Monday, October 10, 2011

A Cheap Natural Hair Regimen

Is your regimen burning a hole in your budget? Are you a new natural overwhelmed by all of the "expensive" products recommended for "our hair"? Might you be a college student with shallow pockets? If any of that is you, maybe what I consider a super cheap regimen is right for you.

Moisturizing Shampoo
Pick up any of the Suave Professionals line or any shampoo that is specifically for damaged and/or color treated hair. These shampoos contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate which--according to Teri of Tightly Curly--is a sulfate that won't leave you high and dry like it's cousin Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. Dollar General should have something that fits into this category, just check the ingredients.

Clarifying Shampoo
I'm not into pH, so if you aren't either simply add a bit of baking soda to your moisturizing shampoo to clarify your hair as needed. Seriously, how often do you clarify anyway? Not enough to buy a full bottle of special shampoo--in my case.

CoWash/Detangling Conditioner
Make this a cheap one. Usually Suave and Vo5 will get the job done and can each be had for around or under a dollar.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
If you deep condition, your best bet is to get a cholesterol deep conditioner. These are cheap, available at the dollar store and walmart, and come in a big tub making it a value.

Protein Deep Conditioner
Add a single egg to your moisturizing deep conditioner or just use a single egg. I used an egg at the beginning of my journey and it worked out well. Again, I don't do a protein treatment enough to buy a special conditioner for this.

**Do not sit under a heated dryer when using egg and ALWAYS rinse with cool water. You do not want to pick scrambled eggs out of your hair**

Leave In/ Daily Moisturizer
Water. It doesn't get much cheaper than that.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is widely available and again can be found at the dollar store. If you have a dry scalp this oil can also be applied to the scalp. If you are into oil rinsing you can use EVOO and if you are into hot oil treatments this oil can be used.

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