Monday, September 20, 2010

All About Hair: September's Top Five Under Five

I am always looking for the next best thing. Not necessarily because I am unsatisfied with the performance of my products, but because I want to provide all of you out there with options. Options are a good thing. So is walking into a store with a recommendation in hand versus staring at a bevy of hair products all promising the same thing. 

We're almost halfway through September yet I have stumbled across a few products worthy of mention and most importantly recessionista friendly. Because really, who wants to spend a third of their earnings on hair products? 

Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner [$3.99]: This conditioner packs a moisture punch comparable to higher priced conditioners, yet at a fraction of the cost. Hello Hydration is moisturizing enough to be used without heat, however it also makes a wonderful deep conditioning treatment with the addition of steam or a heating cap.

Hello Hydration leaves my strands moisturized, soft, and ultra manageable. For $3.99 I would say this product is a steal.

Herbal Essence Totally Twisted Conditioner [$3.99]: This is new to my styling arsenal but I love it nonetheless. It is formulated specifically to address the needs of thick hair which means it is filled with ingredients to hydrate thirsty hair. This conditioner also makes a wonderful leave-in as well [when used sparingly].

Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship Leave-In [$3.99]: Yet another Herbal Essence product. I haven't tried an H.E product that I didn't like; and I hope I continue my winning streak with this brand. This is a thick [it's so thick I have to take off the top to dispense it], creamy leave-in that leaves your hair soft, shiny, and residue free.

If you already have a favorite leave-in yet you want a standby that is cheap and easily accessible, consider this product. If you're leave-in has a hard time keeping your strands moisturized under products like gels, and curl creams; Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship is a great option.

VO5 Moisture Milks Conditioner [Strawberry & Creme - $.99]: I purchased this product out of sheer curiosity [It was on sale for .69 cents], and it really blew me away. Granted I recommend leaving it on for at least 20-30 minutes for it to really hydrate the hair, but for under a dollar you really can't beat it. 

For those with thick hair that go through a ton of conditioner, or those that are looking for more of an economical yet effective conditioner, give VO5 Moisture Milks a try. You can literally buy five for the price of one economic conditioner and not feel like you have to ration the product. - This also makes a wonderful co-wash for naturals and transitioners alike.  

ORS Replenishing Pak [$1.29] : I love this product for a few reasons; It's easily accessible, inexpensive and it leaves my hair ridiculously soft and manageable. I usually leave it on for about an hour [without heat], before rinsing with cold water, and a comb could just glide through my hair like butter. 

If you are looking for a consistent and inexpensive deep conditioning treatment; give Olive Oil Root Stimulator Replenishing Pak a try. 
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  1. i need a new leave in....thanks for the suggestions! They will fit quite nicely in the budget :-)

    check out my latest DIY necklace!

  2. Hey Nik...Hello Hydration has silicones in dont have a problem with using silicones in your hair?!...I did like both Hello Hydration and V05 Moisture Milks, but gave them up for Giovanni Smooth as silk trying to follow the curly girl method of no silicones...Please advise Nik lol

  3. Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner is great. I use it as a co-wash and a deep conditioner!

  4. I love Herbal Essences products as well! The None of Your Frizziness Smoothing Leave In is really good too.

  5. Is that ORS a protein treatment or deep conditioning for moisture only?

  6. Did you know that the Dollar General brand and dupe of Hello Hydration is even LESS expensive, give it a try same product and same blue bottle for less.
    I used longterm relationship and totally twisted this summer from recommendations on youtube. I tried their gel as well but didn't like it as much as the ecostyler gel.

  7. I needed these suggestions right about now. I just went back to a natural again and of course my perm conditioners are not doing me. I keep hearing about herbal essence so I don't know why I havent jumped on it.

  8. I use those paks every week...they are awesome!

  9. I swear by Herbal Essence conditioners, but I really love Trader Joe's Nourish Spa conditioner. It leaves my hair super moisturized, only $3 and all organic ingredients.

  10. I love ORS Replenishing Pak as well, great price & great product!

  11. ORS also comes in the bottle for about $6.99. If you use it on weekly basis, then it is more cost effective to buy the bottle.

  12. @L ~DIY Diva; You can't go wrong with any of these [at least I hope not], and the price makes them that much more enticing!

    @Takeysha; A few of my favorites have cones :-| lol However I do clarify regularly, as well as implement regular Apple Cider Vinegar rinses [removes buildup] so it helps keep my strands free of buildup and film! Hope this helps

    @Jamila Reddy; So going to try this! Thank you!

    @jlowman1; Thank you for that req! I am going to pick up some this week!

    @Skeeta; I wouldn't call it a protein treatment. It is a major, major moisture treatment!

    @Lipstick Diva; REALLY? You know I am going to be on a wild goose chase for a Dollar General store! Thank you very much for recommending it! Can't beat one dollar!

    @leggsnshoes; Give a try! If you're a little on the apprehensive side; try them when Target has them on sale for $2.50!

    @Stewvell; Aren't they?!? I love them!

    @Living Fly on a Dime; Picking up some this weekend, I can't wait to try it out!

    @BeautyXChange; Definitely! I can't believe it's THAT cheap!

    @Latoya; What? I didn't know that, I am going to have to keep a lookout for it!


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