You can look great without breaking the bank!
Introducing CurlySuzy, NaturallyCurly’s personal curl shopper, who will write a regular Q&A column in addition to occasional articles. The long-time product junkie and curlygirl has become the go-to gal for thousands of curlies. Whether you have loose waves or tight kinks, she can help you get the look you want, whatever your budget. She knows that many people have had to cut back on what they spend. But who says you can’t have great curls on a budget? We offer some of CurlySuzy's picks for best curl products at a great value, as well as other tips for looking great on a budget.
$10 and under
Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, $8.00.
Co-washing curls with a good conditioner instead of shampooing is a golden rule with many curlies. Save your curls and your dollars by not shampooing all the time.
Oyin Handmade HoneyWash, $9.00
A curls to toes HoneyWash that moisturizes and gently cleanses your hair, face and body. Honey, aloe vera gel, jojoba and walnut seed oil will leave your skin and hair silky smooth.
Best products at a good value
Curl Junkie Curl Fuel, $9.00
A few pumps of this spray will refresh products that you put on in the morning. No need to re-apply your favorite creams and gels to tame frizz or fly-aways. Add shine and definition without taking another dip into your styling products.
ISO Bouncy Creme, $9.99
Just like a new pair of shoes can spiff up any outfit you've had in your closet for awhile, a great new styling product can do the same for your curls. A longtime legend on NaturallyCurly.com, ISO Bouncy Creme gives you soft and frizz-free curls.
Miss Jessie's Quick Curls, $9.00
A quick and easy weightless spiraling cream. Have a brown bag lunch and spend your extra cash on your curls.
$15 and under
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Tigi Bed Head Foxy Curls Shampoo, $14.36
This is a great, inexpensive, sulfate-free shampoo. Great smelling and very moisturizing. How can you resist the price and the possibility of foxy curls?
Jessicurl Too Shea! Extra Moisturizing Conditioner, $12.75 Super-luxurious, thick conditioner with shea butter and 14 different herbs and spices. Get some early springtime moisture into your curls with basil, peppermint,rosemary and lavender. Skip the expensive perfume and flaunt those lovely smelling locks.
Kinky-Curly Knot Today, $12.00
Smooth and detangle those knots and snarls. No more tugs and pulls to add to the daily stress of life. Another super leave-in conditioner that is well worth the affordable price.
Curl Junkie Coffee Coco Curl Creme, $14.
A rich curl creme that works like a leave-in conditioner and a gel put together. Moisturize those curls and have a light hold. It is a very concentrated cream that will last you for months. As our Depression-era grandmothers reminded us, a little goes a long way.
$20 and under
Curl Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, $15.50.
An absolute top favorite, Holy Grail, can't-do-without product on NaturallyCurly. This water-based styler fights the toughest frizz and always wins. It is one of the hardest-working products, and plays well with most creams and gels.
AG Re:coil, $18.00
This curl-activating cream, created with input from NaturallyCurly members, moisturizes and controls frizz. It creates great curl separation and definition, a priceless tool for curlies. It is another highly concentrated product, so one tube can last for several months, depending on the length and thickness of your curls and kinks.
Karen's Body Beautiful Hair Milk, $16
There is a lotta love flowing toward this hair milk. This is a multi-talented product that can be used as a rinse-out conditioner or a leave-in. When your hair is dry, use it as a refresher and moisturizer for the ends.
DevaCare No-Poo, $17.95
Coloring your curls can be fun. But the ongoing upkeep can take its toll on your paycheck. Make that color last longer with this no-fade, uber-moisturizing cleanser.
HPO Simply Curly Conditioning Styling Pudding, $17.50
This is for anyone who fights the frizz battle. It is an ultra-rich styling pudding that works for any hair type, from waves to kinks, giving you smooth, defined curls without stickiness. This big jar will last you months!
Buy more to last longer
We all love and need conditioner. Buy liter sizes of conditioner and save while you condition or co-wash.
What about transforming your home into a curly salon?
Splurge on the Gold N Hot Professional Bonnet Dryer, $49.99
It may seem too pricey, but it will make your curls feel like they have had an expensive salon visit. It's also a quick way to dry curls that will be frizz free and a great way to do deep conditioning and roller sets. I love sitting under my pink and white dryer thinking about how much I didn't spend at the salon.
Book personal time with Arbre de Vie Shea Hot Oil Treatment, $4.95
Your first appointment should be for a hot oil treatment. Indulge your hair with this all-natural moisturizing oil. A treat you, your curls and pocketbook will love.
Mix up your own recipes
Search on NaturallyCurly.com CurlTalk for recipes that will deep condition your curls without leaving your kitchen. Put that apron on and create a great deep conditioner right from your refrigerator and pantry.
CurlySuzy wants you to be able to try out some of these great products, so she's offering a special promotion code to her readers. Type in CurlySuzy15 and get a 15% discount at CurlMart.