I love a good trend. I mean, who doesn’t? But there are times when beauty fads catch on so much that they become overhyped, and the hype becomes more about making money than about the actual trend itself.
Beauty is an interesting industry because customers are constantly seeking something new and exciting, but also have a tendency to get bored quickly.
This can lead us on a never-ending search for the next big thing in beauty fads or treatments. But why do we keep spending money on these fads when they come and go so quickly?
If you ask me, there are a few reasons: We want to look good, fit in, and be like our friends (or celebrities) to feel like we’re part of the crowd. These are understandable reasons.
But are they really enough to justify jumping on the latest expensive trend? Probably not.
Before being tempted by expensive trends, keep in mind that there are plenty of beauty fads that are simply not worth it. Let’s take a look at some of them:
A lot of people spend $100+ on these things because they’re supposed to help sparse brows look fuller.
Although I’ve never used them myself (and don’t intend to), I can tell you from personal experience that using vitamins like biotin and castor oil can give your hair follicles an extra boost – without breaking the bank.
One problem with eyebrow wigs is that, since they’re attached with adhesive and need to be removed and cleaned regularly, you end up paying a lot for something that isn’t long-lasting and won’t end up making your real brows thicker.
While some people may love their fake hair extensions, others find them uncomfortable or high maintenance.
Not only are hair extensions expensive, but they can also hurt your real hair and make it more difficult to grow out. A lot of us know people who have used hair extensions and have seriously damaged their hair as a result.
Understandably, this can be frustrating. Who wants to pay the big bucks for something that will hurt their real hair over time?
So, if you’re thinking about getting hair extensions, be sure to consider the pros and cons first! Though it’s true that hair extensions will give you immediately fuller-looking hair, the long-term effects might not be worth it.
If you want to have thicker hair naturally, try treating it to natural ingredients instead of this beauty fad. You can even try making your own organic Castile soap shampoo!
Eyelash extensions, just like eyebrow wigs and regular hair extensions, seem great at first glance. After all, you can walk into a salon with sparse eyelashes and walk out with fuller, thicker ones. Sounds amazing, right?
Well, not so fast.
Eyelash extensions might be one of the most widespread beauty fads, but that doesn’t mean you should jump on the bandwagon and try them yourself. First off, they can really hit you in the wallet.
Did you know eyelash extensions can cost up to $500 for the initial visit alone? And that doesn’t count refills, which need to be done every two to four weeks.
Add to that the fact that extensions can cause infections, and you might want to check out other ways of making your eyelashes thicker.
While infections don’t happen often, the risk is still something to consider before shelling out your hard-earned cash. And, as with other kinds of extensions, you can end up damaging your eyelashes over time.
If you’re trying to get the most bang for your buck and aren’t sure which products are worth their price tags, remember this:
You can’t trust the hype.
I know it’s ultimately subjective to say that something isn’t “worth it”. But I promise this isn’t a rant about how much money people spend on unnecessary things.
What I am saying is that marketing schemes can suck us into spending more than we need to on beauty products, so it’s important to do independent research.
Beware of buying into social media marketing just because it’s hyped up. Often, influencers are paid huge amounts of money to say something is amazing, even if they haven’t actually tried it themselves.
So, what can we learn from all this? Well, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
And if you find yourself buying a product or service because of hype —and not actual research — then maybe rethink your decision.
It’s easy to fall victim to marketing material and social media posts that entice us with promises of perfection.
But as always, trust your own instincts over what other people say or do. You know yourself best!