Curly on a Budget 2012

Forgive me if this is posted somewhere, I haven't been able to find it. If you know where the thread is, please link it for me

Anywho, I am trying to be CG but also silicone-, sulfate-, protein-free. I can't afford to keep buying all these products online especially for the size of them and the length and thickness of my hair. I'd love to find some cheaper drugstore/Sallys alternatives.

I currently have on my list to try...
  • VO5 Blackberry Sage Tea Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner
  • VO5 Tangering Tickle Conditioner
  • As I Am Leave-In Conditioner
  • L'Oreal Paris Eversleek Reparative Smoothing Conditioner
  • L'Oreal Paris Evercreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Intense Nourishing Conditioner
  • GVP Conditioning Balm
Here are some of my favorites:

Kinky Curly Knot Today (don't know if this counts as budget)
Whole Foods 365 conditioner for co-washing
Shea Moisture shampoos
shampoo bars
coconut oil

Also very popular:
suave coconut conditioner for cowashing
tresemme naturals conditioner
la looks gel
giovanni products
high porosity (from coloring)

Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
I'm a newbie too, but of the items on your to-try list, I have used the L'Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Conditioner and so far am really liking it as a rinse-out conditioner. It is very moisturizing and smells great. Available at drugstores, often with frequent sales, and well worth trying.
2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

CG since 10/12
If you ever need to do a low-poo, CVS Baby Wash is great. The main surfactant is Decyl Glucoside which isn't super common to see on it's own, usually it's used as a complementary ingredient, but it's very mild and recommended for sensitive skin. At the same time, it is one of the few non-ionic non-sulfate options that actually gives you a great lather and can remove product build up! A couple things to note, this product has some acidity, and has a high amount of humectant. Although that pretty much just rinses off so I'm not sure it does much when used in shampoo.

Coconut oil is pretty cheap and is a great deep treatment. Also, the gelatin protein treatment is super cheap and effective. Depending on your hair type of course.
2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

My hair loves moisture!

currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!

Last edited by tr3kkie9rl; 10-08-2012 at 10:55 AM.
This is probably the thread you're thinking of, although since it's 5 years old now, many of the products have been discontinued:
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Go To Products /Routine:
Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
PT: IAGirl's as needed

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