How Do You Afford It?

I have 2c hair that gets frizzy and poufy very easily. The only way I have found to combat this is to apply a TON of product(s), and because my hair is about bra-strap length, I go through quite a bit of product! Currently, I'm cleansing around the roots with L'Oreal EverCurl Cleansing Conditioner and conditioning the length with either EverCurl or EverSleek conditioner. Then, while my hair is wet, I apply EverSleek Super Sleek Intense Serum (about 5-6 pumps...the bottle recommends 2-3). This is nowhere near enough to tame my frizz, so I additionally separate my hair into 1"-2" sections and apply 1 pump of EverCurl HyrdraCharge Leave-In Cream to each section. Then I apply about 5 pumps of the EverCurl Cream/Gel combo over the top of all this, then I spray generously with EverCurl Silk & Gloss. I gently scrunch and partially dry with a diffuser. Oh and I also use EverStyle Curl Defining Mousse around the roots. When my hair is dry, I often still have some frizz, so I go over my dry hair with EverSleek Creme Serum. All of these products and the amounts I have to use to get non-frizzy, non-poufy hair and breaking my budget. Even though they are drugstore products, I simply cannot afford to restock all the time. Straightening my hair is much cheaper, but in the humid summers the effort is just not worth the results.
So, how do the rest of you afford to keep your wavy/curly hair frizz-free? Are there cheaper alternatives out there that work well or products that you only need a little bit of? My hair is apparently some kind of freak that it can absorb all that oil and conditioner and not look weighed down and gross.
Try a big jug if Sally's Cure Care.
Also try a jar of coconut oil. You can try a strip first but it sounds like your hair would like it. Do you deep condition or protein treat your hair? Is it fine medium or corse? Do you color? One product that looks expensive but you have to use tiny amounts of is kinky curly curling custard at target. I mean it could be that the L'Oreal stuff isn't working. For cowashing try the MUCH less expensive Suave coconut conditioner or like I mentioned people love Sally's Cure Care and you can get a huge jug cheap. Target has a great return policy if you try the KCCC. Also people love the Shea Moisture products from there.
I am not really familiar with the Evercurl-Eversleek lines but ALL of the 3-4 that I checked from your post have glycerin as the 2nd or 3rd ingredient, that would absolutely cause my hair to frizz. Those lines also provide minimal moisture and no protein as far as I can tell.

The main causes of frizz are:
  • Build up from silicones or polyquats or even just oils/butters
  • Glycerin or other humectants in leave-ins and stylers on hair that doesn't like them
  • Moisture-Protein imbalance

The first step is figuring out your hair properties: Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics

And try some products without glycerin to see how your hair responds.

As to your original question, once you find a routine that works a lot of curlies only use a few products. I'm currently down to 4 products that I use regularly, and I only use them 3 times a week.

There's lots of great info in these forums if you can take the time to wade through it, it is well worth the effort.
2A / F / MD / LP / ?E / BSL --- CG since Dec. 2012

This is what I'm happiest with right now.
Co-wash: CJ DailyFix
Lo-poo: DermOrganic low-poo
RO: SS Caitlin's co
Leave-in: SheScentIt Okra Repair condish
PT: SS Caitlin's + SS PT
Stylers: Volumax Mega Gel, Max Green Styling Gel, DermOrganics Spray Gel
Techniques: Plopping & Pixie Diffusing.
glycerin, honey, oils & butters Protein!
Thanks for the suggestions! I do not color or protein-treat my hair. I do deep-condition at least once a week with EverSleek Smoothing Deep Conditioner. I was actually at Target today and saw the Curl Custard you mention. I will have to try the other products as well. I don't know why I didn't think of going to Sally's...duh! Thanks again!
Much of the Ever- lines don't contain much in the way of ingredients that will absorb or do anything much beneficial for hair, some of the products are loaded with silicones, there are few natural oils. Read ingredients lists and consider your hair properties and humidity/ dew points when you choose products. You don't have to stick to one brand, most of us don't.

Cheap options for conditioner only washing include Suave Naturals, V05 or Tresemme Naturals. Cheap options for deep treatments include gelatin (hydrolysed protein), or coconut oil with honey (penetrating oil plus humectant) all from the grocery store. You can save money by using a leave in conditioner only, skipping the rinse out step.

Lastly have you clarified or chelated lately?
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
I had never heard of chelating before you mentioned it, so I looked it up. May possibly be something I should look into doing, since we do have hard water in the northeast. I do clarify every few weeks or so (when I feel like there's too much build up) with Suave Professionals Rosemary Mint Shampoo.
I won't have a chance to get to Target or Sally's for at least a few days, so I stopped at Rite Aid today and spent an inordinate amount of time in the hair care aisles reading ingredients. I came out with Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curling Souffle, and Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream. Spent a lot of money, but the amounts in the containers seem generous. Hopefully some combo of these will work for me!
Be sure to let us know what you think!
I am going to recommend that you try other products also. That product line doesn't appear to be doing much for you and I haven't heard a lot of positive things about it. You might look at using the Yes to Carrots shampoo/conditioner. You can find them at Walgreens and other drug stores. You can just use the shampoo on your scalp and the conditioner on the length of your hair. They come in 16.9 oz bottles for around $8. They also have an anti frizz serum, but I'm not sure if Walgreens carries that. I only remember seeing the shampoo and conditioner. It's worth looking into.
Yes To Carrots - Yes To™... Natural Skin & Hair Care Products

Some of the Organix products are CG too. I really like this curl cream and it doesn't cost a ton. Found at Walgreens. Defining Cream | Organix Beauty. Pure & Simple

For gel, you might look at Aussie instant Freeze. No glycerin in that at all. It gets pretty crunchy, but it's easy to scrunch out when dry. And it's like $4 a tube and you don't have to use tons.
https://www.aussie.com/en_US/instant...-sculpting-gel

In the spring and summer I like to use As I Am Curling Jelly (found at Sally's and apparently at Target now too). It's similar in consistency to KCCC, but it works better for me. Something in the KCCC makes my hair go totally limp. The AIA CJ dries fairly soft. Not a ton of crunch to scrunch out. As I Am Curly Jelly Definer 8 oz : Target
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
Well, it's been about a week. I've been co-washing with EverCurl and conditioning with either EverCurl or EverSleek (EverSleek is more conditioning it seems). Then I put in EverStyle curling mousse at the roots, and twist in the SheaMoisture Smoothie. After that I finish with the SheaMoisture Souffle (I don't have to use a whole lot of that). So far, I've used up about 1/3 of the SheaMoisture Smoothie, so that's better than the EverCurl. If I have any frizz during the day (which hasn't happened too much) I use the SheaMoisture Milk on my dry hair and that seems to calm it down.
The most impressive thing is that I had won tickets to the US Open golf tournament this past weekend, so I spend 2 full days out in the sun and heat, and my hair stayed soft and mostly frizz-free. I am impressed! Thank you guys for all your help and advice! It is very much appreciated! :-)
Well, it's been about a week. I've been co-washing with EverCurl and conditioning with either EverCurl or EverSleek (EverSleek is more conditioning it seems). Then I put in EverStyle curling mousse at the roots, and twist in the SheaMoisture Smoothie. After that I finish with the SheaMoisture Souffle (I don't have to use a whole lot of that). So far, I've used up about 1/3 of the SheaMoisture Smoothie, so that's better than the EverCurl. If I have any frizz during the day (which hasn't happened too much) I use the SheaMoisture Milk on my dry hair and that seems to calm it down.
The most impressive thing is that I had won tickets to the US Open golf tournament this past weekend, so I spend 2 full days out in the sun and heat, and my hair stayed soft and mostly frizz-free. I am impressed! Thank you guys for all your help and advice! It is very much appreciated! :-)
Originally Posted by northdakota84
Wow. What a great prize! Frizz free is icing!

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