Product recommendations for an overwhelmed newbie?

Hello, I'm Sarah and I'm pretty new to the boards. Ive been reading them a lot but am posting now because there are SO many products and kinds of products out there and I have no idea what to use! I'm about to be a college student on a budget so I was hoping for some advice from you guys instead of spending tons of money experimenting

My hair stats:
-pretty sure I'm 3A, maybe some 2C in places
-low porosity
-high density
-medium width
-10 inches plus length
- i am currently growing my hair out from a straight haircut (I've straightened for the past 5 years) and I have bangs that don't look very good curly along with split ends.

Any advice would be much appreciated!! Preferably products that are under 10 dollars and available at drug stores. Thank you
It's very hard to make recommendations without experimentation. I would go to the Type 3 thread and read members' signatures to get an idea of popular products. Start out with cheaper products; you can possibly swap them (en masse) for something higher priced if you find they don't work.

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This might be a good starting point for you: Good Drugstore CG Friendly Products?
3B, fine, normal to low porosity
Modified CG since June 2010
HGs: FSG, anything with glycerin, Tresemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Like Us cloths, satin pillowcases.
Your hair sounds similar to mine...while I always feel like I have found my routine, it always ends up changing...but I would DEFINITELY recommend suave naturals coconut conditioner- it is the one I always go back to and it's like $1.50 and available everywhere! I find its best as a leave in conditioner though.
I also really like l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo and the conditioner for like once a week- which are reasonably priced.
Ive had good results with Generic Value Products conditioning balm from Sally's.
Using LA looks sports or wet look or nutra curl gel is good and cheap- if and only if you wait til totally dry before scrunching out the crunch! And sometimes I use Aussie catch the wave mousse on like halfway dry hair
I'm also a huge fan of doing an apple cider vinegar rinse about once a week and always drying my hair with a flour sack towel.

From my experience...my hair doesn't like a specific routine- so I rotate through these products regularly and find that's the best trick for my hair. It takes a lot of experimenting as amount used, specific points within your routine used, and application techniques make the world of difference...so I usually save all products I try even if they don't seem to work- because they might end up working if I play around with these aspects.

Hope this helps and I wish you luck


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!
Hair that freely borrows from 3a/ 3b texture schools. These are the things I use to care for it:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar rinses weekly
  • shampoos occasionally that do not contain sulfates
  • conditioners without silicones or proteins (or so I think- Keratin seems to do ok)
  • Flour sack towel
And I dont even know what else right now...thinking I may need to drop gels altogether...


Currently have Shea Moisture and DevaCurl products that I may just need to give up on and cut as a loss...
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3A

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Thanks so much guys. I will go to Walgreens tonight and get my first batch of products to experiment with!
Shea Moisture*Organic Curl & Shine Kit | Walgreens

shea moisture products are also well liked. You can pick up this kit at your local walgreens.

started CG on 6/25/12.
  • 2c with a strait underneath
  • normal elasticity on top, none on the underneath
  • Fine side of Normal
  • Thick hair
  • Poriosity is a mystery. I think its all over the place.
Ok...so I am definitely anticone...or have been for years at least. But I just found the most amazing and cheap product!!!! It isn't cone free, but I am thinking that acv rinsing more frequently might make the cones just help and not stay and damage? It is suave captivating curls whipped mousse...like $3...kind of hard to find...and must be used as per directions on the can. I am in love...granted its only day 1...but my routine this morning was suave naturals coconut conditioner ($1.50) and suave captivating curls mousse ($3) and my hair looks and feels wonderful!!! No dryness or frizzies in site after air drying- my curls are looser like waves...gonna try diffusing tomorrow and see if I get curlier results...


3a, s curly, fine hair that hates sulfates, silicones, and Proteins (except for keratin occasionally)!

Daily- suave naturals coconut conditioner as was out and leave-in
Devacurl be'leavein and archangel

Occasionally (1-2 times/week)
Shampoo- l'oreal eversleek reparative smoothing shampoo
Conditioners- GVP conditioning balm and Millcreek Botanicals jojoba conditioner
ACV
Hair that freely borrows from 3a/ 3b texture schools. These are the things I use to care for it:
  • Apple Cider Vinegar rinses weekly
  • shampoos occasionally that do not contain sulfates
  • conditioners without silicones or proteins (or so I think- Keratin seems to do ok)
  • Flour sack towel
And I dont even know what else right now...thinking I may need to drop gels altogether...


Currently have Shea Moisture and DevaCurl products that I may just need to give up on and cut as a loss...

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