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Do I have to pay salon prices for the best products?

Hey ladies!

So I need help finding a good cowash. I have been CG for two months. I have 2c/3a hair, medium length, low porosity and med/thick (I think).

Currently, I am using DevaCurl No poo and one condition. My hair immediately feels moisturized and cleansed with this duo. But they cost so much! I wanted to find a cheaper cowash to use between washes. I bought tresemme naturals co dish but my hair doesn't seem to react as well as it does to the DC. It gets tangled with Tresemme and I have to leave it in for 5 min before I can finger comb out the tangles. Even then it still feels "dirty". Also with DC I can go 3/4 days without washing again. But the following day after Tresemme my scalp is itchy and greasy.

Does anyone know if there is a better product to work with my hair properties? And that won't cost me half a paycheck.

I was thinking of trying the Shea moisture line but my target has been running out quickly. Also, I am waiting to finish my current bottle.

Thanks for the help!!

Comments

  • Ml001Ml001 Posts: 354Registered Users
    Many people like the V05 and Suave Naturals line - very cheap. A little higher priced than that but cheaper than Deva would be Aubrey Organics honeysuckle rose, and Yes to Carrots.

    My hair only likes CJ and JessiCurl - I've tried all the drugstore brands and Deva stuff.

    Just keep in mind that if you find the drugstore stuff works well but you have to wash more frequently, then it may not be costing you any more overall to use the Deva line.
    remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!! :read2:
    My hair:
    2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
    My routine:
    Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
    RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
    LI: KCKT or CJSL
    Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)

    Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    I've tried a lot of products and the Darcy's Botanicals is doing my hair right so I'm going to stick with it price be damned.

    Somethings I think the hunt for cheaper products (or general pj-ness) can be an expense in and of itself. If you find a replacement quickly, it's great, but if you don't it can be money down the drain.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density

    :love5:MoistureMoistureMoisture:love5:

    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • JessiebananaJessiebanana Posts: 940Banned Users
    Ml001 wrote: »
    Just keep in mind that if you find the drugstore stuff works well but you have to wash more frequently, then it may not be costing you any more overall to use the Deva line.

    Huge 2nd. I use my DB co-wash about once a week because my scalp actually feels clean and I use less conditioner. I don't run through products as quickly.
    3C/Fine to Medium/Low Porosity/High Density

    :love5:MoistureMoistureMoisture:love5:

    Low Poo: CJ Gentle Cleansing Shampoo
    RO/DC: DB Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner
    LI: CJ Smoothing Lotion
    Styler: Queen Helene Sculpturing Gel & Glaze

    No Salts, No Waxes, No Butters, No Heavy Oils
    No ACV, No Saponified Oils, Protein Sensitive
  • MyrnaMyrna Posts: 2,332Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    you absolutely do NOT have to pay those prices. The Shea Moisture (drugstores and Target) are very popular; I use them every day and my hair is not at all damaged. The GVP conditioning balm is very popular, and I recently became a convert to this conditioner, at least for the cold weather months. I do love the Deva Foam, but I use that with Sally's Biotera gel, also pretty popular here. Experiment. See what works for you. I t think many of us feel Deva is over priced and over pushed by the salons, and not all that wonderful. I personally felt my hair felt "coated" with their no poo and Conditioner. Too much!
  • asianrunnerasianrunner Posts: 2,251Registered Users
    If you really love Deva products, I think aveyou.com carries them. You can usually find a coupon for 15% off!
    Coarse texture, normal-high porosity, normal elasticity (Komaza Care), very weak waves
    cleanser: Redken Fresh Curls Shampoo, CJ Daily Fix

    rinse out: GVP Conditioning Balm, CJ Beauticurls, CJ Smoothing

    jellies/creams: CR Curl Maker, KCCC
    gels: CJ CQ, CJ Pattern Pusha, BRHG

  • anonymous_133347anonymous_133347 Posts: 1,426Registered Users
    Amazon sells the deva products pretty cheap. It's free shipping after $25 as well. I got the gel there for a steal. Also fragrance.net has deva and there's a 20% coupon on its homepage. But I have to vouch for Shea Moisture. It's an incredible line and it moisturizes my hair so, so, well. I simply love it.
    3A - C, HP, ME, HD. (Coarse, High Porosity, Medium Elasticity, High Density.)

    CG since Nov. 2012

    Poos: SM Moisture Retention + Yucca Baobab, TJ's Tea Tree Tingle
    Condish: TJ 'sTea Tree Tingle*, SM Moisture Retention* + Curl & Shine + Yucca Baobab, Yes to Blueberries
    Stylers: KCKT*, SM Curl Enhancing Smoothie* + Curl & Style Milk*, KCCC*, FSG*, CJ Pattern Pusha, Curl Keeper
    Sealers: Jojoba* or Grapeseed* oil

    * = HG

  • kathymackkathymack Posts: 9,999Registered Users
    Around here, Deva is a love/hate line. Many of us start out with it, think we like it and then move on to other things that we like A LOT more.

    The best way to choose ingredients/products is by hair properties. Here's a link to help you with yours Live Curly Live Free - Curly Hair Basics Once you discover your properties, look for people with hair like yours and see what they use. It's the best place to start.

    My hair prefers the more natural products from the online, boutique type companies. I use a lot of rich products; however, my hair finds the SM products really heavy, if you understand the difference.

    In general, you'll find that you use a lot less of the "better" products, which tends to make them more cost effective then one might think.
    3a (Corkicelli), highlighted, fine, low porosity
    SE PA

    HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic; Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix
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  • claudine19claudine19 Posts: 4,486Registered Users
    I've used $20 shampoo, and I've used $2 shampoo. It hasn't been the price that made the difference. If you're the kind of person who likes to experiment, try different products ---- I'm a fan of the "Yes to" line (carrots, cucumbers, etc.). Also, you may stumble upon "high end" products priced less expensively in surprising locations like Marshall's or T.J. Maxx.

    However, if you're very happy with Deva, you're pressed for time more than $, and you're not the kind of person who doesn't mind unpredictable results, I would stay with what works.

    HTH
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    Dogs and nature abhor a vacuum.
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  • adricrzyadricrzy Posts: 8Registered Users
    Thanks for the advice and suggestions. I am going to continue to experiment slowly and will look into some of the lines suggested. Thanks again.
  • PixarPixar Posts: 58Registered Users
    Shea Moisture!! :) Go to Walgreens and get a Walgreens Card. They have a Buy 1 get 1 Half off Sale at the moment! :D

    Edit - Nevermind >.< Went to Walgreens today to buy a product I wanted to try and the sale is over. =( I'm unsure about Target though.
    2C/3A Fine, Normal Elasticity, & Normal Porosity.