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5 Ways to Get Natural Hair Products at a Cheaper Price

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By Christina of The Mane Objective

I say over and over again, that I am a recovering product junkie. As much as I try and walk the straight and narrow, I relapse from time to time — especially during those times I repeat in my head, “I’m just looking, I’m just looking”. On this particular evening, I found myself visiting Ulta Beauty, the super-posh salon, cosmetics, and fragrance mega store. I’m still on the fence as far as how I feel about Ulta, but this wasn’t a typical store visit…or so I thought. I was actually at the store doing some investigative journalism, which will be featured soon enough here on Black Girl Long Hair.

I cruised the aisles, secretively snapping away pictures on my trusty tablet and doing my necessary digging. I almost made it out unscathed — that is, until I got reeled in by my need to grab a new face masque. As an aside, I am a HUGE fan of Queen Helene’s Grapeseed Masque (I’m a weirdo…I love that feeling of peeling the masque off), and of the Mint Julep Masque. Since I have a little Grapeseed left, I went ahead and grabbed the Mint Julep from the bottom shelf for $3.99. As I rose from my squatted position, one of my favorite words beckoned me, from the corner of my eye. CLEARANCE. Oh, Jesus. Don’t do it Christina… Don’t do it Christina… Dangit, I’m doing it. I’m not even sure how I got to the clearance section — I think I honestly might have floated over there.

Even though I went into Ulta with plans of buying nothing, my product score was WELL worth the change in plans. For as long as I could remember, I wanted to try TIGI’s Catwalk line of products — but the price point kept me at bay. To my excitement, squarely in the middle of the clearance section stood a 25.36oz bottle of TIGI’s Catwalk Oatmeal & Honey Conditioner.… for $6.99. I squealed (yes, I really did…please don’t judge me), and hurriedly snatched the bottle off the shelf. Still in disbelief, I roamed the other clearance section, looking for a second bottle, or even another product from the same line. Nothing. This bottle was for me! For good measure, I went to the section of the store where TIGI’s products were. Nothing there. At this point, something clicked. Recession-proof product junkie-ism is possible. And the price point makes it okay.

Sidebar: I convinced the cashier that the hairline crack in the conditioner pump warranted an additional discount. She took of $2.23. So my conditioner which normally retails for $23.99 ended up costing $5.76.… that’s a discount of over 75%!!!

For those of you that can’t resist the urge to splurge on new products, here are a few tips for how to minimize the damage to your debit card:

1. Cruise the clearance section

Often times, you’ll be surprised at what you find. Pricey products can find themselves on the clearance endcaps for any number of reasons. Sometimes, that particular line of products may not be doing well at the store, and the retailer is trying to fast-track the phasing out. Other times, the manufacturer has re-vamped the product formula and packaging, and the retailer needs to make room for the newbies. Some products end up in the clearance section because they are damaged or used — I would steer clear of these. Any product that looks previously used, opened, or has obvious damage (like a completely broken nozzle, or the screw-on lid is shattered) is essentially a last-ditch salvage item for the store.

2. Stock up during sales

Walgreens and Target are known for having pretty dope sales on the Shea Moisture line, so when those roll around, I know to rack up. Check online, and sales papers often for your favorites, or for products you’re interested in trying.

3. Spring for sample sizes

Many manufacturers employ sample giveaways in an attempt to drum up new business. Take advantage of those opportunities to try out products that you’re curious about, or that are too rich for your blood. As a matter of fact, Miss Jessie’s is giving away products at their website right now… if you’re interested. Click here

4. Always ask for more off

This may be off-putting to some folks, but it has worked like a charm for me. If an item is on clearance, or reduced for quick sell, there is almostalways an opportunity to get an extra 10, 20, 30 percent or more off. All you have to do is ask. I barely noticed the crack in my Catwalk pump, but it was enough to get nearly 30% off an already significantly reduced item.

5. Deals at discount retailers

Most people typically think of Ross, Marshall’s, and TJ Maxx as places to find discounted clothes, shoes, and purses. A lot of us see the hair products, tools, and body lotions and keep walking. Next time, slow your roll. You’ll typically find salon-level products at upwards of 50% the retail store price. The only down side is that because their stock always changes, there’s no guarantee that your product will be there next time.

Do you have some recession-proof product junkie tips? Share!

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Thank you for the heads up on the free Miss Jessie’s free product samples. I have been wanting to try the curly pudding and baby buttercreme since before I even went natural! They are not carried in any stores near me, and I figured out a hair routine without it. This definitely gave me an excuse to try their product risk free!

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CVS is having a BOGO sale of Shea Moisture now, buy on get one free!

dani
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dani

what what?!? Really?! *runs off to the nearest CVS*

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Yup, sale started today! I got TWO Curl Enhancing Smoothies for $12.99 at CVS this morning!!!

zyaran
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zyaran

BOGO AT SELECT CVS STORES! We’re having a special Buy-1-Get-1-Free Sale on our Nubian Heritage Hair Care through Sat., Sept. 8 in select CVS stores in CT, NJ, NY, VA, DC, NC, SC, OH, MA, GA, MI, MD and PA (locations listed in thread below)! Please share. The addresses are also listed on Nubian Heritage Facebook page ~ https://www.facebook.com/NubianHeritage

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15% off Sage Naturalceuticals Monday and Tuesday with code:Summer12

Shescentit 25% off sales
Enjoy 25% off your Entire order, No code Necessary!
Free shipping on orders over $75. Promo code “shipfree” at checkout .…
Monday 3rd — Friday 7th 2012.

There’s alot of hair companies discounts Labor day sales listed at this site ‘derbycitynaturals’ to check out ~ http://derbycitynaturals.com/2012/08/31/labor-day-deals-2012-for-natural-hair/

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kss

Is this just in the area you are in or nationally?

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@ KSS

BOGO AT ALL CVS STORES! We’re doing it up big for the launch of our Hair Care in all CVS stores nationwide by having a Buy-1-Get-1-Free Sale today through Sat., Sept. 8!

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@KSS for the sheamoisture at cvs

LBell
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LBell

Aw MAN…the product junkie whistle just went off… :

I just finished ordering free samples off the Miss Jessie’s site (both the buttercremes) and will swing by CVS later today to pick up Shea Moisture.

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meowmix

Does anyone Dr. conditioners with oils? I’m no expert, but to me this saves $$. Last year, I ordered some high quality oils from Camden-Grey. I put those oils in everything. Conditioners, spritz’s, DCs. This with BOGOS and coupons makes me feel like I’m getting over.

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OHR

Cosign on discount retailers for products. I’ve found sunflower oils, grapeseed oils, Giovanni leave-in at Marshalls. Sometimes you can find wonderful bargains in clearance.

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mangomadness

I buy on sale. I sign up for email lists and like the Facebook pages of the businesses I purchase hair care products from most frequently (Shea Moisture, Alba Botanica, iHerb, Walgreens, etc). This alerts me to any sales or coupons. I buy in bulk. You save money (price/ounce) when you buy in larger sizes. This is super good for oils, butters, aloe vera gel, etc. I buy from iHerb (iherb.com). They have awesome prices on lots of natural hair care items (shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, oils, aloe vera gel, etc.) and shipping is FREE for orders $20 and up.… Read more »

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Smlisley

It would cost almost $100 for me to have the “free” samples shipped to me (I live in Canada). That is not right : (

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And, the sample is just that “a sample” not enough to do your entire head!

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Jo Somebody

I live in the UK. I’m not even going to *look* at it! Lol!

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I know there’s http://www.honeyfig.com and http://www.beuniquehaircare.co.uk/ these have alot of good products as well.

hairscapades
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I definitely stock up when there is a sale, hit Marshall’s and TJ Maxx and almost exclusively buy where I can get free shipping, if I must buy online. Amazon is a great place to find deals too!! I created a page on my site called “I Found It Cheaper” to share where I found the best deals of my faves and to ask others to do the same so that they can be added to the list. And, we share deals and sales in the comments section!!! I hope that it’ll become more popular and I’ll be able to… Read more »

MiaLearned
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Hi I hope you don’t mind that I left a comment on your blog. 🙂 It’s just a copy of my comment below. Have a good day. 🙂

hairscapades
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Of course I don’t mind!! That’s awesome! Thanks:)!!

MiaLearned
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If an item on sale at a store near you is out of stock, ask for a rain check. HTH ~ Mia

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z

Yep I definitely buy when there’s a good sale or just get some samples. Bet yet when it’s free when you get it from relatives/friends who don’t want there’s because it didn’t work for them etx..

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binks

My tip is check Esty.com too for natural hair products, though they are not as popular as the usual products most naturals use but there are some pretty good vendors and shops on there that sells QUALITY natural products for half the price with reasonable shipping so don’t underestimate it.

Asia Monique
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YES! Great tips!

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Lisa Wilkins
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I go to my natural market to get my stuff! I get my aubrey organics there I get free shipping. It seems like everyone locally marks up aubrey products alot!

http://www.mynaturalmarket.com/aubrey-organics.html

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