Hair care products marketed specifically toward black women, particularly those marketed as natural hair products, are often more expensive than products geared toward broader, non-black consumers. Companies market aggressively to sell their products in an increasingly competitive sector of the beauty industry. In short, there is a lot of pressure to spend a lot of money on hair products.
I once believed that a product had to be a “black” product to work for me, like there was something intrinsically different about products advertised as being for black women. The reality is that any product has the potential to work well in any hair type, including those not marketed as natural hair products or even as products for black women at all.
As a struggling college student/emerging adult/young professional, my hair journey has always been on a budget. And thankfully so, because I have learned that it is possible to have healthy hair and great styling results without breaking the bank.
If you’re struggling to find affordable products, keep reading for some of my favorite products under $10! (Click the links to see where these items can be purchased.)
Apple Cider Vinegar, $4.46
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo, $3.99 (only available for purchase from Trader Joe’s in store)
Rinse-Out Conditioners & Detanglers
Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, $3.99 (only available for purchase from Trader Joe’s in store)
Aussie Moist Conditioner, $4.97
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, $4.49
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream, $2.96
Avocado Oil, $4.89
Lavender Jamaican Black Castor Oil, $6.00
Eco Styler Styling Gel (Olive Oil or Argan Oil), $5.19
Fantasia Hair Polisher Heat Protector Straightening Serum, $6.73
EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner, $9.47
Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque, $7.97
Platinum Conditioning Cap, $1.99
Satin Scrunchies, ≈ $2.00 for a pack of four (sold at my local bss)