20 Relaxed Hair Products Under $20

I’m always looking for high-quality hair products that don’t break the bank. I want good-looking hair but also to hold onto as much of my money as possible. As I’ve tried different hair products over the years I paid attention to price to see if I could find budget-friendly ones.

After trying several different hair products over the years I found some that don’t cost a lot but perform really well for my hair. I’ve incorporated those products into my relaxed hair regimen at one time or another and each product is under $20. Yes, under $20.

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Shampoo

1. ORS Creamy Aloe Shampoo 

This is a great clarifying shampoo but it doesn’t strip my hair of all moisture. So it lives up to the claims of gently cleansing and removing buildup while not stripping away natural oils, leaving the hair soft, tangle-free, moisturized, and with shine.

If you want to know more about what I think about this shampoo you can read my full review.

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2. Design Essentials Agave & Lavender Moisturizing Hair Bath Shampoo

This shampoo was a surprise to me. It lathers like no other shampoo I have used but it also gets my hair clean without making it feel dry. It also lives up to the claims of providing intense hydration, softening, moisturizing, and smoothing of the cuticle.

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3. ion Hard Water Shampoo

This shampoo is chelating as it helps eliminate mineral build-up from hard and well water but it can be used to clarify the hair. Removing all of the hard and well water build-up helps to reduce dryness, damage, dullness, and discoloration from the hair. I’ve used this shampoo with no negative impact on my relaxed hair.

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4. TGIN Moisture Rich Sulfate Free Shampoo

This is a great, sulfate-free, and protein-free shampoo for relaxed hair. The reason it’s so great is because it does a really good job of cleaning the hair while not leaving it feeling dry or stripped of moisture. When I use this shampoo it actually feels like moisture is being added back to my hair.

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5. Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Refreshing Dry Shampoo

While not a traditional shampoo I think having a good dry shampoo on hand, especially in warmer climates or in the summer, is a must.

I use this dry shampoo to freshen up my scalp and hair after a workout and I’ve been sweating. It’s really cost effective and one bottle lasts for months.

This is an aluminum-free dry shampoo that does a good job of absorbing oil and sweat. It claims to leave hair “feeling soft and clean as freshly washed in a matter of minutes.” Unlike with other dry shampoos, I don’t have residue left in my hair after using it.

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Treatment

6. Aphogee Two Minute Intensive Keratin Reconstructor

This is a one-step protein treatment that has a concentrated blend of keratin amino acids, botanical oils, and vitamins. It helps to restore strength and softness to the hair, including relaxed hair. It also helps to repair damage caused by chlorine and hard water.

I use it regularly, once a week when I wash my hair. When I use it my hair does feel softer, stronger, and smoother.

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7. ORS Hair Mayonnaise

I’ve never used this before but have seen it mentioned as a protein treatment many relaxed hair women use and several of them have gorgeous long hair.

This treatment claims it “moisturizes and strengthens over processed hair from within the hair shaft with essential oils, organic amino acids, and Vitamin B5 for added moisture and strength” It also says that “fragile hair prone to breakage will be rejuvenated with moisture and elasticity to mend split ends and provide incredible body and shine.”

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8. ion Repair Split End Mender

The purpose of this treatment is to help seal cuticle to “repair” (temporarily) split ends. It has keratin, panthenol, and quinoa to help create unique structural bonds, repair the cortex, and strengthen the hair.

I used it for a while when my hair was damaged and it did help to smooth out my ends when I couldn’t get them smooth without using high heat on a flat liron.

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Deep conditioner

9. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

This drugstore deep conditioner claims to be “hydration heaven” and to “banish dry hair in just 3 minutes.”

It also claims it “absorbs quickly to transform struggling strands into silky, shiny waves” and the “rich, creamy formula is infused with avocado and Australian jojoba oil and is great for all hair types.”

The Aussie 4 Minutjust e Miracle Deep Conditioner can be used as just a deep conditioner or as I use it a pre-poo. You can also sometimes get digital or paper coupons for this deep conditioner making it even more budget-friendly.

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10. TGIN Miracle RepaiRx Deep Hydrating Hair Mask

I love this hair mask/deep conditioner because of how much hydration it brings to my hair and how it leaves my hair feeling soft and smooth. It doesn’t contain any strong proteins. Instead, it has biotin to help strengthen the hair.

It claims to be formulated to restore “life to dry, damaged, or color-treated hair” It helps to smooth and soften the hair, improve shine and manageability, lock in moisture, repair damage, and help reduce shedding and breakage.

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11. Not Your Mother's Naturals Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Butter Masque

This is a great hair masque to use when you’re traveling because it doesn’t need to stay on your hair long to feel the results. It’s also a good hair masque if you’re looking for a protein-free one.

That’s how I stumbled on the Not Your Mother's Naturals Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Butter Masque. I was looking for a deep conditioner or hair masque with no protein in the ingredients and this is one of the few I could find.

It claims to deeply condition and aid in restoring damaged strands, preparing hair for a purified, fresh style. When I use this hair masque my relaxed hair feels so soft and smooth.

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12. Eden BodyWorks Almond Marshmallow Split End Repair Masque

This is another favorite of mine. This hair mask is hydrating and has protein so it gives the best of both worlds - moisture and strength. It sinks into my hair and has so much slip.

It claims to provide slip for detangling hair, reduce shedding, soften hair, and protect against breakage.

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Leave-in

13. Mielle Avocado Hair Milk

It’s no secret, Mielle is one of the hair brands I like to use on my relaxed hair. This particular product has really good reviews At first, I didn’t care for it but over time I came to like it and realized that it does live up to the reviews.

I like that the Mielle Avocado Moisturizing Hair Milk is a thick hair milk but it’s not so thick that it weighs down my hair. It also adds a lot of moisture to my hair and helps give me smoother roller set results. When I tried substituting another leave-in conditioner for this Mielle hair milk I noticed a real difference in moisture, smoothness, and no frizz.

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14. Mielle White Peony Leave In Conditioner

This is a lightweight liquid leave-in conditioner that can be used daily. It moisturizes, conditions, and smooths the hair shaft, and helps protect hair from heat damage.

I use this Mielle liquid leave-in conditioner mainly on my wet hair right after shampooing. I like how this leave-in smells, how I don’t feel it on my hair, and how smooth, shiny, and lightweight my hair is after it’s dried.

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15. TGIN Green Tea Super Moist Leave In Conditioner 

When my relaxed hair needs a little moisture pick-me-up I will pull their moisturizer out. It’s protein-free, helps make my hair feel soft and manageable, adds shine, and reduces frizz and flyaways.

This TGIN leave-in conditioner has an ingredient list that includes Green Tea, Shea butter, Sunflower oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Castor oil, and Argan oil all things that my hair responds well to.

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16. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner 

This is a  daily conditioning treatment that I used a lot early on in my hair journey. Over time I started to try other hair products and this one fell by the wayside but I still recommend it.

It does a good job of adding hydration to relaxed hair without weighing the hair down despite the creamy texture.

The two main ingredients are Coconut Oil and Shea Butter, so if your hair doesn’t like either of those ingredients you’ll want to stay away from this leave-in.

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Oil/Serum

17. Mielle Rosemary Mint Scalp and Hair Oil 

This oil became very popular as a scalp oil. It claims to be “a nutrient-rich and intense formula that can be used straight from the bottle or as a hot oil treatment.”

I’ve mainly used it a scalp oil and love how lightweight is so I can apply it and not even feel it’s there. It makes my scalp feel good but I can’t say I’ve seen it increase any hair growth like I’ve seen claimed by some users on social media.

I will caution that if you don’t like products with strong smells that linger you may not like this oil. I try to not use it right before I go out so I’m not leaving a scent trail of rosemary and mint.

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18. TGIN Miracle RepaiRx Anti-Breakage Hair Serum 

This hair serum has great ingredients castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, and peach kernel oil, as well as vitamin E which helps with smoothing frizz and flyaways, adding hydration, sealing in moisture, and leaving hair feeling soft and strong.

It doesn’t weigh down my hair or make it feel greasy. Even when I use it multiple days in a row as a sealant.

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19. Generic Value Products Smoothing Serum

This hair serum is part of the Generic Value Products line found at Sally Beauty. It’s compared to the more expensive Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum which is a really nice hair serum. I’ve seen a few reviews from women who swore by the Paul Mitchell serum and they say this is a good budget-friendly alternative and one even switched over.

Claims for this serum are it “smoothes and conditions your hair reducing frizz and fly-aways while improving manageability and protects against heat damage from heat styling tools.” As well as providing incredible shine.

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20. Mielle Mongongo Oil Pomade-to-Oil Treatment

This Mielle had to grow on me as I didn’t like it the first time I used it. After I determined the best way to use it for my hair it’s become a staple. A little bit of this oil goes a long way (that was one lesson I had to learn). I use it mainly when flat ironing my hair because I get a nice sleek finish with plenty of shine. My relaxed hair also doesn’t feel weighed down so there is plenty of movement.

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