Best Cheap Hair Products?

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I'm a curly teen on a low budget. I have 4b/c low porosity hair that adores protein.

I wanted to try Pantene for naturals or Ossat Naturals, which are in my price range, but the ingredients seem...bleh.

Right now I'm using Faith in Nature Jojoba products and they're just not moisturising enough. I've also tried Herbal Essences and Creme of Nature but my hair hated the conditioners.

1. Are there any...'not very expensive' hair products out there?

2. Am I going to have to raise my budget to stay natural?

3. Is Shea Moisture worth the investment? (would take a months savings to get shampoo, condish and deep condish)

p.s. It takes me 2+ months to finish hair products so maybe an investment will be worth it?

URGH natural hair is stress sometimes Please Help? Thanks
1.) Yes! There are plenty of products out there that aren't too expensive that work very well.

• Shampoo
- Yes to Cucumbers
- Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo
- Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo

• Conditioners
- V05 Moisture Milk conditioners
- Aussie Moist Conditioner
- Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
- Suave Naturals conditioners
- Tresemme Naturals conditioner

• Leave-In Conditoners
- Giovanni Direct Leave In
- Cantu Shea Butter Leave In
- Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
- Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
- Kinky Curly Knot Today

• Gel
- Eco Styler Gel
- Shea Moisture Curling Gel Soufflé

• Oils (Can be a bit pricey at the store, so get them from Amazon if possible)
- Coconut Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
- Grapeseed Oil
- Olive Oil (cheapest)

All of these products (except the oils) are under $11. So they're definitely affordable, especially for the great quality of them.

2.) You won't need to raise your budget. There are a lot of naturals (including myself) who have a tight budget and can't afford to spend $50 on products. A lot of the time you can even make DIY conditioner and hair treatments that end up being cheaper than actual products. You just have to do some research (:

3.) I believe that Shea Moisture products are great (some better than others). My favorites are from the Coconut & Hibiscus line. Compared to many of the other natural hair care brands, they're one of the cheapest. So their products are definitely worth looking into.

For me, all of my products last at least 5 months. So if you're investing in something pricey and you're on a budget, just make sure that it'll actually last a while so you aren't spending so much money in a short period of time.
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My first suggestion is that you start paying attention to the sales paper. I recently bought four Shea Moisture products but only paid for two because Walgreens was having a buy one get one free. Sally's and Ulta and CVS often has BOGO that is either free or 50% off.

You can also try making your own. I like flax seed gel which is super cheap to make. I have also made leave in conditioners and deep conditioners using basic ingredients like tea, honey, banana, oils ect. I don't even remember the last time I bought a product labeled as a deep conditioner.
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Shampoo:
Aussie Moist-very moisturizing $3
Any shampoo mixed with conditioner

CoWash:
As I Am Coconut Cowash $5-8
Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Cowash $8
Cantu Cowash $4-5
Pantene Cowash $3-4
Herbal Essences Naked Moisture $4

Conditioner:
Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle $3
Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat $5-8
Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine $3
Herbal Essences Sleeker the Butter $3
Giovanni Avocado and Olive $5-9
Suave Naturals Everlasting Sunshine
Suave Naturals
V05 Conditioner

Leave In:
Eden Body Works Coconut Shea Leave In $7
Any above regular conditioners
Paul Mitchell The Conditioner GVP Leave In $6
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. $9-11

Deep Conditioner:
Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi DC $8-9
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Masque $9-11
Cantu Deep Treatment Masque $5-8
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle $3
Salon Selectives 3 min. Treatment(Dollar Tree) $1

Cream:
Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter $5-6
Elasta QP Olive and Mango Butter Cream $4-5
African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Butter Cream $5



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Last edited by Chaklat; 08-13-2014 at 01:52 PM.
Shampoo
-vo5
-suave
- tressume

conditioners
-suave
-tessume
-vo5
- dollar store conditioner i love blue bottle moroccan something
- Acv

leave- ins
-tressume
-cantu
deep conditioner (best not to go cheap)
- aussie moist
Pre-Poo: Aleo/acv + oil
Shampoo: Shampoo bar
Conditiner: A Mix of things
Leave-in: thick leave in/ butter
Refresh: light leave in /water/oil
I buy v05 conditioners at Walmart for 0.88$ I use them to cowash. I also really enjoy the Cantu Shea butter leave in and it 5.49 for 16 oz!
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Type: 4a Fine Texture
CG since 2008 - Life long natural
Holy Grails
Co-wash: v05 Moisture Milks
Conditioner: Jessicurl Too Shea!
Leave-ins: Cantu Shea Butter Repair Cream, Camille Rose Moisture Milk
D/T: Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent Treatment
Protein: Curl Junkie Repair Me
Butters: Qhemet Amla & Olive, Bask Condensed Custard
Oils: Coconut & Grapeseed
So question... None of these cheaper conditioners have the silicones that we should stay away from?

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So question... None of these cheaper conditioners have the silicones that we should stay away from?

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Originally Posted by Rachpreach
The normal conditioners may but the rest of the shampoos, leave-ins etc don't.

You will need to read the ingredients of the normal conditioners before you purchase them as one conditioner under the same brand may do while another will not.
So then why are they listed as recommended conditioners if they don't follow the CGM for ingredients?

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So then why are they listed as recommended conditioners if they don't follow the CGM for ingredients?

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Originally Posted by Rachpreach
Simply because life isn't that simple.

Some of the conditioners if you pick up the wrong version with a similar sounding name will have silicones in.

So when you pick up a product have a quick check.

You especially need to do this if the product says "new formula" or similar.
So then why are they listed as recommended conditioners if they don't follow the CGM for ingredients?

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Originally Posted by Rachpreach
They are listed because not everyone follows the curly girl method and many that do often tweak it. Some curlies like silicones, sulfates, mineral oils, and other "non-curly girl" ingredients which may or may not be found in some of the products listed above.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Cowash: Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Curls Unleashed No Boundaries
Oils: olive, argan, and Jamaican Black castor oils

Last edited by SweetRellie; 09-06-2014 at 10:56 PM.
In defence of the people who may have posted non-CG products, you didn't specify you were CG/wanted CG stuff in your initial post. You just said you were natural, and not all naturals are CG.

But anyway, YES Shea Moisture is amazing. I love their Coconut & Hibiscus shampoo, and their Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner. Amazing products.

In regards to cheap, CG-friendly products:

Shampoos / co-washes:
Andalou shampoos
ElastaQP Creme Conditioning shampoo
Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Co-Wash Cleansing

Conditioners:
Faith in Nature conditioners
Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Oliv​e Oil Ultra-Moist conditioner

Deep conditioners:
Salon Selectives Super Chic 3 Min Tlc Intensive Conditioner
Twisted sista Deep Conditioning Masque
Cream of Nature Argan Oil Moisturizing Milk Masque Repairing Treatment
Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Hair Mask

Leave-ins:

Beauty Without Cruelty leave-in
My DNA leave-in

Gels:
Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Scrunching jelly
EcoStyler gels
LA Looks gels
(I use and love the Ouidad Climate Control gel right now, but it does have a silicone in it. I'm CG and use it with no problems and no issues with build-up)

Hope that helps!
Allie

3A with some 3B thrown in. Medium porosity.


Pre-poo: Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
Low-poo: SM Coconut & Hibiscus / ElastaQP Créme Conditioning
Conditioner:
Experimenting to find a new staple
D/C: Giovanni 2chic Avocado & Olive Oil Ultra Moist Deep Moisture Mask

Leave-in: My DNA
Styler: Ouidad Climate Control Heat & Humidity


UK curly. CG since October 2013.
Aiming for WL curls (eventually)
I have been natural since 2003 and I have tried a ton of products. The VO5 Kiwi Lime is the best co-wash I have every used. It's amazing and always a stable for me. I can't say enough about it.

My other advice, and this is a hard one, but avoid becoming a product junkie. It's so tempting to try everything. but try one thing, use it a couple weeks and go from there. There is no need to buy everything at once. I also don't know if I would go and buy everything from one line. Try one product, see if you like it and them move to the next product. I like SheaMoisture but there were too many other less expensive products out there (Cantu for example) for me to go out and buy everthing from them.

Going natural is a journey. It's a marathon, not a sprint. Don't break the budget

Also check out the product swap board and find a friend so you can try products together and cut down on your costs until you figure out what your hair likes.

SHAMPOO
Apricot Black soap bar (I get mine from the BBS and it last FOREVER and it's the only thing I use that doesn't make my hair a tangles mess) ($3)

CONDISH
vo5 Kiwi Lime ($1)
Cantu leave-in ($5)

STYLE
Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel ($4). Also can't say enough about this one. If they ever stop making this stuff, I'm just going to go bald, LOL
Ok. Well that makes sense. So people listed pantene as a good cowash. Any particular kind? And is there any good pantene product that is good for conditioner or a leave in? I ask because they have it on sale right now at my store and I have a coupon for it! Lol.

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Most of the Pantene conditioners work as rinse outs and leave ins. When I was transitioning, I used the cowash in the brown bottle, geared towards natural hair specifically.
Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine
Cowash: Curls Unleashed No Restrictions Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque
Leave-In: Curls Unleashed No Boundaries
Oils: olive, argan, and Jamaican Black castor oils
I'm a curly teen on a low budget. I have 4b/c low porosity hair that adores protein.

I wanted to try Pantene for naturals or Ossat Naturals, which are in my price range, but the ingredients seem...bleh.

Right now I'm using Faith in Nature Jojoba products and they're just not moisturising enough. I've also tried Herbal Essences and Creme of Nature but my hair hated the conditioners.

1. Are there any...'not very expensive' hair products out there?

2. Am I going to have to raise my budget to stay natural?

3. Is Shea Moisture worth the investment? (would take a months savings to get shampoo, condish and deep condish)

p.s. It takes me 2+ months to finish hair products so maybe an investment will be worth it?

URGH natural hair is stress sometimes Please Help? Thanks
Originally Posted by cutecoils

1. Yes, truthfully you are going to have to raise your hair-care budget, but not for the things you expect (like all the fun products), but for all the stuff you will need accessory -wise (hard-hooded table top dryer, clips, diffuser, conditioner caps, wide tooth combs, turbans,flexi rods, etc.--all great investments, btw., but it can be a little shocking when you add up the expense of the initial costs).


2. Some things you can get away with like eco-styler gel or inexpensive conditioners such as tresemme naturals or trader joe's or Aubrey organics and even suave naturals is fine, but nothing beats a great yogurt conditioner or clay-rinse--and they are all reasonably priced to boot.


3. Give yourself time to reap the benefits of your new regimen (I am a flip-flopper, but it got much better when I accepted that I am just one of those people).


4. I hear that SheaMoisture is a nice product, although I now like making my own butters and things (I buy in bulk from .. FromNatureWithLove.com or MountainRoseHerbs.com)


5. Fun webitses that might help:
Motowngirl.com or net ; and www.onlinecliniqueforum.forumotion.com


HTH!
'Poo: Aubrey Organics or Suave Clarifying
or Liquid African Black Soap (only 4-ingredients ; awesome!)
Co-Wash: Aubrey Organics or Suave Condish
Condish: Aubrey Organics or Onion Mask or Yogurt
DT: Honey + Olive Oil + AO Condish or Yogurt mix
---
Best Gel Combo, Ever!: Elasta Qp Feels Like Silk Liquid Gel +/under Eco Styler [Krystal, Brown] Gel- awesome!!

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