This may not seem like something worth bragging about, but in the years since I’ve made the transition to natural hair I’ve finally managed to create a simple and affordable natural curly hair routine. It took me seven long years, hundreds of dollars of products, and lots of trial and error to figure it out — so yeah, I’m proud of it, okay? It’s a far cry from the 20-year-old me who spent hours at the beauty supply store combing through gels, puddings, and mists, trying to decide between a curling cream and a curling custard. Now when I need to restock my curly hair products, it’s much simpler process: I make a quick stop to pick up the best affordable natural hair products at Walmart.
But before I could even shop popular natural hair brands at Walmart and come up with my go-to curly hair routine, I had to figure out what my hair needed, and in what order. For my curls, detangling has to be the first step. There are so many ways to detangle curly hair, but I knew I had to start with a pre-shampoo treatment. Then I knew I would need a staple shampoo and conditioner. More than anything, these needed to be non-stripping and hydrating — that means sulfate-free shampoo and nourishing conditioner with natural ingredients like jojoba and coconut oils. I figured out my entire routine this way and came up with a nine-step, nine-product, budget-friendly curly hair routine with one hard rule: no product could be over $15.
It’s a bit of a serious approach to hair, but trust me, shopping products for natural hair can get very overwhelming very quickly. If you’ve ever made it home with a heavy bag of expensive hair products you have no idea how to use, you know my pain — though with my tried-and-true curly hair routine, my hope is that you'll never have to again.
A Pre-Shampoo Detangling Treatment That Will Make Wash Day Faster
A Sulfate-Free Shampoo That Won’t Strip Hair’s Natural Oils
A Curly-Girl Holy Grail Conditioner—That Costs Less Than Your Coffee
A Hair Butter You Can Use as a Deep Conditioner or a or a Leave-In Treatment
A Detangling Milk That Prevents Knots and Preps Curls
Style and Hydrate Natural Hair With This Multi-Benefit Moisturizer
Set Your Curly Style With a Defining Jelly That Fights Frizz
Seal and Protect Your Natural Curls With Black Castor Oil
Keep Your Curls Bouncy With this Refresher Spray
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