Posted November 5, 2011 by Natalie in Hair Care

5 Fave Products Under $ 5

5 Fave Products Under $ 5

When I first decided to go natural I decided that all my non-organic products had to go no matter what my previous experience was with them. I got rid of everything including shampoo, conditioner, and daily moisturizers. If it wasn’t 100% “natural” it wasn’t going on my head, I made that decision based on the idea that for natural hair you could only use natural products if you wanted your hair growth. I found that not to be true and I think many others are initial lead to think the same of regular products. I still do use products that are organic, but I have found that some non-organics are not bad and work well in my regime. In fact some have major benefits for natural hair when it comes to sealing and protection of strands. Also non organics are often lighter on the wallet and can be found easily at the local dollar stores and beauty supplies which can be convenient. I encourage anyone that is newly natural to allow their hair be the judge of products before they completely rule out certain ingredients for their hair’s care. For example a lot of expensive products (products priced over $9.99) that are raved about on natural hair forums all over did nothing at all for my hair. However, a lot of cheap products(less than $9.99) that were said to be a natural no-no worked exceptionably well on my hair. Two things I always consider when it comes to purchasing a product is that one persons hair fail can be your hair’s success and expensive doesn’t necessarily mean better. Here is a list of 5 fave products under $5.

1. Crème of Nature Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo

Absolutely amazing clarifying sulfate shampoo from the very first time I used it. Believe it or not I was able to detangle my hair using just this shampoo alone. I was floored by the moisture that it brought to my hair as well as the slip. The smell is wonderful and it is a great by at $3.99 at the local dollar store.

2. Rasta Locks &Twist Jamaican Mango Lime Locking Crème Wax

This is a mineral oil based product and it is awesome. I know there are many schools of thought regarding mineral oil use for hair care, but I must say this product is one of the best I have ever used for twists and twist outs. It keeps my hair moisturized for the entire length of time I wear my twists which is about 7 days and the shine it gives is wonderful. My twists outs are defined and soft every time, plus this product smells divine.  This is one of the best products on the market right now for those that wear locks or twists and priced at $4.99 it’s an excellent buy.

3. Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus Mango

I came across this product and used it as a deep conditioner with out heat and my hair felt very well conditioned after I used it. I imagine it would work even better with heat used although the instructions say it is not necessary. I was impressed that it left my hair very soft and moisturized with out adding any additional oils to it. I highly recommend giving this product a try with or with out heat. Definitely a great by at the beauty supply for only $2.59

4. Herbal Essences Hello Hydration

This is my staple co-wash and detangling conditioner hands down. This conditioner allows me to detangle my hair with very little effort and after I rinse my hair feels soft and moisturized. I have found that as a leave-in this conditioner behaves well and is not heavy on the hair. I often only rinse about half of the product out during my co-wash and leave in the remaining. If you haven’t already tried this product pick up some for only $2.50 at your local dollar store.

5. Africa’s Best: Ultimate Herbal Oil

I really like this oil for sealing and oiling my scalp while in braids and twists. I consider this to be a must have product for my regime due to the medium consistency of the oil blend and the ability to seal moisture in my hair. Consistency of an oil makes a difference to me because depending on how I am wearing my hair if the oil is to heavy it will weigh my hair down taking away from the style and if too thin my hair will absorb it too quickly. This oil is the medium between thick and thin which makes it great for use with just about any style. This product gives you a good bang for your buck being it combines several natural oils in its formula. I found this at the dollar store as well for only $1.99, can’t beat that!


Mid-western mother, wife, and natural hair enthusiast. Seeking to provide helpful suggestions and information about embracing natural afro textured hair on any budget or schedule.