I have a confession to make: I used to spend hundreds of dollars a year on products for my hair. I know, I know-it’s extreme but having healthy, great looking hair comes at a cost, and sometimes that cost is very expensive.
It’s okay, you can admit you’ve made some shopping mistakes too! Maybe you passed up some great buys because you assumed they were absolutely too cheap to even be effective, or perhaps you overlooked some low end products to splurge on some fancy-looking, high end creams and oils*; but guess what? The price doesn’t always determine the quality!
Lucky for us, there are some brands out there that are looking out for both our hair and our pockets. Below are 5 great (and truly underrated) products that you can buy for under $5!
Fruit of the Earth 100% Aloe Vera Gel -$3.97
Whether it is in raw form, a juice, or a gel, aloe vera has healing, moisturizing, and soothing properties that make it a great quality ingredient when it comes to natural skin and haircare products.
Although aloe vera can be turned into everything from a liquid to a cream, it works best for hair when it is in gel form.
Although there are tons of brands that offer aloe vera gel as a product, Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel* is one of the best brands because it is 100% aloe vera and is not mixed with alcohol or any other chemicals that may dry out or damage your hair.
This particular Aloe Vera gel is typically used for skincare problems such as sunburns, dry skin, and minimizing large pores-but it also serves a great all-natural hair product. The sticky yet lightweight formula can be used as a no-flake, strong hold hair gel, can define curls without leaving them weighed down or stiff, and moisturizes dry, brittle hair.
Personally, I am very heavy handed and I always apply too much oil to my hair when I pre-poo or seal in moisture, causing oil to drip everywhere. Aloe Vera gel solved this problem for me because a little goes a long way, it coats and sticks to my hair instead of dripping everywhere, and the light fragrance isn’t overwhelming if I use too much product.
Even though it has all of these great qualities, the best thing about Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera Gel* is that it can be found at virtually all drugstores and vitamin shops.
Jenice Mckenzie says
Got to try them.
Love this article. Extremely helpful and relatable. Thanks so much for sharing this.
Hi! Just a heads-up, Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera gel is not 100% aloe. It’s got at least 2 preservatives (which is understandable), but also Triethanolamine which is a toxin. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it effectiveness, but it is not pure Aloe Vera gel.
Patrice Lechelle says
I am glad you mentioned this. From my understanding (and I may be overgeneralizing), the Triethanolamine that Fruit of the Earth uses is cosmetic grade which means that it must contain less than 5% of the chemical.
Contrary to popular belief, it does not form harmful nitrosamines and should only be avoided if it is concentrated, a product contains over 5% of it, or is being ingested.
Other than that, you are correct! It is really a skin and eye irritant-and technically not 100% aloe vera gel lol
Tiela Lewis says
Thank you! #aloeVERAflatIRONbalm
Kim Jay says
I swear by the aloe vera gel
I use it as my daily moisturizer, I mix it with activated charcoal for facial mask, when I had relaxed hair it works great as a gel and also great for first aid(cuts & burns) I love it. ❤❤❤❤❤ I’m also going to try the Africans best herbal oil.
Nikki Batts says
besides the aloe vera gel & garnier line & africa’s beat what retailers can we locate the other products? clay powder & get curls?
Leslie Douge says
None of the products were under 5 dollars