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8 Affordable Alternatives to Dyson Airwrap and Other Expensive Hair Products

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The Dyson Airwrap is all beauty influencers can talk about these days; but, at over $500, it’s an expensive item to add to your hair styling routine.

Since its release, many dupes have come out that are similar but will cost less than half the price. Other trending products such as Moroccanoil, Olaplex No. 5 and Briogeo Scalp Revival also have dupes on the market that your wallet will be so grateful you found.

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Dyson Air Wrap

Price: $549.99

Alternative: IG INGLAM 4 in 1 Hair Dryer Brush Set, $93.99

The styler of the hour has been hailed as a one-stop-shop hair tool. The Dyson Airwrap has the ability to dry your hair, give beach waves, tight curls, silky straight hair or a classic look in just one purchase. At one-fifth the price, the IG INGLAM 4-in-1 Hair Dryer Brush Set has been praised by customers as having very similar attachments and capabilities to the Dyson. You can dry, curl and straighten your hair with the IG INGLAM tool, and it even has a diffuser, which the Dyson doesn’t.

Moroccan oil treatment

Price: $48

Alternative: One N’ Only Argan Oil Treatment, $11.75

Reviewers on sites like Sephora love the Moroccanoil treatment because it leaves hair shiny and frizz-free. However, for 3.4 ounces, $48 is a bit steep. The One N’ Only version gives you exactly the same amount of product for a quarter of the price. Reviewers say the product smells great and gives hair a nice shine.

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer

Price: $29

Alternative: Strength ‘n Silk by Silk Elements Coconut Heat Protection Spray, $8.49

A heat protectant is really important if you frequently use hot styling tools. Although Bumble and bumble’s version has been a bestseller for a while now, Strength ‘n Silk’s Coconut Heat Protection Spray offers similar protection while leaving hair shiny. Reviewers say the dupe doesn’t weigh hair down or make it greasy, making it a worthy alternative to Bumble and bumble’s.

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Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Price: $28


Alternative: OGX Restoring + Bonding Plex Conditioner, $5.60

If you’re looking for the damage repair powers of Olaplex, try the much cheaper alternative of OGX. Both claim to maximize hydration to revive over-processed and damaged hair. You also get five ounces more in the OGX bottle than in the Olaplex bottle. Reviewers say OGX Conditioner works wonders for dry hair with split ends, making it much more manageable and soft.

Amika Perk Up Talc-Free Dry Shampoo

Price: $26


Alternative: Eva NYC Freshen Up Invisible Dry Shampoo, $11.99

Amika’s dry shampoo effectively absorbs oil so you look like you’ve washed your hair even if you can’t remember the last day you touched a shampoo bottle. Reviewers say the Eva NYC alternative is half the price and looks exactly the same formula as Amika’s.

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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo

Price: $42

Alternative: Equate Scalp Care Charcoal + Tea Tree Exfoliating & Detoxifying Daily Shampoo, $5.62

This Briogeo shampoo is a godsend for anyone with a dry, itchy or flaking scalp. The formula exfoliates the skin and leaves a very pleasant peppermint scent. Equate’s version is said to do the exact same thing while leaving hair soft and shiny. Reviewers are very impressed with the Equate version, with one saying, “I’ve been a Briogeo customer for years and their micro-exfoliating shampoo is one of my FAVORITES! This Equate version is just as good with the same ingredients and flavor!

Bumble and bumble surf vaporizer

Price: $29

Alternative: Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt Texturizing Spray, $6.99

To get those cool, loose waves that look like you’ve spent all day by the beach, Bumble and bumble offers a nearly $30 bottle of saltwater spray that adds volume and texture. . Not Your Mother’s cheaper alternative offers twice the product and gives your hair the same textured look effortlessly.

Drybar: the heated straightening brush Brush Crush

Price: $149


Alternative: REVLON One-Step Volumizer, $34.88

If you are looking for a brush that will give you a blowout in record time, these brushes are for you. The Drybar version lets you use just one tool to dry damp hair and straighten or volumize it for a fresh salon look. Revlon’s much cheaper version can do everything the Drybar brush can, and even starts to give the Dyson Airwrap a run for its money.

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Sam DiSalvo is a Los Angeles-based comedian, writer, and actor who has performed across the country. His written work has appeared in numerous digital publications. As a copywriter, she has worked with a variety of top brands, including GoldieBlox and Thrive Causemetics. Sam loves dogs and is currently browsing for hobby costumes to buy for his corgi mix, Barry