts the responsibility on the consumer to figure out what is in their makeup or skin care products. Here is a list of 5 harmful makeup ingredients that you should look out for:
This budget friendly natural hair care guide will fit right into your budget whether you are unemployed, college student, intern, living on a fixed or low income, a struggling single mom or just plain ole cheap; trying to take care of their hair while spending less. I have compiled a few budget friendly natural hair care regimen that will match right into your budget and have you taking better care of your hair at a very low cost, no more excessive spending on hair care items. If you consider yourself as a part of this list or simply just looking for new techniques then read more to learn how to care for your hair on a budget.
To Cleanse the Hair: DIY African Black Soap Shampoo
African Black soap is good for the entire body. It can be used to deep clean the hair from impurities as well as for dry skin and acne scars. To lower the ph level of the black soap simply add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or pure Aloe Vera. Black Soap is available to be purchased online, at local health stores or beauty supply store. The authentic black soap comes in a huge chunk of brown and cream. Before purchasing black soap ensure to read the label to identify that you are purchasing the pure black soap. For best usage cut the black soap into smaller chunk sizes and allow it to sit overnight in warm water.
How to make African Black Soap Shampoo
1 cup of filtered water
1 tablespoon of liquid black soap
1/2 tablespoon ACV or 1/4 cup of pure Aloe Vera gel
Tea Tree (preservative)
Coconut Oil (optional)
- Shave or grate the African Black Soap into smaller pieces
- Add warm water to transfer the Black Soap to liquid form
- Let it sit until dissolved
- Add Aloe Vera and oils (optional)
- Stir mixture and store in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator
- Shake before each use.
Hair Tip: Always follow up with conditioner after washing hair.
For softer and more manageable hair try this home DIY hair deep conditioning treatment. These ingredients are probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet already. You won’t have to spend an extra buck.
DIY Hair Deep Conditioning TreatmentIngredients2 tablespoon of pure honey1/2 cup filtered water2 tablespoon glycerin1 tablespoon olive oil1 egg yolk
- Blend honey, egg yolk, water and glycerine mix until combined.
- Pour olive oil in until the mixture becomes smooth.
- Place on wet hair and allow to sit for 30 mins. Rinse hair with cold water.
Hair Tip: After rinsing out the conditioner you will need to add products that will help the hair to retain moisture.
Leave-in Conditioner: Shea Butter and Glycerin
- Melt Shea Butter by using warm water
- 1 tbsp glycerin to the desired amount melted shea butter
- Blend together until the product becomes creamy.
- Apply to hair while soaking wet
Shea butter can be used alone or mixed with another ingredient such as oil for leave-in.
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Budget Friendly Natural Hair Care Products for Styling
Do single strand twist or flat twist on wet hair with hair oil (grease) or beeswax. When the hair dries loose to achieve your twist out style with a super definition.Flaxseed Gel
Buy organic flaxseed and look up videos on YouTube that teaches how to make your own flaxseed gel.Aloe Vera Gel
If you live in the Caribbean most time we will have Aloe Vera plant growing in our yard, or if not they are available for purchase as low as a $1 at any local or West Indian, Latino and Mexican grocery store produce aisle, Walmart and Home Depot also carry these products. One stem can last 2-3 months. Refrigerate leftovers for next use. If buying the Aloe Vera gel check if it’s pure and contains no alcohol.Conditioning Caps
As a substitute collect plastic sacks from the grocery store and use it to create a conditioning cap for when deep treating hair.
I hope you make use of these budget-friendly ideas especially when you are unable to splurge on yourself but still wanna look good and maintain healthy hair. What are you budget friendly natural hair care tips?
What are you budget friendly natural hair care tips?
Often times we come across product labels but they are not made easy to read and understand. We might not even trust the claims that brands/manufacturers place on these products. For all natural products there are no regulatory guidelines for what makes a product “natural”. If a product is made from organic ingredients then more than likely it contains a minimum of 70% certified-organic ingredients. To avoid any chemical harm one has to understand the different uses of ingredients listed and/or used to create the product. Below is a list of bad hair product ingredients that you should avoid:
- Chlorine is often used in our everyday life such as the use of tap water, swimming pool, laundry products etc., so it cannot be avoided. If not treated correctly chlorine will strip the natural oils from the hair that prevents damage and daily wear. Always coat hair with oil and silicone based product before going to the pool.
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Momoethnanolamine (MEA) and Triethanolamme (TEA) chemical can throw off hormone levels and form cancer. Foamy boosters, conditioning agents care products such as hair dyes, wave sets,shampoos and cleansing products are more likely to contain this ingredient .
- Isopropyl Alcohol also known as rubbing alcohol is drying and harsh to natural hair. This ingredient can be found in hair sprays, gels, fragrances and shaving lotions. Products that contain Isopropyl Alcohol tends to dry out the hair, make it frizzy, dull and cause breakage.
- Mineral Oil coats the hair and acts as a natural barrier to moisture getting in the hair. If used too often it can cause the hair to become dry and brittle. The more mineral oil consumed the more likely the hair dries out and become weak and thin.
- Polyethylene Glycol can be found in shampoo, hair conditioner and styling product. PEG strips the hair of it’s natural moisture and weakens the immune system.
- Propylene Glycol absorbs quickly into the hair and is used as an anti-freeze. PG is used to break down protein. It can be used in some skin care and cosmetic products like deodorants. Overexposure of PG can cause damage to organs such as the brain, lungs and liver.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) & Sodium Lauryle Sulfate (SLS) ingredients can be found in products that foam such as hair conditioner, soaps, shower gels, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Often times car wash soaps or floor cleaners contains this type of ingredient. Just by doing a Google search you can see claims about this ingredient causing hair loss.
Please note:The first ingredient listed on a product is the main ingredient use to create the product. Any product that contains water and list it as the first ingredient is perfect for moisturizing.
Next time before you purchase or apply a product to your hair take these ingredients into consideration so that you can prevent damage to your hair and instead achieve a much healthier, thicker hair. Click here to read about building a hair regimen.Do you read product labels for ingredients before purchasing? Feel free to leave your comments below. 😉