So you’ve officially committed to being an all natural queen. You gave up on relaxers, slowed down on heated styling tools and filled your cabinets with coconut oil. As you start to shop for the best natural hair products that you saw in your favorite hair blogger’s latest YouTube video, you start to realize….this natural hair game can be expensive!
Although most of those top salon products are likely great for your hair, there is a way to spoil your curls without tapping into your rent money. There are more than enough cost-friendly, curl-friendly products out there to give your hair what it needs, you just have to find them. To help out, we’ve put together a list of 5 amazing curly girl products that won’t break the bank. Who knows, one of these just might be your Holy Grail product waiting to be discovered!
Shea Moisture Co-wash Conditioning Cleanser
One of the top recommendations when going natural is to stop using shampoo. Why? It can seriously dry out your hair. Instead, you should use conditioner also known as a cleansing conditioner (co-wash) to cleanse your scalp when needed. Shea Moisture offers a great co-wash that can be used by everyone from tight coilies to loose wavies. For the quality, this product is affordable and can be found at your local drugstore for under $10.
HSI Argan Oil Thermal Protectant Spray
Avoiding heat is key for curly girls, and while you may not be using flat irons and blow dryers, don’t forget the sun! You can use this thermal hair mist to moisturize freshly cleansed hair or use it as a refresher throughout the week for second, third and fourth day hair. It can also serve as a moisturizing finisher to give your finish look some added shine. You can get this online for less than $15 and it is almost always on sale.
Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe vera is easy to find and super cheap. You can even use it fresh straight from the leaf if you prefer. This is another product that receives high marks from tight coils and loose waves alike. When applied to hair, it gives curls a soft hold for natural curl definition that doesn't crunch and get all crispy. What curly girls love about this natural gel is that gives firm hold to both twist out styles and wash and go styles. Your twists, curls or coils will be left feeling soft and touchable - plus you will smell pretty good too. These bottles run just under $5 at the drugstore and around under a dollar at your local grocery or farmer’s market.
Organic Coconut Oil
This organic DIY conditioner not only smells good enough to eat, but you actually can eat it if you wish. But for your hair, it is softening and slippery for easier detangling - a big deal, especially for coily-haired girls. It is also great to make your own pre-poo with as it is extremely moisturizing. You can usually find coconut oil in any food store or even in places like Ross or TJ Maxx. Typically, a jar of good organic, GMO-free coconut oil will run you around $8. For the best deal, buy in bulk and get a huge jar from Costco or online retailers such as Amazon.
Yes To Carrots Nourishing Conditioner
For an affordable drugstore brand, this deep conditioner is often raved-about in the curly girl community. As you probably know now, deep conditioning is a can't-miss step for any curly hair regimen. At just $5 a bottle, this deep conditioner packs a serious punch when it comes to moisture! Your thirsty curls and coils will benefit from a very nutrient-rich ingredient found in carrot oil, Beta-Carotene. Deep conditioning works best when you apply it to the hair, wear a shower or heat cap and allow it to sit for 20 minutes, then rinse and let air dry or if you’re in a rush, use a t-shirt NOT a towel.