Budget Buys

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Updated 1/16/20

Much like my “Favorite Products” list, I’ll keep updating this list as time goes on so that it’s always accurate. Some of these products overlap with the favorites list, some will not- I’m not going to list the hair needs they suit here, but these are things that is worth looking into the ingredients to see if they may suit you if you’re on a budget.

My requirement for cost is that you can get your hands on it for $10 or less easily. So some of them may have slightly higher prices, but since Sally Beauty Supply often has BOGO or BOGO 50% on haircare, it would be found for less than $10 per item on a regular basis. Make sense? Good.


As I Am Coconut CoWash- $6.69
As I Am Olive & Tea Tree Oil CoWash- $11 (Sally’s BOGO for cheaper)
Suave Daily Clarifying Shampoo- $1.99


GVP Conditioning Balm- $6.99
All About Curls Daily Cream Conditioner- $9.99 (See review here)
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner- $4.00

Deep Conditioners

Mielle Organics Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner- $13.29 (Sally’s BOGOs)
All About Curls Divine Treatment- $11.99 (Sally’s BOGOs, see review here)
Not Your Mother’s Naturals Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Nutrient Rich Butter Masque- $8.99

Leave In Conditioner

Giovanni Direct Leave In- $7.99
Even cheaper, just leave in some of your conditioner that has no detremental ingredients like silicones!


Pantene Curl Defining Mousse- $4.99
Giovanni Eco Chic Styling Foam- $8.99


Cantu Conditioning Creamy Hair Lotion- $5.99


Giovanni LA Hold Gel- $8.99
Aussie Instant Freeze- $3.49
Homemade Flaxseed Gel (recipe here)
Homemade Okra Gel (recipe here)


Jojoba Oil- $5? Depends what size you get, but easily found for less than $10.
Apricot Oil- same as above

Misc. Stylers

Homemade Lavender Water (recipe here)


36″ Satin Square Shaped Scarf- $7.99 (on Amazon)
Flairosol bottle- $9.99, BUT you can just use a generic spray bottle from the dollar store as long as it has a fine enough mist and doesn’t just shoot water at your head in a straight line

Pro tip: If you’re a CVS rewards member you can regularly get 40% off one item coupons and a bunch of things on this list are available there.

Do you have a favorite budget buy that I didn’t mention? Feel free to share it in the comments!

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