When I started out on my curly hair journey I didn’t realized just how many curly hair products there are, and I easily became overwhelmed by the choices & spent a ton of money trying different ones out. Not that I’m complaining about trying out new products, because I am definitely a product junkie, but it kinda sucks when you spend a lot on products that don’t work for your hair. From expensive Devacurl to cheaper brands like Aussie, I found products that really worked awesome, and some that didn’t measure up to my curl-spectations. What I did find however, is that you can totally score some great curl products at the drug store without breaking the bank. I consistently use shampoo, conditioner, deep treatments and a curl cream, gel and a mousse to style. I’ve picked out some of my favorites in each category to help your curls (and your wallet) out. **Please note that I DO NOT follow the Curly Girl Method so these products may not be CGM approved**
Shampoo & Condish: Garnier Curl Nourish Shampoo and Conditioners are super moisturizing, smell great and leave my hair soft, manageable and shiny. Best part? They are generally around $5 or less each and can be found at most drug stores, Target and Walmart. Shea Moisture is a really great brand for curls made with natural products. If your hair craves protein these are perfect choices! These are also found at most drug stores, Target and Walmart and a score at around $9 each.
Deep Conditioning Treatments: Shea Moisture for the win once again! I use both of these deep conditioners regularly. The Raw Shea Butter Deep Condition Mask is amazing for dry hair, it is soft and buttery and is a much more affordable alternative to Devacurl’s Melt Into Moisture. The Hydrate and Repair Protein Power Treatment is a holy grail for me. It is perfect for damaged curls or over-moisturized lifeless curls that have become limp. I usually apply this on my hair when it is dry and put a shower cap over it & leave it on for 20 minutes then rinse. My curls perk right up every time! Both can be found at most drugstores, Target & Walmart and are around $9 to $12 each.
Curl Creams: You really can’t go wrong with the Not Your Mother’s Curls Talk line of products and I especially love their Curl Defining Cream. It smells so good and leaves curls soft, shiny & defined and are only around $8 each. The Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Curl Envy Curl Cream is one of the first curl creams I tried on my hair and it is easily one of my favorites. Out of all the curl creams I’ve tried this one gives me consistently great results and is about $9. Again these products are found at most drug stores, Target and Walmart.
Gels: This ECO Style Gel is legit so cheap that you should have it in your stash just cuz. It has plenty of hold for defining curls, and at only $3 a tub you can’t go wrong. The Aussie Instant Freeze Gel is a curly girl staple and the smooth jelly adds shine and definition to hold your curly styles. Another steal at $4 and up depending on the store. Both can be found at most drugstores, Target & Walmart.
Mousse: I’m kinda picky when it comes to mousse, I like a thick, creamy mousse that gives a strong hold and both of these do exactly that. The Pantene Curl Mousse smells great and is around $5. What’s cool about the NYM Mousse is it’s alcohol free but still gives great definition and smells so good too; it’s around $9. Both are found at most drugstores, Target and Walmart.