Product Junkie Rehab

I have a problem y'all. I don't think I've ever denied the fact that I'm a product junkie. In fact, I think I've kinda embraced it, which might be why it's become such a problem. Haha! So, in the process of trying to organize my stash (which lives in 3 different places around my house), I realized how out of control it had gotten. I found more products after I took this picture, too. What to do? What to do?!

I've been on a product buying ban for 3-4 months, and I'm not sure that it helped. I've only managed to start running out of my favorites, which I have to repurchase. What I should have done was force myself to start going through some of the old favorites while not buying anything else. At this point, I'm not sure how much "don't buy any hair products... don't even go down that aisle... you don't need that" I have left in me, honestly. I have to be realistic with myself. I enjoy buying hair stuff period and I really like trying new things. So, I've come up with some new rules:

  • I can repurchase staples when they run out.
  • I have to evaulate at least 2 products at a time and
    • decide if my hair loves or hates it
    • use it up or give/throw it away
  • Only when I've done that am I allowed I buy one product I've never tried before

I know, looking at the picture, it's probably like 2-for-1 that's it?! Yes! I recognize it should probably be more like 5-for-1 to really cut that stash down quickly, but I'd rather start with baby steps first and see how well I do. I don't want to use too many new things at once and then not be able to tell which one caused my results. Plus I'm not going to be washing my hair weekly while I'm protective styling so I won't be able to use up things as fast as I normally would. That's also why it's not at least two products a month or any other time period on it. At this point I've had my twists in for around two weeks and have yet to wash them. So, I can't really depend on regular wash days to cut my stash down. 

What do you ladies think? Is anyone else trying to cut down on their product stash or struggling to get their product buying addiction under control? Help me out! :)


  1. Hahahah! Mel it was so funny reading your post, you are a real addict! when i saw 2 for 1, I knew this wasn't going to be a quick fix, then you go on the other absolutely amazing excuses, heheh....I thought i was the only one who tries to justify my addiction!

    I think you have the approach all wrong, we are not addicts we are just being well prepared for the task at hand, we have plan A (aka staples) and plan B-Z (thanks product junkie in me) you can never been too prepared!!

    The struggle is REAL!!

    1. LOL!!!! Yvonne you saw right through me! I just laughed so hard reading your comment especially about my "absolutely amazing excuses". Baby steps!! You are def not the only one. If I can cut down B-Z to at least B-M then I will feel totally okay with restocking brand new goodies! haha the struggle is way to real girl!

  2. This was funny to read Melanie as this is me, though I actually have been good lately. I've not repurchased any products unless absolutely necessary and I've given away or thrown anything I know I won't ever use or I've had for a long time.
    I also only used products which were almost finished for a while so this got rid of a lot of clutter. I've managed to reduce how much I'm hoarding but I still have way more products than I actually need!
    Hopefully you can find a solution but I don't think it's bad to have a few back-ups as well as staples x

    1. Lol it's good to know I'm in great company with my habits. I think I will follow you're lead and start with the products that are almost finished. I def agree about having a few back ups. Thanks, Lesley!

  3. Wow! Thats a lot of products :) all though i think the mirror is fooling the eye a bit.

    Why dont you give away some in the blog? People pay the postage and you send it.
    You have some really good stuff there!

    1. Thanks for that idea, Lisa! I never thought about getting rid of them that way. I will have to look into that.

      Thanks for stopping by, too!


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