Hair care is such a personalized thing. What works for one woman may not work for another. There are so many types, textures and concerns that it becomes overwhelming trying to pick out new products. And who wants to spend a fortune, if you don't have to. We'll let you in on a little secret -- some of our favorite products actually come from the drugstore.
We're here to tell you about some of our favorite drugstore haircare products -- what works on our varying hair types and won't deplete your bank account. As beauty editors, we get try everything and we're super-opinionated. So we'll give you the lowdown of what really works for us.
So if you're looking for a new dandruff shampoo, a shine-enhancing product for fine hair, a mask to treat damage -- all that and more. We've got you covered. Read on for the drugstore hair products we actually use and love. And maybe, just maybe you'll discover a new favorite too.
I loved John Frieda Touchably Full Conditioner and was overjoyed when they created a color-safe version. My two main criteria I use when choosing hair products are that they must add volume to my superlong, fine hair and not strip my color. This formula adds the right amount of moisture to leave my locks soft and shiny, yet still bouncy and full of volume. My color stays vibrant and my hair is left with a fresh, clean scent. --Hannah Savin
Though my grey hairs seemingly multiply by the day, I'm still reluctant to dye my hair (to the chagrin of my stylist). The reason: maintenance. I barely make it to the hair salon twice a year for trims. I'm not about to add costly biweekly root touchups to my calendar. Thankfully, in recent years, hair care brands have come to our rescue with root touch-up products that conceal greys in seconds. This spray by L'Oreal couldn't be easier -- or more effective.
Before heading out the door, I point the tiny, targeted nozzle at my roots along my part and at my temples, and my grays are gone (temporarily, of course). The dark brown matches my brunette strands perfectly.
Another genius use for this product: it makes hair appear thicker and fuller than it really is. As I approach my mid-40s, my hair is not as lush as it once was. Spraying L'Oreal's Root Cover Up on my scalp totally conceals that fact. --Jill Provost
It practically has to be a special occasion for me to justify blow-drying my hair. My thick hair holds onto moisture like crazy, so drying it takes what feels like a decade, and when I'm rushing around in the morning, that's just not an option. Needless to say, my ears perk up when I hear about any product that claims to make air-drying easier. Garnier's Air Dry Anti-Frizz Cream is one of these products. I simply add a little product to my wet hair and scrunch it for soft, beachy waves. Or for a smooth finish, I brush it through my hair and let it dry straight. Either way, I can rely on this product to make my hair to look better than if I hadn't used any product -- and to keep my blow-dryer in retirement. --Mary Squillace
My aunt recommended Aussie's 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner to me, and it lives up to its miraculous name: Its moisturizing properties are no joke. Plus, the bright purple squeeze bottle recalls the cutesy shampoos you might have used as a kid, which adds a fun nostalgic aspect -- and, at this price point, you don't have to feel guilty about applying an indulgent dollop of the stuff to your mane. --Rosie Narasaki