You don't need to spend a fortune for good curly hair!!!!

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I, like probably many of you, have spent a lifetime trying to figure out how to make my curly hair look and feel good. Sooo much time, sooo much effort, and SOOOO much money!!!
The worst part is when you THINK you have finally found a routine that works...and then 2 days later it turns to crap
Well I am here to tell you not to give up! I have bought so many expensive products- kinky curly, devacurl, etc...all to meet to same fate- being shoved into my bathroom drawer after their failure, waiting for the next time I try them again.

Finally, after nothing but years and years of trial and error I have discovered that all I needed to spend was $6 on my routine! I have discovered that the only styling products my hair needs to look and feel great are garner fructose triple nutrition conditioner- as a leave in- and Aussie catch the wave mouse- both applied on damp hair and then let air dry!! Hallelujah!!!
So my message to you is don't give up- and especially not on drugstore products! Plus, gel is not for everyone


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- garnier fructis triple condition and l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing conditioner
ACV weekly
Leavin products for damp hair- same garner conditioner and 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...
I agree ! I've started with the cheapest products, and a simple routine (just conditioner to start) and will move up in price and complexity only as the current products fail. I'm already seeing major improvement with a homemade gelatin protein treatment, coconut oil deep conditioning, and everyday shea conditioner (after suave and natures gate didn't work for me). Not much money spent so far, and I don't expect to ever pay for the fancy brands. (though I may try kinky curly at some point) I figure people had fabulous hair in the past with less resources, and I can too.

I've made price comparisons of cg friendly products here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...EVwUjNVSnY0N1E These lists are not conclusive though.

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2cMii, porous, good elasticity, APL, dark brown with a silver lining.
Love coconut oil, olive oil, and Everyday Shea!
HGs are simple, natural, and destroy frizzzz!!
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Last edited by earthnut; 07-09-2012 at 06:14 PM.
Awesome! I wish all if us could be as wise! I just has a realization one day that my hair used to look better before I became so obsessed with it


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- garnier fructis triple condition and l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing conditioner
ACV
Shea moisture curl&style milk and curl enhancing smoothie
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...
P.s. that link didn't work for me


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- garnier fructis triple condition and l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing conditioner
ACV
Shea moisture curl&style milk and curl enhancing smoothie
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...

Finally, after nothing but years and years of trial and error I have discovered that all I needed to spend was $6 on my routine! I have discovered that the only styling products my hair needs to look and feel great are garner fructose triple nutrition conditioner- as a leave in- and Aussie catch the wave mouse- both applied on damp hair and then let air dry!! Hallelujah!!!
Originally Posted by summersOVER
Lol, fructose... jk

GFTN was reformulated and now as the a-cone in it, non water soluble I believe. You mention that your hair hates silicones, so I'd keep an eye on that one. But if it's working for you keep at it.
CG Birthday: 7/25/11
Type 3a/2c
Dense, Fine in front Coarse in back, Low porosity
Low-Poo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
Rinse Out: Tresemme Naturals
Leave In: ^^^^
Stylers: AIF, Natural Silks Curly Gel
*Desert Curly*
Awesome! I found that the routine my hair loves the most may be under $10! It's Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo, HE HH Conditioner, and Suave Professionals Mousse. However, these contain sulfates and cones...and my stylist would be ashamed :/

There's a sale going on at Ulta for AG and Abba, so I might get those sulfate free shampoos...
Eh. I don't know. I just want healthy hair...but the stuff that makes it look good isn't healthy
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
It's a great feeling to find a routine and products that work so well, isn't it?
Gretchen
NaturallyCurly.com co-founder
3A

You are beautiful!
Noooooo!!! Why do products get reformulated?!?! Well I guess we will see...


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- garnier fructis triple condition and l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing conditioner
ACV
Shea moisture curl&style milk and curl enhancing smoothie
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...
I just got tresemme naturals vibrantly smooth conditioner to replace the garnier fructis...hope this works...and thanks so much for the tip...now I can avoid disappointment and not even open the bottle before I return it
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...

Last edited by summersOVER; 07-10-2012 at 12:02 PM.
I love my lil $6 gel. 32 oz jar, super moisturizing (though it can.. And WILL!!!- get sticky.) and defines so well. It's not fickle, doesn't flake or turn white (unless you use white products with it i.e. Creams, excess conditioner as a leave in, because it's water based.), is really a stand alone product, water soluble. It can LITERALLY be just rinsed out!

I can go on forever.

Anyway, it's awesome when what works is cheap, on the ground, AND basically natural!


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I totally agree. If I total up what I spend on my current routine:

  • Suave condish - $1
  • Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm - $6
  • Lustrasilk Olive Oil Cholesterol - $2.50
  • Max Green Alchemy Gel (the most expensive part) - $13
  • Biosilk Rock Hard Gelee (I'm on my second bottle in 4 years...) - $10
That's a grand total of $32.50. I go through the Suave pretty frequently, and the Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk, and Max gel last me maybe 3-4 months at my current length (off the shoulder).


I'll say I wash my hair 3 times per week... often less, but let's make the math easy and say 3 washes times about 50 weeks per year = 150 washes. Divide by 3 months (for each time I have to replenish most of my products), and we're back to 50 washes. I won't factor in the Suave or the Biosilk as I suppose they sort of cancel each other out, so $21.50 divided by 50...



PER WASH TOTAL: $0.43


(Where my geeks at? ;D )



Hair is best when wabi-sabi.
2b/2c at this length, more 3a when shorter
M/C ii

Mod CG: Sept 08
Using: Suave co-wash, GVP Conditioning Balm, Lustrasilk OOC, MGA, BRHG
Humectants: @ dew point 40+
My blog for dry climate curlies and growing out a pixie: Colorado Curly
Another fellow curly on a budget here! I don't spend loads of money on my hair products (as I don't have lots of cash to spend in the first place,) but I've found some good staple products that work and are reasonably priced too. I'm always looking for offers, like my curl jelly, which is sometimes 3 for the price of 2 etc. Everyone loves a good bargain!
UK Curly
Curl type : Boticelli, 3a, loose curls
Porosity : High
Texture : Fine/medium (I think!)
Co-wash/rinse out/leave in : L'oreal Full Restore 5, GFR&S, Schwarzkopf Bio Pomegranite
Gels : Umberto Giannini Flirty Curls Scrunching Jelly
Finish product : Boots Naked Style Frizz Fighter Serum or a pea-sized blob of condish smoothed over canopy
CG since Feb 2011
Budget curly here, as well!! . All drugstore or Sally's!

Just FYI, several people have said Renpure's new Argan oil conditioner is the closest comparison to GFTN. I stocked up on GFTN's old formula once I heard about the reformulation, so I haven't yet tried it myself.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Thanks for the tip


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioner- GVP conditioning balm
ACV weekly

Products- tresemme naturals vibrantly smooth conditioner as leave-in and Aussie catch the wave mousse- both on damp hair
Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner weekly
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...
Ick...I do NOT like this tresemme one! I'm gonna return it today...where can I get that argon oil one?


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioner- GVP conditioning balm
ACV weekly

Products- tresemme naturals vibrantly smooth conditioner as leave-in and Aussie catch the wave mousse- both on damp hair
Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner weekly
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...
I couldn't find the argon oil one at ulta or Sally's so I just got good old suave naturals coconut to try as my leave in...here's to hoping!!!!!!


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Protiens!

I have finally found affordable and attractive contentment using:

Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioner- GVP conditioning balm
ACV weekly

Products- suave naturals coconut conditioner as leave-in and Aussie catch the wave mousse- both on damp hair
Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner weekly
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...
I haven't found it anywhere local - though I can't say I've looked that hard, since I still have some GFTN left!

I did see that drugstore.com has it, tho! Not sure if Walgreens or CVS's websites have them or not.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
If it helps, the Renpure Argan is available at CVS, I think. I saw it there a while back. I just bought, though, a 33 oz thing of AG Sleek Argan Conditioner, which is saving 60% or 70% because it's salon brand There's a sale going on at Ulta, and AG makes a sulfate-free Argan Shampoo, too. (Just food for thought)
2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
CG again as of 7/20/12


Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
P.s. that link didn't work for me
Originally Posted by summersOVER
Thanks for letting me know! I made sure I was signed out of google and it worked for me, so I don't know what the problem is... What do you see?

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2c (3a potential?), M, ii, porous, good elasticity, APL, dark brown with a silver lining.
Love coconut oil, olive oil, and Everyday Shea!
HGs are simple, natural, and destroy frizzzz!!
I can only find the Renpure at Rite-Aid in my town, but Renpure's where to buy page is here. They sell it on their website too.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Autumn Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 KLS, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, L'Oreal Studio Clean gel, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's as needed

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