Are you a drugstore Product Junkie?

Do you buy most of your products at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens' Target, etc.?
What about drugstore products most appeals to you? What brands or specific products do you love and repeat buy?
What kind of feeling to you get when you buy hair products in a drugstore?
Is it different than /better buying at beauty supply store or online? Why?
Is it easier and cheaper to try stuff?

I'm curious about differences between an online repeat product junkie like me vs. a drugstore repeat product junkie.
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Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
The reason I buy many things from the store is for the IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION... I like to know I can have it in my hands now and not wait for shipping and deal with what if it comes damaged, or what if it takes a MONTH to get here?!?!
I started using Tresemme Naturals for that reason, and I started using CURLS products for that reason - they are now available on the ground near me. I finally got to experiment and get the hang of using Gel-Es-C or whatever, and now it's my go-to finisher.
I roll through my local Whole Foods and health food store just to get the feeling every so often.
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Last edited by sagehen; 06-22-2011 at 12:38 AM.
I buy my products from boots, superdrug and tk maxx your version of drugstore retailers .

I am not a PJ but I go there because it is cheaper, at tk maxx I can get salon brands for half price; at the other stores, I buy there for the constant deals on the products I use and the convenience .

Another thing is , I've used salon brands and I will be honest and say that I don't consider it value for money spending big on conditioners I am constantly rinsing out . I use tresemme conditioner and shampoo HEHH boots curl creme ; I use giovanni SAS but it is an online product here

The things I buy online, I buy if I am purchasing other things as well .

Last edited by ttlolla; 06-22-2011 at 04:05 AM.
Definite drug store pj here! I buy these because they are affordable and they work. There are so many awesome conditioners that I cab find For less than $10, I made a rule a while back that I wouldn't pay more than that for any one product. That's the only way I cab afford to be a pj. Three other reason I insist on buying these products is I can snell them and read an accurate ingredient list. I have purchased online before and ther product I receive had different ingredients from those listed online. My favorite products to buy at CVS are HEHH, HELTR, frizz ease curl around condish, and any condish in the tresemme naturals line.

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I made it! Tailbone length stretched, WL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.

I'm not a PJ really. When I figure out something that works for my picky hair, I tend to stick with it. I'm a total bargain shopper though. I love being able to say I paid 2$ for something (wanna hear about my 77 cent skirt?). Getting something for cheap makes me feel like a scored a touchdown in the shopping game.
I also feel salon products aren't worth the money since the ingredients are very similar to drugstore products. My picky hair hates some of the common ingredients in brands like curl junkie,spiral solution, etc. So most of that stuff isn't an option, although most would be out of my price range anyway. I don't really order online unless I can get a deal or there is something I can't get locally. (a blog to help new wavies, go to the how do I get started page)
2a ( 2bFi (Fia), very fine, thin, low/normal elasticity, porous, CG, doesn't get weighed down
Cowash: Tresemme naturals
Rinse out/leave in: Renpure Organics (red)
Curl enhancer: FSG
Gel: BRHG, Salon care aloe, Ecostyler Krystal (normal dews)
PT: ION effective care, IAgirl's gelatin PT
Low Poo: renpure (red), Ion swimmers
im not a total product junkie but i have learned that the higher price of a product doesnt always mean it will work for me same goes for lower price, if u compare ingredients more than half the time u can find a cheaper yet equally good alternative. i do however use online resources to look up product reviews to jus feel better about a purchase.

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The majority of my products are from Target and Sally's since I'm always on a budget and it's easier to try to out new things that way as well as stocking up on favorites.
2a, fine-med. text, normal porosity (I think)

[FONT=Going back and forth between Herbal Essence Don't Fade On Me shampoo and condish and L'oreal Sulfate Free shampoo

- Not Your Mother's Curl Cream, La Bella Sports Gel, Aussie Sprunch Spray

[/COLOR][/FONT] [I][B]My waves are finally getting stronger thanks to weekly PTs and longer hair in general. Still trying to grow it out though!

mod-CG since December '10

I have Celiac's Disease so no gluten please!

My hair is basically my hobby!!
I am definelty a drug store junkie for the following reasons:

Cost since all of my products go on sale and I can use coupons! Right now you can get Tresemee at CVS for $2.50 each after ECBs

Availability, it's nice knowing I can get my products anywhere.

I can help others go CG when they can find products easily.

Cost, I said that already! That is the biggest reason. Come on $30 for a tube of curls! I use a lot of product and go thru gel like water since I have also have 2 teenage curlies. We can go thru a bottle of LALSG in a week!

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
Do you buy most of your products at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens' Target, etc.?

Yes, for the most part. Occasionally I will order something from the net that I can't get in a store, but most of my products are available on the ground.

What about drugstore products most appeals to you? What brands or specific products do you love and repeat buy?

The prices is right! I just can't see spending more than $10 on something that I know is not much different from the pricier brands. In light of the "organic brands" discussion, why would I pay more? At least this way I know I'm getting a chemical soup, but one that makes my curls nice. My current faves are in my sig (Garnier Fructis, Mane n Tail). I used to be a big fan of Tresemme, Herbal Essences, and Aussie Moist too, but I'm CG now and have been for over a year.

What kind of feeling to you get when you buy hair products in a drugstore?

Feeling..? Nothing. It's just where I go to get stuff I need. I'm just glad I'm familiar with the ingredients my hair likes.

Is it different than /better buying at beauty supply store or online? Why?

I do go to the BSS now and again, but mostly for tools or if I'm hunting for something specific that I know isn't found in a drugstore.

Is it easier and cheaper to try stuff?

Sometimes you can get trial sizes of new (or new to you) products. Even if not, you don't have to buy the biggest bottle of something. If worse comes to worse, then you can always donate it or trade it with someone.
"The challenge is to be yourself in a world that is trying to make you like everybody else."
"...rationality is not necessary to sell things.."
My staples: Mane n Tail (cowash), Garnier Fructis Sleek n Shine (leave in condish), Grapeseed oil or shea butter (sealing), Organic Root Stimulator Elasticitea (leave-in condish & light hold)
I would probably be more of a drugstore PJ if I actually had some decent stores! No Whole Foods or Trader Joe's within hundreds of miles. My Target doesn't carry Curls or other good products.
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

I'm guilty of both drugstore and sally's PJism. I think its mainly because of the accessibility.

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I made it! Tailbone length stretched, WL curly

Teri Laflesh's book "Curly Like Me" sits on my desk and everytime I get frustrated and an impulse tells me to shave my head, I look at it in hopes that one day my hair will graze the top of my butt.

Although I have experimented with a few Internet-purchased, more expensive products, in general I prefer to buy from Target or drugstores.

The main reason is that I just can't justify spending $20 or 25 (or more) for products--esp. since I use a lot of them. The wait for Internet products bothers me a bit, but it's mostly an issue of the price.

Also, I am highly skeptical of the idea that more expensive=better in general. I always hear about drugstore brands having filler, but I'm not sure why I should care about that. If the filler is CG friendly & there's enough of the good stuff my hair needs, who cares? And honestly, don't you think L'Oreal or whoever has a labful of chemists working on formulas? Yes, they're not necessarily working to make products specifically for us, but still....

I've tried gels at all price points & my favorite is the supercheap LA Looks; I am still so depressed that the one I like has been discontinued.

[Also, I've wondered about this: when I use my Curl Junkie conditioner, I need only a little bit; when I use Suave, I need a lot. (And yes, I realize this means the price differential is less than it initially seems.) Does this mean anything? On the one hand, I think it could be that the Suave is better, b/c my hair is absorbing it, while the expensive stuff just sits on the surface. But it could be that I need so much Suave b/c there's a smaller amount of actual conditioning agents, right? Or it could mean nothing at all...]
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Fine, normal porosity, normal elasticity

Leave-in Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut; looking for a replacement for the no-longer-CG Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition
Gel Looking for a replacement for the discontinued LAL blue gel. Also thinking I need a low- or no-humectant gel for high-dew days, but haven't figured that one out.
When it comes to cosmetics, I'm an "Instant Gratification" person. I'm a pj and like multiple products because one thing never seems to work for me consistently. I bc'd a year ago, and only recently decided to break down and order Komaza samples. I like what I've received, but nothing earth shattering, so far. I think I will finally get around to Curl Junkie products and Oyin Handmade. But I just don't like not being able to go into a store and buying something. Plus, I hate s&h. I also like sales.

I respect the way Kinky Curly made her products accessible. I saw kccc in a bss around the corner from my house. Sadly, I don't use that product having purchased it a while back and it didn't work. I'm thinking of giving it another shot. But her products are available on the ground in a lot of places. Curls products have also made their way to shelves. And I was able to pick QB products in Bklyn.

I really wish CJ, Komaza and Oyin were on the ground here in NYC. I mean NYC is a huge market and I would think any company would want to get traction here and in other big city markets especially.
But I know distribution is not an easy thing to achieve.

So drugstore products have to due.
I totally am.
My main reason is I would rather be able to see and smell what I am buying. I like to have nice smelling hair, and I am afraid to buy anything I can't smell first.
Second, I don't feel bad if I buy 3 or 4 cheap products and only 1 or 2 work... while I would be very unhappy to buy that many more expensive products and only have 1 or 2 work!
Thirdly, I use a LOT of product, co-wash RO and gel specifically, and what I have works well, so I would have to find something that was AH MAZ ING for me to spend more on it!
I totally agree with being able to smell products, scents irritate me easily even nice ones. 2months ago I bought products online and I had to bin them because the smell was choking me

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