I use mostly drug store products as well, although one exception I have found to this is Curl Junkie. Their products truly are amazing! It doesn't mean I don't get sucked it on occasion by an expensive product. I'm just usually disappointed in it. I'm amazed how they aren't usually any better.
After a lifetime I spending god-awful amounts of time, effort, and money trying to find the perfect styling products for my hair...I have found that ALL I need is Suave Naturals tropical coconut conditioner!!! As rinse out and leave in!!! I do need to use a more moisturizing rinse out a few times a week, but still!
I am thrilled!!! At least now I know!!!!
3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!
I have finally found extremely affordable and attractive contentment using:
Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in...this is seriously ALL I use!!!!
Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
Aussie catch the wave mousse
Hair that freely borrows from 3a/ 3b texture schools. These are the things I use to care for it:
Apple Cider Vinegar rinses weekly
shampoos occasionally that do not contain sulfates
conditioners without silicones or proteins (or so I think- Keratin seems to do ok)
Flour sack towel
And I dont even know what else right now...thinking I may need to drop gels altogether...
Currently have Shea Moisture and DevaCurl products that I may just need to give up on and cut as a loss...
Love this topic. I just posted on the 4a board about my new cheap best friends: L.A. Looks Polish Perfect mixed with Garnier Fructis Pure & Clean Smoothing Cream, 50:50 ratio. The result is a very creamy curl pudding.
I used it after moisturizing, then applied a bit of fsg to distribute the product and for hold. Then I braided my hair.
The result was impressive: defined, smooth, hair.
The Polish Perfect in particular, seems to mix well with creamy products. So if you have it and it's not working try mixing it with something.
The best part: both are cheap and available on the ground. If they keep working I will repurchase. In the meantime, I'm using this stuff up.... finally.
Almost all my products are drugstore products. I use the gelatin protein treatment that AIgirl posted in the 2 board, Yes to Carrots Conditioner, and the Shea Moisture line. My hair loves it!
Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago. Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
Rinse Out: Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint LI: Yes to Carrots Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse