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Caring for natural hair can get expensive --- if you’re like me, you love trying out new products, and you might have a whole bin overflowing with hair products in your bathroom like I do. With new products coming out every other week, means spending more money, but taking care of your curls doesn’t always have to cost big bucks. 

Some of my favorite products cost anywhere from $7-$22 each, and it’s not always budget friendly for me to keep repurchasing my favorites. So if you’re not trying to break the bank, I’ve rounded up my favorite products I use on my type 4 hair for under $5. 

Palmer’s Deep Conditioning Protein Pack 

This is my holy grail. I used this product when I was transitioning, and I still use it 3 years later --- it’s that’s good. Priced at $1.95, this protein pack is a lifesaver for type 4 hair, which needs the maximum amount of moisture. Not only does this product leave my hair incredibly soft and my curls defined, it also keeps my colored hair protected. 

Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel

This is probably one of the top 5 most popular hair products in the natural hair community. While EcoStyler has many different versions of their gel, my favorite is the Olive Oil product. It’s my go-to product for my low buns and it’s the perfect price ---- $2.99 ---- which you can’t beat! 

Difeel Premium Natural Hair Oil Argan Oil 

I used this product a lot when transitioning, and I still grab for it sometimes when I’m doing braidouts or twistouts. Argan oil is not only great for hydration, but can revitalize damaged ends. The size of this product is also great for traveling. 

Aussie Three Minute Miracle Moist

I used this product with my relaxed hair, during my transition, and with my full natural hair --- which shows that’s it’s just that good. The reason why I like this product so much is because of the hydration it packs. Although the product only needs three minutes to conditioner, I recommend keeping it on anywhere from 30-45 minutes to maximize moisture. 

Cantu Shea Butter Natural Hair Clarify & Renew Hair & Scalp Masque

As someone who deals with product buildup on my scalp, I’m always looking for ways to refresh and renew my scalp during washday. This Cantu product is great because it’s a mask, so it has time to penetrate your scalp with ingredients like bentonite clay, which clarifies your scalp without stripping away its natural oils. 

What are your favorite products under $5? Let us know below!