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    24 Cheap Hair Products That Are Pretty Much Better Than Going To The Salon

    What do we want? GREAT HAIR. How do we want it? At a cheap price! When do we want it? NOW.

    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.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community (and a few BuzzFeed editors!) to tell us about their favorite cheap hair products and they didn't disappoint. Here are some of their best recommendations:

    1. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo sweeps away all of that heavy, scalp-clogging buildup you've accumulated since your last wash (from styling products or otherwise) and boosts volume β€” all without irritating your scalp or stripping your hair of its natural oils, win!


    "This gets rid of all your product build up, great if you hate washing your hair and love dry shampoo. You can use it every few washes! Just make sure to use a super-moisturizing conditioner or mask afterward." β€”Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $4.83+.

    2. Conair Instant Heat Curling Iron is *the* hair tool that'll probably outlast all of your others β€” including the pricier ones β€” because it's so darn dependable when it comes to creating perfectly tousled waves., Amazon

    How? There are 25 heat settings that'll swiftly shape any hair type into the curl pattern you want β€” 400Β°F only takes 30 secs to heat up and the Turbo Heat feature increases barrel temperature by up to 36Β°F in a snap! It also has an extra-long cool tip, auto-off programming, and a non-slip grip handle.

    "I have a $200 curling iron and I swear this one is just as good and lasts forever." β€”Kayla Suazo

    Get it from Amazon for $10.81+ (available in five sizes).

    3. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream tames static-y hair immediately with a fortifying blend of argan oil, citrus protein, and Vitamins B3 & B6, so your hair stays smooth long after you step out of the shower and start drying/styling.

    "Been using it for years and it keeps my hair from looking like it has enough static to shock you. My sister uses it her own now, after stealing it from me for years." β€”Jessica Robin B.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.97.

    4. Beyond the Zone Turn Up the Heat Flat Iron Protection Spray creates a ~heat defense~ barrier that protects your hair from damage otherwise incurred by your styling tools, seals the cuticle for healthier-looking hair, and helps optimize the effectiveness of flat and curling irons by providing slip.,

    "Makes my dry, coarse, and frizzy hair perfectly tame and healthy-looking." β€”kmb1178

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    5. Pantene Pro-V Three Minute Miracle Moisture Renewal is what conditioning dreams are made of β€” for just a few bucks and a few minutes of your time, your strands will become softer, smooth, and visibly more hydrated.

    "It has behentrimonium methosulfate in it, which is a really good conditioning agent and one of the only things that will make my hair super soft! I'm a swimmer so I need all the moisture I can get in my hair, and when I'm out of salon products, this does the job just as well! β€”Megan J.

    To learn more, read a BuzzFeeder's full review, "This $3 Deep Conditioner Will Give You Rich-Girl Hair!"

    Get it from Walmart for $4.97 or Target for $4.99 (also available in Smooth & Sleek, Repair & Protect, Sheer Volume, and Curl Protection).

    6. The Aussie Miracle Curls line gives curly hair the star treatment it deserves without breaking the bank β€” these cost-effective products deeply nourish curls (hello, coconut and jojoba oils!), restore dry, damaged curls, and leave your entire head bouncy and soft.,

    "The Aussie Miracle Curls line has knocked me OUT. I have incredibly long, thick 3B curls, and trying to tame them has been a constant struggle β€” because expensive products are just not cost-effective for this much hair and cheap products are generally, well, cheap. But this WHOLE LINE. I use the 3-Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner, the Co-Wash, and depending on how I want my curls to lay, the Detangling Milk (pictured on the left) or the Creme Pudding. All of the products generally run around $5 and last through several washes for me. And the results are freaking flawless. HIGHLY recommend." β€”irishcowgirl

    Get the entire line from Target for $1.49+.

    7. Wet Brush Original Detangler is made with ~IntelliFlex bristles~ that detangle all hair types, wet or dry without β€” I repeat WITHOUT β€” pulling or tugging. With all of that nonexistent force you're using, there's way less chances of experiencing breakage and split ends!!

    "I don't know what kind of sorcery goes into the making of a Wet Brush but I'll gladly built an altar to it." β€”Elizabeth Lilly

    Check out our deep dive, "If Tangled Hair Is Your Worst Nightmare, This Brush Will Be Your Hero" to find out why this is the best brush for tangled hair of all ages!

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in seven colors).

    8. Invisibobbles are far superior to normal hair ties, which find lots of pleasure in pinching your hair, taking pieces of hair out with them, and leaving unsightly dents/crimps β€” these are super flexible and lightweight, and they do a *great* job at holding your ponytail in place without hurting your hair one bit., Sarah Han

    "These prevent the dreaded crimps I get from normal hair ties and don't tug on or pull out my already delicate hair β€” 'nuff said." β€”Sarah Han

    Get a set of three original Invisibobbles from Amazon for $7.43+ (available in two colors), the "I smell like cookie dough" set from Amazon for $8, and a set of three slim Invisibobbles from Sephora for $8 (available in six colors).

    9. Silk pillowcases keep hair smooth, moisturized, frizz-free (less friction involved!), and ringlets together β€” even if you toss and turn during the night, rest easy knowing you'll wake up with picture-perfect hair.


    "To all of the curly hair girls out there, you can NEVER go wrong with a silk pillow case. I got mine for cheap on Amazon and my life is forever changed. No more frizzy, messy curls!" β€”Erin D.

    Get a top-rated pillow from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in six sizes and 29 colors/patterns).

    Check out our full review, "This Silk Pillowcase Will Be Your Super-Powerful Secret Beauty Weapon", to learn more!

    10. John Frieda Frizz-Ease Curl Reviver Mousse defines your curls without making them feel crunchy, heavy, stiff, or any other less-than-ideal adjectives β€” and it has heat protection and UV filters built it, so your mane stays stylish and healthy no matter where you go!,

    "It's surprisingly powerful for how reasonably priced it is. It keeps my hair from looking like Rosanne Rosannadana without being crunchy β€” and it works 100x better than the equivalent Paul Mitchell products." β€”jstubler95

    Get it from Amazon for $6.64.

    11. Hask Charcoal Purifying Dry Shampoo only leaves behind the good stuff β€” soft, oil-free (the charcoal powder just soaks excess oil up right up!), and citrus-scented hair β€” and doesn't leave behind any bad residue. So go ahead, skip a wash.

    Urban Outfitters

    "I swear by Hask Charcoal Dry Shampoo. I can spray it directly on my scalp and it leaves ZERO residue! It smells like lemons and charcoal is a huge benefit for oily hair. I’ve tried what appears to be everyone’s holy grail (yes, Batiste), but something about this one just makes it impossible for me to give up!" β€”Kevin D.

    Get it from Ulta for $7.99 or Urban Outfitters for $9 (available in three varieties).

    12. Conair MiniPRO Tourmaline Ceramic Styler/Hair Dryer is super compact and fab for traveling, and leaves hair lifted, light, and looking like a ~work of art~., Isaac Fitzgerald

    It comes with a folding handle and dual voltage, which is clutch for travel, but it doesn't skimp on power β€” all 1200 watts of it. It has two heat/speed settings (the tourmaline ceramic technology provides gentle heat to protect hair from damage), a no-slip grip, and a concentrator attachment.

    "As I combed my hair exactly as my barber had instructed, I awkwardly aimed the hairdryer at my scalp. All of a sudden, my hair was getting lift. Life! The haircut I had when I first left the barbershop began to materialize. It was like my hair was forming into the statue of David right atop my head and I was Michelangelo. She's lightweight, folds up for easy packing (yes, I do now take my hairdryer with me whenever I travel), and gets the job done. Most days it's easier to toss on a hat and get out the door. But on those days when I need an extra pick-me-up? Or I've got an event that I'm nervous about? Well, my Mini Pro makes sure I've got a look that has me feeling great." β€”Isaac Fitzgerald

    Read Issac's full review (#2) for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $15.94.

    And check out our picks for best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    13. Not Your Mother's In A Heart Beat Blow Dry Accelerator (which is paraben-free!) cuts down on blow dry time while protecting your damp, weakened strands from heat damage and humidity and smoothing out frizz.

    β€”Katy Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

    14. John Freida Hot Air Brush releases β€” you guessed it β€” hot air to lift, brush out, and dry your hair all at the same darn time, which means you're doing three jobs at once without sacrificing efficiency. Time to throw your flat iron out the window!

    Maitland Quitmeyer,

    It combines the smoothing effect of a round brush with the drying and sleekifying power of a traditional blowdryer. It has TWO heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. Plus, ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair.

    "TRULY EASY!!!!! And you get better results than with a flat iron, because you're lifting and brushing out the hair rather then just pressing it flat. Just a good conditioner, a little blowout spray (I use Living Proof's amazing one), and you don't need any other products for straight-from-the-salon hair! Throw that flat iron away. And the results last for days." β€”Maitland Quitmeyer

    Read Maitland's full review for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $37.30+ (available in two sizes).

    15. Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner is part of the formula for shiny, healthy hair β€” one wash, and you'll become a believer when you see your hair become visibly less tangled, smoother, and more hydrated. It also smells like an island delight, but is formulated without sulfates or parabens, so sensitive scalps rejoice!


    "I use it as a leave-in conditioner after showering. Been using it for years and my 3b/3c hair still loves it." β€”bekb2

    Get it from Amazon for $9.84.

    16. Marc Anthony Strictly Curls Perfect Curl Cream uses natural soya bean and avocado oil to define coarse curls and add moisture, so you have touchable, frizz-free, and shiny curls that never stop stunting.,

    "Seriously, it’s amazing!" β€”Tiffany H.

    Get it from Ulta for $7.99.

    17. Garnier Fructis Style Beach Chic Texturizing Spray brings on the loose, "done but undone" beach waves you crave and makes frizz all but disappear, so you leave your house looking like you just stepped out of a high-end salon.


    "When I run out of Ouai Wave Spray (god bless Jen Atkin), I use this one. I used it for years before Ouai and it's great if you already have wavy hair, since it decreases frizz." β€”Heather Braga

    Get it from Amazon for $3.42.

    18. Got2B products whip (and shape and hold) hair into action with salon-worthy results β€” specific shoutouts to the Powder'ful Volumizing Styling Powder and Defiant Shine Pomade for creating instant volume and sleek, shiny looks with total ease., Amazon

    "My best friend is a stylist and would kill me for saying this, but the Got2B line always works just as well as the salon products for me. My favorite is the volume powder and shine pomade. I get compliments on my shiny, healthy, and voluminous hair every day!"β€”RJJ

    Get the Defiant Shine Pomade from Walmart for $4.78 and Volumizing Styling Powder from Amazon for $6.57.

    19. A Scalpmaster Shampoo Brush gives your scalp the shake-up it needs to truly get rid of all that buildup β€” it's also great for detangling all hair types, stimulating circulation (which leads to thicker hair growth, as some reviewers testify!), and sloughing off dandruff flakes.

    "I use it every time I shampoo my hair (which is like one to two times a week) to help loosen up buildup. AND ALSO to detangle in the shower while I'm letting my shampoo soak. I also like that it has a loop on the back that I can easily slip my middle finger into so I get a good amount of control. And it's easy to rinse off/clean because of its plastic construction. Though if your scalp is super sensitive, I'd probably use one that doesn't have such small teeth (like this one)." β€”Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49+.

    20. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Styler is a magical twofer product that combines the powerful airflow of a dryer with the smoothing benefits of a brush β€” so even if you have fine hair or 4c hair, you can give yourself a gasp-worthy blowout right at home.

    Essence Gant

    The low setting is great on fine/thin hair and high setting on thick/coarse hair, and there's also a cool setting to lock in the style. It also has ionic conditioning technology, which reduces the size of water molecules for faster drying, eliminates static and frizz, and enhances shine.

    "This dryer really is a must for every thick-haired person whose eyes tear up at the thought of having to blow out their own hair. FOREVER SHOOK." β€”Essence Gant

    Check out Essence's full review, "Here's The Life-Changing Blow Dryer Every Black Girl With Natural Hair Needs," for all the deets!

    Get it from Amazon for $38.46 (available in two colors).

    21. Aussie Mega Hairspray lends freshness and body to fine hair without keeping a death grip on your style β€” call it hair that ~moves with you~.

    "I have really fine hair that gets oily quickly. This is a godsend! Cheap, adds volume, and doesn’t make my hair sticky/greasy looking, like nearly every other hairspray does." β€”catgirl717

    Get it from Target for $3.44.

    22. Suave shampoos and conditioners β€” shoutout to the Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner β€” clean and nourish your hair so well year after year, that you'll be dumbfounded as to why they're so incredibly cheap. They're a no-brainer!, Target

    "It’s the perfect weight and *actually* works at around three bucks a bottle!" β€”Monica F.

    "Suave shampoo and conditioner. I’ve used expensive brands and they leave my hair feeling dry, snarly, and gross. I’ve used Suave for probably 28 of my 32 years on this planet and my hair is silky, shiny, and smooth. Love it." β€”Kylie P.

    Get the Keratin Infusion Smoothing Conditioner from Amazon for $2.20 and the Shampoo from Target for $2.94.

    23. Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Dry Shampoo absorbs your scalp's excess oil and oomphs up your hair with volume, so you don't have to be constantly showering your hair (especially useful for colored hair).

    "I go for nearly a week at a time without washing my hair but my roots can get greasy, so I LIVE for dry shampoo. This doesn't leave a white cast on my dark hair, adds some nice texture, and has a fresh scent that isn't overwhelmingly beachy." β€”Elizabeth Lilly

    Get a 7 oz bottle from Target for $3.94 or a 14 oz bottle from Amazon for $7.88.

    24. Peppermint oil with jojoba oil (to help with massaging it into your scalp) is a match made in olfactory heaven and can seriously help stimulate hair growth and thickness, especially for natural hair types. //

    You can either apply it straight to your scalp/hair (leaving it in for 15 to 20 minutes and then rinsing) or mix it into your shampoo, conditioner, or mask. Adding other oils, like jojoba, can help lessen the intensity of the menthol in peppermint oil. And for people with especially sensitive scalps, peppermint's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory characteristics can also help with dryness and itching!

    "Peppermint oil with jojoba as a carrier oil! My hair (4b) was always so dry and brittle. Once I started using this, the growth, thickness, and moisture became endless." β€”ndyer13

    Get bottles of each from Amazon: peppermint oil for $10.95 and jojoba oil for $10.99.

    Ok, so now that your hair is looking fresh to death, get ready for your closeup:

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