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Sherrybp 01-03-2007 09:07 AM

Please recommend inexpensive conditioner for damaged hair
I had my hair colored a while back and it is still soooo dry! It doesn't even curl as well as it used to. I get these straight pieces that I used to never get. My hair is begging for moisture!! I need a leave-in conditioner or at least one I CAN leave-in (even if it isn't technically for leave-in) I have to use gel and I use Biolage firm control but it has been feeling like straw lately. It used to work great. Sometimes I wish I could just get by without any gel but my hair is just too frizzy without it. HELP!! :cry:


linda_m 01-03-2007 09:13 AM

You might try Garnier Fructis leave in. I use the curl & shine. I understand the sleek & shine is also good. Another relatively inexpensive thing to try is jojoba oil for a DT. I put some on my ends and leave it overnight. It washes out well w/o using a sulfate shampoo, and leaves my hair much softer. There are other oils that you can use, but I'm not sure which ones. I'm sure someone here will chime in about that.

Good luck!

LavenderCurls 01-03-2007 09:17 AM

My favorites are the VO5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream, Garnier Fructis (either the Sleek-n-Shine or Curl-n-Shine). My hair needs lots of moisture and these work well for me. And they're cheap!!

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 09:18 AM

Thanks for the advice. I've used Garnier and it seemed so drying to my hair. I guess I should have noted that I am a 3B. That's probably the difference. Thank you anyway! :)

Kaia 01-03-2007 09:32 AM

Have you used Elucence? You have to get it online in most places, but it's relatively inexpensive, especially if you get the liter. It works great both as a rinse-out and leave-in.

medusahair 01-03-2007 09:34 AM

If you order Elucence from the florida distributer listed on their site you can get a liter of that real reasonable and it's real moisturizing.

There's the link.
For grocery store brands I was going to suggest GF but I see you've tried that. If you look at LB's Conditioner Chronicles she lists some bargain ones. I believe Suave healthy curls is among them.

edited because I can't spell argh!

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 09:35 AM

No, but thanks! I'll check it out!

Cute little pooch! :D

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 09:46 AM

Where do I find LB's conditioners chronicles?

SuZen 01-03-2007 09:48 AM


Originally Posted by Sherrybp
Where do I find LB's conditioners chronicles?

Just bumped it for you.

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 10:08 AM

Thanks for the bump! :D

Kaia 01-03-2007 10:25 AM


Originally Posted by Sherrybp
Cute little pooch! :D


Bailey says he already knows he's a handsome devil, but thanks anyway! :D

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 10:26 AM

He's modest too! :lol:

kjwavy 01-03-2007 10:42 AM

Sherrybp, I've found that the Activate Hydrating conditioner is one of the most moisturizing drugstore conditioners that I've used. I've found it in both Walgreens & Ulta, & both stores run a BOGOF special on it quite often.

It's not as cheap as VO5, for example, but I only need a small amount of the Activate. In fact, I rotate other conditioners, because I will get overconditioned using just the Activate.

For some reason, I can't use the VO5 condishes - they make me totally frizzy. I think it's the stearylkonium (sp?) chloride ingredient, because the Suave brand works MUCH better for ME & Suave doesn't contain that ingredient.

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 10:44 AM

thank you kjwavy! :)

benthudd 01-03-2007 11:13 AM

Don't know how inexpensive this is or if you are near a health food store, but I have found that rubbing a good size glob of shea butter in my hair before condition- washing helps a lot. Often I will use a pea-size glob of shea as a leave-in (in addition to whatever else I am using). I think this makes a big difference, at least for me.

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 11:35 AM

I actually wondered about the shea butter. What type of hair do you have?

benthudd 01-03-2007 12:56 PM

I always thought I had 2 - something hair. Frizzy, undefined, wavy. But I do not know anymore--I think my hair is a mix--3 on top--2 underneath.

PreciousHoney 01-03-2007 02:13 PM

Elucence is my favorite so if you can try that give it a go.

Free me up freesia by V05 has worked very well for me as a cowash. So it may work for someone that may not need as much moisture as I do.

Trader Joes Spa Nourish if you are near a trader joes go get it.. very very cheap and works very well.

Activate didnt work out very well for me as just a conditioner but does as a co-wash.

Sherrybp 01-03-2007 03:25 PM

Thanks for the tips curlies!!

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