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Budget Friendly Natural Hair Products!

By January 27th, 202123 Comments

Budget Friendly Natural Hair Products!

by Jamila of College Curlies

Hey y’all! As a college student (and a product junkie) I’m constantly on the lookout for the cheapest and most effective products for natural hair. I’ve compiled a list of products under $12.00 that naturalistas rave about. Enjoy!



Products for Hold/Gels:


Leave-Ins/Styling Creams:


  • Honey
  • Glycerin
  • Coconut Milk
  • Henna Powder

What are your favorite fabulous and frugal products? Share and I’ll add them to the list! Stay fabulous!


  • onegirlrev says:

    1. Giovanni shampoo 2. giovanni leave in 3. Aubrey organics gpb(pre-poo). 4. Castor oil(moisturizer) 5. aloe vera gel(style)
    As a luxury: carol's daughter black vanilla leave in spray which is $12 but last about a month.

    I've used giovanni for years and do not plan to switch my shampoo and conditioner.

  • aprilslove08 says:

    Cantu Shea Butter Leave in and Olive oil organics hair mayonnaise are good products that are under $12.

  • Anonymous says:

    Right now, I'm liking Hot Six Oil (all natural ingredients, not heavy, great smell), Argan Oil by Cream of Nature (I use this on my wash-n-go, followed by my fav…), and SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. All are under $10!

  • Kitty says:

    Shampoo: Suave Almond and Shea Butter
    Nature's Gate Chamomile & Lemon Verbena Moisturizing Shampoo

    Conditioner: Suave Almond and Shea Butter

    Gel: Pantene Curl Shaping Gel

    Oils: Africa's Best Ultimate Herbal Oil (Good for mixing with water for a spritz)

    Leave-Ins/Styling Creams: Giovanni Weightless Moisture Leave in
    Samy Big Curls lightweight curl creme

  • SaBrina says:

    Reference to anon: November 24, 2010 2:10 PM

    You can buy coconut oil at Food Lion "Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil" and also at Walmart "Luana Coconut Oil"

  • Erika says:

    I just wanted to let you know of some items that I'm wanting to get rid of if you're interested.

    V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner Passion Fruit Smoothie "New Never Used"
    Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel 12oz Bottle "85% Full"
    Pro Wrap Large End Wraps "98% Full"
    Magnetic Rollers with the Clips different sizes/colors 75+ pieces "Used only Once"
    Protective Mist Bodifier by Taligah Waajid "85% Full"
    Vienna Hair Collection B. Marley Pony Lenth `19 inches
    Have 2 Brand New Bags "Never Used" to be used if you're wanting to put in some Kinky Twists.
    Pink Crotched Hat with Flower Attached on It New/ever Used
    Afro Detangler Pick Comb New Brought "2", only need "1"
    B & B Oil Moisturizer Hair Lotion with Castor Oil and Aloe Bottle 12oz "85% Full",
    Good Product but still have another hair lotion that I need to finish up.

    If anyone is interested in these please let me know you can email me

  • Chris says:

    Giovanni Smooth as Silk and Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose are the truth, especially on sale! I also like to add Brazil Nut oil or Camellia Oil either to the conditioners for deep treatment or use to seal in moisture.
    Unfortunately for my PJism I'm now on black friday countdown so watch out oyin and qhemet

    Some cheapie ayurvedic products:
    Hibiscus Powder
    all can be found in an Indian grocery usually for under 5 bucks

  • JW says:

    I use many of these products. I also like Vatika Coconut oil blend that I buy on Amazon for around $5 for 6 or 8 oz bottle

  • random says:

    Nature's gate products are affordable as well. On there $4-5 a bottle and in stores usually $6-7 a bottle.

  • Kristen says:

    Yeah, 100% coconut oil can be bought in the regular grocery store. If your store has a health food section like Kroger or Publix you can find it there. That's where I get mine from. (Kroger) and it's just uner $7 which isn't bad at all considering how long the stuff lasts.

    Haven't tried Argan oil. What are the benefits of that? Guess I'll have to google that too, :o)

  • Anonymous says:

    Ive purchased argan oil and coconut oil from Whole Foods Market. I'm starting to see coconut oil in regular grocery stores. Sometimes it is in the baking section rather than the cooking oil section. So many great oils out there and Whole foods market has pretty much all of them- macadamia nut oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, etc.

  • Bianca says:

    I am saving money by making as many of my products as I can learn how to…

    I am not interested in chemicals and I like to buy things in neighborhoods of cultures who use them all the time…

    For example…buying coconut oil, almond oil,sunflower oil and ayurvedic supplies in Indian neighborhoods…

    buying Shea butter, Mango butter,cocoa butter,black seed oil and essential oils at the Arab stores who sell to the guys who vend on the street…

    Herbs I buy loose in bulk when I can and in tea boxes when I'm less solvent…

    I'm currently looking for a morrocan grocery store to get argan oil from…

    My mortar and pestle is my best friend…

  • Anonymous says:

    I purchased my coconut oil at GNC. However, I've heard Krogers has it.

  • Anonymous says:

    where can I buy coconut oil?

  • Anonymous says:

    Most of my staples are already on the list– Shea Butter, Aloe Vera Gel, Honey, Coconut Milk, Yes to Carrots Conditioner (Leave In) and Kiss My Face Upper Management Styling Gel

    I also use…
    -AO HSR Shampoo (Shampoo)
    -AO HSR Conditioner (DC)
    -ACV (After Shampoo Rinse)
    -Castor Oil (Sealant)

    These natural and affordable products keep my highly textured hair well-moisturized, soft and supple.

  • Anonymous says:

    Inexpensive Must haves for me include:
    Coconut oil, Ecostyler Gel (Krystal), Yes to Carrots (Deep Conditioning Treatment), Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner, Henna, Cassia

    I splurge on shampoo because the only one I like is Curls Cleansing Cream. I have also tried samples of Wen and think its a good moisturizing shampoo.

  • Anonymous says:

    cantu shea butter leave in, shea moisture deep masque treatment…everything else looks to be there already!

  • Anonymous says:

    Luster's Pink conditioning shampoo and conditioner
    Moisturizers: ORS olive oil creme
    Profectiv anti breakage creme
    BTW, great list!

  • Anonymous says:

    Wonderful list. Thanks for this help! As a college student it is VERY hard to be able to AFFORD to take care of your hair. When I started going natural I was still in high school, but when I chopped all the relaxer off I was in college, and I didn't know WHAT to put in my hair. Thanks to your blog Nikki, I'm getting so much better taking care of my hair. Thanks for all your help!

    – Tee

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    A lot of my faves are on the list. My staples are olive oil, cocunut oil, suave naturals conditioners, and shea butter (used on hair and skin) are all very afforable products used in my regimen. Check out how I use my staple products to do a braidout on youtube at

    Barbara of

  • Kristen says:

    Thanks for the list because some of the products out there for us curlies are riDICulously pricey.
    I use coconut oil and love it. Makes your hair and skin nice and soft. My husband uses it on his skin as well!! (has no hair, but by choice-he shaves it off!! LOL)

    Just started the Giovanni Smooth as Silk and so far so good. I plan on trying the YesTo line cuz I have heard nothing but good stuff about that. I used honey and evoo in my LeKair Cholesterol deep conditioning last week and I liked that. It seems to have added a lot of shine and smoothness to my hair. And y'all know that Cholesterol is cheap–good old standby!! LOL

    Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream has been good to me so far, I just started using it this past week as well. Smells great and has no mineral oil in it. It seems good on my kids' hair too.

    Hot Six Oil – I like cuz it has only natural oils and herbs in it – no mineral oils, not heavy.

    JUST ordered some Henna and hair cream from last night. Can't wait to get it as I am anxious to see what the henna does to my hair. I got the Jamila Spice mix so it has a cinnamon kinda color to it.

    I have used the Trader Joe's Nourish Spa too and that's good as well. (I LOVE EVERYthing from Trader Joe's–I am like their unpaid spokesperson!! LOL)

    Thanks again for the list!!

  • Anonymous says:

    WATER!!!! Always free and has oh so many uses…;-)

  • BB says:

    V05 Shampoos and conditioners

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