Saturday, September 29, 2012

Hair: BMarie's Favorite Inexpensive Haircare Products

If going natural has taught me anything it is that my hair is not as snobby as I thought it was. My naturally kinky curly hair does not need high end products to look and feel amazing, which is great cause we aint baller status over here. I used to use nothing but salon quality products which was fine when I was relaxed, but these same products didnt transition as well as my hair did.

Now that I have somewhat of an idea of what my hair likes and does not like, I feel like I am ready to list and share them.

Lets start with SHAMPOOS:

Well really there is only one. It is from the Curls Unleashed line. It is the Lavish Lather Sulfate Free Shampoo. I really love this product because it is sulfate free and yet it lathers, which is kind of important for me. I gets my hair clean with out it feeling stripped or tangled. It retails at Sallys for $10.99 but if your are a beauty member like myself, it knocks a few pennies off and brings it to $9.89. Very much affordable to me.

Every now and then I have to use a sulfate shampoo. So one day while at the dollar store I came across Tresemme Advance Technology. It is an anti-breakage shampoo. The reason that I like this one is because even though it does contain sulfate, I am still able to get my fingers through my hair with no problems. It does not tangle my hair like other sulfate shampoos have in the past. The price for this huge bottle was $3.50 at Dollar General.

I love shampoos, but truth be told, conditioners are where a bulk of my hair money goes, and I have found two conditioners that I am in love with and my hair loves me even more for using them.

The first one also comes from the Curls Unleashed line and it is called No Restrictions Moisturizing Conditioner. When I rinse this conditioner out of my hair, my hair feels so soft and amazing. It smells great. It has really good slip, so it makes for easy detangling. Again, this product can be purchased at Sally's for $14.99 drops down to $13.49 with your beauty club card.
Another great conditioner I stumbled (YT) upon is the Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with avocado and aloe vera. I love the way my hair feels right after I rinse. I have been using it for co-washing. It smells heavenly. It does not contain any silicone, which is important to some. It gives great slip, super moisturizing. The cost is about $4.49 at Walgreens.

Shampoo & conditioners are one thing, but stylers are another. Since I wear twist outs I need a product that will give me crazy curl definition with the least amount of shrinkage and great holding power.

Shea Moisture has become a staple brand in my haircare. There are two products that I like to mix together to achieve the definition I am looking for. They are the Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Conditioning Milk and the Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I get amazing curl definition with these two. Plus it has coconut oil in it, you can't go wrong with coconut oil. These products are sold in Target & Walgreens and retail for $9.99.

When I wear my hair straight, I use the Yucca & Aloe Thickening Growth Milk. It contains aloe and biotin. It also comes from the Shea Moisture line.

When I first went natural Cantu Shea Butter was one of the first products I used. Since then they have developed a natural hair line. I've only tried this one product and instantly fell in love. Again, I get crazy, curl definition. I don't mix it. It is the Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream. At first it bothered me that it was being marketed as a coconut curling cream since coconut is like the 11th ingredient, but I quickly got over that. It does not contain mineral oil, sulfates, parabens, silicone, phthalates, gluten, paraffin, propylene glycol, PABA or DEA. It retails for $6.99 at Walgreens.

Of course my signature pony puffs would not be what they are with out my handy dandy Eco Styler. There are (I think) four or so different Eco Stylers, but the one I use is the one with olive oil. It smooths and holds down my edges giving me the tight pulled back look without harming my edges. It does not contain any alcohol which means it is not drying on the hair. At Sallys with your BCC it is $3.49.

Like I said this is MY list of what I consider to be inexpensive products. They work so well on MY hair. To each their own. The one thing you must remember whether your relaxed or natural is that what works or doesn't work on someone else's hair may not be the case for you. Prices may vary depending on store and location. Also be sure to check out my coupon code and sales page, you may find deals on these products and more.

**All products mentioned in this post was purchased with my own money. I am in no way affiliated with the companies represented in this post.**

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