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Budget Friendly Tips and Tricks for Naturally Curly Hair

Updated on May 7, 2014

Sorry I have to subject you to one of my selfies, but the best way to see the results of my curly hair routine is to show you directly! After 21 years of my mother and I trying to figure out how in the world to manage curly hair, I finally did it. After years of pain, tears, mistakes, and laughs, the right combination has been achieved! Well, at least it has been for me. I hope this can help you too.

Shower Products

Through trial and error, I have found these to be the best for curly hair.

  • Suave Professionals Humectant Shampoo*
  • Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner*
  • Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

*Although these are my two preferred shampoos and conditioners, I can honestly say that the entire line of Suave Professionals hair products to be amazing. I encourage you to find the one you like best.

Hair Washing Routine

First off, with the products I use, my curly hairstyle is good for 2 full days. I can sleep on it, touch it up in the morning, and it is still good to go. Second, for most hair in general, it isn't good to wash it everyday.

  • So every two days, I use shampoo and conditioner.
  • At least once a week, I use Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner.
  • I comb through my hair thoroughly while conditioner is still in.
  • Once out, I do not squeeze the water out of my hair, I simply wrap it in a towel for a few minutes.
  • I NEVER brush my hair once I'm out of the shower. Never, ever!

Styling Products

  • Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk: Anti-breakage Serum
  • Motions Nourish Leave-in Conditioner.

Styling Routine

  • Okay! Once your out of the shower, lightly towel dried your hair.
  • Then flip your head over a few times, and also run your fingers through it carefully to separate the curls.
  • Then, use a coconut serum. Everyone's hair requires a different amount. I start with 3 pumps of this particular brand, and spread it throughout. Then I separate my hair with my fingers in 3 sections, working in an additional pump for each section. I use a lot, but it works! Caution!:Try not to using too much on the top of your head to avoid an oily look (but that takes quite a lot to do, so don't worry!)
  • To finish up, I use Motions Brand: Leave in Conditioner. I spray it all over! Make sure to section off again as many times as it takes to ensure you get some on every part of your hair.

Because this has been altered to work for my hair specifically, start off with smaller amounts to see how much your hair needs!


So basically there are three options when it comes to drying. You can:

  • Just let it go! Let it air dry and be free!
  • Let it air dry, but pin it up with a clip so the wet hair isn't in your face. Don't use a hair bow because it may cause unwanted dents in your hair.
  • Or you can use a blower dryer with a defuser attachment, on medium settings.

I most always use option number one. It's easy and fast, and still gives great results!

I dont work for this company in any way. I simply love the product!

Price Range
Suave Professionals Humectant Shampoo
$ 2.00 - 4.00
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target
Suave Professionals Humectant Conditioner
$ 2.00 - 4.00
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk: Anti-breakage Serum
$ 6.00 - 8.00
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner
$ 3.00 - 6.00
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target
Motions Nourish Leave-in Conditioner
$ 4.00 - 6.00
Walmart, Walgreens, CVS, Target

Day 2!

On day two, after having slept really hard and messing up my hair, it can still be saved! All I do is, depending on the severity of the mess, I simply spritz my hair with some water and the Motions Leave-In Conditioner and I'm ready to go.

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I really hope these budget friendly tips help you on your journey to great curls. Don't be afraid to experiment and find out what works best for you. Hopefully you can figure it out faster than I did!


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