I'm a recovering PJ (product junkie) myself and I can truly say that the best thing I have learned over time that it's not necessarily what I put in my hair, but the technique and order in which I apply it that makes all the difference. Sure, some products will definitely make your hair feel a little better than others, but as far as looks and the overall health of my hair, I've learned that as long as all my products have one base ingredient... I can put just about anything in my hair.
That base ingredient is water.
Once I figured that out, I also eventually learned that my particular head of hair (medium porosity - high density) did not perform at it's best when I used sulfates and silicones. The sulfates dried my hair out and often lead to breakage. Then, because I couldn't use sulfates, using silicones became out of the question because the build up from co-washing only caused my hair to be a tangled, frizzy, nightmare to deal with on wash days.
This discovery lead me to make the decision that the Curly Girl Method was the best option for my hair.
A lot women choose (or don't choose) the CG method for their own personal reasons. If you don't feel the CG method is for you because of your hair that's perfectly fine. But I have heard a few women say that being on the CG Method is too expensive. So in this post I'm going to give you all my favorite CG friendly products under $5.
- TreSemme Naturals Conditioner ($4.99 in Target, Kroger, and Walmart)
- Sauve Naturals Conditioner(s) - ($1.50 in Walmart)
- VO5 Conditioners (with the exception of the Salon Series bottles, these are NOT CG friendly) - ($.79 in Walmart, Kroger, Target)
- EcoStyler Gel(s) 16oz. (~$2.29 in Walmart, Kroger) (You can buy larger containers for more)
- Let's Jam Custard ($4 in Walmart, Kroger, Target)
- Let's Jam Gel ($4 in Walmart, Kroger, Target)
- Vital Care Extreme Spiking Gel (~$3 in Walmart)
- LA Looks Gel(s) - ($2 in Walmart)
A lot of these brands have multiple options available for you to choose from (ie. Sauve Naturals and VO5 have 4+ options each in CG friendly conditioners).
With natural hair care becoming more and more popular in mainstream communities there are a lot of products on the market right now that can get pretty pricey because they know that's what you're looking for right now. And there are plenty of good products that are over $5 that I still purchase every now and then... but I wanted to give you guys some good options for when you don't want to break the bank or have to make out a whole separate budget just to care for your hair.
I hope this helps!