What's the most you would pay...

Shampoo: It really depends. I do use it once a week (with my job, believe me when I say I feel I need it), and because of that I feel ike I should spend more on something that WON'T destroy my hair...but I'd rather spend more on other things. So I'd say about $5.00, but it may increase to $12.00-ish, because I might get some of KC's "Come Clean".

Conditioner-CO washing--I'm good with the cheap stuff. Again, $5.00 tops, and I'd prefer if that got me several bottles--yay suave and V05.

Conditioner-Second C--here's where I get pricy. The most I'll pay NOW is about $15. It used to be a lot higher, believe me, but the products that work the best as rinse-outs are around that price or so--Aubrey Organics is awesome.

Leave-in: I use one on top of left in conditioner to bulk up the effect. Again, probably $15 for a re-buy--I'm ashamed to admit, I'll try almost anything once, within reason. So for new, $25 makes me cringe, but I'd spend it, $30 maybe.

Stylers: If KCCC is any hint, around $30 as well--but I'm easily enabed, and I'd probably go higher.

All in all, I do have a set routine that could cost me about $100 dollers or less every four or five months or so, I think, but because I have the enabling resistance of a half-starved monkey looking at a banana, I go nuts.
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Leave-in: KBB Hair Milk, Lustrasilk SBM, KCKT, assort. conditioners.
Stylers: KCCC, Boots Curl Creme, JCRR, CK, CHS Gel, L.A. Looks Sport Gel
DT: Lustrasilk SBM, SMT, KBB Luscious Locks, H&P Damaged hair formulation
Extras: Coconut oil, olive oil, shea
butter
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Interesting question. It depends. I've certainly spent a lot of money on my other obsessions so I'm not sure why this one would be different

I just did the sample order thing from kathymack so am looking forward to getting some of them. I prefer cheaper but I am willing to pay a bit more if a product works really well for me.

At my work I head up a department so it is pretty vital that I have a professional appearance--so if something really worked well and contributed to said professional appearance I wouldn't consider it so different than a suit or whatever.

I can say when I first started CG there were at least 3 days I almost didn't go to work--my hair looked disgusting. Since its so short I can't really put it back. I just avoided everyone that day and pretty much stuck to my office (door closed) Yeahhh that worked out pretty good for me

So if that product that just rocked my curls cost $35--I'd certainly give it a go and figure out a way to pay it I guess.

Right now I'm at about $4 for shampoo (except the awful Deva low poo I just paid $18 for and can't seem to get rid of on the swap board!)

$12 or so for conditioner and DT
$20 for product of one sort or another (gel, mousse, etc)
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I'd pay pretty much anything - I don't mind. I think my most expensive is about 21.
If it gives me multiple-day hair, I'd pay more!
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Well I pay about $48 for a 32oz One C plus shipping. when it comes I'll use it as a cowash, rinse out and leave-in, maybe a dt too. That's pretty versatile so I'm fine with that.
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I don't really care how much products cost if they work.

Many of us spend a lot of money trying different products, and when you factor in shipping costs nothing is really cheap anymore. I typically order several things at a time to justify the shipping charges, getting ripped off on shipping pisses me off just on principle. The price of the product itself only matters to me if it's unusually high for a really small amount - or usage requires a lot of product and it's gone quickly (like 4oz for $24 and it takes an ounce to do your hair one time).

I think the only other thing that would factor into whether or not I would pay the price for a product is if the ingredients don't warrant the price tag. Like this one http://www.johnmasters.com/ingredients_ss.htm
$16.50 for a bottle distilled water, sea salt, and lavender oil isn't quite right IMO.

All that being said, I'll easily pay $30 or more for a bottle of whatever if I like it.
Originally Posted by AprilnUtah
I agree with this, completely sucks.. most the time I end up paying more for shipping then the actual value of the product, so i have to take that into account.

I tend to look at products for value per usage, or example i will buy a jessicurl too shea which RRP: approx. $24 (i got my half price!! woo!!) will last me anywhere between 2-4months; ok so lets say it last 3 months, that's $8 a month, $2 a week or approx $0.30 a day so IMO in the long run it's reasonable.

IMO a product that sits on my self collecting dust no mattter what the RRP, is expensive.
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For co-washes, I'm happy with certain Vo5 and Suave conditioners. There's only a few of these that don't leave a nasty coating on my hair so I'm limited on the ones I'll buy, but I can't see buying something more expensive just for co-washing when these work just fine.

BUT if I really LOVE a product and what it does for my hair, then I don't think I have too much of a limit. I have the Innersense Shampoo & Conditioner (rinse-out) for color treated hair and love them both - they're over $20 each; in fact, I think the conditioner is $25 - doesn't bother me at all to pay that price and won't bother me to pay it again when I run out because my hair and I LOVE them - we're worth it.
Originally Posted by msgiblet
I think we were separated at birth.

To answer the question - I have not found my limit yet.
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For co-washes, I'm happy with certain Vo5 and Suave conditioners. There's only a few of these that don't leave a nasty coating on my hair so I'm limited on the ones I'll buy, but I can't see buying something more expensive just for co-washing when these work just fine.

BUT if I really LOVE a product and what it does for my hair, then I don't think I have too much of a limit. I have the Innersense Shampoo & Conditioner (rinse-out) for color treated hair and love them both - they're over $20 each; in fact, I think the conditioner is $25 - doesn't bother me at all to pay that price and won't bother me to pay it again when I run out because my hair and I LOVE them - we're worth it.
Originally Posted by msgiblet
I think we were separated at birth.

To answer the question - I have not found my limit yet.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
lol. Good answer, good answer What she said!
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Okay, now I feel like I have to qualify what I said on the other thread heh.

$15 bucks for 8oz of conditioner is what I WANT to spend. And since I'm seriously trying to control the PJ, its been an unoffical limit. I have purchased the Kenra liter for $30, because I feel like that is a good product I know I like. And really, if I have a liter of a conditioner I like, do I really need to go buy BB's smoothie because I think it might be better?

HOWEVER, since there are NO smaller sizes, I am not willing to spend $20 on something that I'm NOT sure if I will like. I am ALL about the sample sizes.

What I should do is start utilizing the swap boards. I have a liter of EO and a 750ml of TIGI MM . Both of which I might not have tried, but got them cheap, so I decided to go for it. And of course, I didn't like them, so now I'm really glad I didn't pay full retail for them.

So, yes. I know I've got all sorts of weird conditions to this now, but I refuse to pay a LOT for a product, unless I've tried it. Does that make sense? I refuse to use drug-store foundation. however when searching for a new hoity-toity foundation, I can go to the different counters, try it on and see what color I like.

So, if I KNOW it works (that being the operator here), then who knows how much I will pay for it. And like several others said, I'm big about holding an order so I can save on shipping. There are several companies that I wait until they have their cheap ship promo *cough curlmart cough*

Oh for example. If BB had a "sample pack" for $20, i'd buy that in a heartbeat. cause I could try several products (cause I know I'm not going to like all of them), use up the ones I want, and then spend more money on the bigger size.

And honestly, I will probably eventually end up ordering her conditioner. Though I do think its a little on the expensive side. And CJ's loo-poo. And CJ's curl styling water. And whatever else I think is going to magically make my hair perfect. Though I SoOOoOOOOooOOOOOOOOooooo try to resist.
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lol. Yer really irked by this huh?

OK. well, i dont shampoo so thats out.

For a co wash I wouldnt pay more than a few bucks.

For a rinse out I would likely go as high as, say 12?

For stylers I would go as high as 30 if it were Super Sized (like KCCC).

** I reserve the right to break all aforementioned limitations.
Originally Posted by rudeechick
I pretty much agree with this, although I might go a little more for a good rinse-out conditioner if it was a pretty big bottle. ETA: nowadays, it would need to come very highly recommended and be very widely loved because I've found cheaper conditioners that I'm happy with.

$30, including shipping, is the most I've gone so far for a styler, and except for the most recent, it's usually been money well spent on good-sized containers.
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Current Main Rotation: MG217 medicated or Aim2Health 'poos for scalp, YTCarrots or Elucence cond., Spiral Solutions Protein & Deeply Decadent Cond., CJCCCC reg or lite, KCCC, Giovanni LA Hold Hair Spritz + lots more, sporadically

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I'm with the cheapies, I guess!

I spend about $6 on my lo-poo (I share w/ DD)

$1.25 on co-wash

$5 on conditioner

$6 on curl creme for those extra frizzy summer days (this lasts me several months)

$10 on a huge bottle of gel
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Shampoos - I pay $7 for a bar of Theraneem soap that is pretty long lasting.
Conditioners - as much as $17 per 8 oz. I pay the most for conditioners. They are my hair's sweet spot.
Stylers - KCCC is the most expensive ($30) but also lasts a long time.
Everything else is pretty reasonably priced: $10 or less
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For the last few years I've spent --
Cowash/conditioner - around $1 for 15/22 oz VO5/Suave
Gel - less than $3 for 20-26 oz. LA Looks Sport
Ojon Restorative treatment - around $40 including shipping for a huge 5 oz tub that can last way over a year so it ends up about the same per month as my other products.

I love all the products I use so there really isn't any reason to spend more, but I will splurge once in awhile just to try something new, but usually won't spend more than $10-$20 for a large size bottle of conditioner or gel.
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I'm pretty much on the cheap end too.

Conditioner
- $22 for 16 oz of Robert Craig's Conditioner (concentrated and lasts forever, worth it!)

Shampoo - $18 for 16 oz of RC's Shampoo for Hard Water (use as a clarifier, concentrated, lasts forever)

Stylers - $42 for 1 ltr of CHS CK (it's gone up since I ordered last year!) still have about 1/3 ltr left
$3 for Suave gel (discontinued)
$6 for the Bioterra gel from Sally's I just got

Haircolor - $10 for Color by Robert Craig every 4-5 wks (worth every penny!!!)

Still looking for a good low poo. Using Jessicurl's HCC for now, but maybe will try GLS or other brand.

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I have enough ingredients issues that I would pay whatever for what works.

I do live on KCCC, and many find it expensive at $30 a tub. But, I do get a few months out of it.

I've tried cheaper, but my hair is snobby. So, if it works, I don't care what it costs.

My most expensive product usage-wise is probably KCKT. I've gone through a bottle in a week, although 2 is more the norm, and it's not cheap. I've found nothing that is comparable for me though.

Good thing I'm single with no dependent children, lol.
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I have enough ingredients issues that I would pay whatever for what works.

I do live on KCCC, and many find it expensive at $30 a tub. But, I do get a few months out of it.

I've tried cheaper, but my hair is snobby. So, if it works, I don't care what it costs.

My most expensive product usage-wise is probably KCKT. I've gone through a bottle in a week, although 2 is more the norm, and it's not cheap. I've found nothing that is comparable for me though.

Good thing I'm single with no dependent children, lol.
Originally Posted by redcelticcurls
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For co-washes, I'm happy with certain Vo5 and Suave conditioners. There's only a few of these that don't leave a nasty coating on my hair so I'm limited on the ones I'll buy, but I can't see buying something more expensive just for co-washing when these work just fine.

BUT if I really LOVE a product and what it does for my hair, then I don't think I have too much of a limit. I have the Innersense Shampoo & Conditioner (rinse-out) for color treated hair and love them both - they're over $20 each; in fact, I think the conditioner is $25 - doesn't bother me at all to pay that price and won't bother me to pay it again when I run out because my hair and I LOVE them - we're worth it.
Originally Posted by msgiblet
I think we were separated at birth.

To answer the question - I have not found my limit yet.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I agree with both of these posts!

I use cheapo VO5 condishes for co-washing and a light summer leave-in. I make my own FSG - cheap. I use a light-hold gel from the drugstore - cheap.

On the other side of the spectrum I have KCCC - not cheap. I use CJ CALI - not cheap.

I have many ingredient sensitivities which makes it difficult to find products that won't freak my hair out, so I do NOT set a limit on the cost of a product if it works.
For co-washes, I'm happy with certain Vo5 and Suave conditioners. There's only a few of these that don't leave a nasty coating on my hair so I'm limited on the ones I'll buy, but I can't see buying something more expensive just for co-washing when these work just fine.

BUT if I really LOVE a product and what it does for my hair, then I don't think I have too much of a limit. I have the Innersense Shampoo & Conditioner (rinse-out) for color treated hair and love them both - they're over $20 each; in fact, I think the conditioner is $25 - doesn't bother me at all to pay that price and won't bother me to pay it again when I run out because my hair and I LOVE them - we're worth it.
Originally Posted by msgiblet
I think we were separated at birth.

To answer the question - I have not found my limit yet.
Originally Posted by xcptnl
I agree with both of these posts!

I use cheapo VO5 condishes for co-washing and a light summer leave-in. I make my own FSG - cheap. I use a light-hold gel from the drugstore - cheap.

On the other side of the spectrum I have KCCC - not cheap. I use CJ CALI - not cheap.

I have many ingredient sensitivities which makes it difficult to find products that won't freak my hair out, so I do NOT set a limit on the cost of a product if it works.
Originally Posted by misspam
Yes, my hair sister, I hear you on that one.

If the miracle product costs $30, oh well.

I did get lucky with the Lustrasilk though!
Kiva! Microfinance works.

Med/Coarse, porous curly.
I don't mind spending a bit more (up to 25 USD/product) as long as the products:

1. give me great results
2. have good ingredients
3. don't run the risk of going bad easily
4. and if shipping costs are reasonable!

Having said this, I am much more likely to buy products that costs under 16 USD. Anywhere above that the product has to really interest me and have gotten rave reviews for me to try it.
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DT: CJ Curl Rehab.
Styling: CJ CCCC-lite, Komaza Coconut Lotion, Komaza Coconut Pudding, BRHG, MGA SRSG.
Tools: curlease towel, wide toothed plastic comb, Braun Satin Pro Diffuser.
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I've really found that the peak of my spending came when I was frustrated and desperate beyond belief. I was trying anything and everything and didn't care about getting hooked on something expensive if it worked. I had very little foresight.

Now that I've settled on things I am happy to repurchase, the spending has gone way down, even if the actual products are on the pricey side.

Low-poo: $3 for a nice sized bottle, and it lasts forever because I'll use it at most once every couple weeks.

Co-wash: I am perfectly content with Suave so $1.50 for the family size. I use a lot, so there's no reason to try anything expensive.

Conditioners (rinse out): I am willing to spend a bit more here, because moisture is my weak point. I've paid about $12 for AO conditioners, but now I use a drugstore condish I like that's $5 for a huge pump bottle (I mean HUGE).

DTs: I used to pay a lot here, up to $25. Now, I just amp up any decent conditioner with honey and am just fine. Said condish will run about 4-13 dollars.

Leave-ins: I reorder Elucence, but I love it and get the $20 liter when curlmart is having a sale. The shipping is bad, but I love it and curlmart offers the liter the cheapest online.

Styling: I've spent up to $30, but I found what I like at the 4-15 dollar range. I like Boots, and shipping is nasty, but I can get a lot at once since the product itself is cheap.
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Well I pay about $48 for a 32oz One C plus shipping. when it comes I'll use it as a cowash, rinse out and leave-in, maybe a dt too. That's pretty versatile so I'm fine with that.
Originally Posted by AlannahAngel
I started buying all my fave condish in 32oz sizes because it's a much better value. Sure the floor of my shower is getting crowded but I'm saving money I don't really have limits on how much I'll spend but I've been much better on using up existing products or swapping them before I buy new ones. And I'll wait for a sale or free shipping deal.
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