Product junkies have gotten a bad rep but there’s such a thing as being a smart product junkie. Yep, you can have your cake and eat it too! If you like to switch up your product line-up often, but don’t want to break the bank, you must become a bargain shopper and scout quality products that cost less.
Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel
The Eco Styler Olive Oil Styling Gel is a beloved staple in many women’s natural hair routine. This styler is widely used for wash and go styling and for taming unruly edges. This product contains pure olive all which helps to keep the hair moisturized while also providing maximum hold, which for us naturals means long lasting curl definition. This product definitely gives you bang for your buck, if you love wearing wash and goes and you don’t want to break the bank, definitely try out this gel.
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner
This conditioner has tons of slip and is great for detangling and co-washing even the most tightly curled manes out there. It’s even featured in Naptural 85’s famous 25 min co-wash routine video. This product has amazing ingredients including tea tree, peppermint oil, and nettle oil all listed within the first 5 ingredients. It provides a soothing tingling sensation to the scalp and did I already mention how well it aids in detangling? You can purchase this wonderful conditioner at Trader Joe’s for only $3.99.
Lotta Body Moisturize Me Curl & Style Milk
Lotta Body is known for their old school setting lotion that was primarily used on relaxed hair, however they have given The Lotta Body brand a little face lift and created new products to appeal to both natural and relaxed women. They definitely got it right with this Curl & Style Milk. This styler is a light moisturizer that can be used for twist-outs, braid-outs and fingers coils. It keeps hair shiny moisturized and defined, all for under $5.
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Conditioning Cream
This leave–in conditioner is loved among curly girls looking to moisturize, define curls and control frizz because this affordable conditioner achieves all 3 things. It has a creamy consistency but does not make the hair feel greasy. This is a great leave-in for wash and go styling and can also be used as a curl refresher.
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner
Naturals everywhere rave about this conditioner by Herbal Essence and I understand why. It is available at almost any retailer, it’s less than $5 and has slip for days which makes for easy detangling. You can use this conditioner as a pre-shampoo treatment of a regular rinse out conditioner. Works great either way.
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