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    28 Inexpensive Hair Products That Won't Make You Break Up With Your Savings (Or The Health Of Your Hair)

    "You're welcome" me to my split ends and checking account after I introduce them to all these products that are under $20 🙌.

    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 — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. Head and Shoulders Scalp Elixir Treatment targets the source of any hair ish' — we're looking at you, scalp — with a cooling no-rinse-required formula. It's supercharged with menthol and peppermint oils that work to balance dryness and itchiness for up to 24 hours. And of course, it's great for eradicating pesky flakes!

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    Promising review: "I saw an immediate difference from my first use of this product. For about two months, my scalp was abnormally and extremely dry and flaky. After one use, I noticed a visible difference. I don't normally write reviews, but this line of products is the real deal! I definitely will be purchasing again." —L. Btlr

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. Aunt Jackie's Purify Me Frizz-Fighting Moisturizing Co-Wash specializes in hydrating natural curls that have a tendency to become dry. This formula cleanses the scalp of residue, blends flaxseed and other oils from coconuts and avocados to lock in moisture between washes, and also detangles. I will now bid your frizz-filled days adieu!

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    Promising review: "This product smells great and it really helps keep ends healthy...I love it. I swear by Aunt Jackie's flaxseed line of hair products they are the best and very affordable compared to other natural hair products." —Jay From Trinidad

    Get it from Amazon for $10.

    3. Hair Dance Dry Shampoo soaks up excess oil and adds volume to treat your hair with a *powder* formula that's more gentle than traditional sprays. And! This'll actually refresh your hair thanks to rice starch, lavender oil, and more — instead of just simply disguising greasy roots.

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    Promising review: "I've been using this product for almost a year now. The first bottle lasted 10 months using it two to three times per week. I have thin, fine hair that gets weighed down easily. I do not use the tip to put this in my hair (that creates patches of white that are hard to distribute). Rather, I sprinkle a little powder in my hands, turn my head upside down, and work it into the roots. I've been able to go from washing my hair every day to washing it every fourth day because of this product. It smells wonderful and gives my hair extra body and fullness." —Waiting for Reign

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Wanna learn more about dry shampoo? We rounded up the best dry shampoos (tried and tested by us, of course!).

    4. Garnier Leave-In Conditioning Cream makes frizzy manes a far and distant memory (even after the first use). Not all heroes wear capes, but this team of vitamins B3 and B6, plus argan oil and citrus protein, are the ones fighting off humidity *and* leaving locks with a reflective shine.

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    Psst! You can use this on DRY hair *and* would you just look at that price!

    Promising review: "I'm very impressed with this product! I have badly damaged hair like a bird's nest due to frequent hair coloring, Japanese perm, and hot tools for styling. I was at first reluctant to buy this since it was so cheap and I normally use expensive salon brands. Since I've been using so many products and it didn't take away the tangle or frizz very well, I decided to purchase this product based on its high reviews. I am so glad I did! It got rid of my tangles and made my hair very soft and smooth. Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it won't work as well. In this case it worked spectacularly! I am also impressed with the smell. I am very allergic to perfume and this has a very light fruity smell that didn't cause me to sneeze." —honeydew

    Get it from Amazon for $2.82.

    5. Crave Naturals Detangling Brush tells knots and tangles to take a hike with its unique, cone-shaped bristles that work to separate the hair sideways. Gliding through your tresses without pain or breakage has never been more effortless; and reviewers with all different hair types noted how easy it was to use, thanks to its curved shape.

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    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of products that claim to 'glide through,' but this brush actually works! I have very thick kinky-coily hair and this brush passes through my hair easily both wet and dry. I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for a good detangling brush and yes, I'm leaving my Denman brush for this one." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

    6. Neutrogena's Clarifying Shampoo deeply cleanses away buildup that dulls your shine (see: shampoo, conditioner, and coloring residue). All you need is a weekly rinse to revive roots and leave strands feeling silky and shimmering.

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    Promising review: "This is a great product! It removed months/years of product buildup in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Katherine

    Get it from Amazon for $5.29.

    7. Elizavecca Collagen Protein Treatment revives and repairs locks that have endured multiple dye jobs, intense heat tools, or sun damage. AKA it's time to become acquainted with your silkiest, shiniest, run-your-fingers-through-with-ease hair!

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    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I saw this as a beauty recommendation on BuzzFeed as a dupe for Opalex (which I had tried and wasn't blown away by) so I thought I would give it a try...I'm so thankful I did! My bleached and heat damaged hair feels so soft, is more manageable, and looks healthier after each use. I agree with other reviewers that it seems like a big price tag for the size of the bottle but a little bit does go a long way and it is so worth it. I wish it came in a larger size bottle so I didn't have to reorder so quickly." —Carly S. Whitson

    Get it from Amazon for $8.75.

    And check out the full review of the Elizavecca CER-100 collagen protein treatment here.

    8. Coil Hair Bands tie up tresses in a way that'll not only have you waving ta-ta to ponytail creases, but they'll feel a lot more gentle than those of the elastic variety, too. And! They can even keep heavy hair in place while lessening the pressure on your hairline.

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    Promising review: "I have been hearing about these and wanting to give them a try - and SO happy I did! I have very fine, blonde, brittle hair from years of coloring. I try my best to avoid traditional hair bands because they cause SO much breakage for me. I was on the hunt for a way to keep my hair out of my face at the gym, and these do just that. They are super comfortable, stay in place, no breakage and best of all, they add a ton of volume to my hair! Idk how or why, but they give the appearance of a lot more hair. I am so pumped! Never going back to regular ties. If they stretch out, I read you can just put them under the heat of your hair dryer and they return to regular size." —Cherish O.

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99.

    9. Or! Kitsch Pro Satin Scrunchies prevent breakage, tangles, and kinks. So you can securely throw up that messy bun for working out or chilling out... and then pull it out sans hair strain or snags.

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    Promising review: "These are my new holy grail for my wavy hair! I use these for my nightly top bun (“pineapple”) and I wouldn't use any other scrunchie again. These rarely snag. My hair tangles and breaks easily, but I've noticed 90% less tangling and breakage with these Kitsch scrunchies! It's wild! In the daytime and at the gym, I normally wear my shoulder-length wavy hair in a clip. But I've felt very comfortable wearing this scrunchie at work, on errands, and at the gym. The Kitsch scrunchie stays in place, and is significantly more gentle on my hair than even the softest clip or cotton scrunchies." —Gigi

    Get a five pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. GIRL+HAIR Curl Cloud Hair Mask conditions naturally coily and kinky strands to not only redefine the texture of your hair, but redefine the relationship you have with your hair. This five-in-one formula treats split ends and tames frizz in 10 quick mins to reveal smooth, silky curls with scalp- and hair-loving oils.

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    GirlandHair is a Black woman-owned haircare biz that specializes in products that care for natural hair and also promote healthy growth while it's in protective styles, such as hair extensions, crochet braids, wigs, and weaves.

    With unique blend of botanical ingredients, such as Pimento oil (antioxidant), Tea Tree oil (anti-inflammatory) and Castor oil (hair growth), this hair mask promotes a healthy scalp and moisturizes your natural hair follicles for greater manageability and softness. Created for naturally curly, kinky and coily hair types, they use the best ingredients your curls crave, like olive oil, coconut oil, and grape seed oil.

    Promising review: "I'm a natural hair girl! I often struggle with finding a product that helps me manage and keep my hair safe for the next styling. Although I wear protective styles, the in-between time really counts, so this mask is a lifesaver. I love to see the hydration of my natural curls and I feel this product gives them the love they truly deserve! This product has helped me redefine my hair experience. Love it!" —Ashley Jennings

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    11. L'Oréal Elvive Protein Recharge quenches the thirst of overprocessed and overexposed locks with a leave-in formula that gives a juicy dose of nourishment. Whether its heat styling, dye jobs, or just general dryness, this powerhouse blend of almond extracts and protein elixirs hits the reset button to both strengthen and protect your hair from further unavoidable damage.

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    AND it repairs split-ends and restores shine. Talk about a twofer!

    Promising review: "I noticed a difference in my hair as soon as I used it. My hair is just past my shoulders by three inches. It's wavy, but extremely dry and has been shedding a lot lately. So I was desperate to try something new before losing it all. It’s so thin now that it’s a real concern. Right after the first use, I’ve noticed that it is shiny, soft, and much easier to mange. And it's tangle free and has body without being weighed down. It’s nice and fluffy. I LOVE THIS STUFF." —Aragonme

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    12. Maxsoft Massaging Shampoo Brush soothes a dry, itchy scalp that's home to pesky dandruff. How? By a) reinvigorating, b) exfoliating, and c) stimulating the roots to really get that deep, deep clean. Plus, it can also be used to gently detangle any knots!

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    And! This just happens to be fan-favorite amongst the BuzzFeed writers — including myself. I have one of these shower companions, and while I don't use it every time I get sudsy, I usually run it through my hair after a few days of back-to-back dry shampooing. It really gets in there to clear up any buildup while also feeling like a nice little scalp massage.

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with dry, flaking scalp for about a year now (pretty much started when I was pregnant and hadn’t gone away). I have used tea tree oil shampoo, dandruff shampoo, coconut oil, you name it. I finally read somewhere that exfoliating the scalp might help, but I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid, the bristles were fine and close together, and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little 'bristles' are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean. I have super thick hair and no matter how much shampoo I use or how long I scrub my hair, I felt like the back, underneath part of my hair would sometimes stay dirty. This brush gets all that." —Meg R

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98+ (available in three colors).

    13. Mane Club One Hit Wonder recharges your tired mane with a 10-in-1 spray... yes, TEN-in-one, folks. It takes care of everything from detangling, frizzies, split ends, and even provides heat protection up to 445 degrees F. Simply spritz it on your damp hair and let it do all the work, so you can get a salon-worthy blowout without the price tag or the need for nine other products!

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    Oh and hey! This formula contains cannabis sativa seed oil, which works like a charm to moisturize and highdrate without the weight.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these hair products. Since using them, my hair has practically been restored to it's natural curls! This has been super helpful in that it protects hair from heat damage while also easily detangling - two big things for me. I love it and won't ever be going back to anything else!" —Katie P

    Get it from Mane Club for $8 (cruelty-free, vegan).

    Read our Mane Club's 10-in-1 spray review for the 411.

    14. Pantene's Deep Conditioning Treatment says "Au revoir!" to dull-looking length, thanks to its fast-acting (we're talking 180 seconds of singing in the shower fast) repairing formula that will bring on the shine and miraculously cuts drying time. Helloooo, hy-dra-tion.

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    This moisturizing mask formula provides feather-like conditioning you can really feel, and it sets hair up for success so it'll be a little less sopping when you step out of the shower. Aka prepped hair for a faster dry time!

    Promising review: "Does what it says for a good price. Made my hair feel really soft after just one use. I use it twice a week just to keep up with the heat styling I do." —Blonde44

    Get it from Target for $6.99.

    15. The Honest Company Conditioning Detangler Spray teams up with your brush or comb to tackle tangles in a pinch. You can thank softening ingredients like argan oil, shea butter, jojoba protein, and quinoa extract, plus the sweet scent of orange and vanilla, that'll make post-shower brushing a *whole lot* less painful (and time-consuming).

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    Promising review: "The BEST detangler out there, and I have tried them all...even the expensive leave-in conditioners that say they detangle also. Bonus: your hair smells like those orange/vanilla popsicles that are so good. I have long, thick hair and I use a wide tooth comb after the shower. I spray this on all over and have zero trouble getting through my hair! So nice!" —Alyssa V

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    16. Bunzee Bands customize the look of your 'do with adjustable beads that can stretch depending on the length of your hair. We're talking buns, puffs, and updos all held up with no stress — and that goes for your head as well! These are cushioned with a soft outer layer for extra comfort and snag-free removal.

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    One reviewer noted that she actually washed her Bunzee band and it held up in the washer!

    Promising review: "My hair is massively thick and I have been through various rubber bands to make my puff. Most of the time, I just break them. I was able to keep this in my hair and it was not pulled out. I highly recommend especially for 4c hair." —Video Star

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three colors and in single packs and two-packs).

    17. DuraComfort Essentials Microfiber Towel encases soaking hair in a super-absorbent, comfy fabric that cuts drying time in half, preps your hair for styling, and won't leave it in a frizzy mess. Plus, it's especially great if you're trying to subject your locks to less heat tool exposure.

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    BuzzFeed Editor Kayla Boyd has one and tells us: "Ever since I started using a microfiber hair towel, I hardly ever use a blow dryer anymore. I'd rather not add heat to my curly hair unless totally necessary, so I'll wash my hair at night, wrap it in a microfiber towel and let it dry on its own. It helps my curls feel much healthier — and it keeps my hair out of the way while I'm doing my skincare routine."

    Promising review: "If you have naturally curly hair, you need this towel! I don't know what is at work but it definitely reduces frizz and my curls come out much nicer after using this towel. It would be even better if the towel was a smidge larger so it would feel more secure while wrapped around my head. Even so, it's a great product and I recommend it to my curly haired friends." —KShats

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two sizes).

    18. Moroccanoil Dry Texture Spray promotes touchably soft texture and can be spritzed onto just-washed hair to give it a naturally tousled, undone look. A perk? This can also be used to grip updos and braids for a lived-in feel that won't slip.

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    Promising review: "I have long, fine waving hair that tends to lose volume and curl a few hours after I wash them. I need volumizing products and hairspray that holds my style and 'keeps' all day or at least longer than usual. This product gives volume and lift without falling flat and adding weight after a few hours; holds well in wind and humidity, so far it's the best hair spray I've ever used. Highly recommend." —Rose H.

    Get it from Amazon for $13 (available in two sizes).

    19. Flexible Curling Wands help you achieve bouncy, voluminous curls without consistent heat. When your hair is damp and moisturized, simply wrap strands around each one and let them ~work their magic~ overnight for soft, easy, natural-looking waves.

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    Just so ya know, they vary in size so you can pick which is best for your hair length!

    Promising review: "I have thick 4c hair and I love this set. I usually have the smaller odds at the ends of my hair and have the bigger rods at the top of my hair. My hair came out so curly. It really reminded me of the movie star curls, because it has been such a long time since I have seen my hair curl without having to use heat to it. " —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $12.99.

    Learn more in our Tifara Flexible Foam Curling Rod deep dive here.

    20. FocusCare's Satin-Lined Sleep Beanie retains your hair's natural moisture and prevents breakage and static that regular cotton pillows can leave you with in the a.m. (It's also the perfect solution if you want to preserve just-done curls!)

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    Promising review: "After noticing increased hair loss and breakage I researched ways to help this. Wearing a silk cap was one of them, which seemed weird but I was desperate. This is cotton on the outside and silk on the inside. There is an elastic band around the opening to keep it in place. It looks ridiculous but SO WORTH IT. I've noticed that not only is my hair falling out less but it stays shiny and way less greasy when I wake up. I am able to keep curls in my hair overnight as well – which is unheard of before. I've recommended it to everyone." —Customer123

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 24 different options).

    21. Pure Body Coconut Oil Hair Mask repairs dry and damaged hair with lock-loving ingredients, including shea butter. Think: split ends, hair growth, even graying hair are all taken care of with this sulfate-free cream.

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    Promising review: "This is a great product for anyone with dry, frizzy hair. I have tons of long hair with oily roots. I applied this (about two tablespoons) to the lower half of my hair after towel drying and let it sit in its towel for about 20 minutes. After rinsing it all out and air drying, my hair felt so good! Shiny, soft and no frizzy fly-aways. This product was totally worth the price and seems like it will last for quite a while." —Pandarus33

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    And if you've got some resilient frizz going on, check out miracle products that may save your dry or damaged hair.

    22. Fanola No Yellow Shampoo tones and neutralizes yellow hues safely with purple pigment. The result? Icy cool blonde tresses that belong on a hairspo Pinterest board.

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    Promising review: "I recently went from dark brown to ultra-blonde hair and was recommended this shampoo. I was told by my stylist a purple shampoo would be needed to keep the blonde from getting brassy, and that other purple shampoos were not only pricey, but mediocre. The purple pigment in this is amazing, and unlike other products that I'd let sit in my hair forever, this is so pigmented that if left for too long, hair will get a temporary purple tint! I am absolutely in love with not only the price of this product, but I love how it truly delivers and makes my blonde hair gorgeous!" —LB

    Get it from Amazon for $10.83+ (available in three sizes).

    And check out our highlight of the Fanola No Yellow shampoo.

    23. Miss Jessie's Jelly Soft Curls works specifically with curly hair to give you shiny spirals and crunch-free ringlets that will actually stay in place. Just evenly distribute this innovative, gel-like formula onto clean, damp (not wet) hair for medium hold and touchably soft tresses.

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    Miss Jessie's is a Black woman-owned business that was founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch in 2004. Inspired by their late grandmother, Jessie Branch, the sisters have built a very successful line of natural hair products consisting of styling cremes, moisturizers, and deep conditioning treatments for natural hair. They also own a salon in Florida that specializes in natural/curly hair textures.

    Heads up, this gel is great for wavy, curly, tight curly, kinky, and transitioners.

    Promising review: "I have tried more products than I can count to try and keep my curls looking nice and not frizzy, crunchy, weighed down, etc. I started using this a few weeks ago and it is amazing! My curls look better than ever — they are soft, shiny and frizz-free. This product is the absolute best!" —Caroline

    Get it from Miss Jessie's for $14.

    24. Argan Oil Heat Protectant Spray shields your hair before it undergoes heat exposure. Damaged strands and split ends will be abolished after continuous use because this acts as a thermal protectant serum — and works wonders in 450-degree F temps.

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    Just mist your hair before styling, and you'll be fully protected!

    Promising review: "I have split ends, frizzy and, damaged hair from using heat and having a lot of highlights over the years. But not anymore! I spray this on my hair after I wash it (when it's still damp or dry) and I notice that it immediately helps seal my split ends and makes my hair look less frizzy. Overall, my hair feels so smooth and looks healthier. I like to use it after the shower, even if I'm not going to flat iron my hair. It smells amazing, too! —Belisa Almao

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    25. Shintop Cosmetics Headband sweeps your mane back with a cutesy fleece accessory that won't strain your hairline. So long, annoying wisps that usually interfere with your daily skincare routine — now you can apply your serums in peace *and* with less pain around your scalp.

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    Promising review: "I received my elastic hairband and I absolutely love it. I can't have a bad day if I put this on and look at myself in the mirror. Call that what you want but I've had a hard time finding a hairband that works for me. I usually have to use a headband that puts pressure on that bony part behind the ear. It hurts! I appreciate that this has elastic to keep it on in the front as well as in the BACK. This sucker doesn't move which I appreciate when I'm trying to do my skincare/makeup. A small part of me wishes I could wear this in public but alas, no. Not socially acceptable unless I'm in costume or doing some sort of consultant work. Also, it's so darn cute... If you're even thinking about it, then DO IT!" —Jenty92210

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in four colors).

    26. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask combats nature's grasp on your locks (we're talking damaging rays, dry unruly winds, humidity, and chemically-rich chlorine from summertime swims). A dollop of this enriching formula deeply conditions and works to repair and restore your hair's natural strength and shine — so even over-processed, dried-out tresses have another chance at life.

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    Promising review: "I have to say this is the best conditioning product I have ever used. I have thick, naturally wavy hair that has been a nightmare my entire life. It does what it wants, it gets extremely frizzy in both humid and dry conditions and it tangles easily. In the summer it's even worse because I'm in the pool every day and the chlorine really takes it's toll. I've tried so many different conditioners I've lost count. I found this product during the summer when my ends were fried crispy from chlorine. I didn't think anything would make that much of a difference but after reading all the reviews I decided to give it a shot. I am so happy I did. I use just a little once or twice a week as a quick conditioner and when my hair starts really frizzing and looks dull and damaged — in the summer from the chlorine and in the winter from the dry air. I slather it on and leave it in for several hours. When I rinse and dry after it's like I have different hair. No frizz, no crispiness. It's soft, silky and smells great! I also get far fewer tangles than I used to and the ones I do get are much easier to comb out, which is a big plus for me. No greasiness, no heaviness, just soft, silky, awesome-feeling hair." —timonsgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    27. OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Curl-Defining Cream gifts your tresses with a pillowy-soft formula you can comb through towel-dried hair. This = beautifully defined waves and spirals, sans leftover crunch and flyaways.

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    A bonus? This stuff is free from parabens and provides a sulfate-free haircare system which is gentle for use on all curl types and textures to help improve strength.

    Promising review: "Absolutely love this stuff! It's the one hair product I have to have. I rotate shampoos and conditioners but have never found anything to put on damp hair that I like as much as this. It says it's for curls, but works great on straight hair, too. I have had super straight to insanely curly over the years and have loved this on all hair styles." —Bunco Queen of the Universe

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    28. And a satin pillowcase delivers on not only making you feel like actual royalty (bonjour, luxurious-looking bedwear), but also ensure your hair remains tangle- and frizz-free as you sleep. All thanks to the silky-soft, matte satin finish 😍.

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    Promising review: "My daughter has extremely curly hair, and using these pillowcases helps to keep her hair free of knots and tangles. I will definitely be ordering more sets! Great product at a great price!" —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (two in a pack; available in 17 colors).

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