“Woe unto me, oh!” I thought when I started my natural hair journey, “I am truly the most pitiable natural to have ever gone natural. No essential oils. No raw shea butter. No even any silk to lay my head on! Lord, why did you lead me out of the captivity of creamy crack to abandon me with only fifteen dollars worth of new products?”
I’m down to ten bucks now, and I’m still using the same leave-in conditioner, four years later. The brand not the jar—I’m not that much of an economizer.
I also couldn’t be wasteful or heavy-handed, so my products—save for conditioner, because y’all know how it be– lasted me months. Still do. My entire stash costs less than a single high-end product. They fit in a single basket on a single shelf, and my fave comes from the tap.
All this to say: if my predominantly 4c, mixed textured crown can thrive on a tight budget, yours can too, no matter where you shop—yes, even at the dollar store.
Thrifty doesn’t mean cheap or stingy, so pick a leave-in conditioner, an oil or butter, and a wash-out conditioner with ingredients your hair actually likes and build from there. Read blogs and watch YouTube videos. Sooner or later, you’ll find it’s the techniques that make the difference not brand recs. That’s what I’m here to talk about. That and any ensuing hilarity.
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