I have naturally curly hair. Growing up, my curls were bouncy, tight and flawless. Somewhere around age 13, I decided straight hair was the way to go and used a flat iron on my poor curls every day. Then when I got to college, I decided to take my deep, dark brown curls to platinum blond. Needless to say, my hair has seen a lot of damage and my once-gorgeous curls are more like fuzzy waves if I don’t use the right products. Although I try to keep the straightening to a minimum these days, I do still color my hair frequently and have tried just about every product out there to see which ones actually work whether I’m wearing my hair curly, straight, brown or blond.
So, because my hair needs some serious product help and I can’t always afford to stock my bathroom with fancy products, here are 11 affordable hair products I have personally tried and swear actually work.