Drugstore products and honey - cheap and cute!

I've pretty mopey about my hair - a recent breakup and a bad haircut did *not* help. But tonight I think I may have found a styling routine that works for me. And it's cheap!

1) A dime-sized blob of Whole Foods brand conditioner (seems to be CG and only $3 a bottle) and a drop of honey. Rubbed in my hands, scrunched, raked, and combed through right side up and then upside down. I like a lot of product distribution!
2) A dime sized blob of FX fixative gel (maybe $4 a bottle?). Applied as above. Kind of twisted my hair into a very short ponytail on my head (bad haircut is layered to mid-cheekbone, so not much to twist). Let fall naturally and did a little bit of finger twisting in big clumps. I like of the clumps.
3) Diffused about 70% dry. Mainly because it's close to bedtime and I didn't want to sleep on a wet head.

Results so far: Shiny, heavy, clumpy curls. Almost no frizz. Even bad haircut looks kind of cute. I don't expect it to hold up when I sleep on it tonight, but if it does you'll hear from me again in the morning!

Thanks so much to everyone for posting all of the tricks and tips and products recs. I am very excited at the prospect of a routine that is inexpensive *and* effective, even if it doesn't meet my dream of only one product (I know, silly me).

Interested to hear who else has a cheap routine (whoops - does that sound like I'm a stripper or what?).

-Porosity an ongoing mystery, fine texture
-Hair likes: light conditioners and light protein, light cones
-Hair dislikes: oils, heavy conditioners, and glycerin

-Co-wash/conditioner: Elucence Moisture
-DPT (rarely): Ion Effective Care
-Styling products: Elucence as a leave-in and (cone alert) Giovanni Frizz Be Gone
It's good to see that you've found a routine that works!

I try to make sure all my routines are cheap.

Right now I co-wash with Suave Naturals Coconut but I'll use any of them or V05 or White Rain. I can usually find these for a dollar.

For conditioner I use the generic version of Biolage Matrix Conditioning Balm.

For stylers usually HETT mousse and HESMU gel, which I can find for around four dollars. I just bought the FX fixative gel (curl booster in gold bottle), that was about five, but I am not sure how I like it.

I rake those in and scrunch but I am experimenting with scrunching and plopping. I air dry after.
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG
My routine is similar. I co-wash, condition, put in about a tablespoon of the conditioning balm and a pea size amount of HEBE and air dry. Two of my condishes aren't exactly cheap, but one I need for the tea tree oil and one just smells really good and has protein, which my hair seems to be enjoying now. I think I've found all my HGs.
Started CG July 8, 2008


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Pre Co-wash: Coconut oil (plain & rosemary)
Co-wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle or Trader Joe's Nourish Spa
Rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm
Leave-in/Styling: Moisture Maniac with Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner on top
Cheap HGs - hurrah!

I seem to have pretty decent slept-on next day hair. It's still damp, but little frizz and lots of curls. This...could...work!
-Porosity an ongoing mystery, fine texture
-Hair likes: light conditioners and light protein, light cones
-Hair dislikes: oils, heavy conditioners, and glycerin

-Co-wash/conditioner: Elucence Moisture
-DPT (rarely): Ion Effective Care
-Styling products: Elucence as a leave-in and (cone alert) Giovanni Frizz Be Gone
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Where did you find the FX?
Where did you find the FX?
Originally Posted by ninja dog
I got mine at Walgreens.

http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...&id=prod879252

I think that's the one the OP meant?
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG
My routine I've been using for the last two months (maybe a little longer now - I'm not sure!) is very cheap, really easy, and makes my hair look awesome without fail.

I shampoo with a South of France Acai Pomegranate bar (I get them at my local heath food store, but the one I have isn't even 1/4 gone yet - triple milled soaps last forEVER!). These ones come in 8.8 oz bars (huge by soap standards), and this particular one smells like a giant Pez. *lol* Also, it doesn't seem to leave any squeaky buildup that needs vinegar to get rid of.

Then I condition with L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss for medium to long hair that's curly/wavy. It's CG (check the label and make sure it doesn't have amodimethicone if that worries you). It's thick, rich, and detangles like a dream - even better than cone laden conditioners do for me.

Then, the one and only styling product I need right now is homemade flaxseed gel with sweet orange EO. It gives me just the barest amount of hold and crunch, but makes my curls lush, shiny, clumpy, and frizz-free. If I feel like it, I might SOTC with some of my homemade humectant hair butter, but it's not necessary. And let me tell you, it's great to have such a simple and minimal routine when you're traveling! This was a dream over Christmas!
BB


http://www.BotticelliBotanicals.etsy.com
BSL/Mid Back, thick 3a/b

Botticelli Botanicals Meringue
Botticelli Botanicals Smoothie
Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd w/ double avocado oil and double agave
Botticelli Botanicals Lime in the Coconut Butter
Hmmm. I have a soap bar I haven't tried yet... Interesting about just using the gel - I think I may try just the honey and the gel, since my hair now seems just a touch greasy (leave-ins are tricky for me). It looks good though. I should try making the flaxseed gel, though I am not very handy. Any of you don't happen to have a link to the recipe?

Curious about that and the Nutri Gloss. Will pick it up when my Whole Foods condish is gone. Trying not to keep buying, trying...
-Porosity an ongoing mystery, fine texture
-Hair likes: light conditioners and light protein, light cones
-Hair dislikes: oils, heavy conditioners, and glycerin

-Co-wash/conditioner: Elucence Moisture
-DPT (rarely): Ion Effective Care
-Styling products: Elucence as a leave-in and (cone alert) Giovanni Frizz Be Gone
My routine I've been using for the last two months (maybe a little longer now - I'm not sure!) is very cheap, really easy, and makes my hair look awesome without fail.

I shampoo with a South of France Acai Pomegranate bar (I get them at my local heath food store, but the one I have isn't even 1/4 gone yet - triple milled soaps last forEVER!). These ones come in 8.8 oz bars (huge by soap standards), and this particular one smells like a giant Pez. *lol* Also, it doesn't seem to leave any squeaky buildup that needs vinegar to get rid of.

Then I condition with L'oreal Vive Pro Nutri Gloss for medium to long hair that's curly/wavy. It's CG (check the label and make sure it doesn't have amodimethicone if that worries you). It's thick, rich, and detangles like a dream - even better than cone laden conditioners do for me.

Then, the one and only styling product I need right now is homemade flaxseed gel with sweet orange EO. It gives me just the barest amount of hold and crunch, but makes my curls lush, shiny, clumpy, and frizz-free. If I feel like it, I might SOTC with some of my homemade humectant hair butter, but it's not necessary. And let me tell you, it's great to have such a simple and minimal routine when you're traveling! This was a dream over Christmas!
Originally Posted by BotticelliBabe
Do you have a recipe for that flax seed gel?
3b | low-normal porosity (still confused, definitely not high porosity) | med to coarse texture

Co-Wash: most any silicone free V05 or Suave | RO: GVP Cond. Balm, GVP Joico K Pak, Tresemme Naturals Moisutrizing Cond., SheaMoisture Shea Butter Restorative Cond. | LI: one of my rinse outs | DT: one of my rinse outs with oil | Stylers: BRHG
Here's the link:
No-fail flax seed gel - I finally did it...TWICE!
2C wavy with some spirals. CG since April 07. Medium texture and porosity.
COs: Yes to Cucumbers
Stylers: Krystal Ecostyler, KCCC,


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