Saturday, January 1, 2011

Product Junkies Anonymous

Hello My Name is Nikki and I'm a Product Junkie...

I came across this great article at the Coil Review for PJA (Product Junkie Anonymous). I plan on following the five-step program because I truly do have an addiction to products of all types! I will NOT be buying any new hair products in 2011...I repeat, no new hair products for me in 20-11. I am positive that I have enough in my stash to get me through the next 365 days. Check out the article below to put an end to or at least curb your inner product junkie.

Welcome to Product Junkies Anonymous (PJA), a safe space for men and women to discuss and recover from their common addiction: Product Junkism (PJ). Here at PJA, we have designed 5-step programs to help you recover from various forms of PJ. Today we’ll focus on one of the more common forms—Newly Natural Product Junkism (NNPJ).

1) Admit you have a problem
By clicking this link you’ve probably completed Step One. For those who are hesitant to admit they struggle with NNPJ, go find all of your hair products and line them up on your bathroom counter. How many do you have, and how does this number compare to the amount of products you use regularly? How many have you bought in the past month? If you’ve bought over 5 products in the past month that you really didn’t need, you may have a problem.

Hello, I’m a product junkie. It all started when I decided to go natural. I began searching online for different hairstyles to transition, but then I would see so many recommendations to try various products and I started buying products for different styles I wanted to try. Once I BC’d, I had to experiment with products in order to find my staples. I’d buy products I saw most people using, then products for people with my hair texture, then products people with my hair length recommended. I bought so many products that I found myself with products I had only used once.

2) No Buy Phase
You are not to buy any products for a month or more depending on the severity of your addiction. In order to prevent future purchases, you may not stroll through the hair care aisle at beauty supply stores, drugstores, or department stores alone. You may not go to online vendors to browse. You may not open emails from online vendors advertising sales. Caution should be exercised on hair boards, fotkis, and blogs because these can send you hunting for your wallet.

3) Housekeeping
Gather your products and divide them into three categories: what you love, what you like, and what you hate. Check the ingredients of your hated products. Do they have anything in common? If so, avoid that ingredient in all future products. Throw out or give away all products that fall into the third category. For the products you like, try to find additional uses for them—add oils to a thinner conditioner to make it more moisturizing, or mix two conditioners to create a deep conditioner. Finally, as with the products you hate, try to find the common ingredients in the products you love.

4) Focusing on Health
Hair health problems like breakage and dryness are the most common triggers for NNPJ. Tackling these specific problems will solve most natural hair complaints—too dry, too frizzy, won’t grow, etc. Basic questions, "have you been regularly trimming?--"do you deep condition or seal?", will help you figure out your health problem and how to address it quickly and efficiently.

5) Reinstatement
By completing steps 1-4, you’ve identified what your hair needs, wants, and likes, which will help you determine what works best for your hair. This knowledge will help you avoid the purchase of products that you already know won’t work on your hair. You are now welcome back into the natural hair loop of product discussions, styling methods and hair care

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