Do I have to pay salon prices for the best products?

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Hey ladies!

So I need help finding a good cowash. I have been CG for two months. I have 2c/3a hair, medium length, low porosity and med/thick (I think).

Currently, I am using DevaCurl No poo and one condition. My hair immediately feels moisturized and cleansed with this duo. But they cost so much! I wanted to find a cheaper cowash to use between washes. I bought tresemme naturals co dish but my hair doesn't seem to react as well as it does to the DC. It gets tangled with Tresemme and I have to leave it in for 5 min before I can finger comb out the tangles. Even then it still feels "dirty". Also with DC I can go 3/4 days without washing again. But the following day after Tresemme my scalp is itchy and greasy.

Does anyone know if there is a better product to work with my hair properties? And that won't cost me half a paycheck.

I was thinking of trying the Shea moisture line but my target has been running out quickly. Also, I am waiting to finish my current bottle.

Thanks for the help!!
Many people like the V05 and Suave Naturals line - very cheap. A little higher priced than that but cheaper than Deva would be Aubrey Organics honeysuckle rose, and Yes to Carrots.

My hair only likes CJ and JessiCurl - I've tried all the drugstore brands and Deva stuff.

Just keep in mind that if you find the drugstore stuff works well but you have to wash more frequently, then it may not be costing you any more overall to use the Deva line.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
My hair:
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
My routine:
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
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I've tried a lot of products and the Darcy's Botanicals is doing my hair right so I'm going to stick with it price be damned.

Somethings I think the hunt for cheaper products (or general pj-ness) can be an expense in and of itself. If you find a replacement quickly, it's great, but if you don't it can be money down the drain.
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Just keep in mind that if you find the drugstore stuff works well but you have to wash more frequently, then it may not be costing you any more overall to use the Deva line.
Originally Posted by Ml001
Huge 2nd. I use my DB co-wash about once a week because my scalp actually feels clean and I use less conditioner. I don't run through products as quickly.
you absolutely do NOT have to pay those prices. The Shea Moisture (drugstores and Target) are very popular; I use them every day and my hair is not at all damaged. The GVP conditioning balm is very popular, and I recently became a convert to this conditioner, at least for the cold weather months. I do love the Deva Foam, but I use that with Sally's Biotera gel, also pretty popular here. Experiment. See what works for you. I t think many of us feel Deva is over priced and over pushed by the salons, and not all that wonderful. I personally felt my hair felt "coated" with their no poo and Conditioner. Too much!
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If you really love Deva products, I think carries them. You can usually find a coupon for 15% off!
Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

Amazon sells the deva products pretty cheap. It's free shipping after $25 as well. I got the gel there for a steal. Also has deva and there's a 20% coupon on its homepage. But I have to vouch for Shea Moisture. It's an incredible line and it moisturizes my hair so, so, well. I simply love it.
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3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

CG since Nov. 2012

Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

* = HG

Around here, Deva is a love/hate line. Many of us start out with it, think we like it and then move on to other things that we like A LOT more.

The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you discover your properties, look for people with hair like yours and see what they use. It's the best place to start.

My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies. I use a lot of rich products; however, my hair finds the SM products really heavy, if you understand the difference.

In general, you'll find that you use a lot less of the "better" products, which tends to make them more cost effective then one might think.
3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity

HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
I've used $20 shampoo, and I've used $2 shampoo. It hasn't been the price that made the difference. If you're the kind of person who likes to experiment, try different products ---- I'm a fan of the "Yes to" line (carrots, cucumbers, etc.). Also, you may stumble upon "high end" products priced less expensively in surprising locations like Marshall's or T.J. Maxx.

However, if you're very happy with Deva, you're pressed for time more than $, and you're not the kind of person who doesn't mind unpredictable results, I would stay with what works.


Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I am going to continue to experiment slowly and will look into some of the lines suggested. Thanks again.
Shea Moisture!! Go to Walgreens and get a Walgreens Card. They have a Buy 1 get 1 Half off Sale at the moment!

Edit - Nevermind >.< Went to Walgreens today to buy a product I wanted to try and the sale is over. =( I'm unsure about Target though.

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