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The Haul: How far do you have to go to get your hair products?

Avatar • Jul 27, 2011

Renee says;

So, *sigh*, in a perfect world I would be able to get everything I need for my hair at the grocery store (like MOST American women) but, as a natural, sometimes the “haul” can be downright tiring. Let me first say that having natural hair products in Walgreen, Target and Whole Foods has helped a bunch! But my haul includes driving to Devon street (the Indian neighborhood in Chicago) for henna, Whole Foods for Giovanni Shampoo, Walgreens or Target for Shea Moisture products, ordering Bear Fruit Hair leave-in and MyHoneyChild Olive You Conditioner online (thank God for BGLH Marketplace!), going to Sally’s or any other neighborhood beauty supply store for satin bonnets and banana clips, and going to the health foods store to pick up raw ingredients like castor oil and glycerin.

*Phew!*

Now, to be fair, I have a lot of ‘kitchen substitutes’ to tide me over until I need a certain product. And I’ve become a master at customizing drugstore conditioners to fulfill my hair’s needs. But, I can’t lie, sometimes it’s annoying that I have to do so much just to get the products I like, and that work best on my hair.

So my question is; How far do you have to go to get your hair products? Is it a long process? And, if so, does it ever annoy you? Do you wish natural hair products were more centralized? Or do you not really think about it?

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Carlisa B.
Carlisa B.
9 years ago

Well I go to walgreens which is about 2 minutes from my house, target about 10 minutes from my house, and walmart about 5 minutes from my house 😀

sosoulful0125
sosoulful0125
9 years ago

Fortunately, I do not have to drive from one part of the city to the next to get products, so I really don’t think about it much unless I find out about a sale worth driving for. The following products I use are normally readily available at any major store: Shea Moisture (Walgreens/Target), Organix (any drug store, or grocery store), Castor Oil & VO5 (local beauty supply store). I really think the whole natural phenomenon is really taking off so I find it more centralized, but I do live in Orlando, maybe for smaller cities its a little harder to… Read more »

carlie
carlie
9 years ago

If I’m not ordering online then I only have to walk to the beauty supply store/drug store to find everything I need. In Britain the black hair shops also sells oils and glycerin and such, i only really order online to buy hair butters/creams and sulfate free shampoo and thats only cause I’m being fussy lol. When I order online I buy more than one thing to try out as I’m only one month natural to make the shipping worth it. Luckily I just found out that Anita Grant does free shipping so that would makes me happy if her… Read more »

Christine
Christine
9 years ago

I live in Canada Vancouver so I have to cross the border into the US or order my stuff online where I’m paying an arm and a leg for the stuff. And don’t forget the the ugly shipping cost to get it across the border. I wish I could just drive or whatever to get my stuff… sigh
: )

Eboni
Eboni
9 years ago

I don’t like to order products online because we have neighbors that we don’t really trust with delivered packages, lol. But if I really need something I go a Target or Sallys store which all happen to be around my home. I could also walk down the street to another beauty store.

The whole issue discussed the article is why I like to keep my regimen (and ingredient list) simple. Additionally sometimes I’ll purchase 1 extra bottle of conditioner and etc. just so I won’t have to make as many trips.

Red
Red
9 years ago

I live in the boonies of Middle Tennessee. To get duck clips I had to go to Sally’s in Nashville, 90 minutes away (the beauty salon in the next few towns over is terrible). I get my hair cut in Nashville, and I buy certain oils there as well. The choice is between waiting til we have a special occasion to go to Nashville (we see a movie, eat out, etc. while we’re there), or I can pay ridiculous shipping costs. Some shipping costs, they’re at first more than the product I’m trying, so I basically have to add more… Read more »

Aboogie
Aboogie
9 years ago

I have found that it is not my hair that needs all those things its my brain that needs to be occupied. I simplified my regimen and focus more on technique for health and length retention with my hair. I use olive oil safflower oil coconut or grapeseed oil- what ever is already at home, aloe vera gel from any supermarket or drug store, suave cocnut conditioner and shampoo and a moisturizer from time to time (right now i like redken. i might henna or use bentonite clay but never regularly and the the stuff lasts for a good amount… Read more »

Aboogie
Aboogie
9 years ago

oh and by technique I mean, keeping my hair very moisturized with co washing, and oil rinsing. I bun pretty often, and steam alot at the gym with conditioner. I eat well drink water exercise and scalp massage. I move some of the energy on my hair alone and apply that attention to my whole being and it makes my hair be as great as can be as a result

Larissa
9 years ago

I order the most things. There are none product for black hair in my City. NONE. All i could buy are some product for europan dry or curly hair. And in FairTrade Shops Sheabutter or jojoba oil. Thats it. In the next big City there are a lot of Afro Shops but it’s not that natural as i Want it so I order the most.

LadyV69
LadyV69
9 years ago

I can get the products I mostly use (Kinky Curly, Shea Moisture, Giovanni, Jane Carter)on the ground at Whole Foods, Target or Ricky’s (a beauty supply chain in NYC), all of which are 10–30 minutes from my house, so I don’t think abount centralizing products much. I don’t like ordering products online due to the exorbitant shipping charges and often long wait times for products to be delivered. I feel for those who live in small towns who have no choice but to order online.

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
9 years ago

I don’t have to travel far. Other than that, I order online.

Libby
9 years ago

YES! This has been a problem area for me and has led to many frustrated days. Stretching styles until you could finally get out of town to get the necessary products. One direction for this one, another for that. Ordering online takes time and shipping rates too, so… But for me, one who lives in a small city surrounded by other small cities, I have to go out of town (like 65+ miles) for a lot of things. Thank goodness Shea Moisture products are finally at Walgreens. That helps a bunch!

Cosmolude
Cosmolude
9 years ago

I don’t have to go far to get products. I get my products at Target, Whole Foods, and Walgreens. The stores are pretty close to each other so I don’t have to go far. The only think I have to order is raw shea butter and some essential oils. When I first went natural, I couldn’t find the products I wanted to try or use (in-store). I’d never gone to Whole Foods so I didn’t think to look there and other stores didn’t have much of a selection.

Naturelle a Montreal
Naturelle a Montreal
9 years ago

Of all of the popular lines (Kinky-Curly, Jessicurl, Oyin Handmade, Shea Moisture, etc) NONE are available in Montreal, Canada. I recently found a Montreal-based online company (mapetitestation.com) that sells unrefined shea butter and organic natural oils and delivers to a neighborhood not far from me. So, mostly out of necessity, I have been experimenting much more with mixing my own hair products to “stretch” the brand name products that I purchased during my last visit to NYC. I can order online from a couple of Toronto-based company however there is a significant price mark-up. A bottle of Kinky-Curly Knot Today… Read more »

JJ
JJ
9 years ago

When I went natural I was living in Botswana where we don’t have any of the products found in the US/UK for naturals, or even products suitable for fragile natural hair (cone free, sulfate free etc) except Dabur Vatika products so it was a big pain in the a*s but I learned to use natural oils from local pharmacies to make do. I moved to the UK this past January and now have access to a few products like Aubrey Organics, Giovanni (which I currently use) but I have to order everything online and wait at least a week, as… Read more »

JJ
JJ
9 years ago
Reply to  JJ

Having said ALL that — nearest of the local pharmacies was a 10 minute drive.

Sieta
9 years ago

I literally have to go online for EVERYTHING. Try living with that.

mangomadness
mangomadness
9 years ago

I’m a college student living in a city so I take the bus or walk everwhere. I buy Shea Moisture products at Walgreens (10 min bus ride) or Target (30 min bus ride). I get apple cider vinegar, aloe vera gel and coconut oil at Whole Foods (10 mins bus ride). I buy honey at a regular grocery store (10 min bus ride). With that said, my products last for a while and I buy in bulk (example: 32 oz size of raw ingredients) so I don’t really have to do a “haul” often. Also, It dosen’t bother me that I… Read more »

Jade
9 years ago
Reply to  mangomadness

Ditto. I ride the bus (< 30 min) or walk to Target/Walgreens/Whole Foods.
And I walk to the Indian grocery stores in my neighborhood for henna and ayurvedic products.

Emphasis on: “I’m not one to compare my haircare product shopping (or anything else for that manner) to that of ‘MOST American women’ ”

June
June
9 years ago

Whole Foods/Mom’s Organic/Trader Joe/Target where I normally shop for groceries for oils and stuff, and online ‑Oyin handmade, Mountain Rose Herbs, or Ayur Natural Beauty.

I order online maybe once every few months for Oyin or once or twice a year for the other two so I don’t feel like it is a burden. I get oils and other stuff as needed when I buy my groceries.

Nat
Nat
9 years ago

I prefer to shop online and here’s why:
‑It saves gas money (which is crazy high-$6 shipping vs. $10–20 of gas money)
‑I have a better selection of different brands
‑I can always find the product I need on one of my favorite sites
‑Coupons! Coupons! Coupons!-There usually isn’t a sale on anything I like on the weekly bases at my local store. Buying online means I can buy at a discount just by Googling “coupon code,” in fact, I’ve got a 20% coupon for my favorite site that doesn’t even expire

At_Ease
At_Ease
8 years ago
Reply to  Nat

WHA? What are these places online where you can get coupon codes that don’t expire. Could you share please?

K.
K.
9 years ago

I don’t go far…Walgreens, Target, Indian store or Vitamin Shoppe (for oils). If I have to go through too much to get a product then it ain’t for me. I’m a no frills kinda girl. The only exception would be if I moved out of the country and couldn’t get my basics — I’d order online & have them shipped.

Chicana
Chicana
9 years ago

I’m in the UK and the best line for my 4b hair is Qhemet Biologics. The products in themselves are not that expensive but shipping costs about the same as the products and I am always stung by customs charges from Parcelforce in the UK. I hate USPS for the expense. Sadly nothing available here moisturises my strands like this line. Anita Grant is just posh grease. I prefer to incur costs on what works than waste money on sub par substitutes. I buy everything, All natural and therefore online.

laela
laela
9 years ago

It takes me an hour and a half to get to Devon Street!! So if I go up that way, I stock up (and grab some Indian food). I too rely on home/grocery store products (e.g. avocado) but will order online if I get lazy and there’s free shipping available.

I’m actually moving, so I will be in walking distance of Whole Paycheck.…yikes!

At_Ease
At_Ease
9 years ago

Just two stores for me, and they are both about 10 mins away:

Giovanni/coconut oil/aloe vera juice/jojoba oil, etc — health food store

other Shampoo/Conditioners– Grocery store.

I just tried to adapt by looking to see what local stores had so I could save by not having to worry about high shipping costs. There are better lines coming out and becoming more widely available in drugstores and grocery stores.

mimi candy
mimi candy
9 years ago

I wash my hair with black soap and I make my own conditioner. If I want to use Shampoo, I will just make it. I loc my hair with the sap from the aloe plant. The oil I put on my hair, I order it from Evasearth. I use Shea butter and coconut oil together and put that on my hair.

giselle fletcher
giselle fletcher
9 years ago

i’m in the trinidad and tobago so i order my stuff online. this requires a bit of planning cause i would need to get my stuff just before my last batch finishes. i have to consider holidays in the states as well as holidays in my own country which would cause delays in delivery and processing. i also have to be aware of weather conditions. its worth it though. lol. and lets not forget shipping. i live for free shipping so i only have to pay to clear stuff when it gets to my country. its alot of calculation and… Read more »

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8 years ago

I’ll be honest, I’m kinda confused. But good blog.

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