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Conditioners, Oils, Detanglers: When to Skimp and When to Splurge



It’s no secret that haircare and money go hand-in-hand. By far one of the most lucrative businesses, companies with natural lines are cropping up all over the place. Hand-in-hand with the high output of some natural creams, jellies, custards, cowashes, and conditioners, is a high price tag. But is it always worth it to spend gobs of money on your products? Let’s examine where it may be beneficial to spend extra, or save money in your regimen.

Pre-Poos & Oils: SPEND

In this area, cutting corners isn’t always the best idea. When it comes to oils for your hair — whether it be for sealing, pre-pooing, or other treatments, the higher the quality, the better. And generally speaking, higher quality comes with a higher price tag. Spend the extra bucks for oils that are virgin, cold pressed, unrefined, and contain at least 99% of said oil (sometimes, companies may add Vitamin E [tocopherol acetate] to oils to preserve and improve shelf life…this is fine). Virgin and cold pressed oils are not subjected to the same heat extractions and chemical additives that reduce the vitamin, nutrient, and fatty acid content of the oils. For the best bargains on quality oils, click here.

Conditioners: SAVE

Most conditioners (with the exception of like, Shea Moisture) are based in the following ingredients:

  • Water: depending on the brand, 50 – 80% of your conditioner is water
  • Fatty Alcohols: Cetyl, Cetaryl, and Stearyl Alcohols are those creamy bases, commonly derived from palm or coconut oil that act as emulsifying agents (helping oil and water mix) and contribute to that velvety feel of conditioner.
  • Behentrimonium Chloride or Methylsulfate: Conditioning agent great for adding softness, and surfactant (provides mild cleansing).

These ingredients constitute a considerable bulk of most conditioners, ranging fromSuave and Herbal Essences, to Carol’s Daughter and DevaCurl. We use SO much conditioner one a regular basis, why spend $20 a bottle, when you can spend $3 and achieve the same results? Click here to check out some cheap conditioner swaps.

Cowashes: SAVE

Before all these hair lines began rolling out cowashes and cleansing conditioner, what were you washing your hair with? Chances are, you cowashed regularly and occasionally used shampoo (or some super-power natural clarifying agent). It worked for you, or else you wouldn’t have done it that way for so long. Why spend the extra money now? Click here for my recommendations on super cheap and super effective conditioners for cowashing.

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