27 March 2014

Natural on a Budget: Conditioning

Natural hair care can be expensive if you're a bit of a product junkie and find yourself buying new products all of the time or just trialling lots to find the right ones for you. However, going/being natural really doesn't have to break your bank because there are actually plenty of products available for a good price which are easily accessible in most local hair and beauty stores. So, I wanted to do a mini series on the ranges of products that you can find on a budget, starting with conditioners.

I've done a small section on a few of my favourite low cost regular conditioners, leave-in's and deep conditioners that everyone should be able to access easily. All but one of these I have tried and tested myself and I can definitely say that the low cost definitely does not mean low quality.

Rinse Out Conditioners

Tresemme Naturals: Available in two variants - Vibrantly Smooth and Nourishing Moisture.
Don't be fooled by the fact that Tresemme is marketed predominantly towards european hair because these conditioners are amazing. They are my must have staples.
  • Sold at around £4.99 and are often on 3 for 2 offers in Superdrug & Boots.
  • Great slip which is beneficial for detangling.
  • Sillicone free
  • 750ml bottles, so great value for money as they last a long time.
  • Leave hair feeling revived, smooth and soft after use. 
  • You can leave some in after rinsing so it double's as a leave in.

Deep Conditioners

ORS Replenishing Conditioner:
If you are not fazed by silicones being in the ingredients list, then this is a great conditioner to use.
  • Usually priced around £4 and is now available in Boots and some Superdrugs as well as the black hair and beauty stores.
  • Thick consistency that is easy to spread through hair and also has great slip
  • Enriched with olive oil and sweet orange oil which leaves hair with an amazing citrus scent.
  • Moisturizes and strengthens the hair and is especially good for treating damaged hair.

ORS Hair Mayonnaise:
  • Protein conditioner great for strengthening weak hair.
  • Probably not a good choice for those with protein sensitive hair
  • Contains silicones so not ideal if you try to stay away from these ingredients.
  • Ideally used every 2-4 weeks 
  • Comes in various sizes, prices ranging from as little as £2.29
  • Available in Boots and Superdrug now, in addition to hair and beauty stores.

Beautiful Textures Rapid Repair:
Again, if you try to stay away from ingredients such as silicones then this one might not be one for you. I usually try to avoid silicones, but I decided to give this a go after I received one at Curlvolution last year and was pleasantly surprised.

  • Great moisturising deep conditioner
  • Aimed at repairing damaged strands so great if your hair is in need of some TLC from heat damage, colour treatments etc.
  • Price is very cheap - available from £3.99

Leave in Conditioners

Creme of Nature Argan Oil - Strength and Shine  Leave In Conditioner

  • 2 phase liquid formula combining Argan Oil and a protein complex
  • Protein formula helps strengthen weak hair, whilst the part of the formula helps to moisturise and add shine
  • Easy to apply as it is in a spray bottle
  • Priced around £4

Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioner

Although I haven't used this product myself, I have heard so many good reviews from other naturals that I couldn't leave it off the list, plus it is fairly well priced.

  • Available from £4.99
  • Creamy conditioning formula enriched with Shea Butter and other natural oils to help reduce breakage and repair damage whilst moisturising.

If you know of any other great, but budget friendly conditioners then please leave a comment below or on the Facebook page wall - Sharing is caring!