Published on August 9, 2018

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The best things in life are free, but damn, hair care can cost a pretty penny. But save those hard earned dollar bills for a vaca, girlfriend! Because we now live in the golden age of drugstore beauty, where some hair products not only match the effectiveness of expensive products, but even excel beyond their $$$ counterparts. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our nine favorite drugstore products that are beyond extraordinary.

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Kristin Ess Rose Gold Temporary Tint, Target, $12

Guys, people are losing their minds with this Kristin Ess line. The celeb hairstylist launched her Target line last year, and she keeps adding new launches (And doesn’t that packaging make it look like a million bucks?!). The whole line is super affordable, super effective, and super gorgeous.

This rose gold temporary tint is really fun, too. It’s actually the first ever in-shower “watercolor” tint, which creates a temporary tone when sprayed on wet hair and just rinses out when you’re over it.

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Sailor by Captain Blankenship Sea Salt Refresh Spray, Target, $14.99

Your favorite upstate NY-based buds, Captain Blankenship, have just created an exclusive-to-Target skincare and hair line called Sailor. But specifically, this sea salt “Refresh” spray is really neat—it’s both a dry shampoo, and a texturizer. So it both cleans, and dirties hair up—but in the good, just-woke-up-like-this, cool-girl-hair way.

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ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Shampoo, CVS, $12.99

Launched by Unilever at the end of 2017, ApotheCARE Essentials is especially affordable (everything retails from $10.99to $12.99!) and the whole line is free of silicones, parabens, and dyes (and New York’s coolest hair stylist Teddi Cranford is their lead stylist). This shampoo is the talk of the town (or at least the CVS comments section for this product), specifically for it’s volume-boosting skills. Rosehip oil, geranium, and aloe vera give fine and flat hair a much appreciated, last-all-day type of lift.

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Revlon 360° Dual Fast Dry Hair Dryer, Target, $30.99

Okay, this blow dryer is kind of a game-changer. The nozzle literally twists to “360 Vertical Mode” to create a tunnel of powerful air jets that dry hair faster, more smoothly, and with less damage. It’s pretty incredible.

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Cantu Cleanse Root Rinse, Target, $4.99

This deep cleansing treatment is perfect for a clarifying rinse, thanks to apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and shea butter (which adds a dose of moisturizing conditioning). Hair is healthier and your scalp is detoxed, plus no gunk from sulfates, parabens, silicones, or phthalates. This rinse is almost identical to apple cider vinegar treatments five times more expensive. Big bang for small bucks.

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Batiste Original Clean Dry Shampoo, Target, $5.99

Shoppers love this dry shampoo (the highest rated dry shampoo on thus far!), as do editors and stylists, all thanks to its ability to fully absorb into the hair, and give the bounciest, natural look to locks (and you won’t feel it at all either). It’s especially great for darker hair colors because it seriously is undetectable. Just be careful not to overdo it.

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Marc Anthony Hydrating Deep Nourishing Conditioning Treatment, Target, $2.79

Give those locks some TLC. This travel-friendly treatment contains tropical coconut oil, shea butter, and biotin to restore and protect weak, dry, damaged looking hair. Hair is softer, detangled, stronger, shinier, and frizz-free after one deep treatment.

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Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Shampoo, Target, $6.99

I mean, throw a gorgeous rose on the packaging and scent it with Bulgarian rose petals and we’re there! But beyond the amazing packaging and incredible scent, this brand is doing big things (for the planet): every bottle is made from 100 percent recycled materials; the shampoo is vegan and never tested on animals; and zero parabens, dyes and silicones. Oh, and the brand aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by the year 2020. Also, for each carbon ton it produces, the company will donate $40 to a carbon tax fund, which supports programs that reduce carbon emissions and landfill waste. Your hair (and the planet) is going to thank you.

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L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray Extra Strong Hold, Walgreens, $15.99

The be-all-end-all for both stylists and beauty editors, this hairspray is iconic for it’s ultra fine mist, which disappears into hair, but also holds hair in place all day. That seems like an oxymoron, until you try it, and see how legendary it is.


Read more about drugstore beauty:

The Absolute Best Drugstore Beauty Products
The Target Hair Mask You Need to Try This Weekend

CVS Will Stop Altering Photos, and Here’s Why It’s a Big Deal

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