Does price really matter?

Hard topic to search for, but after much trying, I finally gave up.

So I'm wondering, does price really make a difference in the effectiveness of a product? The reason I'm asking is because I notice a lot of people on here swear by drugstore products. So I'm wondering: Do they really work as well as more expensive products, or if you have the money, is it better to buy the higher end stuff? I mean, I have seriously coarse, thick, unruly hair, and I've always had issues with buying drugstore products... It's just hard for me to believe that they really can work (on my hair). I guess when it comes to things like gels though, I'm not as opposed, but as far as conditioner goes, I'll spend whatever if it's going to work.

Any who, I'm really curious as to what you guys think, as I just started this CG routine 2 weeks ago, and it's pretty much killing me! I need moisture and It seems as if the only recs I can find on here for conditioner fall in the drugstore section... Plus, it's freaking hard to find a high end (or any, for that matter) conditioner without the cones!

Thanks in advance for any input!
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My hair really likes the more natural products. I made the switch last September. All my previous winters, my hair was wavy. It looked like my signature despite the dry, cold winter we had this year. While natural does equal expensive, they generally are because the ingredients are usually more. For me, I think you get what you pay for. Gel would be the only exception, IMHO.
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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Marie Dean Leave Ins and Curl Creams
I have lots of drugstore products that I can use but I find higher end CG prodcuts do make my hair look better. I find that KCCC is better than LOOB, Kenra is better than LVPNG and CJ Assurance is better than most of what I`ve used.

For gels, it`s a toss-up for me between high end and drugstore as I really love HESMU - many find it incredibly drying.

Like kathymack, I`m finding my hair looks better with more natural products which can be more expensive. Like AfroDetangler, it`s $49 but it`s a half gallon so probably makes it comparable to a drugstore product in price.

What I don`t find necessarily better are salon products. Most of them have cones and sulphates so I haven`t tried them since CG.
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I have found, through trial and error, that yeah, usually the pricier stuff works better on MY hair. It is totally depressing for my wallet, lol, but my hair looks fab, so I'll plunk down the $$ because to me, it's worth it.

Some women are blessed with hair that likes cheaper products over the pricier stuff. I think it's sort of a personal thing, meaning that everybody's hair is different and some people get great results with cheap stuff. I happen to not be one of those people. Hence my $25 hair gel habit.
Medium texture, normal-high porosity, wavy-curly 2c to 3a-ish hair that is MOISTURE HUNGRY!!!
Currently recovering from a protein hair crisis. My hair hates protein, apparently.

I think there's some really good cheap products out there. They are like a needle in the haystack, though.
The Suave and VO5 conditioners, to me, provide the best CO washes. I just love Creme of Nature shampoos, and they are cheap at Sally's. I like Garnier Fructis leave-in conditioner and DT(although they aren't CG).
Other than that, I have to admit the expensive stuff seems to work better.
I'm not a gel person, but the only gel I can get to kind of work for me is expensive (although now discontinued...luckily, I have a few of them). Many people swear by the Herbal Essences gels, which are cheap.

It's all trial and error.
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This is very subjective clilly. I can't say that I love any of my drugstore stuff more then some of the pricer stuff. The exception being Natural Products that have better ingredients in them. I keep wanting to go more in that direction because it's better for our hair to use less synthetic ingredients. Not using Sulphates though is a huge plus in making your hair healthier. I have to use both drugstore and natural products because I can't take the oils on a regular basis from the natural. The bottom line is, check ingredients. I've seen Salon "quality" products that have more junk in them then a drugstore product & certainly more then something you can find at your Health food store.
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CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
GVP Conditioning Balm is a perfect example of something inexpensive (5.99 a bottle) but feels expensive. Probably because it is a generic of super expensive Biolage conditioning balm .

Going CG is definitely an economy stimulator. I have spent tons of money on hair products since I started. I may be trying to buy less expensive products but because I am buying so many of them, it adds up.
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: BB's FSG, Re:Coil, CJCCC, BRHG
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GVP Conditioning Balm is a perfect example of something inexpensive (5.99 a bottle) but feels expensive. Probably because it is a generic of super expensive Biolage conditioning balm .

Going CG is definitely an economy stimulator. I have spent tons of money on hair products since I started. I may be trying to buy less expensive products but because I am buying so many of them, it adds up.
Originally Posted by Nylorac
This is true.....I definitely spend more on products now then I ever did This Winter was a whole new learning experience for me. When I first went CG I was using DEVA exclusively & it worked for a while. Unfortunately not having the knowledge of texture/porosity back then I had no idea that so many of the ingreds. in Deva would give me problems without a Low Poo.....I had to re-learn what being CG was in relation to my own hair type and that has been expensive. On top of that wanting to use all natural products but the products not always liking ME....Ugh.......

I'm still on a quest to find the perfect conditioner too
Discovered CG 2007

2C Fia BSL/Thick/Med-Coarse/Low(crown)-Normal Porosity Protein and Oil Sensitive

Link-Spritz & Condish Washing

I'm aCurlJunkieJunky

My hair LOVES Coconut DESPISES Soap Bars


CJRehab or H&B Fix, Deva NO POO, EO Rose & Cham POO & Condish, CJ CurlFix, CJ Pattern Pusha, CJ CIAB, SS FHG, KCCC, BRHG, AG Mousse Gel, ACV Rinses,Shikakai Conditioning Hair Rinse.
GVP Conditioning Balm is a perfect example of something inexpensive (5.99 a bottle) but feels expensive. Probably because it is a generic of super expensive Biolage conditioning balm .

Going CG is definitely an economy stimulator. I have spent tons of money on hair products since I started. I may be trying to buy less expensive products but because I am buying so many of them, it adds up.
Originally Posted by Nylorac
Yes, it makes you wonder who is really behind the CG method... haha, jk.

Thanks for all the input, and I think, that the common underlying tone to all the responses is that it's more about what's in the product as opposed to price.. and it just happens that the better stuff is often in the higher priced stuff.
I've always avoided salon products such as redken, because to me, they are no different then your typical drugstore products... I've always leaned more towards MOP, Aveda, etc... However, I did have (and am currently recovering from) a serious addiction to kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax, it was truly the ultimate HG (imo). Stupid silicones...
Could anyone recommend a natural (extra) DT moisturizing treatment for coarse hair?
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Foe me, in general, the stuff that works best for me are moderate to higher priced.

But, my KCCC that is expensive to buy lasts for ages, so the price per use is actually pretty low.

But, one my favorite products is my protein treatment which is inexpensive chemical goodness that I buy from Sallys. My winter curl cream is cheap chemical goodness.

My conditioners are moderately priced and run more towards the natural side.

That being said, some curlies do quite well on all drugstore products. It just depends on the individual.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

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GVP Conditioning Balm is a perfect example of something inexpensive (5.99 a bottle) but feels expensive. Probably because it is a generic of super expensive Biolage conditioning balm .

Going CG is definitely an economy stimulator. I have spent tons of money on hair products since I started. I may be trying to buy less expensive products but because I am buying so many of them, it adds up.
Originally Posted by Nylorac
Yes, it makes you wonder who is really behind the CG method... haha, jk.

Thanks for all the input, and I think, that the common underlying tone to all the responses is that it's more about what's in the product as opposed to price.. and it just happens that the better stuff is often in the higher priced stuff.
I've always avoided salon products such as redken, because to me, they are no different then your typical drugstore products... I've always leaned more towards MOP, Aveda, etc... However, I did have (and am currently recovering from) a serious addiction to kerastase Serum Oleo-Relax, it was truly the ultimate HG (imo). Stupid silicones...
Could anyone recommend a natural (extra) DT moisturizing treatment for coarse hair?
Originally Posted by clily
There are three that I would rec.

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose and White Camellia conditioners, and Curl Junkie Curl Rehab treatment.

As you are a coarse curly, I rec those since they are at the lower protein end of things and rich.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
does price really make a difference in the effectiveness of a product?
I've had really crappy high price items & really awesome low price items.
[quote=clily;981265]
Could anyone recommend a natural (extra) DT moisturizing treatment for coarse hair?
Originally Posted by Nylorac

I would highly recommend a homemade avocado hair mask- it is a fab DT treatment for my coarse hair and I find it far easier to wash out than any oil I have used in the past.

Here's my recipe and I tend to leave it on for about 30 minutes.
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[QUOTE=thegreendiva;981913]
Could anyone recommend a natural (extra) DT moisturizing treatment for coarse hair?
Originally Posted by Nylorac

I would highly recommend a homemade avocado hair mask- it is a fab DT treatment for my coarse hair and I find it far easier to wash out than any oil I have used in the past.

Here's my recipe and I tend to leave it on for about 30 minutes.
Originally Posted by clily
omg, I'm trying this one today. I got a bunch of avocados in my door-to-door organic box this weekend and this will be perfect! I too have a hard time with the homemade oil base treatments, but this sounds great. Thanks! (I love your blog too)

Redcelticcurls:
Thanks for the recs, I've been eyeing the AOHR conditioner, but instead bought the swimmers one last week... I guess I was thinking it would balance out my super hard water, ha.. then I realized it was more of a protein conditioner. I'm going to run out and get this one as well today. geeezzz, so much for promising to myself NOT to become a PJ...
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does price really make a difference in the effectiveness of a product?
I've had really crappy high price items & really awesome low price items.
Originally Posted by lazy loops

Good point. While most of my routine runs to the moderate to higher range, I have used high end stuff that just didn't work for me.

To this day, I still cannot figure out why that Deva deep treatment left my hair feeling soooo dry. It didn't have anything that I recognize as something that usually bothers me. Live and learn I guess.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.

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