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I saw a recent study that was conducted here in the U.S. in regards to how much money we actually spend on haircare products and I wasn't surprised: researchers looked at a 3-month period from January 2013- March 2014 on amount spent on haircare products and found that over 25% spend under $50 and over 11% spent between $50-99. Adding those up in yearly terms, that means that on average, over 35% of us spend anywhere from $200- $396 a year in just hair care products alone :0

 For most of us, we could probably think of quite a few things that we could do with money instead. The good news is, things have changed in the haircare industry and for beauty as well- it's become a lot easier to snag awesome products that don't cost an arm-and-a-leg :) Check out my thick & coarse hair tips below + a couple of recommended AND affordable hair care products to achieve that beautiful sleek and shiny hair:






  1. As someone who has coarse and thick hair, I definitely understand the challenges that can often arise; the key is to start with how you're treating your body from the inside-out: boost hair's natural shine, strength, and manageability with natural ingredients and foods. Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Soybean Oil, and Shea Butter are all natural aids in protecting & moisturizing your hair that can be applied directly to the scalp and hair by massaging in when you have just cleansed your hair. As for foods, a few of my fav's are: Avacados, Kiwi, Dark Chocolate, Salmon, Walnuts, & Sunflower seeds- boost your hair's natural shine, strength, & overall health.
  2. Try a shampoo and conditioner that doesn't contain sulfates, parabens, and other ingredients than cause hair to become dry, brittle, and frizzy. I'm really loving both of ALTERNA Haircare's CAVIAR Anti-aging Replenishing Moisture Shampoo [$9] & Conditioner [$32]. These ALTERNA products contain Caviar extract, Vitamin C to boost hair's strength and health + they don't contain Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates either :)
  3. Utilize a deep-penetrating treatment designed for your scalp and hair at least once a week and stick with a product that has hydration, smoothness, and rebalance of pH in mind. As I also have color-treated hair and it's super coarse and thick to boot, one my big fav's right now is the Cleansing Mask with Lemon from Christopher Robin; this awesome, deep-penetrating mask will cleanse, exfoliate, and soften your hair/scalp in a snap!
  4. Once you reach the styling stage of your hair, it's very important to stay mindful of protecting your hair-especially while heat-styling! You can cause more frizziness, damage, and dryness to your hair if you don't :0 This doesn't mean however, that you have to spend tons of money in order to do it! got2b has some awesomely affordable products that will help you achieve the perfect shiny & sleek hair in no time :) I recommend: got2b double curling power curling mousse and got2b glossy anti-fizz shine serum. Check out the lowdown on these items below...

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 double curling power



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One of the BEST inexpensive curl-definers that I've tried! I fell in love with this product from the start and not just for the awesome pricing! It doesn't get sticky, defines curls with ease, and smells fantastic! I don't normally consider myself to have the most manageable hair when it air-dries, but I was able to apply this product after getting out of the shower and by the time my hair had dried, it had beautiful bouncy and defined curls- with NO frizz = yeah! :)

If you've been looking for a great mouse that doesn't break the bank and actually works, then the double curling power Curling Mousse from got2b is the way to go. It won't flake as it dries, has a lovely scent, and is still manageable! 







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I've been seeking an affordable version of any hair serum and I've had a bit of a tougher time in finding the perfect one. got2b's glossy SHINE SERUM is DEF my top pick, as it does an excellent job of taming flyaways and coarse hair in general- making it soft, shiny, and smooth! This is a perfect product for prepping hair before utilizing a heat-tool for styling or if you'd like to freshen up your sleek style or just calm down thick/coarse hair throughout the day.

A nice bonus about his less-costlier version, is that you can use it on both wet AND dry hair too. I'd normally expect to find this kind of quality and effectiveness in a much pricier product and I was definitely impressed. I would recommend this product to even those who may not have thicker or coarser hair, but just want to improve overall shine, health, and protection when styling. 

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by Christina in


Without a doubt, styling and thermal tools like flat irons can cause damage to your hair. The reason being? Utilizing high heat may work to get the look we want, but our hair will pay the price with drying, split ends, fading of color, and an overall unhealthy look :/

I've experience this result myself and it's not pretty- my hair was lifeless, frizzy, and super dry from years of flat-ironing, curling, and coloring/highlights. I decided a few years ago though, that I needed to make a big change in order to improve the look, feel, and health of my hair. This can be a bit difficult to accomplish though as many feel that it can be costly and with no end in sight, but I've found that there are ways around most things ;) 

Of course most of use will continue to use these tools in order to get what we want our hair to do, but there are things that you can do to prevent the damage from occurring in the first place. I thought it would be nice to share with all of your some great tricks and tips I've pricked up from trial and error [lol!] ...



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  1. Start with hair health from the inside-out! Protecting your hair really starts with how you treat it- from the inside! This is DEF key and super easy to do. I take a daily supplement to help with this from HUM Beauty called Runway Ready and it's just formulated to give you healthier hair AND nails. The Black Currant Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, and Vegan Biotin contained in ea. packet are the secret behind this natural, inside-out approach :)
  2. Your next stop- your shampoo and conditioner. This is where many go wrong quite easily and just by getting the right product for your hair, you can really make a positive and easy change! Begin with a focused product, sticking to the top 2 issues or main concerns that your hair AND scalp have. I LOVE the Advanced Hair Repair System from Arvazallia- it contains NO Sulfates OR Parabens + it's infused with Argan Oil and Macadamia Oil to boost hair health, shine, and moisture.
  3. Not wanting to spend tons of cash to protect your hair during styling?! You don't have to as there are many products out there that don't cost and arm-and-a-leg. One of my top picks, from got2b- the mind blowing xpress dry STYLING SPRAY  is a super affordable [$6.99] product that provides heat protection and smells good as well! Another awesomely inexpensive alternative is from Nexxus with the Travel Size Mousse Plus Volumizing Foam Styler and at just $2.99, the price is difficult to beat. 
  4. Go for a styling tool that provides minimal if any damage to hair. This can seem as though it's a daunting task, but there are a few tools out there that won't pinch or pull hair or require several passes on each section just to be effective. The key is too, in trying to avoid spending hundreds of dollars that the professional irons normally cost! I recently came across an awesome straightener from 6th Sense- the Professional Flat Iron Hair Straightener, that cost under $120 and doesn't destroy your hair! Want to learn more about this wonderful beauty tool? Check out my review below:

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From the moment that I received this iron, I knew I had a winner ;) It comes well packaged in a reusable box with magnetic closure that makes storage super easy. The bonus included Heat-Resistant Case is perfect for resting the iron on while in use and great for storage as well- a zipper that completely encloses the case means you can take this tool with you on-the-go.

As for the flat iron itself, it's an absolute dream. The digital temp adjustment, lock adjustment, and floating tourmaline-ceramic heating plates make for a one-of-a-kind iron that really shows you don't have to pay tons of money for a professional level beauty tool! The fact that you don't need to use multiple passes to your hair is a huge plus for me as even the current and quite expensive iron I already had doesn't even do this.

It normally takes several times of passing through my hair for each section- which in turn, takes twice as long :/ Not any more though! This flat iron from 6th Sense won't require you do that, so no more burning your hair to a crisp in order to get it beautifully shiny and straight. I have the thickest and coarsest hair on the planet, but it was no match for this tool. I couldn't believe how soft, shiny, and wonderful my hair felt when I was done- in half the time :) I'd have to say with a doubt, that this one is a keeper and has become my go-to iron. 

An awesome bonus mini-iron is included too. It's a great versatile too that lets you achieve the curly OR straight style you choose. The unique design allows this with a locking mechanism and barrel is perfect for on-the-go styling, plus it eliminates the need for multiple tools :) With all of the extra goodies in this set, it's easy to see that you really are getting your money's worth. 

If you've been seeking the perfect beauty tool that won't damage your hair or break your wallet, this flat iron from 6th sense is the way to go :) You'll notice and feel the difference with the first use. I would consider this to be an investment, however if you take care of this you will have it for years! 


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