Great Hair Must-Haves For Under $20

Posted on Jun 14 2011 - 11:30am by Mommy Posh

What is a curly haired mom suppose to do in this humidity?  yes, I blow dry my hair but I enjoy the air-dried look now and again, but with my coarse, curly hair its turns out looking like an overused Brillo Pad…Yikes! that’s a sure fire way to scare my little one.  In my prior life, I worked in the beauty biz, so bringing home the latest and greatest in makeup and haircare items (for free!) were a beauty product junkies dream.  But now being a stay at a home mom, with an extra mouth to feed those luxurious are a thing of the past…or is it?  My love for trying new products is still in me so my daily trips to the local drugstore with baby in tow gets my engine revving.

So in need of some R&R for my hair, I tried Garnier Fructis Blow Dry Perfector ($11, Drugstores). After reading the reviews online I didn’t expect drastic results just an egg smell odor that suppose to last for days.  Ok, so yes the egg smell odor was an understatement, but for the money it was totally worth the whiff.

It was a simple step process (wash, add serum (aka smelly part), leave on for 30 minutes, rinse and add conditioner cream).  Simple!  In the end it left my hair feeling soft and manageable and was easy to blow dry.  For the real test, I did leave my hair to air dry and believe it or not my hair did not turn into an overused Brillo pad! I am repeat customer!

Getting to know your hair is like getting to know a new friend.  Finding the right hair gel, hairspray, clips and even the right hairstylist can be challenging at times, but don’t fret it’ll come in time. Just practice practice practice!

So besides using Fructis’s Blow Dry Perfector I have other items that I thought you may want look into…items you can find all at your local drugstore and/or supermarket.  And the best thing thing about it is that there are all under $20.

 

  1. Oscar Blandi, Pronto  Dry Shampoo Spray, 1.4 oz spray ($11, Sephora).  It’s great for absorbing oil and restoring body. I use it when I want to give my hair a break from being washed. But don’t overdo it—a little goes a long way.
  2. Lemon Juice ($3, at grocery stores).  In the summer before I go out in the sun, I pour this lemon juice in a spray bottle and spritz it all over my hair. It helps lighten highlights and gives hair a sunkissed look. I’ve been doing this trick since I was a teenager.
  3. Paddle Hair Brush ($12, Amazon).  Detangle and transform medium to long hair into a sleek mane or add a smooth finish to curly locks.
  4. Satin Hair Scarf ($3, drugstores). Tie your hair up at night (this is where the paddle brush comes in handy). This prevents your hair from “catching” on the pillowcase and breaking off. This also keeps the natural oils in your hair and not on the pillowcase.
  5. L’Oreal Paris Elnet Satin Hairspray ($7, Amazon). It’s hard to find a lightweight hairspray that doesn’t stink, but this one is great because it’s completely odorless. And it gives good hold.
  6. Con Air Thermal Iconic Velcrorollars ($9/5, conair-stores.com).  Velcro rollers are a non-damaging way to get sexy, voluminous hair. I like these because the Velcro is really strong, so the rollers stick to your hair—you don’t need clips to secure them.
  7. Bobby pins ($3, Amazon.com) are essential for the beach or whenever you want your hair off of your face. I especially like this kind because they don’t snag or pull. If you have fine hair, crisscross two together so they don’t slip out.

*Disclaimer:  All items listed on this post are items that I personally use, this was not a paid endorsement*

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