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7 Hair Products That Are Honestly Worth Every Damn Penny

Tried and tested from BuzzFeed employees.

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1. Batiste Hint of Color Dry Shampoo, $6.99

Scaachi Koul

Why Scaachi loves it: Dry shampoo is great if you have light-coloured hair, but for me, dry shampoo makes my roots look ashy and dry and, often, completely white. Batiste makes an excellent dry shampoo that manages to make your hair look hydrated and voluminous while taking out the oiliness AND it's cheap as hell. It's tinted brown so it keeps my hair from looking like a ghost has ejaculated on my scalp. Or maybe you're into that. I don't know your life.

2. Tangle Teezer, $14

Crystal Ro

Why Crystal loves it: My hair gets tangled REALLY easily. Like, I wake up every morning with what my boyfriend calls a "rat's nest" on the back of my head. So, I was immediately interested in this compact de-tangler when my best friend from the UK (where apparently they're really popular?) introduced me to it. Although I wasn't totally convinced it would actually be "pain-free" as advertised. I was pretty fucking surprised that not only did it work really well (it only takes me like a few strokes to have totally tangle-free hair), but it doesn't hurt AT ALL either. I like to use it after a shower on my wet hair, but it can be used on dry hair, too.

3. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, $4.89

Casey Gueren

Why Casey loves it: I hate using products in my hair because it's super fine and straight, so basically anything weighs it down. But obviously I need to use something or else my daily blow-drying would literally set my hair on fire. SO my hairdresser suggested using this shampoo once a week to literally strip any build-up that's been hanging around on my hair. She also explained that most shampoos, conditioners, and serums contain some form of silicone, which makes your hair look and feel amazing for a few days/weeks, but eventually weighs it down. That's exactly what I was experiencing!

Using this clarifying shampoo once a week is like a deep clean; it gets out all the grease and buildup and I swear your hair feels lighter afterward. I've heard you should watch out if you have a particularly dry scalp, since it's obviously super drying, but I've found that following it up with a rich conditioner (and leaving the conditioner on for a few minutes) works great for me. Plus it's stupid cheap.


4. Ouai Wave Spray, $26

Lauren Han

Why Lauren loves it: I have been head over heels in love with this Ouai Wave Spray. It's designed to bring out your natural waves, give you some more volume, and add shine and texture. Because I don't have prominent waves in my hair, I like to curl my hair and spritz some of this in the next day. It brings my curls back to life for a much more natural, wavy look. My hair is also super dry and looks jank as hell, so the added shine and softness this product gives is very much appreciated. This tiny bottle also has been lasting me forever, because you don't need very much for it to work its magic!

5. Spa Sister Shower Cap, $8.80

Why Claire loves it: When I first needed a shower cap, I did what everyone does — I bought the $3 2-pack at Target, and they were totally, completely fine. They did the job but were a bit weak — my nails would tear the plastic when I'd put it over my giant head, and after a few wears the elastic would really stretch out. After going through two 2-packs, I decided I needed a stronger cap. I ended up finding Spa Sister's collection, and let me tell you, I'll never go back to the $3 2-pack again.

This baby is DOUBLE layered so the inner layer is sturdy plastic and the outer layer is fabric, so there isn't that obnoxious amount of noise when the shower water hits your head. I was nervous that it wouldn't fit over my ginormous dome, but it fits over it even with my hair clipped back with a large plastic spider-clip. I'm currently a month in and it has retained it's shape, and I haven't poked a hole in it. It's safe to say I'm obsessed with my shower cap and I don't care who knows it.

6. Amla Legend Treasured Temple Edge Tamer, $5.67

Sheridan Nordahl-Hansen

Why Sheridan loves it: I stopped chemically straightening my hair a few years back and while my hair feels much healthier and grows faster, my roots have been k-i-l-l-i-n-g me. Whenever I wear my hair straight, it seems as if my roots decide to immediately frizz up. Since I like a nice slicked back ponytail every once in a while, I started looking for something that would hold my edges down.

The Amla Legend Treasured Temple Edge Tamer has a very intense name, which matches its very intense results. My edges get LAID with this product, and the best part? They’re not crunchy like how most gels will make my hair. The texture is really light and malleable, and doesn’t cause product build-up and flakes. I feel like I found my hair product soulmate, and I plan on staying with it for the rest of my life.

7. It's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin spray, $15.45

Lara Parker

Why Lara loves it: A couple of months ago, I got *full mermaid* hair which, while it looked amazing, wreaked havoc on my poor, poor strands. In the months following I've been doing my best to repair it and this is probably the best product I've found to help me. I spray it in my hair after every wash and it is honestly AMAZING. I was a little skeptical at first because it's a little on the pricey side, but it doesn't take much to do the trick and makes my hair feel like ~hair~ again. It also smells amazing and doesn't weight it down. I honestly cannot say enough about this product and I will probably be asked to be buried with it someday.