Low Cost Hair Products For Relaxed Hair

I'm a part of several relaxed hair Facebook groups and it's interesting to see what products other women are using in their hair regimens. It's also interesting to see how many believe that what determines whether a hair product is good or not is how much it costs. While that number isn't the majority it does seem to be a good portion of the minority.

Well, I'm here to let you know that a good regimen for relaxed hair doesn't have to break the bank. You can find several good products to use on your hair that don't cost a lot.

During my healthy relaxed hair journey, I've tried several low-cost hair care products. And my hair has liked and responded well to several of them (and for the products my hair didn't like I don't think it had anything to do with the price, my hair isn't that selective).

I've decided to go back through my product reviews on my blog and YouTube channel and my current stash to see what low-cost products I would recommend using in a relaxed hair regimen. Here are my top 6.

Low Cost Hair Products For Relaxed Hair | A Relaxed Gal
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1. Suave Professionals Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo

I haven't done a formal review of this shampoo yet, but I have used it several times when I travel. The first time I purchased it was partly due to it being the only travel-sized shampoo I felt comfortable using on my hair and also I'd used the rinse-out conditioner and liked it.

This Almond + Shea Butter Moisturizing Shampoo from Suave does a good job of cleaning my hair without making it feel dry even though it's not sulfate-free! Go figure.

2. L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner

I saw some other ladies using this conditioner because of the ceramides it contains and decided to give it a try. While I no longer use this conditioner, when I did I could use it as either a pre-poo or a rinse-out conditioner. You can see more about what I liked about this conditioner by clicking here.

You can get the L'Oreal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring Conditioner in one of three sizes - 12.6 oz, 20 oz, or 28 oz and price varies by the size but the larger size is still budget-friendly as it can run about $7 depending on the store.  Plus, L'Oreal seems to be on sale quite often and you can sometimes get a coupon to stack on top of a sale.

3. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner

This has been a relaxed hair community favorite for years and I only recently gave it a try. I have to say for a $5 deep conditioner I really liked it! I always left it on for longer than three minutes so I can't speak to that, but I felt it did a good job helping my hair feel more moisturized.

I found that the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner works well as a pre-poo (especially when mixed with some natural oils), it's paraben-free and also works well as a rinse-out conditioner when traveling.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

I've bought apple cider vinegar from Target for about $3 and even less than that in other stores when it has been on sale. Apple cider vinegar can be used to help cleanse the scalp, add shine to your hair, and can help with itching and dandruff.

Apply cider vinegar can be really beneficial for high porosity hair because it helps to flatten raised hair cuticles when used as a rinse. If you're interested in learning more I've got a full post about using apple cider vinegar on my relaxed hair.

5. Cantu Shea Butter Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream

This leave-in conditioner makes my list because I found it to be moisturizing and also a way to give my hair some protein. Not only did my relaxed hair like it, but my new growth did as well. Now there are two versions of this leave-in, one has argan oil and the other doesn't. I started by using the one without argan oil and decided to try the one with it and liked that one better.

The Cantu Shea Butter Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream runs about $6-7 depending on the store. It comes in a 16 oz. jar so unless you're heavy-handed it can last for a couple of months. Even if you use it every day like I would.

6. Grapeseed Oil

If I had to use only one oil on my hair, grapeseed oil would be it. For $8-10 for a 16 oz bottle, it has several great benefits for relaxed hair and has multiple uses such as for sealing, hot oil treatments, and even as a heat protectant. Check out my post on grapeseed oil to learn more about it.