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Who knew that having natural hair would be so expensive! When I first went natural I thought that I would be saving money, but I actually found out that it was more expensive because of all the products, the time, and the effort. If you have type 4 hair you may also feel that there are not enough products for your hair type that work and that are priced reasonably. You may also feel that you are stuck with styles when it comes to your hair. We all know that maintaining natural hair can be expensive, but there are ways to be natural and on a budget. Here are some tips for saving money while also keeping your curls looking great!


Protective Styles To Try

Passion twists have been hot this summer! They are great for all hair types and will keep your hands out of your hair for a while. Also, box braids and Marley twists are always great choices for keeping your hair protected and not putting stress on your hair for a while.


DIY Hacks

I’m a very lazy natural so I'm all about the DIY hacks. One hack I love is adding oil to your deep conditioner for extra moisture and also to help your curls! This will provide more slip! Grab some olive oil from the cabinet and put it right in your conditioner for some extra deep conditioning.


10 Products Under $10 Great For Type 4 Curlies

I also know that it is super hard to find products that are affordable and that actually work for type 4 hair. So here are 10 products under $10 to help you out.

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Shampoo

This is one of Mielle’s newest shampoos! This shampoo is great for all hair types. If you are looking for a shampoo that will help strengthen and grow your hair this is a great one!

Maui Moisture Curl Quench + Coconut Oil Shampoo 

This shampoo was created for thick curly hair. It also has a unique blend with aloe vera juice and is infused with pure coconut water. It is a very gentle shampoo that helps detangle, defrizz and define your curls.

African Pride Moisture Miracle Moroccan Clay & Shea Butter Heat – Activated Masque

This is a heat-activated masque that uses the clarifying benefits of Moroccan red clay to remove impurities and product build-up from hair. It’s packed with moisture and also helps to strengthen the hair.

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea All Natural Hair Masque 

This amazing deep conditioner penetrates the hair shaft to transform dry, brittle hair. It has a blend of moisturizing botanical Coconut Oil and Shea Butter to deliver softer, stronger hair.

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Natural Leave-In Conditioner

This is one of my favorite leave in conditioners. It glides on your hair and leaves it feeling so soft! It can be used as a daily conditioning treatment as well. It has Coconut Oil, and also Shea butter to seal in moisture. It’s also Sulfate free and is safe for color treated, chemically treated, curly, or straight hair.

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

This is a super lightweight conditioner that will leave your hair feeling super moisturized. It seals in vital panthenol and humectants and acts as a protective barrier against heat styling and sun damage which I love! You can use it daily to moisturize your hair. It’s also great  Use it daily as a moisturizer. Mist your hair in the morning and evening. It’s also great for flat ironing and for roller setting fine hair. This product is a must for every bathroom. Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner does the job for you!

EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme

This is a great styler for twist outs, braid outs and much more! This product is packed with moisture and also helps to strengthen the hair. 

African Pride Moisture Miracle Shea Butter & Flaxseed Oil Curling Cream

This is a great styler for those with type 4 hair.It has the blends of Shea Butter and Flaxseed Oil to provide deep moisture, lasting definition, and shine.

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil

This is a great lightweight oil for any hair type. It’s great for those who are looking to grow and strengthen their hair and also great for protective styles. 

Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Strengthening Edge Gel

All naturals know that you need a good edge gel to finish off any hairstyle and to lay your edges. This edge gel provides great hold and is also infused with biotin to help you with hair growth. A win win!


Happy wash day!