NewlyNatural on a budget

by kcurly on December 22, 2008

in Money saving tips,Product Reviews,Tips

We all know that there is a recession going on right now and that can put a hurting on the PJs (product junkies) out there.

I write a lot of product reviews on items that I order online. These are not the cheapest products in the world, but they are usually of good quality. However, I think it’s important to find quality products that are near to home and, also,  more on the frugal side. Especially with shipping costs being what they are.

Here is a list of products and ingredients that are inexpensive and can usually be found locally. Though I will recommend these products, I do have to say that I don’t use some of them and would only use them if I had no access to the products I really love.Some of these I have already mentioned and they will be linked accordingly.

I will mention the ones that I prefer and do use first.

  • Food grade Aloe Vera Gel can very often be purchased from whole foods or health foods store. It costs me about 3 dollars for my supply which I use in my homemade spritz. I usually buy AVG every other month.

  • Animal glycerin (made from animal fats) can be bought in most drugstores , but veggie glycerin is often available for purchase in bulk in wholefoods stores and can be very inexpensive.  Here is a wonderful article from on glycerin. And I want to add that I do not use glycerin much in the dry winter weather.

  • Many oils can be bought at your local grocery store. My favorite is probably olive oil, but among others are castor oil (it’s not just for staying regular!),safflower oil, and almond oil.Here is a helpful list of oils from Motown Girl.

  • Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme Hairdress for Dry Hair

Ingredients:Water , Isopropyl Myistate , Soybean Oil , Olive Oil , Stearic Acid , Stearyl Alcohol , Glyceryl Stearate , Vitamin E , Matricaria Extract Chamomile , Calendula Extract , Vitamin B , Macadamia Nut Oil , Vitamin A , Coconut Oil , Rosemary Extract , Sage Extract , Vitamin C , Great Burdock Extract , Triethanolamine , Methyl Paraben , Propyl Paraben , Imidazolidinyl Urea , Fragrance , FD&C Yellow No. 5 , FD&C Blue No.

I used this briefly before I discovered the handmade products that I enjoy more. It’s pretty creamy though and fairly moisturizing. I have seen some ladies on the hair boards swear by this, though it would not be my first choice. I does have a lot of good ingredients, which was surprising. It’s also quite light for a hairdress.

However, it does contain parabens (if you are looking to avoid those). I bought it at WalMart for about 3 dollars.

  • GVP Conditioning Balm

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Propylene Glycol, Myristyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Decyl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Hexyl Cinnamal, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Golden Seal) Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwack) Extract, Methyl-2-Octynoate

This is from the GVP line at Sally’s which uses the same ingredients as the big brands and pretty much yields the same results. This particular conditioner is a knock off of Biolage Conditioning Balm which I have also used and really liked, but was a bit miffed at the price. I was very happily surprised to find it Sally’s for only about 4-5 dollars. It’s very thick so I would just usually dilute it and cowash with it. It too contains parabens and also rosemary.

In addition to these product suggestions, let me also add that has a pretty good article with some money saving curly tips. Enjoy! Hot Curls on a Budget



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  • Fleurzty

    I promise you that was my next topic. I so wish I didn’t check out your blog today lol

  • kcurly

    Haha, great minds think alike!

  • Angellight

    Also, for a really good product you can buy locally that is budget-wise, approx $4.00 is Organics (by African Best’s) Texture My Way Curl Keeper! I have 4B hair really kinky and this worked really good at defining the wave in one night. I like to twist my hair and twist out the next day. The Elasta Qp Butter did not give me a good twist out the next day, although it is very moisturizing. I also brought the Haiveda Whipped Cream which is a great moisturizer but for twist outs in one night it did not give me a good twist out. I do not wear my twists two to three days yet as my hair still looks short so I like to wear a twist out.

    This product, Organics Texture My Way Curl Keeper is a product one should try. It is new and designed for the new natural looks that are now becoming practical. They also make a gel which I have not tried. I am glad there is an inexpensive product that can work on 4B hair leaving it defined, shiny and moist.

  • Bekka

    I like the Hollywood Beauty Olive Creme.. I have used it with success and it is pretty moisturizing. If you’re looking for something to add weight to your curls that is a good product. And as you mentioned it’s very economical.

  • Robbie

    I am trying to do all that natural thing. My hair is so damaged and I am so tired of hair dressers telling me that my hair needs to be relaxed. I do not understand why my hair does not hold any relaxer. At this point,I am frustrated with my hair and deep down wish I had Angelina Jolie hair because I am obssess with her. On top of that i am broke. I hope to follow your blog and find products that are not too expensive that will help me make the transition. Today I will go see my hair dresser to ask her for a hair cut. If she insists on me relaxing my hair, I will walk out. I want to love my real hair but it is not easy in this society that we live in. I want to be proud of my black hair and stay away from fake hair that I cannot stand.

    I found your blog today and I am already loving it. Wish you all the best.

  • kalena

    Find some good moisturizer for your hair.Try something with shea butter and essential oils.Stay away from petroleum.It will make your hair shine but is quite drying.Use only sulphate free shampoos.Do searches in natural hair forums ,you will find a wealth of info. All the best to you.

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  • Lyricalmommy

    I found your forum yesterday and fell in love. I haven’t had a perm in my hair since 2008 but didn’t know that I had joined a movement, lol. I just got tired of perming my hair and wanted to let it grow out.
    I tried wearing sewn in weaves at the end of 2010 and found that I really didn’t like them. I made a mistake cutting one out in December and decided, what the heck I’ll just chop off all of my hair, so I guess you’d call that my big chop.
    I read your blog for hours yesterday and was pleased that I was correct in using coconut oil on my hair and skin. After reading your blog and learning what they were, I managed to successfully do two strand twists on half of my head so I’ll do the other half tonight.
    My burning question is, can I wash my hair with only conditioner (cowash) without taking the twists out? And if so should I towel dry my hair a little and then air dry? And will I need to put my oil or anything else on the twists to keep them looking neat or just scrap it and do them all over again?

    Also, my son is biracial (black and spanish) and has beautiful curly hair but I have no clue what to do with it. I’ve used coconut oil on his hair and skin but it doesn’t leave it glossy. His hair drinks it right up. I’ve had it cornrowed to keep from messing it up but when it’s taken out it’s extremely dry, curly and frizzy. He’s only two, so what would you suggest that I can use in his hair?

    Thanks for creating this site. It has really helped me tremendously already.

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