My Favorite Budget Friendly Natural Hair Products

So, previously, I talked about natural hair/beauty subscription services and how they’re a good idea, but it dawned on me that a lot of people may not like the surprise that comes with a service like that. You can check that out here. I decided to share my favorite natural hair products to you in hopes you try something new. When someone sees my natural hair, they always stop to ask what products I use and it will turn into a 30 minute conversation and someone’s shopping cart full to capacity.

After 8-9 years of embracing my natural hair, I’ve managed to achieve curly girl success with affordable products that you can find at your local drug store, beauty supply store, Wal-Mart or Target. So who’s first?

SheaMoisture

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Photo Credit: SheaMoisture 

So, I have a holy grail product line and that’s SheaMoisture. They were the first brand that caught my attention and I still use it to this day.  The products have natural ingredients and have a thick consistency for dense or thick hair. There is a hair line for every type of hair. You can find these products almost anywhere. I even found some of their products in stores like Ross, TJMaxx, and Marshalls, for a fraction of the price. You can find these products ranging from $7.99 to $12.99, but I encourage you to take advantage of the BOGO sales they have.

True by Made Beautiful

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Photo Credit: True Collection

So, when I was subscribed to Curlkit last year, I got the conditioning styling cream in my box, and surprised to see a full size product, I decided to use it in a twist out. Let me tell you, the smell is amazing. I have never smelled anything this fresh for clean for my hair. It reminds me of just getting out he shower and you have that fresh clean smell that lingers for days. My hair stayed moisturized and soft and that smell lingered for days. People would try to sniff my hair. I encourage you to try the entire line (shown above) because they’re great for moisture retention and that smell…Did I mention that they are very affordable? Each product is $8.99 on their website and there are two other lines, Pure and Inspire that looks intriguing. I imagine my hair to naturally smell like the true line when I’m in heaven talking to Jesus. In fact, I imagine His hair smelling like this. It is dope. Not saying this is the best smelling product ever, but its right there. Not to mention your hair is super moisturized and soft and hydrated.

Crème of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo

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Photo Credit: Crème of Nature

There are not too many shampoos out there that provide moisture and an extra set of hands for detangling, but this shampoo is the truth. I’ve never encountered a shampoo that gives so much slip and doesn’t strip your hair. I can wash my scalp and still detangle at the same time and the smell is amazing. This particular shampoo has sulfate, but never fear, there is also one without. Let me tell you, the sulfate shampoo gives lots of suds. To me that tells me my hair is getting cleaned. Normally lots of suds leads to dried out hair. Not this shampoo! The edge control here is always a plus, it lays my stubborn edges down with no problem and when it wears out, my hair softens and leaves no weird residue.

Carols Daughter Precaxi Nectar

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Photo Credit: Carol’s Daughter

I’m not one to buy anything because someone said so, but I saw the advertisng on these products from their youtube channel, not to mention some of my favorite bloggers try this out and every one of them loved it. The interesting thing about the reviews was that each girl had a different hair type. So I’m like, it works for any hair type? No way. I use this for when I “wash” and ‘go.” The leave in conditioner is very hydrating and the gel gives a great hold without being crunchy. No one likes crunchy hair.

 

Camille Rose Naturals Coconut Water Leave-In Treatment

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Photo Credit: Camille Rose Naturals

There’s something about coconuts. I love the smell. Have you ever tried the Kinky Curly Knot today? Its just like this, only smells better. The amount of slip that it gives you for detangling purposes is unreal. It will literally slide the knots out with no problem. It is on the pricier side ($14) but it will be the best $14 you spent. You can also use it as a styling product too. If you ask me, the entire Camille Rose Naturals lines are to die for. They are very moisturizing, and have a thick consistency so the product will penetrate your strands. Not to mention, they smell like a sweet surprise.

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Throwback: Camille Rose Naturals is  responsible for this style

A few other favorites includes the entire Entwine Couture line. Let me tell you. These products intensifes our curls. Its like you have super juicy moisturized curls. My aunt wanted to try those products so I gave them to her to try and she loved them! These products are definitely on the high end side in my opinion. The crème Jelle styler can cost you $16.99. However, a little goes a long way so these will last.

If you’re a fan of rod sets but benefit from a mousse or setting lotion, I recommend Lotta Body’s Wrap Me mousse. This leaves no white cast residue and gives a great hold without drying out my hair.

If you haven’t tried these, I definitely suggest you should. A plus about these brands, is they carry several other products that will work well for your hair. I have several others that I liked, but these are always in my closet

Wash and Go with Carol’s Daughter Precaxi

 

Stay tuned for my favorite hair stylers!

Hair Care Routine: Taking out my braids

Box braids are my favorite protective style to do. Well, braids in general. I’ve been braiding for 20 years and I love how quick I can do them. One thing that you don’t see everyday is how to care for your hair after you take a protective style down. There are levels to it, okay?

The key thing to know about a protective style is to make sure you are taking care of your hair so that means scalp massages, and keeping it moisturized. I love to massage Castor Oil in my hair and to use a spray leave in for moisture. I leave braids in my hair for about 2 months and I MAY wash my hair once. You don’t want to leave a protective style in longer than 3 months because your hair can mold due to sweat, dust particles and lack of proper care.

Did you also know that hair sheds everyday? So imagine how much dead hair you’ve accumulated in a few months.

Step One: Preliminary “de-shedding” process.

I literally made this up. Basically, what i do, is I take my favorite oil and I detangle my hair with my fingers, trying to get as much dead hair out as I can. You can also use a wide tooth comb, but I don’t recommend it if your hair is dry and brittle. One thing I always get with braids are those little dust balls between the new growth and where the braid originally started. Be very careful because you can easily pull your hair out. Check out the video on how I handle those.

Step Two: Protein Treatment

I use a protein treatment to revive my curls because I’ve noticed how limp they can get in a protective style. My two favorite protein treatments are the Aphogee Protein Treatment and my DIY eggs and oil. In the video, I opted for my DIY concoction, although it can be very messy. When applying a protein treatment, make sure you coat each strand and do not manipulate it. Once the products dries the hair is very vulnerable to breakage.

Step Three: Wash and Deep Condition

Depending on how much buildup you have, use a clarifying shampoo. This type of shampoo is not something you want to use in your normal regimen because it can strip your hair especially if you aren’t prone to build up. My favorite brand to use is the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line. For this routine, I used the shampoo for cleansing and the treatment masque for deep conditioning. This is my favorite line and hair feels so soft and clean when I use them.

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One thing I always run into when washing is the missed dead hair I didn’t catch during step one. Do not be alarmed if you see more hair coming out. This always happens to me and my hair is still thick and full. Please watch my YouTube video on how I care for my hair and please subscribe for more videos!

Simple, Affordable Makeup Starter Kit

Simple, Affordable Makeup Starter Kit

I get a few questions from friends and love ones on how to start using makeup. When I was getting into makeup, I learned the old fashion ways: looking at magazines and trial and error. Yup! I didn’t have those YouTube tutorials to help me out back then so I researched and experimented on my own. First, I used to play in my Mommy’s makeup which she only uses Lancôme. I started playing with the colors of an eyeshadow pallette and then lipstick. When I got older, I learned there was more than that so I bought one item at a time. I decided to put together a real simple basic Starter Kit you can try out for yourself that will not break you’re  coins, it won’t be as confusing. Majority of these products are my favorite to use as well.

1: Foundation

My favorite foundation is shown in the picture above and it’s the L’Oreal Infallible 24 hr Pro-Matte wear. A little goes along way and this will give you full coverage with a matte finish. The color variation is excellent and  is under $10.

2: Concealer

This is used to hide those imperfections that you don’t want to show, like dark circles and puffiness. My favorite concealer is actually the LaGirl Pro Concealer (not shown) and it is life! You can find this at your local beauty supply store for under $5.

3: Face Powder, Translucent Powder and Setting Spray

The NYX translucent powder is what sets the concealer in place to prevent sliding. Yo want it to stay, no slide over your face. This powder not only keeps my concealer in place, it also gives me a matte finish. A face powder is the overall finish to your look and it brings everything together. Some people, blessed people, can skip the setting spray but the purpose of this product is to keep your entire face set and on fleek! This Elf setting spray works really well and is under $5.

4: Eyeshadow, Mascara, and Eyeliner

I rarely use eyeshadow, but when I do, I always go for a neutrals. If you’re a beginner, I feel like you can’t go wrong with them and the look is easy to fix if you mess up. Elf (shown above for under $5), Maybelline, and WetnWild has awesome neutrals for an affordable price.

Even though false lashes are optional they are a great “pop” to your look and it actually takes your look to the next level. To play it safe, a bomb mascara will help too! If you already have long thick lashes, a few coats of mascara will not only make your eyes pop, but you don’t have to work about glue on them either. Eyeliner creates depth and drama to the eyes the Elf liner is of really good quality. Make sure you have a steady hand. 😀

Contouring?? Highlighting?🤔

Although these two two things create a very dramatic look, they’re optional. There’s a skill to contouring and highlighting because you can’t to make sure you don’t overdue it and look a hot mess. Contouring defines the hallow points in your face and highlighting is…well…highlighting the highest points on your face. BH cosmetics has the all in one palettes for under $20.

*with the exception of the blush/contour pallet, you can find these products in your local drugstore, Walmart, or Target. 😛