Beautiful curls on a budget
If your curly hair has a mind of its own, keep reading! I've always been on the hunt for products that keep my curly hair frizz-free. Although I've tried exclusive and expensive salon brands in the past, I've learned that keeping your curls bouncy and shiny doesn't have to cost you much. Below are my favourite products that I've used to keep my curly hair cooperating with little money and effort.
Got2b 2 Sexy or Got2b Kinkier Double Curling Power Mousse
Schwarzkopf's Got2b's motto is "attitude for hair," and that's exactly what you get with its 2 Sexy or Kinkier Curling Mousse. Got2b 2 Sexy is meant to be a volumizing mousse, but it works great for curly hair too. It leaves your curls nicely defined without being weighed down. Not only does it smell sexy, but it gives your curls that extra "oomph" and shine to make your hair look fabulous. Though Got2b Kinkier Double Curling Power Mousse doesn't smell as sexy as Got2b 2 Sexy, Got2b Kinkier works just as well, as it also leaves your curls defined with a shiny bounce. Because Got2b's products are readily available at stores like Walmart or Shoppers Drug Mart, at only $6 each, they are well worth the price for effortless, beautiful curls.
Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Mousse
Garnier Fructis brand is known for leaving hair strong and beautiful and for protecting it against breakage and damage from the elements. Garnier Fructis Style Curl Construct Mousse is great because it gives you shiny curls without leaving your hair feeling greasy like many other products do. This mousse is also enriched with shea butter, which leaves hair moisturized all day long. You can get this amazing mousse for just about $4, and you can easily find Garnier products at pharmacies like Shoppers Drug Mart and retail stores like Walmart.
TIGI Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier
Catwalk Curls Rock Curl Amplifier is a cream that costs a bit more than a mousse (around $14 to $17), but you need to use only a tiny dollop, even if you have long hair. The product is packed with essential oils and nutrients, and it protects your curls from the environment. The cream effortlessly gets rid of any frizz and leaves well-defined curls that won't fall flat. This product is available on Amazon.ca, at Winners and at most salons.
The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell
If you're not a fan of mousse, gel or hairspray, try a leave-in conditioner. The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell is a wheat-derived leave-in moisturizer that hydrates hair all day long. For soft curls, use the leave-in conditioner on damp hair. For extra curl definition, finish your look with a bit of hairspray to keep the moisturized curls in place. Because Paul Mitchell is a salon brand, it's found at most local salons. The good news is you can get a large bottle for less than $40.
L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Silk & Gloss Curl Power Mousse
L'Oreal boasts about the silk microfibres in its Studio Line curling mousse. Though I'm not sure what silk microfibres are, whatever they are, they do work, because this mousse keeps curls frizz-free for 24 hours. The 200 ml bottle won't cost you more than $7 and is widely available at retailers like Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart.