Does haircare have to be expensive?

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I have found myself having to stick to a budget lately

So my question is this: Does your haircare routine have to be expensive?

Haircare can be really expensive here in Australia. For example the cost of Redkens new lines at a "special introductory price" is still A$22.95 each! For my international friends, that equals:

  • 15.92 EUR
  • 13.35 GBP
  • 21.55 US
My days of a $55 bottle of Kerastase is clearly over!

So my question is this - how much is too much, or is there no price on healthy curly hair?
Definitely not. You can beautiful hair for cheap. Did awhile I was using vo5 for cowashing, and as a styler, ($1) and lekair cholesterol ($2) as my deep conditioner.

My hair grew, was moisturised, and thrived. I moved on only cuz I'm a product junkie

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Yikes! I definitely wouldn't be able to afford that. I don't know how true this is for others, but apart from the basics of getting rid of sulfates and cones, the best things for me are the techniques I've learned for styling. I think if you know you respond well to certain ingredients, and you put a bit of research into it, you can find products that cost less but have a similar formulation.
3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
L I: KCKT, gvpcb
Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan
Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
Im definately a product junkie too, but having said that, I also get "recommended" a product that "would just be fantastic for your hair" only to have it disappoint and they then accumulate in my cupboard!

Im wondering about Tresemme naturals out here - no silicone in their condish I dont think.
Yes, the Tresume naturals conditioners are silicone free. If you have access to them for a reasonable price you could try them, they seem to work for a variety of hair.
3a, dense, fairly coarse, normal porosity and elasticity, just below shoulder
Low poo: Giovanni 50 50
Co-wash: aia, suave coconut, salon care
R O: Tresume Naturals, gvpcb
L I: KCKT, gvpcb
Stylers: cjpp, re : coil, kccc, brhg
Oils: coconut, argan
Experimenting with: curls rock amplifier, pantene mousse
I think it's much easier to do CG on a budget than "normal" haircare was for me before going CG. However it can get expensive if you allow it to. I started out with less than $10US in products five years ago, and could still bring it in for less than that without any real difficulty. That said, I went through a product junkie phase because I just couldn't believe it all worked so incredibly well, and if it did, how did I know there weren't other things out there which would work even better. Then I figured out it was the system, and the techniques which were most important. There are select products which are worth splurging on, but once I'd figured out the mileage I get from them, they didn't seem that expensive.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
It really depends on what you are looking for. I'm picky about my ingredients being mostly natural, so I won't buy the cheapo stuff. I definitely don't buy the expensive salon products anymore. I like to stick around the US$10 mark, which isn't cheap, but is certainly not expensive. And these products will get me through probably more than a year.
2c-3a - med-coarse - normal-high porosity - high density

NP/LP: CJ Daily Fix, KMF Whenever / Giovanni TTTT
RO/LI: Aussie Moist, CJ Argan & Olive Oil, Hask Keratin Protein
DC/PROTEIN: KC Stellar Strands / CNPF
STYLER: CJ Curl Queen
COLOR: henna, amla & indigo
: glycerin in high/low dews, polyquat-10 & 11, parabens
Not at all! I do like some more expensive products, but right now you know what works best for my hair? Tresseme Naturals conditioner. Wash with it, leave a bunch in, I'm done. One product, less than $5 a bottle. And if for some reason that stops working, I have gobs of other stuff to use up!
3a/b, F, normal porosity

Suave conditioner, LAL gel
Doesn't have to be expensive I'm all for finding cheapie products that work for me $5 and under. If I have the extra money I'll spend like $10 on a shea moisture product, but that's about it. my hair was fine with cheap products when I was a child so why wouldn't it be now? lol
I find that yes product can make a difference, but I've also found that technique is equally if not even more important. Having "balanced" hair, too. Keeping the moisture/protein balance and the Ph balance in line.

I use all drugstore products, myself. I try to stick to a "nothing over $10" rule, and honestly I think the lower the better. Lol! So it's definitely possible - once you understand your hair's properties and master the techniques that work for you.
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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
It is definitely possible. My hair products are probably more expensive than most curlies, but my hair is coarse and too dry to only use drugstore products. However, I get long use out of my shampoo and gel. I use any nonsulfate shampoo and my current one has lasted me 6 months and looks like it will make it to a year. I use KCCC as my styling product and that lasts 9 months at least, so it isn't expensive in the long run. I use olive oil when needed.

Conditioners are where most of my money goes. I buy Tresseme Naturals moisturizing conditioner to detangle, AOHR as my rinse out. I prefer Jessicurl.Too Shea as my leave in, but when I can't afford it, I by a brand at a health food store. All in all, these products are around $12-$15 a bottle and last about two months. However, I like the way my hair looks and feels, so it is worth it to me. As my hair gets healthier and the weather warms, my conditioners last a longer time.

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3b/c, medium-coarse, low porosity, high density
HG: Jessicurl Too Shea and Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Shampoo: nonsulfate shampoo and Suave Naturals sulfate shampoo when needed
I recently bought a very expensive gel - Ouidad Climate Control for $23 USD - and while I'm not "done" experimenting with it.... it actually disappoints compared to my home-made FSG, which costs me probably less than $2 USD to make per equivalent amount. The OCC isn't awful by any means, but for that expensive of a gel I really expected much more... at least to be better than my FSG.

If you're on a budget I would highly recommend making your own jellies - like FSG and Okra.
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal-high porosity shaft where bleached. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Poo: Earthbath Oatmeal & Aloe
RO: V05 Kiwi Lime
LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
Styler: UFD CM, CJ PP
PT: CJ Repair Me

hydrolized protein, jelly stylers
guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sulfates, jojoba oil
Neutral on cones.

iherb discount code: CFN646
Trader Joe's Peppermint Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner + flaxseeds from the bulk aisle of the supermarket to make FSG = about $4.50. If you want low-poo also, the TJ's Peppermint Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo will add another $4.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
I recently bought a very expensive gel - Ouidad Climate Control for $23 USD - and while I'm not "done" experimenting with it.... it actually disappoints compared to my home-made FSG, which costs me probably less than $2 USD to make per equivalent amount. The OCC isn't awful by any means, but for that expensive of a gel I really expected much more... at least to be better than my FSG.
Originally Posted by wavydaze
I know one year I shipped out a heap of Ouidad products, and while not awful - I wasnt overly impressed.

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