Anyone Use Just Drugstore Products?

anyone have great results from just drugstore products that that's all you use? i have a friend with 3A curls that said she can just use whatevers on sale and CG friendly from the store!!
3B~Fine, porus, and really long
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  • pjsmommy12pjsmommy12 Posts: 206Registered Users
    Does Sally's count? Everything I use is from there and I love them all.

    3a, med texture, normal porosity
    poo: one 'n only shiny silver (occasionally)
    co-wash/rinse out: assorted V05 "flavors"
    leave-in/dt: gvp cb
    stylers: ecostyler, bioterra curl cream, salon care aloe vera gel
    hair loves: plopping, clipping & diffusing


  • onethousandcurlsonethousandcurls Posts: 1,118Registered Users
    No. But I am extremely envious of this friend.
    3b/c, CG 9/18/08
    Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
    Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
  • IzzyTheTerribleIzzyTheTerrible Posts: 194Registered Users
    Yep! While I do confess that I have some of the Sally's Matrix Conditioning balm, I don't really use it anymore because all I really seem to need is my Suave!

    (I would have died laughing if anyone had ever told me to use Suave in the past). I use the Tropical Coconut as well as the Level 8 Gel, love both! $.98 for the conditioner at Walmart, $1.97 for the Gel. Tee-Hee!
    2a-2b/fine/LOTS of it/Florida Dews
    CG as of 7/29.

    Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
    RO-Condish: Suave Tropical Coconut / Matrix Conditioning Balm
    Low-Poo: Daisy Fuentes

    Protein --> :love8: <-- My Hair
  • IzzyTheTerribleIzzyTheTerrible Posts: 194Registered Users
    Oh, and I did pick up Daisy Fuentes from Walgreens to try as a low poo once in a while. But... again, drugstore.
    2a-2b/fine/LOTS of it/Florida Dews
    CG as of 7/29.

    Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
    RO-Condish: Suave Tropical Coconut / Matrix Conditioning Balm
    Low-Poo: Daisy Fuentes

    Protein --> :love8: <-- My Hair
  • mamakathymamakathy Posts: 24Registered Users
    This is my first time actually posting on this board, although I've been an avid lurker since May. The only things I have right now that did not come from the drugstore are [buylink=]KCCC[/buylink] (still trying to decide if I like it) and GVP conditioning balm from Sally's. I use Suave coconut for co-wash, either GVP or Lustrasilk Shea Mango for rinse out. I haven't had much luck with leave-ins. For stylers I use FX curl booster fixative gel, got2be spiked up, or Giovanni LA Looks, sometimes BRHG.
    By the way, I'm a wavy with lots and lots of medium hair. When I did the porosity test, one hair floated and the other sank, so I'm going to say that I have medium porosity too.
    I can't believe I finally actually wrote something!
  • onethousandcurlsonethousandcurls Posts: 1,118Registered Users
    Welcome, Mamakathy! Just wanted to let you know that the porosity test with the floating strand is really unreliable. Use this to better determine where your hair fits:

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    3b/c, CG 9/18/08
    Last process: 04/05/08 Big Chop: 08/08/09
    Currently: Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, Herbal Essences Set Me Up gel (summer only), Boots Curl Creme (winter only)
  • mamakathymamakathy Posts: 24Registered Users
    Thanks onethousandcurls! I had read that before but couldn't remember where it was! I think I'm probably medium porosity, because I never feel any bumps when I rub my hair backwards, but it's not really slick. I've had my hair highlighted once about 15 years ago, so I don't really know how it handles being processed. To OP, sorry to guano...just wanted to say thanks!
  • CrystalRainCrystalRain Posts: 170Registered Users
    I have to. Being in high school for a couple of years yet, my parents won't let me order anything special online, and not much is available in Canada... they like CG because that way I use the fewest products. I used to go from brand to brand trying to figure out why my hair still looked awful!
    Thick, mostly 2c with some 3a; fine texture, medium/high porosity, and a very strange curl & wave pattern.

    Started CG (properly) as of 6/31/2009.

    Cowash | Suave Naturals Ocean Breeze or Juicy Green Apple
    Rinse-out | Burt's Bees Super Shiny
    Leave-in | Live Clean Intense Moisturizing
    Gel | HESMU

    Right now: growing hair past shoulder-length, looking to take decent hair picture (my avatar is my first day of CG).
  • crazycurlz427crazycurlz427 Posts: 46Registered Users
    I use tressemme (i think thats how you spell it!) and herbal essences totally twisted curl scrunching gel and my hair is fine, but i havent really tried a whole bunch of other products to see if what i use is the best, but it works out fine for me
  • oddityofwingsoddityofwings Posts: 1,261Registered Users
    I don't in general, namely because so few drugstore brands at UK drugstores/pharmacies/chemists are CG. But if I absolutely had to, I could get away with just using my co-wash as a rinse-out (which I can get at a drugstore), and Boots Purple, which is of course available at Boots chemists. So I could. But I don't. ;-)
    3b/c. Fine, med-high porosity, normal elasticity. Hair loves oils in summer, protein in winter. Constantly battling the hard water monster.

    CJ Curl Theory, Curl Rehab, Smoothing, Curl Fix, Daily Fix, CCCC, CIAB, CQ, SSCC, MC shampoo, Inecto Pure Coconut Oil, CP luscious curl creme (summer), DB Pumpkin Seed (summer), FD/MT, JCWDT, JCTS

    American literature PhD student in the UK... :study:
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    No, my hair is snobby.
    Kiva! Microfinance works.

    Med/Coarse, porous curly.
  • MintMint Posts: 1,143Registered Users
    I do! Though, I'm modified CG.

    I have an oily scalp, so each time I wash I use Organix shampoo or Selsun Blue Moisturizing Shampoo (when my scalp is acting up). I often coat my hair with a cheapie CG (or close to CG) conditioner when shampooing the scalp with so everything rinses out with minimal damage.

    As for conditioners, I am a big fan of Herbal Essences None of Your Frizzness Conditioner (it detangles well and makes my hair feel soft like butter). Also, I like Alberto VO5 Tea Therapy in Blackberry Sage as a light, CG conditioner. Dove Intense Therapy Conditioner is also excellent, but I noticed that they changed the formula recently (dimethiconol to dimethicone I believe?). I only have an old bottle so I can't speak for the new formula yet.

    I love Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Split-End Protector as a leave-in (3 squirts of product on damp hair and I am left with enhanced shine and reduced frizz).

    My ultimate HG gel is Herbal Essences Body Envy Gel. It adds shine, enhances curl, defrizzes, provides a great hold and smells amazing!! I will love it forever (unless my hair changes...).

    I recently bought a Sally's product that seemed like it would make a good DT for me (Ion Color Solutions Color Defense Instant Moisture Daily Hydrating Conditioner). Though, I never touched my hair with color/perms. So we'll see how that goes. By the way, the condish is almost CG (contains amodimethicone).
    2a/M-C/ii hair. Super long.
  • britney.britney. Posts: 292Registered Users
    You can find a good amount of nice CG friendly drugstore products. I use a few drugstore hair products.
    2c/3a some 3b/Thick/Fine texture?/High Porosity
    Currently trying out the CG method again as of 1/3/12!

    Current Routine:
    Co-wash/RO: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle
    Low poo: Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat (when needed)
    Products: LA Looks Sports Gel and Curly Kinks Coil Jam