The term “product junkie” has such a negative connotation. For me when I hear the term in regards to those with natural hair, I think of hoarders of various hair products. I picture someone’s bathroom counter or closet overflowing with bottles of this and that, all serving different purposes. When I made the decision to go natural I SWORE I would never become this person. Then I quickly realized how foolish I was to think this!
No matter how many YouTube videos you watch, no matter how many blogs you read or advice you receive from fellow naturalistas, you have to go through the process of finding what products work for your hair. This process includes buying products. Price is very important to me. My biggest fear is spending a lot of money on something that I don’t like because it didn’t work for me. Research and customer feedback are also important factors to me. I lean more towards products with natural ingredients, so if something has a lot of big word ingredients that I can’t pronounce then I don’t want it.
Customer feedback can be hit or miss, so you really have to take it for what it is and make your own judgment. But if 10 out of 15 people say something sucks, there just may be something to it.
So far in my natural hair journey I’ve found a line of products that work for me, and it’s the Shea Moisture line. The Curling Pudding and Shea Butter Deep Conditioning Mask work wonders for my hair. My mother in law has also purchased the hair thickening shampoo and conditioner, and she loves it because she has thin hair. I’ve also found that I like making my own hair concoctions with natural oils and raw African Shea Butter and they work very well on me and my daughter’s hair.
At this point and time I am not a product junkie, but I can definitely appreciate how easily it can happen because I almost got sucked in. My humble advice to anyone reading this is to always weigh the pros and cons and do your research before you buy. Word of mouth can be very helpful, but you have to remember that there are many different hair types out there. I have 4c hair so I look for comments from those who have thick, coarse hair like myself versus someone with fine, soft hair. In the meantime I’ll keep you posted if I find another great product or a concoction that you can make yourself. 🙂