Real talk: being a beauty addict can be expensive AF. And don’t get us wrong, we love to buy ourselves all of our favorite things, but unlike Ari, we don’t always have the cash to splurge. But that doesn’t mean we let our beauty game suffer! There are so many BOMB drugstore products, especially when it comes to hair.
Split ends, frizz, unruly curls, or dandruff messing up your hair game? Don’t worry; we’ve got you. Check out what’s on our drugstore shopping list…
FOR FRIZZ: TIGI After Party Smoothing Cream, $16
This product repeatedly takes us from the ‘I slept in a ditch last night’ look to totally acceptable second-day hair. The anti-frizz complex helps keep frizz under control, and the lightweight conditioners help boost shine without making your hair look greasy or feel heavy. Plus, it contains hair hero, castor oil to improve overall hair health. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention, it smells SO good! To fight the frizz, apply a dime-sized amount to dry or damp hair and work through your hair with your hands.
FOR GROWTH: Strong Roots Red Pimento Hair Growth Oil, $11
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Celebrity hairstylist Eduardo Bravo recommended this miracle oil to us a few months ago, and we’ve been using it religiously ever since. The potent blend of Pure Jamaican Black castor oil, extra virgin coconut oil, wheat germ oil, lemon oil, lavender oil, and pimento oil help boost growth, add volume, all while majorly hydrating your hair. By massaging the oil into your scalp, you’ll also boost circulation, which will maximize growth – if you have fine hair, we recommend doing this the night before you wash, to avoid greasy-looking locks. We’ve also been applying it to our lashes and our brows, and its transformed our lashes in weeks. Find out how here.
FOR DRY HAIR: Pantene Smooth & Sleek 3 Minute Miracle Daily Conditioner, $7
This conditioner is our drugstore secret weapon. The formula contains 80% more conditioning ingredients than a regular conditioner – how insane! Plus, due to its super high levels of Terminal Amino-Silicones (TAS), it smooths the outer hair cuticle to keeps hair looking sleeker while also protecting it and preventing moisture loss.
FOR DANDRUFF: Neutrogena T-Sal Shampoo, $11
If your hair is prone to dandruff or if you suffer from psoriasis, then this shampoo is a must-have. The therapeutic shampoo contains 3% salicylic acid, which helps to decongest hair follicles by preventing sebum and dead skin build up.
FOR SPLIT ENDS: HASK Argan oil, $3
Argan oil for $3? Literally, how can you say no – when we first saw the price, we were shook, and it’s now one of our fave formulas. This all-natural oil is the ideal remedy for split and damaged ends, as it’s full of fatty acids that’ll replenish the hair follicle. It’s also free of sulfates, alcohol, and parabens, so it won’t dry out your hair. We also love that this little container is small enough to throw in our purse to tame locks or add shine on-the-go.
FOR WAVY CURLS: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, $14
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If you have unruly S-curls, you need this product in your life, like yesterday. The formula is enriched with mega-hydrating coconut oil, which is full of fatty acids and omega 3 to protect the hair from damage. The silk protein will also add moisture, volume, and definition to your curls. To apply, section your hair and use your fingers to smooth through damp or dry hair. Check out our expert’s guide to looking after your curls here.
FOR COILY CURLS: Cantu Define and Shine Custard, $7
One of our fave brands for textured hair is Cantu, who encourage people to embrace their natural hair. We’re obsessed with Define and Shine Custard, which helps shape the curl and reduce frizz, plus it smells delicious. All you have to do is apply it to wet hair and leave it to air dry.
FOR A HAPPY SCALP: DIY Scalp Scrub
A healthy mane starts with a healthy scalp, so it’s super important to show your scalp some love on a regular basis, and a weekly scalp scrub is the easiest way to do it! But as scalp scrubs are typically on the luxe end of the spectrum, we like to make our own. This combo of sea salt and lemon juice makes for a super effective exfoliator, as the salt acts as a physical exfoliator and the citric acid will act as a chemical exfoliator. This means it’ll help shed dead skin and loosen any oil that’s blocking your hair follicles. But don’t worry, it won’t dry out your scalp as the olive oil will seal in moisture.
2 tablespoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 tablespoon of olive oil
Combine the ingredients in a bowl. Apply the mix to damp hair, then massage the scrub into your scalp to boost circulation. Rinse well with warm water, then follow with shampoo and conditioner.
Let us know if you have any drugstore hair products we should know about too, in the comments below.