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Curly on a Budget 2012

Forgive me if this is posted somewhere, I haven't been able to find it. If you know where the thread is, please link it for me :)

Anywho, I am trying to be CG but also silicone-, sulfate-, protein-free. I can't afford to keep buying all these products online especially for the size of them and the length and thickness of my hair. I'd love to find some cheaper drugstore/Sallys alternatives.

I currently have on my list to try...
  • VO5 Blackberry Sage Tea Therapy Revitalizing Conditioner
  • VO5 Tangering Tickle Conditioner
  • As I Am Leave-In Conditioner
  • L'Oreal Paris Eversleek Reparative Smoothing Conditioner
  • L'Oreal Paris Evercreme Sulfate-Free Moisture System Intense Nourishing Conditioner
  • GVP Conditioning Balm


  • seamelody14seamelody14 Posts: 282Registered Users
    Here are some of my favorites:

    Kinky Curly Knot Today (don't know if this counts as budget)
    Whole Foods 365 conditioner for co-washing
    Shea Moisture shampoos
    shampoo bars
    coconut oil

    Also very popular:
    suave coconut conditioner for cowashing
    tresemme naturals conditioner
    la looks gel
    giovanni products
    high porosity (from coloring)

    Shampoo: Mop Top Gentle Shampoo
    Co-wash: Chistophe Robin Lemon Cleansing Cream
    RO: CJ strengthening, Kenra moisturizing
    LI: Jessicurl Aloeba
    DT: CJ rehab, Christophe Robin Prickly Pear Mask
    PT: SS protein treatment, Ouidad 12 minute
    Stylers: Jessicurl RR, SS Firm Hold Gel
    Oils: caudalie, sweet almond
  • bookgirlbookgirl Posts: 128Registered Users
    I'm a newbie too, but of the items on your to-try list, I have used the L'Oreal EverCreme Intense Nourishing Conditioner and so far am really liking it as a rinse-out conditioner. It is very moisturizing and smells great. Available at drugstores, often with frequent sales, and well worth trying.
    2c, fine, extremely dense, color-treated, high porosity.

    CG since 10/12
  • anonymous_125408anonymous_125408 Posts: 45Registered Users
    If you ever need to do a low-poo, CVS Baby Wash is great. The main surfactant is Decyl Glucoside which isn't super common to see on it's own, usually it's used as a complementary ingredient, but it's very mild and recommended for sensitive skin. At the same time, it is one of the few non-ionic non-sulfate options that actually gives you a great lather and can remove product build up! A couple things to note, this product has some acidity, and has a high amount of humectant. Although that pretty much just rinses off so I'm not sure it does much when used in shampoo.

    Coconut oil is pretty cheap and is a great deep treatment. Also, the gelatin protein treatment is super cheap and effective. Depending on your hair type of course.
    2a/b, high porosity, fine strands, average density, just about shoulder blade length

    My hair loves moisture!

    currently mod-cg , using low-poo and not totally cone-free yet. I'll get there though!
  • Geek_ChicGeek_Chic Posts: 1,269Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    This is probably the thread you're thinking of, although since it's 5 years old now, many of the products have been discontinued: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curltalk/newbies-info-introductions/76251-curlies-budget.html
    CG since 11/2011
    2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

    Go To Products /Routine:
    Clarifying: Suave Essentials Strawberry
    Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
    CO: Suave Essentials Strawberry, V05 Kiwi Lime
    RO /LI: Tresemme Perfectly (un)Done, Cure Care, V05 Kiwi Lime Squeeze, Suave Essentials Strawberry, Renpure Brazilian Keratin (old formula)
    Stylers: LALSG, AIF, HETT, Suave Professionals Firm Control
    PT: IAGirl's as needed

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