Moisturizer from Dollar Tree, Maintaining Nappy Hair on the Cheap
For me, it’s all about maintaining my natural hair without spending a lot of money. Can it be done? I think it can. But in this case…hmmm… am I setting myself up for a “You get what you pay for” experience? Could be.
But dang it, when it comes to keeping my hair moisturized, I’m cheap. Cheap I tell ya, cheap, cheap, cheap. But hey, when you considered what I spent trying to maintain relaxed hair for twenty years, I probably could have paid cash for a car at some point. Y’all know that $60 every six weeks, plus sometimes weekly visits for shampooing and weekly conditioning, in addition to all the products that was supposed to moisturize, strengthen and promote growth, the moolah really adds up. I think I calculated what I spent on my hair on a yearly basis once, and it added up to several house payments. Looking back, I find that utterly ridiculous. Ah…and what about all the curling irons, heating caps, conditioning caps, rollers, do rags and hooded hair dryers and other stuff I purchased to keep my hair on point. Simply mind boggling when I think about it…so let’s not…ok?
But yeah I have thought about it — a lot. And thinking about it has now turned me into a miser when it comes to spending money on my hair. I just can’t get with all the expensive potions, butters, oils, creams, etc., etc., etc., when one of the first things I found that kept my hair moisturized sufficiently was some good ‘ole Carefree Moisturizer. I don’t use it anymore, but my mom does and her hair is thriving. As a result, I’ve found that most any water/glycerin-based moisturizers work quite well, and thankfully, as long as those two are the primary ingredients in a product, I can pretty much use it and get decent, to very good, to excellent results. That makes me really happy cause it means I’m not tied to a specific brand. So when my trusty Proline Lite Combthru Moisturizer went up in price and got smaller in size (that was a bummer cause I really loved that stuff), I simply moved on to something different. That’s when I discovered that Lustrasilk’s Right On Dry Curl Gel Activator worked just fine. Although more economical, I’m still on the lookout for more product for less money and that’s why this no-name brand moisturizer from Dollar Tree caught my eye.
Alrighty then. So here I am in Dollar Tree tonight looking for some light bulbs, and yes I happened down the hair product aisle. Well, I’m almost out of gel moisturizer, and I spy with my little eye this huge 38 oz tub of clear gel activator moisturizer. It’s called Method of Style Professional Formula. Hehehe…yeah right whatever they need to quit. I’m not easily swayed by such marketing ploys. In fact I usually ignore such claims cause in the end it will either work or it won’t so these tactics don’t really matter to me. I’m after a cheap product that will give me results. Plus, I figure, if I don’t like it, I’m only out of a buck. Can’t beat that. And as cheap as I am, I’ll probably take it back.
So will it work? Really don’t see why not. This particular brand doesn’t contain glycerin but it does have a synthetic humectant in it, which doesn’t matter right now anyway since there’s no humidity in the air from which it can wick moisture. But I’m counting on the water and some of the other ingredients to moisturize my hair and to act as emollients to keep it soft. In fact, I just rubbed some between my fingers and it’s very light feeling and there’s no stickiness at all. If this stuff works like I think it will, I’ma go back and get another tub cause after all, this is a “dollar store” and from one week to the next they may not even stock the same product again.
I’ma twist my hair up with this stuff tomorrow and let you know in a couple of days how I like it. Shoot, I might even do a few test twists tonight. Stay Tuned!