Best drugstore conditioners?

danabananadanabanana Posts: 2Registered Users
I'm a poor graduate student and my hair needs help! I'm on a tight budget and right now I'm using Vo5 Strawberries and Creme conditioner and a Loreal sulfate-free shampoo. I'd like to cut the shampoo out to see what happens but I'm very new to CG and I'm completely lost on what products to use. Most that I see on here are just out of my price range at the moment.

I've been reading to massage your scalp with a light conditioner then use a rich conditioner... but I don't know the difference!

Any drugstore recommendations please? Type 2B hair that is very thick and frizzy! Thank you!

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  • dresdendolldresdendoll Posts: 435Registered Users
    Well, if you weren't CG, I'd totally recommend Herbal Essences Hello Hydration! It's the best drugstore conditioner I think I've used, but it has a silicone.

    For CG, you can wash your hair with the VO5 or try a Suave conditioner. Both are very popular cowashes. However, there is also L'Oreal Evercreme Cleansing Conditioner, and that has some pretty good reviews. Tresemme Naturals Moisture Conditioner is another popular one that be used as the richer conditioner.

    Sally's has some good stuff, too. They have GVP Conditioning Balm, which is supposed to be an excellent cowash, rinse out, and/or leave-in conditioner. It's pretty cheap and is a knock off of Biolage.

    For conditioners, if you are going the organic route, Yes to Carrots and Shea Moisture are some nice brands, even though they are a little more expensive.

    Also, if your hair is frizzy, I would recommend using a leave-in or styling product. Since you're a wavy, maybe mousse would work well. Again, if you don't mind the cones, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Cream Mousse is really good, and for only $3! For CG, Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Mousse works well.

    HTH!
    2c/2b with some 2a, coarse, dense, thick, low porosity
    Growing out a CL bob. Currently at APL.
    CG again as of 7/20/12 :laughing5:


    Cleanser: BRÖÖ Smoothing I.P.A. Shampoo
    RO: Trader Joe's Nourish Spa Conditioner
    LI: Kinky-Curly Knot Today
    Styler: Beautiful Curls Gel for Wavy to Curly Hair

    :love4: all-natural products, light moisture, humectants, argan oil
    :pukeright:silk protein, synthetic ingredients, heavy oils/products, cowashing
  • earthnutearthnut Posts: 226Registered Users
    Lots of people like suave and vo5 as RO's and LI's. Try it and see if it works for you. You can also use any pure oil and/or aloe vera gel as a LI and those are very cheap.

    ---
    2c, F/M, ii, med porosity, good elasticity, APL, silvery dark brown.
    Love coconut oil, olive oil, and Everyday Shea!
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,204Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    The Suave Naturals and VO5 conditioners are great co-washes, especially the clarifying formulas. I wouldn't recommend either as a RO because neither are exceptionally moisturizing. Some people can use them for both co-wash and RO, but many people prefer something a bit richer. Tresemme Naturals are excellent for RO, especially the Nourishing Moisture formula. Your RO or co-wash can also double as a LI, so no need for additional product.

    One of the previous posters also mentioned Sally's. Cure Care can be used as a co-wash or LI (wouldn't consider it rich enough for RO) and it's only about $8 for a one gallon jug. GVP conditioning balm is also great, but could be too rich for some people to use every time they cleanse their hair.

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    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • PuffffPuffff Posts: 55Registered Users
    I'm also a poor graduate student!
    I hear ya on cheap products! I try not to spend over $8 on ANY hair product. Here's what I like:
    True U sulfate free shampoo from Walmart ($4) despite what the label sys this does have a sulfate
    in it (though its a milder one so I think of it as a low-poo).
    V05 conditioners for co-washing (85 cents)
    TREsemme Naturals moisture rich conditioner ($4) I find this to heavy for a co-wash but I use it as a RO after my low-poo every week to 2 weeks as needed.
    L'oreal Eversleek conditioner ($5) as a daily LI (I don't use any other products in my hair).

    So around $14ish total and the thing I replace the most would be the VO5 (only cause I tend to use it every 2 days). All the other bottles last as long as a semester (minus the LI which I replace every month to month and a half).
  • BeebopBeebop Posts: 457Registered Users Curl Novice
    Puffff wrote: »
    I'm also a poor graduate student!
    I hear ya on cheap products! I try not to spend over $8 on ANY hair product. Here's what I like:
    True U sulfate free shampoo from Walmart ($4) despite what the label sys this does have a sulfate
    in it (though its a milder one so I think of it as a low-poo).
    V05 conditioners for co-washing (85 cents)
    TREsemme Naturals moisture rich conditioner ($4) I find this to heavy for a co-wash but I use it as a RO after my low-poo every week to 2 weeks as needed.
    L'oreal Eversleek conditioner ($5) as a daily LI (I don't use any other products in my hair).

    So around $14ish total and the thing I replace the most would be the VO5 (only cause I tend to use it every 2 days). All the other bottles last as long as a semester (minus the LI which I replace every month to month and a half).
    +1 for the Tresemme Naturals with aloe and avocado conditioner! My daughter and I were using a much more expensive natural organic conditioner and going through it way too fast until we discovered Tresemme and reading about it for a while and we absolutely love it! It's as close to HG as I've ever found and it's only around 4.00$ for a large 28-32 oz. bottle. We only low poo once a week with Giovanni 3-in1 mango (at Target) and then leave a large pea size amount of this conditioner in after rinsing it out and then a very cheap mousse that is our HG is the Condition 3-in1 mousse at Walgreens or CVS on the bottom shelf for 2-3.00$. HTH! if you don't like them you can always return them. We also use a curl enhancer/moisturizer to help with frizz called Aubrey organics Mandarin Magic or AOMM here on NC.com. that I get the vitamin shoppe to order or buy at local store.
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    Leave In- Conditioner large pea size
    Stylers- Condition 3-in-1 mousse, Biologe mousse, Shea Moosture silicone free miracle styler leave in treatment, Shaper hairspray for extra hold.:coffee2::coffee:
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,471Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I use Cure Care for a RO! works for me.
  • danabananadanabanana Posts: 2Registered Users
    Thanks for your help everyone! Almost all of you mentioned tresemme naturals so I'll give that a try!

    I'm a little unclear on what RO means and I've checked some acronym threads but I'm still confused...is it rinse out?

    Is this a good method?
    Co-wash with Vo5 (meaning massage my scalp with this first right?)
    Then use tresemme for the rest of my hair

    Should I use both of these everyday or just one or the other?

    For styling I use Paul Mitchell Quickslip, it's the only product I've tried that doesn't make my hair feel greasy or crunchy but I'll need to check if it has silicones...

    Thank for all your help!
  • beeduhbeeduh Posts: 684Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Cowashing is massaging your scalp with a light conditioner in replace of shampoo.

    RO means rinse out. Tresemme Naturals makes a good RO.

    Your routine is totally up to you. You can wash as often as you want to, depending on what your hair needs.

    I don't always cowash. Sometimes I'll water rinse and then style my hair. I normally can't get second day hair.

    As for your styling product, I'm not sure about it. If it has silicones in it, you might want to keep a low poo around in case of build up.
    CG as of Feb. 2012
    combination hair.
    2c on top - low elasticity
    3a&b scattered underneath - normal elasticity.
    fine texture. thin density. A lot of it.
    porosity: normal to high.
    loves protein and moisture.
    BSACV as needed.

    products may vary. i'm a PJ.
    loving Curl Junkie, Curly Kinks, and AS I Am.
  • SmilingElephantSmilingElephant Posts: 666Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You use a RO to detangle. I used to be confused about this too.

    Some ROs can be used a leave ins as well.

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    Cleanse: SM Moisture Retention or Suave Naturals shampoos
    Co-Wash: Suave Naturals, L'Oreal EverCreme or EverCurl
    RO/Detangler: Tresseme Naturals:nemo:, GVPCB
    Leave-In: SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie, TN, GVPCB
    Styler: EcoStyler, GF Pure Clean gel, KCCC

    Just discovering my hair likes protein! :dontknow:

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  • jaclyn15jaclyn15 Posts: 227Registered Users
    Before you begin CG, you need to do one final sulfate wash. This will remove any buildup from silicones or products you've used in the past. Be sure that the sulfate shampoo you use for this does not have any hidden cones.

    Good luck!
    My hair: 3b, corkicelli, medium porosity, medium texture, medium/thick density

    Co-wash: DevaCurl NoPoo
    Rinse-out: GVP Conditioning Balm
    Leave-in: KCKT, Suave Naturals Coconut, or my rinse-out!
    Gel: SS FHG (my new HG!!)... I also like HESMU, AIF, CJ CQ, BRHG, CJ PP and the occasional LALSG

    Likes: Plopping!
    Dislikes: Glycerin

    CG and loving it! :hello1:

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