For the natural hair newbies or for anybody on a budget trying to maintain natural hair, the dollar store has what you need. These stores have an endless supply of hair and skin products that really work and won’t break the bank. Most hair products may be discontinued or reformulated, but are worth buying. Visit often as their stock changes week to week. I’ve purchased quite a few products at Dollar Tree, Dollar General, and even Family Dollar. Listed below are some of my finds.
Breck Restorative Conditioner (18 oz.) – Ingredients include rosemary, nettle and horsetail extracts, vitamins A, E, and B3. Unbelievable how soft and detangled my hair is after use. I use this conditioner as a wash, in my spritz, and use as a leave-in with a little olive oil or castor added. I’m liking this better than my beloved Suave and the $1.00 price for 18 oz. can’t be beat. There are several other formulas (and shampoo) available also.
Breck For Kids Tangle-Free Detangler: Not just for kids, this detangler really works. After spraying the hair and letting it sit about 15 minutes, detangling is a breeze in the shower.
Fruit of the Earth (FOTE) Aloe Vera Gel (12 oz.) – I have found both the regular FOTE Aloe Vera Gel and FOTE Aloe Vera Gel with Vitamin E in the dollar stores. Both products are beneficial to hair and skin. I use the FOTE with Vitamin E exclusively for hair because it’s more moisturizing. Those of you who prefer lighter body butters and lotions, add regular FOTE aloe vera gel to heavier products to thin the product’s consistency.
Pears Original Transparent Soap – This soap has been around for ages and is great for sensitive skin types. Gentle to skin, light scent, and won’t clog pores.
Soft and Beautiful Botanicals Anti-breakage Braid Release (8 oz.) – This product is a detangler and comes in handy when taking down braids and twists. Regularly priced at $4.99 and up.
Discontinued Joico Products: Never used this brand, but I do know how expensive Joico is, and how it feels when they discontinue your holy grail. Even if you try it and don’t like it, you’ve only wasted a buck.
- Joico Con-Text Conversion Spray (12 oz.) - Non-aerosol spray that adds extra body and volume.
- Joico Con-Text Assertion Spray (12 oz.) - Flexible aerosol holding hairspray.
- Joico Con-Text Light Wax (2 oz.) - Soft, light wax that shines and defines.
- Joico Con-Text Putty (4.4 oz.) – A molding putty for thick, coarse hair.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Soybean Oil Blend – Multiple usage product. Use for hot oil treatments, after conditioner wash moisture sealant, and cooking in the kitchen.
Honey – You know the one in the bottle shaped like a teddy bear. Add it to olive oil for a deep treat or to conditioner for extra softness and shine.
Hair Accessories: An abundant supply of hair accessories here. Plenty of headbands, barrettes, clips, combs, brushes. For bed and bath; stock up on the microfiber items such as headbands, turbans, and towels.