Meera, I'm a fellow cheap curly! I have the same rule as you - SM is as expensive as I'll go! Lol!

I LOVE GVPCB! But I also use Tres. Nats, which has decent slip for a cheap-o. I also like Vo5 Shea Cashmere. Suave coconut has been good to me, as a co-wash or LI.

SM has not given me good slip. In fact I use their condish as a LI - LOVE it for that! They just came out with a detangler, but it's only at a few Target stores as of now, I think.

I hear great things about yes to carrots, but have never tried it.

If you want a poo that is very gentle, I love SM's moisture retention poo! It feels like a cleansing condish to me, almost.

2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing