New to CG and on a BUDGET!

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Is there any suggestions of items TRIED that are budget friendly?
Thank you! I obviously would like to be silicone and sulfate free

A very moisturizing conditioner is what I need!

I'd also need a gel that isn't sticky! So that it allows for some twisting while the hair is wet! I used to use the plain old suave gel which was awesome but I believe it has cones? It was very much reactivaged by water which was awesome for second day hair and touch ups! I'd like to fid something like this that is cone free!


I know there are probably tons of these posts but any tips would help!
New to CG and on a BUDGET!-image.jpg

This is my hair....not sure what type it would be considered.
Welcome! Is that a wash, no manipulation and drip dry photo? You look to be a 3a, great definition starting.

There are plenty of drugstore/ budget products in regular use, which you choose depends on your hair properties and dew points/ humidity. See the stickies and the Live Curly Live Free website for an explanation of this. There is also a frizz forecast app on the main site.
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What do you mean by moisturising, that means different things to different people? Do you want rich or heavy, more shine, definition, clumping, softness, slip or detangling? Oftentimes dry or porous hair qactually needs mess water (=moisture) not more, it actually needs more elasticity, reduced porosity, not to absorb water on a humid day and go frizzy.

Stickiness of commercial gels is largely what they do, they are less sticky if you apply less or to much wetter hair. Some of the humectant rich gels are more slippy but they are totally unsuitable for certain hair properties or in certain dews.

An alternative is to use a film forming jelly like flaxseed or okra which you can easily DIY to save money. Adding oil to a regular gel OR applying over far more of a rich leave in conditioner than you think you need can alter the drying time, holding properties and stickiness. That may be what you experienced with the silicone rich gel, since silicone is an artificial oil. Again which option is advisable depends on your hair properties and dew points.
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2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
That was a wash and diffuse with a bit of mousse and leave in until mostly dry. It does the same thing when I drip dry, It just takes a bit longer! I have a pretty predictable curl pattern either way. I get more lift nd volume with the diffuser, though. I have what I call sausage curls!

Now, when I said moisturizing what I thought I meant was my hair is dry and needs moisture? ;-P But when I read your reply you mentioned elasticity...While my hair is wet if I do a bit of twisting to get the clumping going sometimes strands of my hair snap right off! I guess what I was thinking is when I use any old conditioner my hair doesn't feel any softer or on the other end, it feels weighed down and doesn't curl right. I'll probably just have to experiment!
Thank you for that link! It has a ton of helpful information! It's a good place to start.
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I find that I get great definition with a leave in, and gel. Overnight I will spritz my her with water, seal my ends with coconut oil, & put a plastic cap on before bed. When I wake up on the morning my hair is soft & fluffy. In the morning, I scrunch in gel if I need it.
I've always used gel and gotten decent results! I'm using some awful mousse now because its what I have and it makes the shorter backside of my hair feel matted and clumpy. Kinda gummy. Yuck!

Any affordable gel brand tips would be appreciated :-D.
Now, when I said moisturizing what I thought I meant was my hair is dry and needs moisture? ;-P But when I read your reply you mentioned elasticity...While my hair is wet if I do a bit of twisting to get the clumping going sometimes strands of my hair snap right off! I guess what I was thinking is when I use any old conditioner my hair doesn't feel any softer or on the other end, it feels weighed down and doesn't curl right. I'll probably just have to experiment!
Originally Posted by SelinaNat89
By all means experiment if you have the funds, but limit your choices by working out your hair properties and dew points, then choosing ingredients and products based on that. If your hair turns out to be porous use coconut oil, this helps reduce porosity and increase elasticity. If it's fine use hydrolysed protein and so on.

If you feel your hair is lacking in elasticity it's worth trying to work out why that is - do you have a lot of damage from heat styling, chemical treatments, being rough/ mechanically,sun damage? Hair is at it's weakest when wet (i.e moisturised!!), so limit manipulation then. If you get your hair into good condition and use the right techniques you won't need to twist, your curls will clump by themselves.
2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
Experimenting with: benign neglect
That's my hesitation! I don't have the funds to buy stuff that isn't right and have to buy more and more! I have taken quite a few products back to the store to trade for something else but that gets to be a bit much when you live out of town and have a two year old! Which brings me to your comment about limiting my products based on my hair properties (the link you included is going to help immensely in figuring that out). So I'll start there!


Thank you!
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