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Waste Not, Want Not- Natural Hair Products

By January 27th, 202158 Comments
Waste Not, Want Not- Natural Hair Products

by Shelli of Hairscapades
Oh yeah, I told you that this is how I get down! *lol* So, I mentioned in the post
earlier today that I pre-pooed with a combo of Aubrey GPB and
Honeysuckle Rose conditioners mixed with Vatika oil. And, although I
have new bottles of both under the sink (‘cuz you know I always have my
HGs and staples “in stock”), I also had open bottles of each. The thing is, neither had enough
product in the container to shake out. Enter the butcher’s knife! I’ll
cut open a bottle in a minute! You see how much was in there?!?! Bump
But guess what? There may be a better way that’s still pretty economical!! When I posted this pic
on my Hairscapades FB page with the caption, “I’m getting ALL of my
conditioner” (btw, 128 ladies have liked this pic so far! LOVE it!!
*LOL*), Tiffany Divalocks wrote:
I will be doing the same thing when mine
is low, I was just thinking of that when I used this same conditioner
today on my daughter’s hair. You know they sell these things called
beauty spoons and you stick it in the bottle and scoop out the product
that you can’t reach.
Beauty Spoons?? Who said what now? You know
that I immediately went on the hunt! Well, I found the tool and site
immediately … because they are both called, Beauty Spoon!
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Ummmm, so yeah, it’s already done. I placed my order within an hour of
learning about the tool. The spoons are $9.99 for a set of two (7″ and
10″) and shipping is FREE (that’s what sold me). Also, for a limited
time, you can get two 1 oz. “Beauty Bowls” with every order.
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So, stay tuned for the full review coming soon … *looking around for an almost empty bottle of product*.
How do you make certain that you get your money’s worth out of your products? Have you tried the Beauty Spoon?
CN Says:
To keep from tossing out woefully disappointing hair conditioners, I’ve been known to use them as shaving cream and at times, body gel.  You’d be surprised at the effectiveness– many conditioners contain moisturizing agents AND surfactants.
When I was going hard with the Aubrey HSR (circa 2009), I’d often find myself with an almost empty bottle.  So, I’d hold the opening under the shower stream for a second to allow some warm water in, then I’d seal it off with the palm of my hand, and give the bottle a shake with the other.  This action cuts the thick consistency and allows the rest of the product to be easily removed and greatly enjoyed as the runnier consistency makes for a slipperier (is that a word?) experience.

And like Shelli, I too have been known to cut a bottle in half.  Remember SheaMoisture’s delicious, rich and super thick leave-in conditioner? You have no option but to cut that joint in half when it’s running on E. Which reminds me… it may be time for a revisit! 

Finally, is it just me, or did the creative name and what must have been the masterful thought process behind ‘beauty spoons’ conjure imagery of Cole’s ‘rent ’em spoons’? No, just me? Okay. #WeServeEmSoupForFree #RentEmSpoons


  • Patriotwoman says:

    I turn the bottles upside down and let them sit awhile. Gravity takes care of the rest.
    But I save the most money on my hair products by using UNCURLY to do my own Brazilian Blowout at home. It costs me about $15 every 3-4 months, compared to $400 in a salon, yet it's the same professional product. The difference is I supply the labor! If you can wash, dry, and iron, you're overqualified!

    STRAIGHTER, SHINIER, FRIZZ-FREE HAIR for months, even in high humidity. Do your own Brazilian Blowout and save HUNDREDS$$ Uncurly Professional Brazilian Keratin Straightener


  • luvmylocs says:

    i ordered this after shelli's review and FOR ME it was worth it. i got a good amount of my aveeno sunscreen out and used the little free containers to store it. this bottle would not have been easy to cut. the small spatula was perfect. i have sisterlocks so not so much of a product junkie for hair but i'm happy to know i can get my money's worth on my skin care products.

  • sheetacular says:

    lol at CN!! "Rent'em Spoons" I tweeted that the other day. Everyonce and again that'll be my phrase of the day!!!!

  • hairscapades says:

    For anyone interested in getting her hands on a set of Beauty Spoons, I just posted a giveaway announcement. The contest runs for the next two weeks from Friday, July 27th to Friday, August 10th. Check out this link for details on how you can enter for a chance to win!

    Thanks and good luck:).

  • Tnisha Johnson says:

    I will add a little water as well. If a conditioner doesn't quite work for me as a "conditioner" I will try it as a styler. Instead of trashing all of my sulfate based shampoos when I switched to co-washing, I would use them as hand soap.

  • Meika Sterling says:

    I dont see myself buying the Beauty Spoons…i will just continue to dilute the whatleft with water or cut the bottle open if need be.

  • Kelly Jones says:

    This is great. I will have to purchase this spoon. I have a bunch of products for curly hair that has a bit of gel and stuff still in it. The spoon will be great to get it all out so I can finish up the bottle and throw it away. I wish I had known about this sooner. Really makes you wonder how much gel/shampoo/etc we have thrown out throughout the years.

  • Roslynne Colen says:

    I am an advid "put a lil' water in it" girl to get my moneys worth. And, a huge fan of SLIP, it def kills two birds with one stone! LOL! #Rent 'Em Spoons! One of my favs…

  • Gwenn4ya says:

    I do the same thing…I cut those bad boys open and/or drain all my conditioner out!!

  • Allison Watkins says:

    OMG Nikki! I love that SheaMoisture leave-in. Found out about it when I was transitioning and can't leave it alone. I've only been able to purchase at my local BSS. Good to know its on Amazon too. #love #amazing

  • shey says:

    Haaaa!!! I've cut open that exact condish bottle. I got alot out of mine too. I didn't know anybody else did this.too funny!

  • hairscapades says:

    Brooke, the funny thing is, I have about 3 lotion bottles sitting upside down like that!! LOL!! I just never got around to getting the last bits out. Also, I tend to do that first and then cut the bottle to get anything left around the neck/shoulders of the bottle that gravity didn't "free!" :)))

  • hairscapades says:

    LOL!!!! Yeah, when your dishwashing lotion has turned into orange water, you may have gone too far;). Another thing is that if you add water to the product, you have to use it within the week or bacteria could build up. And, if you cut a bottle, you have to use all of the product then or it'll dry on the bottle (I have thrown a cut up lotion bottle in a freezer bag to prolong the "shelf life" though! LOL!). So, if there is enough product left in the container for multiple uses, the spoons, a spatula or the long baby food spoon could allow you to prolong the "leftovers" b/c you only need to take out what you need or you can move the product to a more open container like the Beauty Bowls.

  • hairscapades says:

    LOL!!!! You are very welcome AuntLisah:)!!

  • hairscapades says:

    LOL! This is just like the cooking utensil thing. I don't have any kids, so I'm never in a section of a store that would have such a thing! NICE!! I'd love to know if one of those would work (is narrow enough to fit in the neck of a bottle).

  • hairscapades says:

    Teeheee!!! Laughing at you now being a bottle cutter too! LOL!

  • hairscapades says:

    Okay, I totally have to look this up!! I told Nik, I don't remember this episode!! I wanna laugh too!! Let me go hit YouTube!!! LOL!!

  • hairscapades says:

    The one problem with cutting the bottles open Erika is that some have plastic that is really thick and it can be a challenge to cut the container. Also, you end up ruining the blades of your Butcher's knives and scissors and they suck when you use them on what they are made for;)! LOL!!

  • hairscapades says:

    I told my friend at work that I did this and she was like, "What?!?! I've never heard of that!" LOL!!! So, although it might be a no-brainer for some, for others, the thought never crossed their mind. That's why I like to share b/c I often learn something that seems so obvious, but I never thought of myself! Thanks ladies!

  • hairscapades says:

    Falcon, there are spatulas small enough at the Dollar Tree?!?! I'll have to look for those!!

  • hairscapades says:

    Are there spatulas small enough to go into the nozzle of a conditioner container?? Didn't know that. Of course, I don't cook, so I'm rarely near anyplace with cooking utensils!!!! LMBO!!

  • hairscapades says:

    That's what I would have done if I was using it to condition after shampooing. But, since I was using it for a pre-poo on dry hair, I couldn't add water. If I added water, it would make my hair tangle more. And yes, exactly, for products I can't dilute, I think this would be helpful. Also, I think it may be good for containers that you can't cut open, like the glass make-up bottles.

  • hairscapades says:

    LOL!!!! Okay, that is hilarious!!

  • hairscapades says:

    No you are not Leimom;)!!

  • hairscapades says:

    I was using it for a pre-poo on dry hair, so I don't add water when using it like that. When I'm using conditioner, shampoo or body wash in the shower, then I would add water and shake it up just like everyone else. I cut lotion bottles and tubes too, because the upside down trick doesn't always work for very heavy products or there is still product around the neck of the bottle that gravity can't move to the opening. Since I wouldn't add water to those products either, I cut the bottle.


  • Cint says:

    Where has this product been all my life?! I would normally just turn the bottle upside down and let it sit for a while until I am ready to use it or get a little water into the container and shake it up.

  • Megan Montgomery says:

    I have HSR conditioner that is running on E I am going to cut it or try Nikki's trick. I wonder if the beauty spoon will work to get all the product out. I do not mind cutting the bottle open any ways.

    Megan Montgomery

  • jackie says:

    Umm wow. Have you heard of adding *water* to this stuff so it gets out easily and completely? Lol..

  • Gina says:

    I do the same thing!

  • Gina says:

    Love the Martin reference!

  • Kaysh Dee says:

    I do the same thing in the shower, just add water. I think I do it to everything not just conditioners and such, but I got disciplined for putting too much in the dish washing bottle.

  • Auntlisah says:

    Omg! Thanks Shelli! I have been looking for something like this for soooo long. I always check whenever I see a kitchen gadget store. I couldn't even finish reading the article. #scoopeditup #punintended

  • Natarsha Oliver says:

    Couldn't you just use a long baby feeding spoon? Only like BraidsnTwists posted, keep the bottles upside down.

  • Gmelyn Grant says:

    I always turned my bottles upside down and do the water mix. My husband, on the other hand, always cuts his bottles ensuring to get every drop. Now, I'm a bottle cutter to.

  • Keisha says:

    +1… but i'll start doing this asap

  • LaToya says:

    That is a great idea… and "rent-em spoons" …..TOO FUNNY! I love Martin!

  • Robyn A. Moore says:

    Yes you can. As a Chef I"m thinking let me go to my arsenal and use what's called a "spoontula" (spatula curved like a spoon) a small on of course.

  • Fatty Bamboo says:

    if it ain't broke… I use the same method as Nikki. i'll stick to that and save my dollars for something else

  • BraidsnTwists says:

    I usually just turn my bottles upside down. And depending on what the product is, I'll put a little bit of water in it and shake it up. That gets out every last bit.

  • NancyM says:

    I just store all of my bottles upside down in a box on my shelf, that way the product never settles at the bottom. Although, I wouldn't rule out cutting a bottle if I had to!

  • Brooke B. says:

    Ms. Nikki, I love how you refer to two shows/episodes, the Cosby show & Martin, I remember both episodes like I watched them yesterday lol! I also use conditioner to shave, cause its worked better for me than any shaving cream I've ever used. As far as getting the last of the product I usually just turn it upside at least a day in advance of using & then I will take my middle finger & dig around the rim/neck of the bottle lol, hey it works for me.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    Except for me apparently! I swear I'd never heard of this until now….really. Okay, now feel cray.

  • CurvyCurly says:

    LOL, I've never thought of cutting a bottle in half! I've definitely added water to loosen the product.
    @FalconTress ~ I'm totally bitin' that idea of the spatula from the DollarTree store ;-)

  • Klight says:

    Coleeeee……you stupid! Thanks Nikki for the throwback Wednesday!

  • Erika A. says:

    I never ever thought to cut open the bottle! I think that may be easier than using a beauty spoon.

  • Anonymous says:

    I think everybody cuts the bottle open of their hair products…nothing new, I did this during my relax days :-)

  • keisha billups says:

    What a neat idea. I have spatulas but none with a long enough handle or small enough to get in a bottle. I am quick to tap on the end of a bottle or add water to it. I also store bottles upside down so the product flows to the top.

  • Sarah Gee says:

    I agree! I have rubber spatulas that I could utilize instead of shelling out bucks for this. But, my current trick of always storing condish in my shower rack upside-down works very well. Product always stays near the "top" of the bottle.

  • FalconTress says:

    I use silicone spatulas that they sell for $1.00 at Dollar Tree.

  • kristen says:

    The beauty spoon resembles a spatula…wonder if you can get the same results with one.

  • Jillian says:

    You didnt take it back to Rentemspoons Nik! LOLOL!

  • hunnybun says:

    I'm quick to cut a bottle in half and I do what you do Nik and run conditioners or other products that I use with water under the tap for a while and shake. Plus I find when I do this with conditioners they work so much better. The water just activates it I guess and its amazing how the last bit stretches when I normally need like a handful to do my head.

  • Hilary B. says:

    that's pretty cool, look at all that conditioner you would've been throwing away! I usually just add some water in the bottle and shake it to get all the product out. But I could see how these beauty spoons would come in handy for styling products that you wouldn't wanna dilute.

  • 3rdxsthecharm says:

    I've been doing this for years on my lotions, except I cut a little closer to the bottom. Why was I mad when my friend bought me some toner and the salesperson sprayed it a few times to check the pump. I could've used those 2 sprays of toner!

  • Dr Mermaid says:

    I think I'll stick to the knife I already have in my kitchen

  • Kudos says:

    I'll cut a bottle in a second, but those tapered edges aren't for me…so, seriously, let us know how this spoon works out…seriously!

  • Leimom says:

    LOLOL, Seriously I thought I was the only person that did this. I do it with conditioners, lotions, etc. LOLOLOLOLOL. I will be checking out the Beauty Spoon.
    On a side note, be careful with whatever tool you use to cut the bottle (i.e knife, scissors, box opener, lolololol)

  • Nicole Conward says:

    that poor bottle didnt stand a chance against her…neither will mine because im going to karate chop my herbal essences tonight for my cowash. nice way to save products!!!

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