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4 Money-Saving Hair Tools Every Natural Should Have

Avatar • Jun 27, 2013

When it comes to transitioning and natural hair, anything that will help me save money is a MUST. Traditionally, we talk about stretching/diluting products with water to make them last longer, or creating DIY concoctions to prevent spending $20 on butters and creams in the store. In this case, I’m not just talking about saving money on products; sometimes the savings benefits pop up in other places. Check out my 4 latest picks for saving money:

 

1. Shower Drain Hair Trap

This one was a game changer for me. Regardless of whether I wash my hair in the sink or shower, this little jewel is a life saver. Before I bought this drain trap, my efforts to catch shed hairs before they went down the hole was an exercise in futility. I would inevitably end up with a clogged drains and a plumber in the bathroom every few months. Sometimes, it got so bad that Liquid-Plumr wouldn’t work. All of that changed when I came across this $1.50 plastic miracle. Although it is designed for inverted drains (so the stopper can be dropped into the drain and trap hair), I have discovered that it works just as well flipped upside down, covering level drains (as photo’d above).

2. Q‑Redew Handheld Hair Steamer

I know, some of you aren’t going to like this one. How could something that costs $70 save me money? Although it seems counter-intuitive, I have come to see a device like the Q‑Redew as an investment, because of the versatility it offers over traditional steamers (or other home methods of steaming). Ever since I got my Q‑Redew, I have slashed costs in three major areas: detangling products, refresher products, styling products. Before my Q‑Redew, I would spend roughly $15/month on Tresemme Split Remedy Conditioner for the sole purpose of detangling my hair (because honestly, it sucked as an actual conditioner), and $10/month on refresher sprays and products. Because of my Q‑Redew, I can use the same conditioner I condition or co-wash with to detangle (or none at all), and the need for refresher products is obsolete. Because the Q‑Redew works for refreshing styles, I am able to stretch how long I can wear styles like wash n’ go’s without applying more product. I estimate my product savings at about $25 — $30/month. In under 3 months, my Q‑Redew will have paid for itself. You don’t have to take my advice on this one. If you’re not interested in the Q‑Redew or any other steamer, that’s fine. Absolutely no pressure from me. As with everything, do what works for you!

3. Plastic Grocery Bags

This one is absolutely win-win. Something that saves you money, and doesn’t cost a dime (unless you shop at stores that charge for plastic bags). Once I realized I could use my Target shopping bags for all of my conditioning and henna-ing needs, I stopped purchasing plastic shower and conditioning caps. They serve the same purpose (retaining moisture and some heat), and in my opinion, perform better than traditional plastic caps. Because I am able to use the bag handles to tie and secure the bag to my head, it fits more snugly and less heat and moisture are able to escape. So start saving your plastic bags (except for the ones with holes in them), and put them to great use!

4. Blow Dryer Bonnet Attachments

Unlike the Q‑Redew, this one isn’t going to start paying for itself the more you use it — unless you equate time with money (and that’s another topic for another time…lol). The blow dryer bonnet attachment is an excellent alternative to traditional hooded dryers which cost upward of $100. Most bonnets have an elastic end that fits snugly over the nozzle of pretty much all blow dryers. The heat goes up the accordion-like shaft and comes out through holes on the interior of the bonnet to target and dry hair. Bonnets cost about $15 at places like Sally’s or even online. I personally prefer the Curlformers Deluxe Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment, which is $15.95. Some bonnet dryers can have a tendency to slide off, unless they contain some sort of mechanism to help secure it to your head. The Softhood Hair Dryer Attachment has a chin strap and draw string to help keep everything in place.

In terms of saving money, there are tons of ways to do so. This list is by no means comprehensive, and there are always exceptions. What are some of your favorite tools and practices that help save you money?

For more from Christina check out her blog, The Mane Objective. You can also find her on Instagram and Facebook.

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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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Tisha
Tisha
7 years ago

I have shower drain hair traps in stock at home. As soon as one is clogged with shed hair, I throw it in the trash and replace it.Plastic bags are a MUST !! I honestly don’t feel the need to have the other two products because I wash my hair weekly. I DC everytime I wash and use my plastic bag. I think the heat coming from my head is more than enough. Plus,my cowasher is also my detangler and my styler is also my refresher so I don’t think that steamer is a necessity in my case. And I also prefer… Read more »

Jayyy
Jayyy
7 years ago
Reply to  Tisha

You don’t need to throw then away Hun, just put on a pair of plastic gloves and scrub it out with a nail brush; I find the metal work better and last longer 🙂

carlyfanjaxfan
7 years ago

I won the Q redew and have yet to use it but have heard good things about it. My hair is prone to moisture overload, would using a steamer worsen the situation?

The lovely one
The lovely one
7 years ago
Reply to  carlyfanjaxfan

Carly, if you decide that you don’t need the Q redew, please send it my way. I am unemployed so the only thing in my budget is free.

cb
cb
7 years ago
Reply to  The lovely one

haha

shantybeauty
7 years ago

Is these possible that all this hair tools will save my money??

Dallas
7 years ago

I don’t know about saving money, but my hair trap has saved my husband from killing me!

LBell
LBell
7 years ago

I’m ignoring #2 because that does sound like a very specific circumstance, as you said, Christina. :o) However, the rest of them I completely agree with and in fact I think I’m going to get a blow dryer hooded attachment after I get paid next month. I was trying to avoid buying a hooded dryer; this would make much more sense from a space savings perspective as well. Thanks!

Kayla
7 years ago

Oh snap! I never thought about flipping the hair stopper over a raised drain! Ours needs to be removed and I didn’t want to use tools to remove it and then have to put it back when we move. Now that I know I can just throw this over it, I’m going to look back into getting one!

Adrienne
Adrienne
7 years ago

plastic bags used to win-win until i learn it can be germy. so i went back purchased condition caps, it is only $2 or less at amazon they even offer it in larger size. With plastic bag , you have to wash really well with dish soap before using it. some stores leave it in attic or something with dust/bugs. spiders got in them and lay eggs. So if i got them and wanna use them, I wash it.

mangomadness
mangomadness
7 years ago
Reply to  Adrienne

I agree! I found a spider in a plastic bag once. I almost but the bag on my head. *shivers*

I purchase plastic caps in bulk — a 100-pack cost ~$10 at a BSS. Thats for about TWO years of weekly deep conditioning treatments at 10 cents a piece.

Lakhwinder
7 years ago

great tips thanks for sharing.

Izzy Sez
Izzy Sez
7 years ago

LADIES!!! PLEASE do not use plastic bags in your hair. There are so many chemicals in them and its really bad for your hair. Buy plastic caps in bulk from Amazon or Sally’s and use a NEW one for each process as to not collect bacteria. The writer of this article should really research this statement and amend this article.

cminini
7 years ago

you good. Tell me whare u leve

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