Natural hair products can get expensive. With all the botanical extracts, rare herbs, and essential oils, sometimes the price point is justified. But sometimes, our budgets get a little tight. Or we don't have the time to go anywhere else but a local grocery store. And online ordering is simply out of the question. In spite of all that, it is still possible to get a great conditioner without breaking the bank. Check out this list of 5 conditioners that won't hit your wallet where it hurts!
Price: $3.99 for 28 fl oz
A personal favorite, this conditioner not only packs an intense moisturizing punch, but it has tons of slip - making it incredibly versatile. It can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, to detangle hair, to co-wash, and of course, condition! The sweet almond oil and shea butter (which are both very high on the ingredient list) help soften and nourish the hair, while the aloe vera juice helps the hair cuticle to lay down - improving moisture retention, strength, and shine. Oh, and did I mention the 28oz bottle is still under $4?
Price: $3.99 for 11.7 fl oz
When I first began transitioning, I looked up the best conditioners for natural hair. Undoubtedly, this product was on everyone's hot list. It smells great, has tons of slip, and is perfect for all types of hair. It provides moisture without weighing the hair down, making it a great co-wash and conditioning product. The purple orchid extract soothes scalp and conditions the hair, while the coconut oil helps to nourish, moisturize, and prevent protein loss during washing.
Price: $3.99 for 16 fl oz
Another hot-list conditioner, loved by many and popularized by YouTube's Naptural85 and the famous Curly Nikki. After seeing her use this conditioner in tons of videos, I was convinced it would work miracles for me - and it did. Ringing in at $3.99 for a 16oz bottle, you can definitely purchase a long-term supply without feeling the pinch. Packed with certified organic extracts and essential oils, it is a perfect option for ingredient-conscious naturals seeking to condition or co-wash without all the ingredient fuss. If you don't have a Trader Joe's in your area you can buy this online from other retailers, but it won't come with the under-$5 price tag.
Price: $3.89 for 10 fl oz
Tresemme Naturals was an OG beloved line by naturals popularized by the likes of vloggers Jess of Mahogany Curls and Kala of The KG Lifestyle. When it was discontinued back in 2016 it got replaced with Tresemme Botanique - which is highly rated by curlies, but at $5.99 it's been priced off of this list. This Tresemme Flawless Curls conditioner on the other hand comes in under $5 and packs a moisturizing punch. A note for any Curly Girl Method followers, this one does contain Dimethicone and Adimethicone, but the Tresemme Botanique Coconut Nourish Conditioner for $5.99 is CG-friendly.
Price: $2.99 for 12.1 fl oz
Aussie Moist will always hold a place near and dear to my heart. Seriously, Aussie helped me manage my transitioning tresses for at least 9 months consistently. I used this conditioner to pre-poo, detangle, co-wash, and even to deep condition (with a little added help from some coconut oil). I also like that it comes in two sizes - regular and gargantuan. Perfect for on-the-go and at home.
What are your favorite cheapie conditioners? Let us know!This article has been updated.