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The frugal CG

Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
Hello, all my fellow frugal curlies! What are your favorite low cost products? Do you have a product price limit? An all "drug store" routine?

Share your cheap-o tricks, products, and tools here!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing

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  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    Tresemme naturals as my rinse out, left in though to double up as my leave in, a little eco styler krystal, then once it's no longer soaking wet, but still wet, Clairol 3 in 1 mousse and voila, sexy curls ;)
    Just discovered this, gave me beautiful second day curls. Frizz free, looked just as good if not better than yesterday. Gonna try again tomorrow. Maybe i can get 3rd day hair. :)

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using CurlTalk App
  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,754Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Virtuoso
    All of my hair care products are in my siggy. I am happy every day that my hair loves cheap products. The only thing I use that seems expensive at first glance is the Ojon Restorative. A tub costs me around $25 on Ebay but lasts me a year or more, so cheap in the long run. Everything else is from $1 to $3 for a large size bottle, sometimes less than a dollar!
    --I'm located in Western PA.
    --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.
    --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.
    --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.
    --My CG and grey hair progress -- http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/going-gray/179328-jeepys-grey-hair-progress.html
    --My article at NaturallyCurly about going grey. Yes, it's in the senior section. : / -- https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/seniors/how-i-went-completely-gray-and-loved-it
  • MissDarceiMissDarcei Posts: 193Registered Users
    Tresemme Naturals as a conditioner and leave-in and HE Set Me Up gel as a styler. Both are usually on sale at my drugstore. I just use whatever sulphate free shampoos i have. Takes me ages to go through a bottle of shampoo.
    3c Hair
    Fine Strands, High Density, Low Porosity
    CG since August 2011
    :love4:Loving my hair!!!:love4:
  • ElizabethFaithElizabethFaith Posts: 429Registered Users
    Everyone took my answer! :) I was going to say the Tresemme Naturals! It's pretty popular! Anyways, I also use the Vo5 and Suave conditioners, EcoStyler gels, LALSG, Garnier Fructis Pure Clean gel (but it is pretty pricey, considering how small it is), and the Shea Moisture lines (I think that $9.99 is still relatively cheap, and I don't use much). The Kinky Curly Knot Today...hmmm...I'll have to add that one because I used to love it, and I never used a lot of it, so it lasted for a couple of months. I guess paying $10.00 for a product that is 12 oz. doesn't bother me. These are all that I have tried and liked, because they were cheap. Sorry for rambling!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Curly and PROUD!!!

    My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

    CG since Sept. 2011
    Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
    RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

    * represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
  • ElizabethFaithElizabethFaith Posts: 429Registered Users
    Oh! And the Clairol 3-in-1 mousse! I forgot that one!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]Curly and PROUD!!!

    My hair has a mix of low/med/high porosity, and it's medium textured (some are still fine, though!)

    CG since Sept. 2011
    Cowash: Vo5/Suave Naturals/Tresemme Naturals*
    RO/LI: GVPCB*, Tresemme Naturals*
    Low-poo: Shea Moisture Moisture Retention
    Stylers: KCKT*, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Honey*

    * represents my HGs!!! Finally!!!
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Hmm.... Might have to try that 3 in 1 mousse! (down, PJ, DOWN!!)

    Most of my stuff is drug store or Sally's. Well, all in fact! I won't pay more than $10 for products (SM retention stuff, mainly) and the ones I pay $10 for better last me a while!!

    I have not given in to any splurges, tho I might allow myself to once in a while. Itching to try pure argan oil and Curl Keeper... Maybe they'll go on my Xmas list! ;)

    All my products are in my siggy, too, tho it may need a little updating. And I can't see siggies on my iPhone!

    My cheapest products are LAL gels and Suave Nats condish. But like i said, everything else is under $10 - tho info have BRHG, which was just over $10 but it lasts me at least a year!

    Cheap tools - I use t-shirts and kitchen dish towels (flour sack towels, maybe you'd call them?), and an old imitation Aquis towel that does WONDERS for plopping! (one side is like a t-shirt)
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • tenapaigetenapaige Posts: 208Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    Hmm.... Might have to try that 3 in 1 mousse! (down, PJ, DOWN!!)

    Most of my stuff is drug store or Sally's. Well, all in fact! I won't pay more than $10 for products (SM retention stuff, mainly) and the ones I pay $10 for better last me a while!!

    I have not given in to any splurges, tho I might allow myself to once in a while. Itching to try pure argan oil and Curl Keeper... Maybe they'll go on my Xmas list! ;)

    All my products are in my siggy, too, tho it may need a little updating. And I can't see siggies on my iPhone!

    My cheapest products are LAL gels and Suave Nats condish. But like i said, everything else is under $10 - tho info have BRHG, which was just over $10 but it lasts me at least a year!

    Cheap tools - I use t-shirts and kitchen dish towels (flour sack towels, maybe you'd call them?), and an old imitation Aquis towel that does WONDERS for plopping! (one side is like a t-shirt)

    I tried the plopping method but it didnt work for me any tips ( i did this for volume and an easier hair routine)
  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    Hmm.... Might have to try that 3 in 1 mousse! (down, PJ, DOWN!!)

    Most of my stuff is drug store or Sally's. Well, all in fact! I won't pay more than $10 for products (SM retention stuff, mainly) and the ones I pay $10 for better last me a while!!

    I have not given in to any splurges, tho I might allow myself to once in a while. Itching to try pure argan oil and Curl Keeper... Maybe they'll go on my Xmas list! ;)

    All my products are in my siggy, too, tho it may need a little updating. And I can't see siggies on my iPhone!

    My cheapest products are LAL gels and Suave Nats condish. But like i said, everything else is under $10 - tho info have BRHG, which was just over $10 but it lasts me at least a year!

    Cheap tools - I use t-shirts and kitchen dish towels (flour sack towels, maybe you'd call them?), and an old imitation Aquis towel that does WONDERS for plopping! (one side is like a t-shirt)

    The 3 in 1 is WELL worth it.

    Sent from my SPH-D710 using CurlTalk App
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    tenapaige wrote: »
    Jas76 wrote: »
    Hmm.... Might have to try that 3 in 1 mousse! (down, PJ, DOWN!!)

    Most of my stuff is drug store or Sally's. Well, all in fact! I won't pay more than $10 for products (SM retention stuff, mainly) and the ones I pay $10 for better last me a while!!

    I have not given in to any splurges, tho I might allow myself to once in a while. Itching to try pure argan oil and Curl Keeper... Maybe they'll go on my Xmas list! ;)

    All my products are in my siggy, too, tho it may need a little updating. And I can't see siggies on my iPhone!

    My cheapest products are LAL gels and Suave Nats condish. But like i said, everything else is under $10 - tho info have BRHG, which was just over $10 but it lasts me at least a year!

    Cheap tools - I use t-shirts and kitchen dish towels (flour sack towels, maybe you'd call them?), and an old imitation Aquis towel that does WONDERS for plopping! (one side is like a t-shirt)

    I tried the plopping method but it didnt work for me any tips ( i did this for volume and an easier hair routine)


    Well, I hear if your hair is above shoulder length it doesn't work as well.

    I know a lot of times how long you leave it in the plop makes a difference. So can what you use to plop and how you wrap it.

    What problems were you having?
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    So... The 3 in 1 mousse....

    Is it cone free? And which do you use? I saw 3 versions online!

    Thx!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • DepressedCurlsDepressedCurls Posts: 836Registered Users
    Yesss it is. And use the white and PURPLE can, not the hot pink or others.
  • txwvy32txwvy32 Posts: 161Registered Users
    I'll have to snag me that 3 in 1 mousse too! I use only drugstore or Sallys products. There are a couple that I am eyeing from curlmart but they're all too expensive for me, i'll have to wait until I can afford them. I never pay more than $10 for a product and if I do, it better be amazing and last a while!

    Stuff I use:
    Tresemme Naturals

    Suave Naturals

    Giovanni 50:50, Direct Leave In, Smooth As Silk Deeper Conditioner

    Tahlia Waajid Curly Curl Creme

    Kinky Curly Knot Today

    Shea Moisture shampoo

    Eco Styler Krystal Gel

    LA Looks Nutra Curl Gel

    Pantene Curly Moisture and Style Whip and love their spray gel too

    Organix Moroccan Argan Curling Creme, Argan Oil

    Generic Value Products (Sallys): Hair Reconstructor and the Conditioning Balm
    2(I have no idea what pattern), low porosity, mix of medium and coarse, dense

    *Have just discovered the amazingness that is the "Spritz and Condish" routine* :toothy10::toothy10::toothy10:

    Shampoo: SM Moisture Retention Shampoo
    Co-wash: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying Conditioner
    RO: GVP CB, Garnier Triple Nutrition
    LI : Whatever conditioner I used + EVOO or Argon oil
    Stylers: Organix Moroccan Curling Perfection Defining Creme, EcoStyler Gel (krystal)
  • tenapaigetenapaige Posts: 208Registered Users
    @jas well i left it over night and the curls came out funny im gonna try it again tonight iland i used a tshirt
  • lollyleelylollyleely Posts: 9Registered Users
    Suave Professionals (Naturals) rosemary mint conditioner as my rinse out. I also tried it as my co-wash and it worked well for me. I think it cost $3. On the recommendation of another post somewhere i mix this with a few drops of Dr. Bronner's Lavender Pure-Castile soap. I got a sample bottle for $2 and it's lasting me forever. The Castile Soap made it work twice as well on my low porosity hair.

    I also am on my second batch of homemade flaxseed gel. Which cost me a fraction of a dollar!

    I had the best curls ever today!

    I also like L'Oreal anti-humidity leave-in and Fructis Smooth Clean Smoothing Cream.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    I LOVE FSG! Been out for a while now - must make more soon!!

    Purple can of 3 in 1 - got it!

    Plopping - see, I can plop overnight, really. If I do I have to spritz it with some water, gently scrunch, clip the roots, and then spritz with spray gel. I might hit it with the diffuser if needs be for just a sec.

    I will plop anywhere from 20mins to 2hrs, depending on the day and what's going on, etc.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • ChikyuuChikyuu Posts: 268Registered Users
    Shea Moisture Shampoos, vo5 cowashes, LALSG, Tresemme naturals, GVP CB, Regis Olive Oil Conditioner (salon product but under $12 for a 12 oz bottle, not bad), I was GONNA try Mane n Tail conditioner, but walmart was out. Walmarts always out of stuff. Ugh,
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    2c or something MODCG Since December 2011!
    New May 20th Routine
    Low-poo:SheaM
    Co-wash:VO5 KiwiLime or VanillaMint
    LI:TN, Regis OliveOil Condish, GVP CB
    Styler: LALSG
    Daily routine: Cleanse, LI, soak with water, scrunch in gel, plop, pixie diffuse, air dry.


  • adthomasadthomas Posts: 5,525Registered Users
    Chikyuu wrote: »
    Shea Moisture Shampoos, vo5 cowashes, LALSG, Tresemme naturals, GVP CB, Regis Olive Oil Conditioner (salon product but under $12 for a 12 oz bottle, not bad), I was GONNA try Mane n Tail conditioner, but walmart was out. Walmarts always out of stuff. Ugh,

    Sally's sells it.
    Yes, it's real. No, you can't touch it. :wav:
  • twinkletoes0207twinkletoes0207 Posts: 11Registered Users
    Tressemme Naturals cheapo condish and I like VO5 kiwi lime squeeze

    I'm on the CG method so I don't use shampoo, condition w/ Tressemme Naturals rinse it out....good...then the VO5 as my leave in then use my Eco Styler Argan oil for my daily wash n gos

    **TeamMulti-Textured**
  • WiggilyhairWiggilyhair Posts: 780Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I love HE Totally Twisted gel.

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