I came across this question online and it made me wonder… Am I spending less money on my hair now or am I spending more than when I was relaxed?
I want to say I’m spending less now (of course I do..) so let’s have a breakdown for one year:
Relaxer kit 3-4 times at $15 = $45-60
Hair Cut twice a year = $100
Shampoo/Conditioner 9 of each a year? at $10 for a set = $90
Hair cut = $25 for BC and free since
Shampoo/Conditioner = $20 for Shea Moisture set which will last me a year and then $5 for conditioner 6 times a year = $30 so $50
Accessories (hair bands, clips, ties, curlformers): $65
Misc: (shea butter, deep conditioner, leave in conditioner) = $80
So from that I get $235-250 for relaxed hair and $215 for natural hair. There’s not a whole lot of difference, I’ll be honest. Of course with relaxed hair I didn’t include the flat iron and blow dryer which I have omitted from my natural hair care practice.
I was trying to be honest with myself here. Of course I want to hear that my new way of life is both healthier and cheaper but in the end… the price for healthy hair (in my case, since you can have healthy relaxed hair too?) is invaluable and natural hair will always be worth it for me.
I’m also aware that natural hair products can be quite expensive. I think it helps that I’m not a product junkie.
What about you? Was it cheaper to have relaxed hair or natural hair? And is it worth it?