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!!

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!
Couple of inches past shoulder length 3A. Shampoo every 3rd or 4th day w/ baby shampoo; Tigi Fashionista conditioner; back to Condition 3-in-1 mousse . Alternate days water rinse, conditioner and mousse.
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!!
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2b/3a and 3b on occasion!
Products: The hair aisle in my own cabinets.
Best definition winner: KCCC
Best volume winner: LOOB
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!
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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.
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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!
Low porosity, medium texture.

If it smells good put it in your hair, if it tastes good spit it out!
No, but thanks! I'll check it out!

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Where do I find LB's conditioners chronicles?
3B very thick long colored corkscrews
Where do I find LB's conditioners chronicles?
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Cute little pooch!
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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.
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2b~~fine texture~~normal porosity (except for highlights, which are high)~~normal elasticity~~medium density

Shampoo: Still use sulfates, but only on roots
Rinse out: Deva One C, JC Too Shea, Original Sprouts Deep Conditioner
Curl Enhancers: KCCC; JC Rocking Ringlets, JC Spiralicious, & Confident Coils
Styler: BRHG (over any and all curl enhancers) - this is the one product that I never change - absolute HG!!


thank you kjwavy!
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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.
I actually wondered about the shea butter. What type of hair do you have?
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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.
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.
Precious Honey
3c with some 3b at the bottom.
Im lovin HENNA
Light protein use

Co-wash: Suave Daily Clarifying Co
Rinse-out: Back to Basics Pom Peach (old bottle) or GVP Conditioning Balm
DT: GVP Condidtioning Balm with heat
Leave in: Elucence MBC
Gel: HEBE or Aussie Instant Freeze gel.
Shampoo: Elucence Moisture Balance
Thanks for the tips curlies!!
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