Inexpensive, unfussy routine?

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  • 1 Post By Blueblood
  • 1 Post By jeepcurlygurl

I realize we all have different hair behavior wise, but I wonder if there's a rough, simplified approach to a routine for curly hair that doesn't take much obsessing and delivers basically healthy results. In other words it's not necessarily a perfect routine on an individual level, but it's a good common denominator routine.

What would be your minimum (cost and effort wise) routine for maximum results?
It was only a sunny smile and little it cost in the giving but like morning light it scattered the night and made the day worth living. - F. Scott Fitzgerald

3B ■ Medium/Course ■ High Porosity
1. One good conditioner without silicones
2. One good alcohol free gel.
3. A silk scarf

Though in reality because I've been experimenting over the past 8 months or so I have lots of different gels, oils, shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins.....
yestheyrereal likes this.
For roughly $5 you could get started with a very decent, basic routine using VO5 Herbal Essences Kiwi-Lime Squeeze Conditioner to cleanse, rinse out/detangle, and leave in; and LA Looks Sports Gel.
Peace,
Morgan

Baby Fine 3B, low porosity, normal density and elasticity
CGing since July 2008
One conditioner to wash
One conditioner to leave in and curling creme
wash and go

cost is 4 bucks, 8 bucks and 10 bucks...under 25 dollars and less than fifteen minutes to do
coily ~ kinky ~ fine ~ 4 ~ no-poo
Desert Essence Coconut & PC Hyrdrating Conditioner
Desert Essence Curling Creme & Druide Styling Gel
for me

conditioner for cowashing and LI
coconut oil
styling creme
PT
DT
ETA: Yanno, I didn't even think about PTs and DTs. So they are added to the list. Xp
Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.

Last edited by Zeldahime; 03-26-2014 at 07:32 PM. Reason: hmmmm...
A clarifying shampoo: suave ($2) used once a month. Will last forever.
Condition/cowash: suave tropical coconut ($2) used once a week
Deep condition: eden body works ($ weekly
Leave in: as I am ($9) as needed
Gel: ($2) weekly
My routine is under $25 & budget friendly.
For me it would be Eden Bodyworks products, their shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, leave in and pudding souffle are all under $10 and also flaxseed gel.
V05 Clarifying shampoo less than $1
Nourish Conditoner $3
LALSG $2
Silk scarf using material from Joann's $3
Coconut oil Walmart $6
Air drying FREE

3b, Medium-Coarse (slight coarse charactericstics), Normal porosity & Low elasticity per Curl Wizard Profile.
Low-poo: Nourish Shampoo
Co-wash: Suave, Vo5, HE, Aussie Moist
Deep Conditioner: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in: Nourish Conditioner (Trader Joe's)
Stylers: LA Looks Sports, Coconut Oil, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil.
Methods: Wet plop or pineapple at night, diffuse in the morning. Scrunch w/joboba, coconut or almond oil.
I'm new to this but I'd say Nature's Gate Tea Tree Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner, coconut oil, and make your own flaxseed gel. The homemade flaxseed gel is the only gel I've used in my life that leaves my hair soft and not crunchy at all and it defines all the curls. You make it with water and flaxseeds and you can even re-use the seeds.
My routine has been the same for about 10 years and is simple and very inexpensive.
Suave Coconut Conditioner $1 (large bottle lasts me about a month)
LA Looks Sport Gel $2.50 (large bottle lasts a few months)
Turbie Twist terrycloth turban towel $4 (lasts for years)
pancake style diffuser (Windmere Curly Top, Conair Curl Dazzler) $25 (lasts for decades)
I occasionally add honey, vinegar, oils into the routine, none of it expensive.
DaniGirl88 likes this.
In Western PA
Found NC in 2004. CG since 2-05, going grey since 9-05. 3B with some 3A.
Hair texture-medium/fine, porosity-normal except for the ends which are porous, elasticity-normal.
Suave & VO5 cond, LA Looks Sport Gel, oils, honey, vinegar.
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Last edited by jeepcurlygurl; 03-27-2014 at 02:32 PM.
cleanse: Giovanni 2chic BK&AO shampoo (the most expensive item)
condition: Cure Care or Suave Naturals Coconut or Nature's Gate Herbal
style: flax seed gel (home-made)

pt: IAgirl's gelatine PT
add-on: CNPF

^I have fine, low-porosity hair. It loves protein. This would be a simple and protein-heavy routine, suitable for fine, low-po hair.
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal porosity shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Seaweed Bath Co. Unscented shampoo
Cowash: Cure Care
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine, CJ Repair Me

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

iherb discount code: CFN646

Last edited by wavydaze; 03-31-2014 at 09:01 PM.
This is a great thread idea actually!
2bc/ f / ii. low porosity roots + normal porosity shaft. normal elasticity.

Currently using:
Low-poo: Seaweed Bath Co. Unscented shampoo
Cowash: Cure Care
RO: Cure Care, V05 KL, G SAS
Styler: UFD CM (old formula), FSG + CNPF, DE Shine & Refine, AB Strong Hold gel, SM C&S milk
PT: IAgirl's gelatine, CJ Repair Me

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

iherb discount code: CFN646

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