Big Hair At A Bargain

My Curly Hair Product Picks

Swapping hair tips is a way of life among the ‘girls with curls’ club. And whenever I’m asked which hair products I use, I proudly report that all the products I use are available at pharmacies and grocery stores, and all are under $10.

Here is my 4-step hair care routine:

Shampoo: I only shampoo 1-2 a week. I look for a moisturizing shampoo for dry/brittle hair. There are many good options available. Currently I’m using Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, which is around $3. Another good option is Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Shampoo — easily available at drug stores and Loblaws.

Conditioner: My favourite conditioner is Aussie Total Miracle, and I can get the large size at Walmart for around $5 or less (when on sale). Other favourites include Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner and John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Conditioner. I condition twice, and comb out my hair with a wide tooth comb on the second round.

Styling: Once out of the shower, I very lightly towel dry my hair, and then immediately drench it from root to tip with John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver mousse – available for just under $10, but I can usually find it on sale for less. I have tried many other mousses, and styling creams and I have no other substitutes that do the trick. If time permits, I let my hair air dry for 2 hours; then diffuse with a hair dryer. Yes, my total hair routine is long, but luckily I only have to do it once a week: usually on the weekend.

Between washes: I often wear up-dos by day three, and my go-to for keeping my hair slick and frizz-free is John Frieda Secret Weapon Finishing Cream – available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws and Walmart, usually just under $10.

I’m pleased as punch to have found this collection of hard-working, affordable hair products. All the more money in the bank for my not-so-affordable hair colouring appointments at the salon! I’ll save that for another Shop & Tell…