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!

Author: Natalie

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.

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  1. Thank you for this article! I stopped getting relaxers in 2010, but I didn’t actually start researching natural African-American hair till recently. In my quest to find information, I read and continue to read different articles and posts on message boards.

    I was appalled to find out that women are spending upwards of $20 on products. I love to try new things, so I can’t spend $20 on one product, especially when it’s 2oz. What I’ve been doing to my hair works. I can’t keep reading my bottles to see if this is in it or that is in it. If it works well for my hair then I use it. Of course, I don’t want too many chemicals in the products I use, but there is no reason to throw out perfectly good products.

    Those running businesses in the natural hair care arena are making out! Lots of folks are buying in to it and it’s crazy. There are inexpensive mainstream products that work just as well as the “natural” products.

    I’m just glad to see someone writing about it. I love that Africa’s best herbal oil. It’s not just for hair either and I can get it for a good price.

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  2. Good article, I think it is a waste to chuck out products just because of the less savoury ingredients.
    I now only use natural ingredients on my hair and body but I used up all the products I had first, I can’t afford to throw products away.
    As I live in the UK a lot of the natural products are very expensive or just not available. I have begun making a lot of my own products, the only product I now buy is conditioner but I plan to learn how to make my own conditioner that way I can control what goes into my body.
    You can go natural in terms of hair and body products and it doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. A bottle of olive oil, soya bean oil or coconut oil is relatively cheap and easy to find, so you can avoid non organic products on a budget very easily if you want to.

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  3. Thanks for the heads-up. It always good to save a few bucks nowadays.

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  4. sometimes the biggest obstuctions to making improvement is changing the way we think on matters. breaking free from what has always been done is
    hard.For far to long we have punished our hair for being different.
    Thanks for giving a different prospective for natural hair care

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