Caring for Natural Hair: Cheaper and Lazier Edition
This post is a special request by a newer batch of male students, who have read my previous post about the curly girl/guy method (CGM). I blogged about this last year, because I started taking better care of my wavy-curly (or better known as “swavy”) hair. Last year, my methods were a bit more complex because I was taking care of some serious damage due to heat styling and everyday ironing. On my 4th month of CGM, however, I started relaxing my methods and stopped hoarding products. I am on my 11th month now.
Just to give you an idea about how damaged my hair used to be (thanks to almost a decade of twice a year straightening/rebonding), here’s a visual timeline:
What I like about CGM is that the healthier your hair gets, the less time you spend on it. Heck, there are times when I can go two days without refreshing. Salon personnel have also mistaken my hair to be digitally permed because many of them have never seen natural Filipino hair look the way this does.
Before anything else, a bit of disclaimer: I haven’t been following CGM religiously. I use a sulfate shampoo once a month, I color my hair, and I use a custom Denman brush to distribute products (which I ordered from Denman UK). All of these methods are against CGM rules.
So anyway, I’m going to make this post as visual as possible to help you guys out. I know a lot of you boys out there hate spending so much time fussing over hair, but then you also want to look good. So let’s see if these will work for you.
Whether you want to go semi-lazy or really lazy, the bottomline is that you shouldn’t be shampooing your hair everyday. Co-wash with a tea tree conditioner or a clarifying conditioner, but don’t shampoo everyday.
As for the affordable options you guys have been asking me about, here they are and where they can be found.
Affordable: VO5 and Suave. You can buy these from your friendly neighborhood Supermarket (most commonly in SM). A whole liter can range anywhere from ₱100 to ₱199 (dollar stores sell them cheaper). And because you don’t need to shampoo everyday, these could last you a year or more. Warning: contains Itchy Ms, which some people might be allergic to.
Mid-Range: Both costing around ₱250 for the small bottle, the only difference between Zenutrients and Human Heart Nature (HHN) shampoo is that HHN has protein. My husband has taken a liking to the Zenutrients Gugo shampoo so I have this constantly on stock. You can buy these from groceries and department stores.
Expensive: Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Cleansing Shampoo, around ₱2,200 from Lazada or Shopee. This is a very good deep cleansing shampoo. You gotta be a bit careful with it if you have color-treated hair, though. It has been known to remove color.
Affordable: VO5 and Suave. Same place you can buy the shampoos, same price as the shampoos. Also the same problem with containing Itchy Ms.
Mid-Range: Zenutrients and Human Heart Nature. Roughly the same price as their shampoo variants, and you can find them in the same places you’d find the shampoo. Difference also of HHN having protein. This is an important detail because there’s such a thing as protein overload.
Expensive: As I Am Olive and Tea Tree Oil Co-Wash. Oh my goodness, this has become a particular favorite of mine after it got rid of my persistent flakes. It feels good and mint-y on my scalp, too. You can get this from Shopee for around ₱1,080. I got mine from the seller Skin and Curls.
Affordable: Keraplus, specifically THIS packaging. (The other variants contain silicones.) You can find this from Shopee for ₱9/sachet, but there are some SM groceries that sell it, too. I get protein overload from this, so if you’re going with this, do not leave it on your hair for more than 5 minutes. I also hate the packaging, so environmentally unfriendly.
Mid-Range: Ranging from ₱280-300, I use HHN Natural Hair Revival Coco Mask on dry hair the day after coloring. And I use a truck load of it (like half a tub, hahaha). I go with the HHN Daily Treatment variant (yellow label) if I’m just having a lowpoo wash day. I also don’t like spending too much time in the shower, so I follow the directions (3-5 minutes).
Expensive: When I was suffering from protein overload, I ordered Garnier Fructis Hair Food Macadamia as my alternative deep conditioner from Shopee seller Skin and Curls. I was told that it’s protein-free (though I had a bit of doubt because macadamia is a nut, lol) and costs about ₱800. In any case, my hair recovered anyway. You can use this in many ways: squishing conditioner, deep conditioner, and even as a leave-in.
(Ya know, it’s so irritating when my hair gets protein overload, but my body composition scale tells me the rest of my body lacks protein. >_<)
On days when I’m just home (like the entirety of this week, it’s work from home for me because of the whole coronavirus problem), I don’t even use these. But if you need more details:
Affordable: Grips Blue. It’s so cheap I forgot how much it costs. (Ok, I did a quick check in my drawer, wahaha. It’s ₱14-15.) Got this current stash from Pioneer Center, but I heard they’re available in SM Supermarkets and Family Mart. I used to buy those expensive gels, like Giovanni, which is almost the same size, but I felt like they weren’t really doing anything spectacular to my hair. This one is protein-free, but leaves my hair feeling super soft after I remove the crunch.
Mid-Range: Bench Purple. I’ve only ever used this particularl variant in South Korea, because the weather there was kinda dry and very cold. It contains protein and costs around ₱79. You can find this almost everywhere.
Expensive: Giovanni L.A. Natural Styling Gel, around ₱450-500. You can buy this at Healthy Options. It’s so tiny and didn’t work for me as much as Grips Blue did. Considering the price difference, picking Grips Blue was an easy decision to make.
So that’s about it. I hope this post helps you, guys!
By the way, most of the images I’ve used here are from online stores. I no longer have some of the bottles of the products I’ve tried.