12 Cheap Hair Products With Incredible Reviews & Reputations

September 1, 2017 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Isn’t it great when a woman with glossy, shiny, healthy hair reveals her favorite products and nearly all of them are from the drugstore? So many affordable hair care brands have stepped up their game in recent years and the result can be seen everywhere you look: you needn’t break the bank to have a gorgeous mane. And these 12 cheap hair products with incredible reviews and reputations are just some of the hairsprays, serums, shampoos, and conditioners that will take you there.

Curating your hair care stash so that you focus on products with effective ingredients is the best way to ensure your hair looks amazing and is healthy. Know your hair type — thin, thick, medium — and identify your personal hair needs. Perhaps your scalp errs on the side of Sahara dry — there’s an affordable shampoo for that. Maybe your strands are course and could use a dose of argan oil. Or, if you have oily hair, you still may not have discovered the wonders of dry shampoo (just a touch on your roots can freshen you right up).

Here are 12 cheap hair products that deserve a place on your beauty radar.

1) Tigi Bedhead Hard Head Hairspray

The best thing about this medium hold hairspray is that it dries instantly and keeps your style in place for hours without making your hair sticky or hard. Reviewers say this spray provides a natural look, controls frizz, and can stand up against the most humid days.

2) Rusk Being Sexy Hairspray

Rusk Being Sexy

If your hair tends to fall flat at the roots, this volumizing hairspray is capable of lifting hair and creating texture — yet you’ll still be able to run your fingers through your strands. Its many fans say this product smells incredible, offers medium, flexible hold, and won’t give you “helmet” hair.

3) It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product

It's a 10

True to its name, this leave-in spray, which is applied after shampoo and conditioner, has 10 benefits — among them, it repairs dry and damaged hair, adds shine, protects against heating tools, and detangles hair. Reviewers say this keeps hair hydrated, prevents split ends, and makes hair extremely soft but never greasy.

4) Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo

Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo

Color-treated hair needs a shampoo that can keep color looking fresh for longer and is free of parabens and sulfates, which strip hair of moisture. Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo maintains your salon color for up to nine weeks and provides a gentle, thorough cleansing with a low pH and even helps tame frizz.

5) Kendra Professional Volume Spray

Kendra Volume Spray

Gone are the days when, if you had fine or thin hair, you were destined to a lifetime of flat hair days. This volumizing spray is applied between layers of hair at the base before styling with heat and leaves hair looking bigger, healthier, and shinier than before. It’s made to withstand winds of up to 25 MPH and holds for an astonishing 120 hours.

6) Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo


Every few weeks or so, it’s important to wash hair with a great clarifying shampoo like this one by Redken. This hair cleanse removes product build-up, hard water minerals, copper, and iron and is formulated with fruit acids to add intense shine.

7) Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Gel

Ouidad gel

This is one of Ouidad’s bestselling stylers — and for good reason. This gel will keep your curls and waves in place and looking fab no matter how humid it gets outside. It contains wheat protein to soften hair, anti-frizz nano technology, and a UV filter to protect strands against sun damage.

8) Amika Perk Up Dry Shampoo

Amika dry shampoo

There’s no shortage of dry shampoos on the market these days, but this superstar product by Amika stands out from the pack. Using natural, lightweight rice starch, it absorbs oils and residue on the scalp, but unlike a lot of other dry shampoos, it won’t leave a flaky white mess behind. It has been formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

9) Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector

Living Proof Night Cap

This leave-in conditioning mask is applied at night. When you wake up in the morning (and for the following five days) you’ll reap the benefits of more manageable, shiny hair with super intense color. It doesn’t contain silicone, won’t mess up your pillow, and is safe for color and chemical-treated hair.

10) Head & Shoulders Dandruff Shampoo

Head & Shoulders

Does Head & Shoulders even need an introduction? Sure, there are costlier dandruff shampoos out there, but this one works — every time. Pyrithione zinc is the active ingredient that helps get rid of dandruff and prevent flaking and itchy scalp from recurring.

11) Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment

Moroccan Oil

If you have frizzy, course, or unmanageable hair, rub a few drops of this argan oil treatment into your strands before styling it. You’ll be amazed at how this lightweight oil instantly tames flyaways and hydrated hair without leaving it greasy or weighed down. The smell is incredible and reviewers say they use it on both wet and dry hair — fans call it a miracle in a bottle.

12) L’Oreal Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Hairspray

L'Oreal Elnett Hair Spray

If you’re ever backstage at a fashion show, there’s a solid chance you’ll run into more than a few hairdressers clinging to this extra strong hold hairspray. The magic of this spray is that it’s so super fine that you barely feel it when applied, but the hold is intense and lasts for hours. Reviewers say it’s incredible at holding updos and curls in place and that it even smells great.


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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