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11 Effective Drugstore Hair Stylists Say It Really Works

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Picture this: after spending a few hours scrolling through #hairtok, you start to feel some serious hair cravings. Then, almost by magic, your Sephora cart suddenly fills with various shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to boost shine, create volume, and enhance your natural texture. Before you know it, you’ve lost a few precious hours of sleep and a good chunk of your hard-earned paycheck. Sound familiar?

A beauty habit can be expensive, it’s no surprise. What is surprising, however, is how effective (not to mention inexpensive) the drugstore products are. So much so that celebrity hairstylists regularly use them on themselves and their high profile clients. From texture sprays to hot tools, these hardworking hair helpers promise not to break the bank. Keep scrolling to add them to your own cart without wasting a single extra minute of your precious time or money.

To increase shine

Kristin Ess Weightless Air Dry Cream – $11.00

Appeal to all hair types. “This lotion works with your natural texture and gives your hair a break from relentless heat styling,” says Columbini. It softens and smoothes strands, delivering instant shine no matter how you choose to style your hair. After showering, apply a dab to wet or towel-dried hair to enhance your natural texture.

To enhance the natural texture

Batiste Dry Shampoo — $11.00

Spray this dry shampoo around the hairline to refresh second day hair. Tapioca starch soaks up excess grease and oil while adding lift to your roots. Columbini loves the lightweight consistency, which he says won’t weigh down your look.

To untangle

Garnier Fructis Pure Clean Shampoo and Conditioner – $6.00

“This is my drugstore shampoo and conditioner duo,” says Streicher. “Formulated without silicones, parabens or dyes to gently cleanse your scalp and hair. The shampoo cleanses and nourishes the scalp and hair, then the conditioner detangles and adds the perfect amount of moisture.

WetBrush Original Detangler — $6.00

“I keep one in the shower to work on my conditioner,” says Lacy Redway, celebrity hairstylist and global stylist at Unilever. “It’s super comfortable on the scalp and designed for wet hair, so I don’t have to worry about it breaking while brushing.”


Goody Comfy Hair Ties — $6.00

Finding the right elastics is important to maintain your style (no wrinkles here!), fight breakage, and help you avoid the dreaded ponytail headache, but there’s no need to give up. a major piece for the good of the cause. “These rubber bands come in a variety of colors, sizes, and shapes, and they provide a comfortable grip for all your styling needs,” says Streicher. Plus, for just $6 you’ll get a pack of 37 rubber bands, meaning you’ll have plenty to keep in your purse and on your bedside table…no matter how many you inevitably lose.

Hot Tools Pro Signature Gold Curling Iron — $35.00

It’s hard to find an effective curling iron that won’t break the bank, but according to Streicher, this one works just as well as its luxury counterparts. “Hot Tool curling irons are my favorite thing to use in my tool kit,” she says. “They create off-the-charts takes, and they come at an accessible price.” The 360 ​​degree swivel cord means you won’t get tangled in the cord.

TRESemmé Extra Hold Hairspray — $7.00

“This classic hairspray is amazing for taming flyaways and holding your hairstyles all day,” says Redway. Spritz on a fresh set of iron-induced curls to guarantee second-day hold, or use to lock your blowout in place on even the wettest days.

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