low cost products for hair.

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Hello everyone,

I was wondering if I could get some recommendations for low cost CG products (can be recipes for homemade too) for 2c hair, my income has gone down substantially I can't afford stuff like deva or CJ anymore. I'm trying to include all the info I think anyone will need, but please feel free to ask questions.

Ok some details, I've been more or less CG (if I understand it to mean no sulfates, no cones) for about 4 years now. I have not been able to go no poo, only low poo (my skin is oily, so I think my scalp might be also), but use low poo one once a week or less. As far as I can tell my hair is normal porosity and medium texture (in terms of course, medium, fine) It used to be very, very thick (density), but medications have caused me to lose hair and now I think it's probably at the high end of medium density or low end of high density. It's several inches past shoulder length. And I do dye it sometimes because it's going grey (and they're silver on dark brown hair so it stands out), but I doubt it's much more than 1% grey right now, and I don't go lighter with dye. My hair loves conditioners without using lots of good conditioner it's very tangly, dry and nasty.

About the curl/wave, in the summer in high humidity places on wash day (and air dried with product), it's got definite 2c with some 3a mixed in on the top and sides and a combo of 2s in the back, in the winter on wash day the top and sides are 2c with some 2b and the back 2a & b. In the winter I try to not get it wet often because it takes more than 6 hours to dry (with product) and being in the cold with wet hair isn't fun. When it's shorter I have lots of volume, but at several inches past shoulder length it weighs itself down and my volume is well maybe an inch, depending on day. Second/third etc day hair for me is usually more 2b. Using a diffuser can get me lots of 3a curls.

Also I'm really sensitive to scents and anything that smells very strongly in general, but especially artificial or perfumy aggravate my migraine, please keep that in mind for product recs.

So basically I'm looking for recommendations (or recipes or links to recipes) for just about anything and everything for hair like mine, especially conditioners (rinse out, leave in, deep), low and no poos (in the summer I get my hair wet more often and use no poo type stuff in between low poos, I tried just conditioner but ended up with greasy hair), gel etc. Right now, product-wise, I've been using a leave in conditioner, gel and deva set it free on wash days, and other days I spritz a homemade thing I made (combo of water, a little leave in conditioner, a little gel, a little set it free and a few drops of lavender essential oil) and sometimes use curl cream, in the summer sometimes I use mousse instead of gel, but find it too drying for the winter. I also deep condition when I remember and have the time.

I don't have any good pictures right now, it's in the winter blahs and I really need a cut, but I can't afford a good dry cut, and will probably go to the cheap place that does an ok job on wet cuts for me.
I'm a little bit budget tight right now myself. I use LA Looks styling gel. I got a huge tub at Walgreens for $3. It has lasted me months. I used to make FSG at home, too. I bought a bag of seeds for $4 and that lasted me almost six months. I don't use a lot of product because I try not to weigh down my hair.

Trader Joes (if you're luck to have one nearby) has a couple lines of good shampoo/conditioner. I use the tea tree line but it's very fragrant so maybe look into their "nourish" line.

I use Tresemme Naturals for a shot of moisture (I don't need as much as others). It has a lovely light scent, has great slip and is very budget friendly. It comes in a huge tub, too.

Cure Care is a very thin, high protein conditioner I use when I need more protein that my GSAS will provide. It comes in a large tub and is also only $4 I think.

I'm sure others will have more ideas but hopefully this is a good start! I'm a big believer that you can be CG on a budget.

Rethinking all my products currently. Went back to sulfates and have been doing pretty well since I cut most of my damage out. My porosity has lowered and my hair is more consistent.
Shampoo (gasp): Suave Ocean Breeze
Condish: Mostly Suave Coconut(diluted with water), going through old conditioners to see what might work: GVPCB, Jessicurl Aloeba
PT: Not needed much anymore!
Styler: LALSG, FSG


Go Red WIngs!
Thank you for the suggestions. Is curl care a drug story product or beauty supply store product? I live in a majority black city and there are a lot of beauty supply stores that mostly cater to black hair (the one I went to last week had products and other stuff for natural, relaxed, weaves, wigs, extensions for braids etc), there are sally's here too, but not really convenient to me as the other beauty supply stores, so I've never been to them and don't what they're like. There are a few Trader Joe's in the suburbs, so I might be able to get there. LA Looks gel and Tresseme naturals and flax seeds should be really easy to get though. I definitely believe I can CG on a budget, I'm just less sure how easy it will be to find the right products and I'm really dubious about getting a good dry cut on a budget.
I've been cg for 7 months and the one mainstay I've used for this whole time is Herbal Essence gel. I go back and forth between Totally Twisted and Set Me Up but I always have them on hand. They are about $3 each. Also, the Renpure shampoo I use in my siggie is about $4 on sale and I get it at Shop Rite.
I'm going to go ahead and say 3a
fine/medium texture and a bit porous-I color
Spring routine: Renpure luxurious argan oil shampoo/Loreal Advanced Care Color conditioner , HETT gel
Microfiber towel/diffuse
Trying KKCC
Waterlily did a GREAT vid on this that I discovered the other night Curly Girl Method Drugstore Beginner's Kit: Products & Accessories - YouTube
mustangbunny and Tonya01 like this.
Thank you for the suggestions. Is curl care a drug story product or beauty supply store product? I live in a majority black city and there are a lot of beauty supply stores that mostly cater to black hair (the one I went to last week had products and other stuff for natural, relaxed, weaves, wigs, extensions for braids etc), there are sally's here too, but not really convenient to me as the other beauty supply stores, so I've never been to them and don't what they're like. There are a few Trader Joe's in the suburbs, so I might be able to get there. LA Looks gel and Tresseme naturals and flax seeds should be really easy to get though. I definitely believe I can CG on a budget, I'm just less sure how easy it will be to find the right products and I'm really dubious about getting a good dry cut on a budget.
Originally Posted by wavypen
Cure Care can be found at Sally's Beauty if you have one of those close by. There aren't a lot of convenient Sally's in my area, either. It's always a trek. It's possible other suppliers carry it but I did an internet search and found none.

I bought my flax seeds at a Nugget grocery store, I believe. Though I think they're readily available at many stores. If you buy the golden flax seeds your gel won't have a tint. I accidentally bought a different kind and it works because my hair is dark but it has a weird tint.

Rethinking all my products currently. Went back to sulfates and have been doing pretty well since I cut most of my damage out. My porosity has lowered and my hair is more consistent.
Shampoo (gasp): Suave Ocean Breeze
Condish: Mostly Suave Coconut(diluted with water), going through old conditioners to see what might work: GVPCB, Jessicurl Aloeba
PT: Not needed much anymore!
Styler: LALSG, FSG


Go Red WIngs!
Thanks for the suggestions and the link to the video (below it is a list with links to some of the products which is quite useful), also realized Sally's does online business, so even if I can't get to one I can order online. For health reasons, I am kind of interested in using more natural products too, so I think I'll try to make flax seed gel (but I'll either do it before I run out of what I have now, or buy something else CG and cheap as a back up).
I use low poo and wash my hair 2-3 times per week. I really only low poo my scalp though, so I can get away with using a very small amount of low poo. Put some on your fingertips and massage/scrub away! Doing this 2-3 times per week, I made the smaller bottle of DevaCare low poo (12 oz?) last over a year. It also helps prevent my hair from drying out, so less prone to tangles. So whatever low poo you end up with, you might give that method a shot. It was something I picked up reading the CG Handbook.
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
If you can order online you should check out iherb.com. They generally have good prices on their stock. The Nature's Gate conditioners are under $6 for 18oz. (I do love the Herbal one but strong scent!) Giovanni low-poos are under $6-$7. There's also discounts for first-time purchases (check out my siggy for the code).

Otherwise I think you've gotten good suggestions.

I would definitely recommend flax seed gel (you can also order flax seeds and other fixins from iherb if you can't buy on the ground!)
fine - normal porosity*?- medium density - normal elasticity. Hard water. SoCal.
*Used to be low-porosity, but I lightened my hair 1-2 shades, so I may be normal-porosity now.

New climate! Current favorites:
Low-poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo, Giovanni SaS
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF
PT: CJ Repair Me, IAgirl's gelatine

Experimenting with: JC Confident Coils, JC Rockin Ringlets, CJ CIAB, gelatin gel

iherb discount code: CFN646
I'll try low pooing just my scalp and see what happens next time I shampoo. Right now, I do focus mostly on my scalp, but do bring it through my whole hair.

Wavydaze, thanks for the website suggestion. I order a lot online because I'm disabled and unable to drive most of the time. Amazon must love me. But sometimes niche stuff is pricy on amazon even though most things are relatively cheap.
The Umberto Giannini gel in my signature is really cheap and definitely my favourite gel! Not sure where you're located though and if you can get it there? I'm in the UK and they stock it in Boots (and I think you can get it on Amazon too, or probably the UG website).
Allie

Curly type: 3A Botticelli curls. Medium porosity / density.
Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Conditioner: Faith in Nature Raspberry and Cranberry
D/C: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative, mixed with honey & other goodies
Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Umberto Giannini Scrunching Jelly / Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I've been CG since last summer exclusively on drugstore brands. I use Tresemme Naturals conditioner and Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Gel, and a sulfate-free shampoo by Nature's Gate. None of these are over $8.
Also the 100 0/0 aloe vera gel was $1.60 at wal-mart but available everywhere.
SE PA
2C/3A med-fine, med density,med elasticity, high porosity color-treated
Love NPF
Weekends FSG, AVG or Ecostyler-green
Weekends...HETT or HETMS...mousse, how I love thee at work!
Spritz & Condish

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