I had a short cut that barely showed off my kinky and coily new growth, and never having hair that short just made me hell bent on growing it out. After a lot of research from blogs and YouTube videos I finally found out something that worked for me and my minimum wage budget (not going to lie the hair care packages helped from my grandmother too.) I just recently graduated with hair that now reaches pass my shoulders, and without these great practices I would have been lost. So here is how to affordably grow healthy and long hair.
1. Start becoming low maintenance
If you are a heat and styling addict then this could be a hard habit to break, but hair LOVES to be left alone. The stress you are putting with heat, brushing, and combing can really wear on your delicate strands which could lead to breakage. No matter what your hair is going to grow about a half an inch each month, your only goal is to KEEP that growth by avoiding breakage. The easiest way to go about this is to learn low maintenance styles that hides your ends. Buns, braids, and twists are great options that don’t really take anything but cheap styling product. If you do go through the braids or twists route make sure to not tug too tight on your hair. This also can cause breakage and eventually ruin your hairline.
2. Turn to your kitchen for hair treatments
So straighter hair tends to get oily, but if you want to stretch apart wash days then ditch the product and go to your kitchen! Things like corn starch, baking powder, or baking soda make great substitutes for dry shampoo that can save you money.
Now if you have curlier or kinkier hair you may need more moisture for your hair and will focus on conditioning. Olive oil, mayonnaise, or avocados make great substitutes for conditioners and you can find many recipes online that involve them.
Are you in need of a protein treatment due to a lot of breakage? Then you should just break a couple of eggs and make a hair mask!
3. Trim your own hair
Don’t quite freak out on me just yet! Now everyone says that if you want longer hair then you need to cut it. Well that’s not quite true… trim your hair if your ends are split. If they are perfectly healthy then you can go months without trimming which saves you money! If you need a cut however then go to the beauty supply store and buy your own scissors. I personally trimmed my ends after seeing split ones after twisting my hair. I relied on this style a lot so cutting evenly never really mattered to me. If you don’t trust yourself then of course go to someone to get it cut, but make sure to check your ends to see if they need to trim before dishing out the extra cash.
4. Buy cheap products
When you can’t find exactly what you need in your kitchen like a pomade then turn to cheap beauty supply products. You may find this questionable, but in the end not all of your products have to be organic to make your hair grow. It’s more so about HOW you use the product than what’s in it. I used a few cheap drug store conditioners because that’s what I used the most. A deep conditioner is where you can turn to your kitchen, but if you are looking to splurge on something then that would be it because it has to sit in your hair for a longer period of time.
5. The shower is your steamer
Lately, I have seen more devices like steamers for your hair and this is a complete waste. Steam does help open the follicles in your hair to take in moisture, but the steam in your shower is just as effective. All you have to do is stand in the shower a little longer to get more of the steam’s benefits.