4 Ways to AVOID Becoming a Product Junkie

4 Ways to AVOID Becoming a Product Junkie

Hi, my name is Charlene and I am a product junkie! The first step is admitting this to yourself right? But seriously, I am pretty sure I am not alone in this category.  My bathroom continuously overflows with new products every month as the result of random purchases, brands sending products for review, product swag bags from natural hair events and of course my CurlBOX subscription.  At this point, my collection is extremely out of hand so I decided to take action.  Here are 4 tips I’m using to avoid becoming a product junkie…or better yet how I’m trying to recover.

Step 1: Get Organized!storage baskets

Organization is key.  My biggest program is I can not remember which products I actually have among all of the items scattered between my 2 bathrooms.  I also can not count how many times I’ve purchased a new deep conditioner or pack of bobby pins because I for sure “knew” I was running low.  So, a few months back I organized everything under one bathroom sink with storage baskets and it has worked wonders.  I always knew these baskets would come in handy for something.  Instead of having products sitting around aimlessly I use the baskets to create product categories. For example:

Basket #1: Shampoos & Conditioners

Basket #2: Oils, heat protectant serums & small hair tools

Basket #2: Twisting creams/butters, curl defining products

Now I know exactly where to reach for a certain product and the best part, everything is visible!

Step 2: Take inventory & shop your bathroom first!

After organizing, take inventory by creating a spreadsheet to list all products and brands in your possession.  Next use EVERYTHING in your current cabinet before purchasing something new.  And yes I mean everything!  Take the spreadsheet and begin to cross items off your list each week.  Also use this time to build your product favorites.  Each week note how a certain product makes your hair feel as well as your likes and dislikes.  If you are a “tried it once and then threw it out” type of person this could also be a reason you are a product junkie.

Step 3: Cancel Your Monthly Product SubscriptionCurlBox

GASP! What? Give up my curlBOX? No! Trust me, no one understands this possible pain more than I do.  However, if you are starting to collect dust on products from boxes past then it might be time to part ways with your subscription service whether it’s curlBOX, OnyxBox, CurlKit or any other auto-renew services.

Step 4: Sharing is Caring

Everyone loves free stuff so host a giveaway! I received a full bag of awesome products from The Natural Cole’s How-To event earlier this year and there was absolutely no way I could use all of the great products I received in my swag bag.  As a result I hosted my first ever blog giveaway, which gained a surprising amount of social media followers (600+ on Instagram alone).  Also I had the opportunity to make someone very happy.

Not a fan of giveaways? Host a product swap party with your closest girlfriends or simply give away to family and friends.

What are some ways you avoid becoming a product junkie? Comment and let me know.

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Charlene Walton
Charlene Walton

Charlene Walton McCraney is a Dallas beauty and lifestyle blogger. After years of styling her and several friends’ hair as a hobby, offering advice and tips, she decided to combine two of her favorite things…writing and talking about natural hair!

TexturedTalk.com was created to promote healthy hair care for women of all textures and has since evolved into other beauty and lifestyle topics. Charlene loves teaching other aspiring bloggers on how to take their passion and turn it into amazing content to provide value.

Charlene is a previous beauty contributor to NaturallyCurly.com, CurlyNikki.com, and 21ninety.com.

When she’s not blogging she is probably crunching numbers as a Senior Financial Analyst, dancing or figuring a way to meet Beyonce in person. :)

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  1. August 18, 2015 / 11:33 am

    Hey girl! I too am a product junkie! What can I say, I love trying out new products! I have a project going on right now called the “use it up” project and I’m using all of my natural products until they are all gone and then I will buy more. But this time buy what works like staples and such. These were great tips! Hope your well!

    • Charlene Walton
      August 18, 2015 / 12:51 pm

      Thanks so much! Yeah I’m trying to use that technique too. I pretty much have my staples down but I’m always so curious to try new things! lol Thanks for reading.

  2. August 20, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    Hey girl hey!! Why didn’t I think organizing my products before! Really great and useful tips here. My husband will be happy when our closet and bathroom doesn’t look like a tornado ran through it lol.

    • Charlene Walton
      August 20, 2015 / 4:07 pm

      Haha! Yes I’m sure he will be happy. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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