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arianana 09-17-2012 09:54 AM

graduating from deva
 
so as a semi-new (proper) CG, my first purchase was the deva line.. but as my bottles are about 3/4 empty now I'd like to try something new

don't get me wrong, I do like how these products work in my hair - I use them along with coconut oil (this has been my hg of hair products) but they are kind of pricy and don't leave my hair as soft and touchable as i would like

I also see a lot of you guys using different products and I know a common theme is starting with deva and then moving on to better and less expensive things.

i'm just asking for a couple recommendations - I think i've read every article and website on curly hair but when it comes to products i get a bit overwhelmed

I'm mostly looking for a cleanser and conditioner, maybe a product or 2 if its inexpensive and available at the drugstore or beauty supply store

i tend to use gels in my hair (and have a bottle of curly solutions in my queue for when my devacurl runs out) but i'd be interested in trying out a different type of product that will leave my hair soft but not greasy (as many products do)

my hair is very low porosity, fairly high elasticity, 2c (I had a keratin treatment done not too long ago to soften my curls, naturally my hair is more of a 3a) medium density (am i forgetting anything?)

thank you!!

CurlyIndianGirl 09-17-2012 10:14 AM

There are couple of Brands you could try from the drugstore or local Retailers

Giovanni, Shea Moisture, yes to carrots, Suave and Tresseme Naturals

you can see my signature- I use products from drugstore/Local Retailers only.

Also Shea moisture has a organic shampoo you might like that for doing your scalp.

dresdendoll 09-17-2012 10:47 AM

You sound like my hair twin :) I'm also 2c/3a and very low porosity.
For cleansing and conditioning, I LOVE Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner. I only started using them recently, but the shampoo isn't stripping at all, and the conditioner (which I use as a leave-in) helps a lot with smoothing and definition. They're fairly inexpensive, too, especially compared to Deva.

CurlyIndianGirl 09-17-2012 12:10 PM

dresdendoll we 3 could be hair triplets!! I have same hair properties as well. Also I have being eyeing Shea Moisture shampoo. Next on list!!

dresdendoll 09-17-2012 02:18 PM

Yay! Hair triplets :D
Well, I definitely recommend trying it! I swear, they need to market it as a 2-in-1 because my hair feels like it's been conditioned after using it.

arianana 09-18-2012 10:13 PM

thank you guys so much
I've heard a lot about the suave coconut conditioner, i think i'll try that next!

briana.colleen 09-18-2012 10:30 PM

I had to re-examine my spending on hair products and started experimenting. I found the Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, used both as a co-wash and rinse out, with La Bella Lots of Curls gel gave me great hair. Did not even have the flakiness that I sometimes got with Deva. That is the least amount of money I have spent on my hair products ever...CG or not! It was a very pleasant surprise. I'm still looking for that budget friendly amazing deep conditioner, though :-)

jsuzkelley 09-19-2012 01:34 PM

If you like a cleansing conditioner better than a low-poo/sulfate free shampoo, you could also try L'Oreal's Everceme cleansing conditioner - it's around $6 or $7 dollars and is available at most grocery stores and drug stores. I also second the Shea Moisture line and the Tresemme Naturals.

briana - if you like the TN as your regular condish, you could try just adding some oils to it to use as a DT. I like to add coconut oil, EVOO and honey to mine and let it sit for about an hour. Makes my hair silky soft and tangle free.

huckleberrry 09-19-2012 01:45 PM

I use Tresmee Naturals conditioner, and mix in some honey and olive oil into the bottle. I love it! I'd stay away from their shampoo though...it's sulfate free, but it's awful!


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