24 Ways to Repurpose Curly Hair Products

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I understand you've spent hard earned money to buy curly hair products and throwing it away is no easy feat. That’s why I hope you find this article super helpful! Here are 24+ ways to repurpose and reuse old hair products



Mix with Baking Soda... to clean bathroom/wash basin/drains/makeup brush/Hair BrushBaking soda is also a mildly abrasive scouring powder. Mixing a little of your shampoo works as an effective paste to remove mould and gunk from your bathroom walls and wash basin.

Home Pedicure with old shampoo. Add a few drops of shampoo and fill your bucket/bowl with warm water. Soak your feet in this soapy liquid to give yourself a quick pedicure. That's what I do when I'm watching my children during in their bath. Just 5-10 minutes time is enough to slow down, relax, scrub my feet clean - super productive time for a super mom

Moisten your band-aid with little shampoo. Yay! Here is a gentle way to remove your old band-aid. No more ripping! 

Lubricate stubborn nuts and bolts with shampoo. The slip from the shampoo helps.

Mop your floors! In a clean bucket, add your usual disinfectants and before you add water, add just one pump or two of your preloved sulfate shampoo (*cough* Pantene Lively) . Sodium sulfate laureth (SLS) is commonly used in detergents anyway. Plus synthetic fragrance in such shampoos leave your house smelling so pleasant too! This is exactly what I did with my OGX coconut shampoo and WOW Apple Cider Vinegar shampoo when I first discovered the truth about SLS. (I mean if used sparingly, SLS doesn't have to be the enemy but more on this on another post!) 

Clean silverware, jewellery and other such precious metals. Use the warm-soapy-shampoo liquid to gently clean your gold or silver jewellery. Allow them to soak in the liquid for a few minutes. Then use a toothbrush to scrub them clean and get them smelling nice too!


Use Conditioner to Shave your legs. Using shaving creams or soap lather doesn't give you a clear view, your conditioner will! Apply conditioner on your legs, hands, underarms wherever you want to shave. Not only can  you see better, but the conditioner also moisturizes your skin while it's on it!

Soften rough woollen clothes with conditioner. Soak those rough sweaters and wool shirts in a warm liquid with conditioner. Let it soak for 5-10 minutes before washing them gently.

Unshrink shirts by soaking them in conditioner water for 30 minutes. Yep, it’s possible to use your unused or old hair products for this too! Here are so many other ways to repurpose your baddie conditioner as listed on Buzzfeed:

  • Use conditioner as cuticle cream
  • Gently wash your delicates/lingerie with conditioner
  • DIY dry clean your silk clothing.
  • Protect leather shoes from snow and salt.
  • Remove eye makeup.
  • Soften makeup and paint brushes.
  • Prevent tools from rusting.
  • Unclog drains.
  • Inject moisturizer in your bathwater.
  • Shine stainless steel.
  • Remove stuck rings.
  • Silence various squeaks.
  • Loosen sticky zippers.

Hair Gel

DIY sensory craft with cheap old gel for your preschooler!

Apply alcoholic gels to clear acne/pimple/zits

Gels with drying alcohols are terrible for your hair. Use the gel instead on a newborn pimple and let the alcohol sanitize the area, killing the zit. Now you can reuse and re-purpose your old hair products to immediately switch to CG safe products, guilt-free! 

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