Cheaper products??

Hi all! I've posted over on the 2 board, but first post over here.

Like a lot of you, I started out with Deva products. Slowly added in some KC. (KCKT, KCCC, KCSS, not all at once of course)

Here's my suspected hair properties:

2b/c
fine/ med
high porosity
low elasticity

I live in CO, so mostly low dews, hard water

I've been trying to look at siggy's and such to find a twin but I'm a little unsure.

Help a newbie out

Thanks!!
Many of us have had good luck with drug store products. Here are some links that will give you ideas:
Good CG Drugstore Products?
Drugstore Product Recs?
http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...endations.html
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
Thanks for the links! Hopefully I can find some stuff to rotate in.
I live in Colorado myself, so I know what you mean! On another thread, I just calculated my per-wash cost at under $0.50, lol! Those ladies have a lot of great product ideas too.



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
I live in Colorado myself, so I know what you mean! On another thread, I just calculated my per-wash cost at under $0.50, lol! Those ladies have a lot of great product ideas too.
Originally Posted by ReddishRocks
Don't want to hijack the thread, but I saw your name as the last post! Welcome back. Seems like it's been a long time.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
modified CG, since April '07
CG since 3/11/08

SE PA

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
I live in Colorado myself, so I know what you mean! On another thread, I just calculated my per-wash cost at under $0.50, lol! Those ladies have a lot of great product ideas too.
Originally Posted by ReddishRocks
Oh I love your blog! Thanks for the link! Colorado sure makes things trickier. I guess it's the trade off for living here. I'm going to start adding in some cheaper things, not sure if I'll get down to .50/wash.
Hi there! I'm a Colorado curly also The climate definitely makes it a challenge in the hunt for good products (I just spent a week at Lake Mac in Neb - couldn't believe how much more volume I had from the humidity!).

I like a mix of cheap and more expensive products. I've found that my hair really dislikes a lot of chemical ingredients, so that can make it difficult to find good items at the drug store. However, I've really had some good success with natural ingredients and homemade products. I really like homemade FSG - this is easy to make and super cheap. I bought 1 lb. of flax seeds for around $2.50; I only use 2-4 tbs. to make a batch, and I can reuse the seeds 1-2 times after that, so it is very economical. I also add other things to the FSG, like honey, vitamin e, and other oils. If your hair likes oils, this is another cost-effective option, as a little goes a long way. I've been experimenting with coconut oil, and I really like it.

My hair also really likes the on-line "boutique" type products with natural ingredients (I like brands like Darcy's Botanicals, Curly Kinks, Botanical Spirits, etc.). I don't mind spending a little more for certain products if they really work and a little bit goes a long way. For example, I really like Curly Kinks Coil Jam as a styler. A 16 oz. bottle is $20 (they also sell a 2 oz. sample for $5 and an 8 oz. bottle for $12). This seems like a lot, but I only use a quarter sized amount (and I have a lot of hair) each time I style - so from the full-size bottle I can get around 40-50 uses (maybe more). I also have an 8 oz. tub of DB Curl Styling Cream that I got for $12, but I only use pea-sized amount (maybe less) to srunch into the ends of my hair as a finisher - I've had this for about 3 months already and barely made a dent. So to me, this is still cost effective, and my hair is happy.

For cheap conditioners, I really like GVP conditioning balm from Sally's; this is very affordable for the amount you get, and very moisturizing. For a good co-wash, I like SN (everlasting sunshine or coconut) and for a cheap RO I really like TN nourishing moisture. I also like to use the TN and add extra oils to use as a cheap DT.
2c/3a, botticelli/wavy/'swavy (huh?)
fine, dense, normal porosity/elasticity, dry climate

My favorite brands are Kinky Curly, As I am, Curly Kinks, Curl Junkie, and Darcy's Botanicals. Also love sealing with oils (loving argan oil right now) and styling with jelly products (KCCC is my current favorite). Mostly trying to keep it simple!

CG since 12/29/2011

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