Tiki says;

So, I def­i­nite­ly feel that prod­ucts made specif­i­cal­ly for nat­ur­al hair are bet­ter than the ones I used when I was relaxed. They do a bet­ter job of soft­en­ing my cuti­cle and enhanc­ing mois­ture. But they are so darn expen­sive! What are some cheap­er (I’m talk­ing $12 and under for an 8 oz con­tain­er) that I can use!

Great ques­tion, right off the bat I can think of Hairve­da, Shea Mois­ture, Darcy’s Botan­i­cals and Tal­i­ah Waa­jid. They all have quite a few prod­ucts that are under $12 for 8 oz.

What about you ladies? What are your go-to low-cost brands?

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Hey there! I’ve been read­ing your weblog for a while now and final­ly
got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Atas­coci­ta Tx!

Just want­ed to men­tion keep up the excel­lent job!

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Simply Curly

Please every­one win­ter is upon us HAPPY SCALP is your hair insur­ance it works great for women & men with locs .www.hpospatreatments.com


You know what isn’t too bad? Palmer’s coconut oil line. I found it at tar­get and it seems to work pret­ty well on my hair, which is UBER DRY and one of those more dif­fi­cult-to-man­age curl pat­terns :D


shea mois­ture prod­ucts every­thing


I only use Tal­i­ah Waa­jid to twist my locs. I usu­al­ly buy a big vat for $30 that lasts me about two years. I oil my hair with a mix of oils.


No one men­tioned Giovanni’s!


I absolute­ly live for Gio­van­ni!!! my faves are the Smooth As Silk condish, the Triple Tea Tree line, & the leave in condish spray! Amaz­ing prod­ucts that last a long time for a great price!


mine would hands down be the gio­van­ni line for my every­day use. i found it at tar­get and every­thing is under $10. my favorite low cost con­di­tion­er is suave pro­fes­sion­als shea but­ter and almond. i love that i got a 32 oz bot­tle for under $4.



Plain old shea but­ter and oils work for me and its all I can afford. John­son & John­son detan­gling spray and leave in con­di­tion­er are also afford­able and work well as long as I am hydrat­ing prop­er­ly.


Have any of you ladies tried the new line from Queen Helene called Roy­al Curl­ing Creme?, it’s a knock off of kinky­curl­ing cus­tard but at a rea­son­able price 7.99 for 15oz. I brought it the oth­er week and real­ly like it, but just don’t go over­board with the appli­ca­tion because it will flake, but it real­ly defines and locks in the curl pat­tern.


While I am a fan of Shea Mois­ture and Kinky Curly, $10+ is a lit­tle pricey and adds up over time. I try to stick to cheap­er, more avail­able brands like Tre­semme, Gar­nier Fruc­tis, Herbal Essence, and Trade Joe brand. They work just as well as some of the expen­sive prod­ucts I’ve bought in the past.


Shea Mois­ture, Aubrey’s,Desert Essence, VO5, Suave Nat­u­rals, African Royale Hot Six Oil, Gar­nier Fruc­tis Pure & Clean For­ti­fy­ing Con­di­tion­er (love that stuff!), and Dabur Vati­ka oil (a great alter­na­tive to plain coconut oil).


Don­na Marie has prod­ucts that would fit your bud­get:
Super But­ter­creme 8oz ~ $12 (mois­tur­iz­er)
Mir­a­cle Detan­gler & Con­di­tion­er 8oz ~ $12
Super Lath­er­li­cious Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo 8oz ~ $11
Mois­ture Mist 8oz ~ $11
Hair Whip (Dai­ly Leave-in Con­di­tion­ing Styling Creme) 8oz ~ $12
The one above is not out yet, but I had a sam­ple and LOVED it!

Just a note- I’ve per­son­al­ly only had 1 prob­lem with a DM prod­uct and that was with the Super But­ter­creme. The oils seper­at­ed on me and I didn’t think to con­tact them for a replace­ment. I did buy anoth­er jar at a lat­er date and didn’t have that prob­lem again.

It’s usu­al­ly most cost-effec­tive to make your own stuff. But­ters, oils and oth­er ingre­di­ents are usu­al­ly eas­i­ly obtain­able, and there are tons of recipes and ideas for any need you may have (leave-in con­di­tion­er, cleanser, styler, etc.) online.  But, I do real­ize a lot of peo­ple can­not be both­ered with mix­ing things them­selves, or maybe they sim­ply like buy­ing prod­ucts that are pre-pack­aged with pret­ty labels and such. Aside from the brands already men­tioned, Hairo­bics also comes to mind, which is avail­able local­ly in some areas, like here in L.A. I’ve only tried their braid spray, which I LOVE and… Read more »

Long Aid Acti­va­tor Gel — keeps my hair moist
Shea But­ter
African Royale Braid Spray — smells just like Pro­tec­tive Body Mist­ifer from Tal­i­jah Waa­jid
Aussie Moist Con­di­tion­er — so thick and rich


On a side note did you ladies hear about Wan­da Sykes hav­ing can­cer and get­ting her breasts both removed. Here’s the link that I saw about this info. http://www.people.com/people/article/0„20531010,00.html


Oh wow, thanks for the link. I’m hap­py she is doing well and was able to catch it very ear­ly.


Trad­er Joe’s tea tree tin­gle line is dope.
and i use Ben­tonite clay to cleanse, and it’s only $6.
real­ly though, that’s it for me. i don’t real­ly mind pay­ing more for qual­i­ty, but there are always tons of sales and coupons (on groupon, liv­ing social, and kgb­deals) so that i nev­er real­ly have to pay full price any­more.


I also real­ly love the Cana­di­an Live Clean brand. Their Replen­ish­ing Mask is the bomb and I get it for 4.99!

Kenyan Gal

+1.. They were on sale last week at Shop­pers for 3.99!!! I have me a year’s sup­ply!


I am so jeal­ous of you guys. I have to plan a trip to Toron­to soon.


I was in Toron­to a few weeks ago, but I nev­er heard of this prod­uct line.…bummer!


I use and love Shea Mois­ture prod­ucts… where I’m from all of their prod­ucts are 9.99 at Tar­get and I don’t have to pay any­thing addi­tion­al­ly for ship­ping. It is all about con­ve­nience for me, plus their prod­uct line works well for my hair.


I love Shea Mois­ture! I use the Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo and Deep Treat­ment Masque (as a leave-in con­di­tion­er). The DTM is my fave because it mois­tur­izes and seals in one step leav­ing my hair soft and sheen-y for days. I haven’t tried any oth­er prod­uct lines specif­i­cal­ly made for nat­ur­al hair and I have no desire to (Why fix what isn’t bro­ken?).


I per­son­al­ly use the Shea Mois­ture Organ­ic Raw Shea But­ter sham­poo. I’ve been using it for just under a year and I don’t plan on giv­ing it up. I love this stuff. With that being said, I’m not inter­est­ed in using any­thing else from their line. I use a dif­fer­ent con­di­tion­er for my hair and my hair loves that.

It’s all with­in my bud­get as well!!!

Oyin Hand­made prod­ucts would fall with­in her bud­get (the 8 fl oz Hon­ey Hemp Con­di­tion­er is $11 or $12). I love, love, love their stuff. They have great prod­ucts, good cus­tomer ser­vice, and fast ship­ping. Also you can get them on aggre­ga­tor sites like BGLH Mar­ket­place. Per­fect holy grail com­bi­na­tion. Anoth­er good one, if Tiki is the patient type, is SheS­cen­tit. I have used and real­ly liked the Avo­ca­do Con­di­tion­er (8 fl oz for $6) and have heard some good things about oth­er prod­ucts in the line. I haven’t repur­chased because it took almost three weeks to get it, the… Read more »
Tara Melissa

I sec­ond Oyin Hand­made, espe­cial­ly about their fab­u­lous cus­tomer ser­vice. I made a mis­take with my ship­ping address on an order and they actu­al­ly called the post office/shipping com­pa­ny and got it fixed for me. Cus­tomer for life.

Plus, I feel real­ly com­fort­able with their ingre­di­ents, their prod­ucts work well for my hair, they always smell deli­cious and they are very rea­son­ably priced. Yay for Oyin!


I agree whole­heart­ed­ly about Oyin Hand­made. I love their prod­ucts!


An all round great com­pa­ny. Small busi­ness­es should learn from them.

Kenyan Gal

I love Live Clean prouducts… Try the Bali Oil line too… Live Clean are my holy grail on my 4a/b/c hair.… I used to get so jeal­ous read­ing about all these prod­ucts that seemed to work great but were only avail­able in the US (Shea Mois­ture, Qhemet, Oyin) but now I am glad we have our very own in Cana­da!!! :)


My hair is finicky with pro­teins, but I think I am going to get the Bali con­di­tion­er next time I stock up. I will use it for my month­ly shot of pro­tein once my CJ deep fix runs out. I am sure it will work just as well. I real­ly love this line and the cost is per­fect. I am hop­ing it will be in stores here some­time soon.

I believe both Qhemet and Oyin ship to Cana­da. I know the ship­ping costs are awful though.

jenna marie christian

I have recent­ly fall­en in love with an all nat­ur­al hair care line called Kenya’s Nat­u­rals. Bud­get Friend­ly and all nat­ur­al ingre­di­ents. I per­son­al­ly love the clar­i­fy­ing con­di­tion­er, Hair cream mois­tur­iz­er, hot oil treat­ment, and the body but­ter. Check it out. http://www.kenyasnaturals.com


This may not be a natural’s first mind but Cream of Nature has always been good to me and rel­a­tive­ly inex­pen­sive. Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor as well (LOVES the Hair Mayo and Replen­ish­ing Condish).