For cheap conditioners I like V05 Champagne Kiss, Strawberries&Cream, and Suave Coconut. A lot of people here rave about Suave Milk&Honey, but I've never tried that. I like White Rain hairspray (I use the one in the pink and gray bottle - Extra Hold I think). I use Queen Helene Cholesterol deep conditioner, and love how soft and shiny it makes my hair.
I just bought some Garnier Sleek and Shine Leave-in and so far it's given me some nice curl definition and softness. I'll have to see how it lasts and feels as the day goes on but I know a lot of people on this board like it.
They also seem to like the L'Oreal Out of Bed styling stuff but so far that's been a bit too producty feeling for me.
Although more expensive I still like my Tigi Curls Rock Amplifier the best overall.
No more PJ tendencies. Tigi Curls Rock Curl Amplifier is the best thing to make my curls rock all day! Next best are KCCC and Re:Coil +HE TT Gel.
While at Ulta, you could pick up the non-sulfate shampoo (if you use shampoo) and conditioner from the Activate line. They are both excellent products. The conditioner is about the most moisturizing condish you can get without ordering online.
I'll echo the love for the Herbal Essences gels. Totally Twisted is good for those who like a soft hold with minimal crunch. I need more hold, and both Body Envy and Set Me Up work nicely.
3a/3b thick coarse WL dark brown hair. CG/Mod CG since: 5/4/05. Current products: Right now my hair is in such a tizzy over this winter weather we are hving that nothing really seems to be working. I need a haircut.
Garnier Fructis conditioner for fine hair (CG-friendly, if that's important)
Garnier Fructis curl and shine leave in condition (it has amodimethicone, which is one of the ones that is not hard to remove)
Couple of inches past shoulder length 3A. Shampoo every 3rd or 4th day w/ baby shampoo; Tigi Fashionista conditioner; back to Condition 3-in-1 mousse . Alternate days water rinse, conditioner and mousse.