Hair!! And the best products on a budget..

Maintaining your hair!!

We all have different types of hair, and there are many ways of maintaining them.  Here I’ve listed the best hair care products for each type of hair, all within reasonable prices.

Here I will list the best shampoos for different types of hair on a budget:

For dry hair: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Shampoo, $5  (This is great because it’s for colored hair too)

For Normal hair: L’Oreal Vive pro glossy volume shampoo, $10-$12, depending where you buy it.

For Oily hair: Head &Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo, $7, (Even if you don’t have dandruff, it will help take the oil out of your hair)

For Oily hair with itchy scalp: I personally use Neutrogena T/gel 2 in 1 shampoo.  I have itchy &; oily hair & for me it’s been the only shampoo that really solves my problems, $8

For colored hair: (if you dye your hair you will need to maintain it): L’Oreal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Smooth Shampoo, $6.  If you can afford it, Matrix makes a great shampoo for colored hair, about $25 for a 1 liter bottle.  (1 liter can last you a long time)

Some women think it’s best to wash their hair every day, but this is a misconception.  Wait a few days in between washing your hair, allows your natural oils in your hair to enrich the roots.  Washing it every day strips it of that natural benefit.  I think it’s best to rinse your hair twice with shampoo, every time you wash it, but this is also a personal choice.

Exception: If you have oily hair you will have to wash your hair more often.  You should wash it AT least every other day.  The oil can clog your hair follicles & cause your hair to fall out.

And always, ALWAYS use a conditioner on your roots, after shampoo.  (The only exception to this rule is if you have really short hair)  Regardless if you have dry/oily hair, you will need it.  Dry hair naturally needs it, & for oily hair the shampoo will strip your hair of the oil, so your roots will need it.  I remember going for a week without conditioner & my hair started to feel like straw.  Never mind the fact that it’s causing split ends.  Plus it will feel like hell when brushing it.

Conditioner for Normal Hair:  I personally use any hair conditioner from Garnier.  Here Garnier sleek & shine, is $8

Also another great hair conditioner is Tresemme Keratin Smooth Infusing Conditioner, $10

For an extra treatment on dry hair:  After washing your hair, leave the conditioner in for a good half an hour before rinsing.  Wrap your hair in a towel/shower cap.  This will help boost the moisture in your hair.

For REALLY dry hair: consider using a hair mask.  All the major brands have one; it’s a deep conditioning treatment for your hair.  You would use this i.e. once week, instead of your conditioner.

This is Neutrogena’s Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask, $6:

Another option for dry hair: Shampoo & conditioner with Argan oil.  Argan oil is specifically an oil that comes from Morocco.  It’s become more & more popular nowadays, you can find a bottle of the pure oil, or in lotions/creams.  One of my friends who has curly hair, tells me she puts coconut oil in her hair.  Consider Argan oil with Shampoo/Conditioner.

Above, Agadir Argan oil shampoo & conditioner, $20 on Amazon.

Summing up shampoo & conditioner: find the right shampoo & conditioner for you.  The last thing you want is fried looking hair.

Optional hair styling products: 

Hair spray, mousse, & gel: These are optional for women, depending upon what you do with your hair: Just remember the more you use these products, the more you have to wash them out.

Hairspray: best for updos.  This you will probably need if like to do you hair up; or you have a special  event coming.  It will keep your hair in place, & keep it from frizzing while it’s up.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Moisture Barrier Firm hold hairspray: $5

Mousse:  For volume & styling: Some women love to take some mousse in their hands, & insert it into the roots of the hair (and lift) for more volume.  Others like to use it instead of hairspray (they don’t like the chemicals in the air), or just to put some in to hold curls in place.

Garnier Fructis Sky-Hi Volume Mousse, $3

Finally, hair gel: This is more for women with short hair, who want to style it:

L’Oreal studio melting gel, strong hold, $4

I hope this was helpful to you in maintaining your hair!  Brush it, blow dry it, & the rest is up to you.


If you absolutely have to HAVE the higher end products: Go to TJMaxx, Costco, Nordstrom Rack or might sell high end shampoo at a whole sale price; Costco you could buy it cheaper in bulk.  A big bottle of your favorite shampoo or hair product could last you all year.  I was surprised to find that at Nordstrom Rack they have a section dedicated to hair products; as does TJMaxx & Marshalls.

Above: The hair care section at Nordstrom Rack

Above: The hair care section at TJMaxx


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