Saving Money with Natural Hair: Masks

Okay, who doesn’t love an awesome hair mask?

I remember my fist natural hair mask: banana and honey. Only thing was, I was in college and didn’t have transportation so I tried to improvise by getting the ingredients from the campus’s cafeteria. I went in the morning during breakfast and snagged one banana and countless honey packets and took them to my dorm room. My roommate and suitemate were gone for the day, and I didn’t want to use the magic bullet without permission, so I took a bowl and a fork and went to work.

I mashed the banana with the honey for a while and added some soy milk every blue moon (I was a vegan and my suitemate was lactose intolerant so we didn’t have milk) and ended up with a lumpy mess. I remember thinking, “Eh, I’ll be fine since I have to wash it out anyway” and proceeded to apply the mask and leave it in for about 30 minutes.

Guys, why…? Why did I do this…?

So after my 30 minutes I hop into the shower and shampoo my hair, but there was a little problem: there were banana lumps everywhere. I mean EVERYWHERE. It didn’t matter how much I scrubbed because the lumps were hiding in between all the curls. I came out of the shower looking like I had the world’s worst case of dandruff, and it took me an extra 2 hours to get everything out.

Thinking back on it, I should’ve just text my roommate and asked permission to use the magic bullet…

I had also tried masks with avocado, oil, eggs (with the same result as the banana… you’d think I’d know better than to use hot water with egg in my hair…), mayo and more with the hopes that I would see these fabulous results for my hair. Instead what I found was an empty wallet and an angry mother who was yelling at me for taking up her fridge space…

It took me a minute, but what I realized was that in order for these masks to work like you see on YouTube and in Google Images is constant use. And on top of that, if you want the best for your hair, that means getting fresh and natural ingredients and let’s be real:

I don’t have the money for that.

So what did I do? Well for a while I just stopped doing masks. Every now and then I’d give my hair a bit of extra oil, but I knew I needed something more for my hair that was prone to breakage. I was still trying to experiment with my new texture after having relaxed hair all my life, and came across a video of a woman doing an extensive hair routine. (I’m really sorry, but I honestly don’t remember who it was that I was watching.) Regardless, she was using a product I’d never heard about before:

Bentonite Clay

I was a bit skeptical about buying it at first because almost all the reviews showed women smearing it on their faces. But sure enough, there were a few reviews of women of color who were using it for their hair.

I decided to take a leap of faith and buy a bottle and lemme tell you I will never not buy this clay again…

First off, I liked that it cost much less than all the ingredients that I was buying previously. I’ve saved a grip of money by purchasing this clay instead of raw organic fruits and veggies, not to mention I know that everything will rinse out smoothly. A little goes a long way, and I find myself using it for both my hair and my face (score!). Bentonite Clay has been beyond useful in my hair care and skin care, and I thank God I discovered it before I spent another penny on a fruit I couldn’t get out of my hair later. Hahaha!

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