It is a truth universally acknowledged, that for people with textured hair, moisture is everything (word to Jane Austen). Hydrated hair means the difference between enjoying easy maintenance and battling knots, splits, and tangles during the curly hair torture process known as dry detangling. Dry, tangled, “unmanageable” hair is a serious no-no for everyone, especially lazy naturals in search of the simplest approach to curly hair care. Simple rarely equals cheap though, and quality moisturizers can often cost a grip.
Tired of deferring student loan payments in order to afford luxurious leave-in conditioners? You and your wallet can rest easy, once you check out my fab five list of creamy leave-ins for $10 or less. Whether you’re down with the LOC or LCO methods, or just looking to give your curls an extra hydrating kick, these products will transform your tresses.
With a sweet tropical fragrance and rich consistency, this daily conditioning treatment keeps curls and coils soft, supple, and scented year-round. I love that aloe vera juice and coconut oil are among the top ingredients. Best of all, it’s heavy enough for my 3c/4a curls to use without an additional product to seal.
This all-purpose conditioner is a true workhorse. It can be used as a rinse-out conditioner, a deep treatment, or leave-in conditioner. If your hair craves shea butter, add this product to your must-try list. More cream than liquid, the sub $10 price tag makes it a no brainer for me, especially in the colder months.
A cult classic in the natural hair community, and for good reason; it’s lightweight, spreads easily, and contains hydrolyzed protein to fortify strands. It also leaves my hair cottony soft. This leave-in is a great option for those who heat style or color treat their curls, coils, and waves.
Even if you’re not committed to sustainability, using this leave-in might make you want to save the world, while saving a few dollars. It’s 100% vegan and cruelty free, designed for all hair types, and the company was founded by a non-profit trust that pioneered the production of cosmetics not tested on animals. Did I mention that leave-in is also an awesome detangler and lightweight moisturizer?
Natural hair products by small manufacturers are notoriously pricey, so finding a high quality product at a $10 feels like Christmas, Easter, and hitting the lotto all at the same time. It was love at first use for me with this vanilla scented concoction, which is the perfect combination of oils, butters, and liquids for my curls during the summer.