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Before you pick up another bottle, jar or tube of anything, make sure you’re making a smart purchase. Not sure how to do that or just want to double check that you already are? Check out our tips for how to choose beauty products to help curb your enthusiasm for buying on impulse.

1. ASK YOURSELF “DO I NEED THIS?”

Buying something just because it’s on sale at this point in our lives is just kinda wack. We’re grown women with grown women’s challenges and that means saving for future mortgages or paying on the ones we already have, paying bills, having enough money for vacation and prepping for future tuition bills for our kids or our retirement stay-cation on an island somewhere. Those $10 bottles that end up collecting dust add up over time. Stop buying ish you don’t need.

2. MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT BUYING OUT OF GUILT

That sales lady probably wants her commission and I don’t blame her. See point one. However, you should never let someone guilt you into buying stuff. We don’t want to see you on an episode of Hoarders with fly hair and a house full of bottles you can’t seem to throw out covering up squashed dead cats. Not the life at all.

3. REMEMBER WHAT’S GOOD FOR THE GOOSE MAY NOT BE GOOD FOR THE GANDER.

Just because your cousin’s mama’s nephew’s girlfriend’s god sister’s play play cousin that you happen to work with has beautiful curls that you covet does not mean what she uses on her hair will work for you. Know the ingredients that make your curls pop and your hair feel moisturized. If you’ve always hated glycerin but homegirl uses glycerin, get your head out of the clouds. You hair still hates glycerin and just because you want to try it one more time does not mean your hair is going to magically start looking like hers. Which brings us to our next point…

4. KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS.

If you’ve been natural more than five years and still can’t decipher an ingredients label, it’s time to get it together. Do your research and be your own advocate. You should know what oils you like, which butters work the best on your hair and you should have a go-to shampoo, conditioner, leave-in and moisturizer that works for your hair and gives it moisture, body and shine for a few days at a time. If not, you need to stop spinning your wheels and buying products that don’t work.

5. STOP BEING CHEAP.

Look, we know Forever 21 has everyone confused, but everything can’t cost five dollars. Do yourself a favor and resist the urge to turn your lip up at a bottle of product that costs more than what you can get at Walmart in the clearance bin. Everybody’s hair ain’t meant for Herbal Essence and Chanel nail polish looks good on everyone.

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