Many young women are preparing for fall semester of college. Before your shopping is complete, you will need to pack the essentials for your curly, coily, and wavy hair. We have a list of inexpensive, must-haves to keep your hair happy and healthy, so you can focus your time on studying and socializing!

Ouchless barrettes and hair ties

Ouchless hair ties are the only way to go when you have curly, coily, or wavy hair. Our hair loves to tangle, and barrettes with metal prongs or clasps tend to cause snagging and knots. Ouchless hair ties are super cheap, easy to use, and perfect for rushing off to class at the last minute when you have no time for hair primping.

Place your curls in a bun, ponytail, or top knot with trusty ouchless barrettes, hair ties, and bobby pins. They are great for carrying around on your wrist for easy access. Keep at a close distance for those days when your hair is dirty or being rebellious.

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Every college student needs a few scarves. Head wraps, scarves, turbans, and headbands are always in need for quick hairstyles when rushing off to class or just for bumming around the dorm. They also add flair to a top knot or low bun. Experiment with bold colors and various lengths. Scarves are also a simple way to protect your strands. A good scarf can be a super inexpensive way to add color and texture to your outfit.

EcoStyler Hair Styling Gel

Every college student needs a massive jar of EcoStyler Hair Styling Gel. The main reasons for using this gel are the amazing price, performance, and how easily it can be removed. This non-flaking and maximum holding gel works great on a variety of styles from wash and gos to ultimate sleek ponytails and updos.

The huge 32 oz. jar is under six dollars and can be found at Sally Beauty Supply, Walgreens and CurlMart.

Visit a Local Dollar Tree

This tip is less about what you bring to college and more of what you should access while in college. Dollar Tree has some truly great products for curly girls with great prices. If you are wondering what they have for curly girls, then check out SheRea’s video above. In this video SheRea shares a ton of amazing items from hair products to accessories that warrant a trip to the Dollar Tree.

Satin Pillowcase

Make your life easier by investing in satin pillowcases. When sleep overtakes your body, you want to make sure you are landing on something nice for your hair. You may not always have the time or energy to put on your satin bonnet, but having a satin pillowcase will make sure you are not messing up your hairstyle or whisking away all of your hair’s much needed moisture when you go to sleep.

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