5 Ways to Save Money on Your Hair Products

By Natural Hair Rules

Besides the cold weather, most of us are worried about our finances. The economy is still sluggish (OK, it’s in the toilet) and as we worry about putting food on the table and keeping the lights on. Somewhere we have to maintain our hair. It seems we have to make grim sacrifices and too often that means cutting back on our hair products. Despite our hair not being as important as keeping the lights on and keeping gas in the car, it’s still a necessity that requires upkeep and products. I’ve come up with a few tips that will allow you to take care of your hair without hurting your wallet.

Use what you already have

Penny pinchers know that you use up what you have before you buy more. That just means use what’s in the back of your natural hair closet. If you are like me then you have some products back there that don’t get used as often. They are wasting space and money so use them.

Use less product (heavy handed Naturals)

Are you measuring each and every time you scoop out some product from a jar or are you just scooping? Probably the later. Take the extra second to gauge how much you really need to use and put back any extra before you apply it to your head. Many times we are using way more than necessary so if you use just what you really need you find your products will last as long as they are supposed to last. This is a great reminder for the heavy handed naturals (me included) that less is more!

Slack up on the expensive hairstyles or learn to do them yourself

Braids, weaves, wigs, straw sets, or just any hairstyle that requires you to seek a professional can be either eliminated or done by yourself. First off, added hair is not cheap. Even the synthetic hair is not cheap if you have to have a professional install it. You can find a cheaper stylist or you can even learn how to do it yourself. There are the thousands of YouTube as well as on this site, Natural Hair Rules!!! Scale down on the cost of added hair or expensive styles by not wearing them as often, doing it yourself or just eliminating it.

Swap hair products

This is becoming a growing trend where naturals within FB groups or websites are swapping products. This is also happening at Natural Hair Meet-ups and Events. It’s a great way to unload what didn’t work for you and hopefully find your staple product or something new. The money you save on swapping products can really add up and may save you room for what you really need.

And still another solution is donating gently used hair products to you’re local women’s or family shelter. These organizations always need products made specifically for women of color. You’re doing good and have a potential tax write-off.


You will always save more money by making your own products. No, you don’t have to become a scientist or make everything you need for your hair. You can make protein treatments, shampoos, conditioners and just about everything you need to maintain healthy natural hair. There are tons of recipes available for the DIYers so don’t feel you have to pay an arm and a leg for your hair.

Read: Easy DIY Natural Hair Products

Another trick is to buy your oils from the grocery side instead of the hair & Beauty section of the store. The grocery side olive oil will be in a bigger bottle and cheaper than buying it from the hair & beauty section. Trust me…it is the same oil with a less fancy label. Don’t be fooled.

Be smart and savvy while we wade through our economic setbacks. Your hair is important but it doesn’t have to make you lose focus of what’s even MORE important. Pay your bills but not at the expense of your hair by incorporating these tips. You will still have haute hair with a few extra dollars in your pocket!

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Kimmie

    The idea of going to a cheaper stylist sounds good, but be advised that sometimes you get what you pay for. i went to get my ends clip by a kitchen beautician, 1/2 inch max, and walked out with my hair two inches shorter and it wasn’t damaged. I have not been able to sleep or even look in the mirror. It is literally making me sick. I have put my hair in a low maintenance style to avoid having to think about it. I am approaching my 1 year anniversary. I was so looking forward to hanging out at the park with my BAF. Now I feel like I’m back at square one. It really isn’t that bad I know and I thought I was cute 4 months ago when I first hit this length, but I’m sick about my cut. SO…….the moral of this story is….CHEAPER IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER.

  • Diamond A.

    I think that these are great tips especially for college students such as myself. Another thing that I do is keep my regimen simple, I don’t put a wide variety of products in my hair and during the winter I don’t wash my hair as often so I’m saving a bit of product. I only go to my hair stylist for trims. I also think the product swap is a brilliant idea, I’ll have to try to get a group of people together on campus to swap products with.

    Diamond A.