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    22 Drugstore Hair Products That Are Actually Worth The Money

    So affordable and effective!

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Garnier Fructis Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioner has vitamin B3 and fruit extracts that'll fight against dreaded humidity and the frizz that comes with it.

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    Promising review: "My daughter and I have long hair and have been using this product for about five years. I put a pea-sized amount on my ends and then work up though the rest of my hair after showering. It makes my hair soft and shiny and very easy to comb through. It is an excellent value." β€”chlohan

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    2. Bed Head TGIF Wax promotes super definition with the help of beeswax so your short 'do can be rocked all night long.

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    Promising review: "I have SUPER thick and curly hair, like grows into a fro when it gets long. This stuff works! This is one of the only affordable products I've found that works for my hair. It has a very strong hold without feeling nasty in your hair. This lasts a long time, but doesn't leave your hair greasy. It washes out just fine, no trouble with that." β€”Dillon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    3. John Frieda Frizz Ease Styling Creme will control your flyaways from a day-old blowout, so it can be sleek and silky for however long you want.

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    Promising review: "I like my hair again! The humidity here in Maryland is at 100% and we're getting lots of rain. I was hating my frizzy hair, so I decided to try this line by John Frieda. I'm so glad I did. I'm on day three and my hair still looks great, shiny, and no frizz. It looks natural." β€”Junie Spoonie

    Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

    4. Garnier Fructis Sleek Anti-Frizz Serum has a mix of argan and Moroccan oils that'll lock-in moisture, provide shine, and withstand tons of humidity while you're out on that tropical vacation.


    Promising review: "I love this stuff, been using it for years. I put it on after I shower, it helps with frizz and I will put it on anytime I'm having flyaways or frizz, tames the mane and adds shine." β€”John&Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.94.

    5. Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls spreads into your hair smoothly and achieves those curly coils your twist-out has been deaming of. All they needed was a little help.

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    Promising review: "Best curl cream on the market! I would be devastated without it (and I'd have insanely frizzy hair). I live in Florida and I have used it when I travel to Mexico and this hair cream is the only thing that tames my very naturally curly hair! A little bit goes a long way!" β€”Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $22.49.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's post on Miss Jessie's Pillow Soft Curls here!

    6. Shea Moisture Hair Smoothie is made with a mixture of organic coconut oil and shea butter to help detangle dry, tangled curls.

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    Promising review: "I live by this stuff makes my curls bouncy and soft, just full of life! I use this every day and couldn't live without it!" β€”Roxanne

    Get it from Amazon for $9.39.

    7. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In repairs dry and damaged hair while preserving hair color, leaving it soft and bouncy.

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    Promising review: "My hair stylist recommended this product. Three sprays and all the tangles in my wet hair disappear and it can be combed easily! It doesn’t weigh my fine hair down and smells great!" β€”Nancy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.72.

    8. Pantene Deep Hydrating Co-Wash infuses your hair with tons of moisture while removing impurities. Plus, it'll save you time in the shower.


    Promising review: "The first time I was able to run a comb through my hair after rinsing. Defined my natural curl. I’ve been looking for this product all my life!" β€”tonia brown

    Get it from Amazon for $8.74.

    9. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Dry Shampoo strips your hair of excess oils and builds body by texurizing it, so you can have fabulous wavy hair all day.

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    Promising review: "I've used dry shampoo for many years and this brand is by far one of if not my favorite. Not Your Mothers offers lots of scents and formulas for specific hair types or purposes. This one is great because it really volumizes and the smell is amazing." β€” Kelsothefrog

    Get it from Ulta for $5.99.

    10. Sun Bum Sea Salt Spray adds some bodacious, beachy waves to your hair β€” without the crunchiness you're used to.


    Promising review: "This is the best product I have ever used on my hair to air dry my hair and get beachy curls and waves. And the best part about this product is that it doesn't leave your hair crunchy and hard. Will never be without this product!" β€”Sarah C.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    11. Goody Slideproof Hair Elastics have rubber treading to make sure they stay in place while you're getting it in during an intense workout.


    Promising review: "I have long straight hair that is very fine and my hair slips out of EVERYTHING. I recently ran a 5k and a few hours later taught a Zumba fitness class β€”I didn't have to readjust this hair tie even ONE TIME. Completely serious. These are, in a word, amazing." β€”Sophie Austen

    Get it from Amazon for $3.83.

    12. Batiste Dry shampoo cleans your dirty hair with a simple spray, making your roots bouncy AF.

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    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product! I have dark hair and all other dry shampoos leave me looking like a grandma. This one actually controls my super greasy hair. I usually have a lot of trouble with the bangs, but this one works perfectly." β€”Hannah

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $16.32.

    13. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo gets rid of all that nasty-ass buildup you've accumulated while styling your hair β€” without stripping it of its natural oils.


    Promising review: "I absolutely love this shampoo. I have thick but fine, curly hair. I get a lot of build up because of the products I use to define my curls and control frizz. Curly hair is very dry, so shampooing daily is a no-no. This shampoo is perfect because I can use it on my roots once (sometimes twice) a week to cut down any buildup. I highly recommend for anyone who uses a lot of products but isn't able to shampoo often." β€”Mary C.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

    14. L'Oreal Paris Blow Dry Primer Spray will cut down your drying time down to half while protecting your hair from heat damage.


    Promising review: "The product really does seem to speed up the blow drying time for my hair; I have fine, straight hair (but a lot of it) that's about shoulder length and I can dry it in seven to eight minutes with this product. It also leaves my hair very soft. It has a mild, but pleasant scent." β€”scooterjoey

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    15. The Wet Brush can detangle wet β€” or dry! β€” hair without breaking it in the process. Can I get an amen?


    Promising review: "This brush is magical. When you have a toddler with a bazillion tangles every day, this is a lifesaver. The bristles are thin and not very stiff: that's the magic. Fewer tears AND fewer tangles. Trust me, these are worth it." β€”Just Jill

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $15.45 (available in five colors).

    16. Design Essentials Sleek Edge Control smooths your baby hairs for a sleek ponytail, because sometimes you wanna style your hair like Arianna Grande.

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    Promising review: "I love this edge control. It is perfect for my natural hair, and I was really surprised it even worked well with me because of my really thick hair. Definitely would recommend to all natural hair people." β€”Shanise

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    17. Herstyler Hair Repair Serum glosses up your mane, because serum is basically highlighter for your hair and you deserve to shine.


    Promising review: "Gives my hair the perfect texture it needs to look great for the day. Great non-greasy feel and Argan oil is the first ingredient on a very short list of ingredients." β€”Savannah

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. Mane 'n Tail Shampoo and Conditioner give you long, luscious hair, just like those Fabio commercials in the '90s, while leaving it clean and soft to the touch.


    Promising review: "This stuff has me really impressed. My hair is naturally very dark brown. Over the past two years I have really damaged my hair being platinum blonde. I used to use Redken products, but this stuff leaves my hair WAY softer and WAY shinier. Surpassed my expectations!" β€”ginger leighanne

    Get them from Amazon: the shampoo for $9.35 and the conditioner for $5.97.

    19. Not Your Mother's Mango Butter Curl Defining Conditioner reduces frizz and restores your hair's elasticity, especially if you use heat on your hair consistently.


    Promising review: "This leaves your hair so soft and has become a staple in my routine." β€”Carmen Sandiego

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    20. Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum conditions and seals the ends of your hair, protecting them from possible heat damage from your curling and flat irons.


    Promising review: "Amazing! I have super thick hair and this serum helps it dry faster and keep the style with my brush. I no longer need to use my flat iron for the tricky areas." β€”Robin Wiessner

    Get it from Amazon for $21.

    21. Design Essentials Herbal Complex conditions your scalp and protects it from the harsh winter winds so you won't have to suffer from dandruff, which let's face it, sucks.

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    Promising review: "This product is one of my staples! This is prefect for dry scalp (especially during winter months). It’s light and has a very pleasant smell. I will forever use this product and will continuously use other products by DE!" β€”alexis manley

    Get it from Amazon for $10.45.

    22. Cantu Shea Butter Curl Activator Cream allows your curls to be popping as they wanna be since it enhances your natural curl pattern and adds a ton of volume and shine. Angela Davis, who?

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    Promising review: "I put this cream in my daughter's hair after bath time. She has curly dark brown hair that is just so soft and bouncy naturally. This cream holds her curls and keeps them soft all day. No need for gel or any type of spray!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.89.

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