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Old 07-15-2012, 03:06 PM   #1
 
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Hi all,
I'm fairly new to the forum. I've been lurking
I have wavy-curly hair--2B I think. And it's a bit coarse.
I've been co washing w/ Suave Coconut Conditioner and then using Garnier Fructise as a rinse out and sometimes leave in conditioner. For gels, I've been using EO Tame Curl Control and Herbal Essences Curl (whatever it's called) gel.

Anywho, I'm looking to upgrade my hair care products to organic or almost organic products, but hopefully w/o a HUGE price increase. Any suggestions?

So far I've read that Aubrey Organics has a nice conditioner for co-washing. And that' $7.95, so that's reasonable enough.

Anything else??

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:40 PM   #2
 
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Giovanni is a brand a lot of people like - it's reasonably priced ($5-$10 range) and easily available on the ground (Walmart, health food stores, etc.). I love the LI, and a lot of people like their low-poos/condish. Trader Joes is another brand that is cheap and I believe uses a lot of natural/organic ingredients. I've never used the products, but I've seen the brand mentioned a lot on these boards. There are also brands like Kinky-Curly and SheaMoisture that use natural/organic ingredients. These products are in the $9.99-$16.99 range and are available at Target (SM is also available at Walgreens). I've also seen a brand called Alba organics at Walgreens and health food stores - I've never used the products, but I believe I've seen some members here that use their stuff.


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Old 07-15-2012, 05:58 PM   #3
 
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Thanks! I appreciate it. I was going to place an order on vitacost and they have the Giovanni
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:05 PM   #4
 
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There's also Everyday Shea or Renpure Organics.


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Old 07-17-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
 
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Unfortunately as far as the organic products go, I haven't found any I consider cheap that I like. The cheaper products often have scents I can't stand, even if they're natural. Like the Shea Moisture products, allergy/asthma city for me.

I like Giovanni Triple Treat Tea Tree Shampoo (something like that, lol) and it is under $10 I believe, and lasts a very long time if you don't lo poo often.

The Trader Joe's knockoff, only a couple bucks, I do NOT recommend, though some people love it. It makes my hair feel tangly and dry. It is definitely not as gentle as the Giovanni, the Giovanni actually detangles my hair and leaves it feeling smooth.

I've loved every Aubrey Organics conditioner that I've tried. They are around $10, some a bit less, some more.

Stylers are the tough part-- my favorite gel, which is 100% organic and natural, is MGA Sculpting Gel. $15 for 5.5. ounces. To me that is very expensive-- but I only need to use 3 quarter-size globs per side of my head, and I have dense hair past my shoulders.

If you don't need much hold or humidity protection, I like Aubrey Organics B-5 Design gel.
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If you are avoiding parabens, don't get Trader Joe's Nourish conditioner. And read labels, because many products calling themselves natural and organic contain them.
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Everyday Shea isn't organic, but it is fair trade. At 40 cents an ounce, it's the cheapest "eco" conditioner I know of.

The next most expensive is Natures Gate Organics line, but they're high in protein, and it doesn't sound like your hair loves protein.

Shea Moisture, Aubrey Organics, Beautiful Curls, and Alaffia are next in price.

I made a spreadsheet here so I could compare prices and ingredients. I didn't include Aubrey Organics though because they contain denatured alcohol.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...EVwUjNVSnY0N1E

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Great info, everyone. So helpful!
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