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The Best Drugstore Hair Products

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The Best Drugstore Hair Products

I'm a hair product junkie. You name it, I want to try it. I have high end, luxury, salon only, and drugstore hair products stashed all over my bathroom! I'm constantly trying new products, new ways to style my hair, I can't do the same thing more than 1-2 times.

All of this (and a bunch of sponsored posts, truthfully), mean that I've tried a lot of drugstore hair products. Today for Makeup Wars we're showcasing our favorites, and I have to admit, my list is rather... long. And difficult to shorten. I just went through my bathroom and the "hair" bin in my office and pulled out my favorites that were from the drugstore! I couldn't not share some of them (and really, these are the ones I really like, I left plenty of stuff in the bin!) Oh well, I'm sharing it all!

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment
Buy at Target, or Amazon

I've written about this product for years. I talk about it with friends. I don't even know how many bottles I've bought over the years, and since it's only $3, this is something that is always in my shower. I love that I don't really need, to plan ahead to use this product. If my hair feels a little lackluster, I just swap this out for my regular conditioner.

There are different 3 Minute Miracles, so you can get the treatment you need for your hair. Moist, Shine and Strong are the versions I use most often, here's a recent post about Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Strong.


Best Tresemme Hair Products

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Shampoo & Conditioner
Shampoo at Amazon
Conditioner at Amazon

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Touchable Bounce Mousse
Buy it from Amazon, or Target

TRESemmé Beauty-Full Volume Flexible Finish Hair Spray
Buy it from Amazon

All of the Beauty-Full products were featured in my easy volumized blow out tutorial. I love all of them, and the only reason that cream isn't shown here as well is because I'm currently out.

Yes, this really is conditioning and then shampooing. The result is hair that is soft and bouncy, not at all weighed down! I love that it comes in HUGE bottles too, such a deal! The mousse has some hold and doesn't feel sticky, and the hair spray is flexible hold that doesn't feel sticky and is touchable.


TRESemmé Expert Selection Heat Protection Spray, Keratin Smooth
Buy it from Amazon

The final product is a great heat protectant. It smooths my hair, adds some shine, and is super lightweight.


Best Herbal Essences Hair Products

Biorenew Golden Moringa Oil Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner
Buy Shampoo at Amazon
Buy Conditioner at Amazon

This duo is meant for dry, damaged hair and that definitely describes the issues that I have been having with my hair recently! It claims to work over a few weeks to help "bring your hair back to life", but I do think just a few uses and my hair was looking better. The first use actually did a great job of just smoothing frizz and dryness but without weighing down my hair. And it smells great.

Biorenew White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Dry Shampoo
Get it at Amazon

I just got this dry shampoo, and I'm obsessed! Expect a full post on just this dry shampoo soon! It does a great job of soaking up oils, it does add a lot of volume, and it doesn't look powdery at all on my hair. But the best part really is the smell! Hands down, this is the best dry shampoo ever. Ever. I have no idea what Mosa Mint is, but to me this dry shampoo has some peach scent, more like a sophisticated white peach. I love that!


Best Suave Hair Products

Moroccan Infusion Shampoo & Conditioner
Buy Shampoo at Amazon
Buy Conditioner at Amazon

You can read more about this duo in my post here, but this duo does a good job of smoothing and not weighing down your hair.

Pantene Booster Spray

Full and Strong Powerful Body Booster Spray
Buy it at Amazon

So, technically this is a spray gel, but not really. It offers a bit of hold, makes my hair shiny, and helps my hair stay more voluminous.

Clairol Root Touch Up

Clairol Root Touch Up
Buy it at Walmart, Amazon, or ULTA

I'm not a home hair color girl. Nope. I want someone else to do that for me. But my hair grows really fast, and if it's been more than 3-4 weeks since I had my color done, I have some roots (I only have a few greys, but since my hair is a strange light brown I color it darker). If I have a hard time fitting in a trip to the salon, or I have a special event, I use one of these kits. I was really nervous the first time I used the kit, but it's super easy, and there's just enough color for me to go all along my hair line and do most of the crown on my head. I leave it in 10 minutes, then shampoo it out in the shower. And it really does match my professional color! You can read my full Root Touch Up review here.







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Some of these products were featured previously as the result of sponsored posts. I honestly can't remember which ones. But, I know some were. I just went through my bathroom and the "hair" bin in my office and pulled out my favorites that were from the drugstore!

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Something New: Dove's Shower Foam

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Dove Shower Foam Review


Have you run into the displays of this Dove Body Wash yet? They're at a lot of my local big box and drugstores suddenly. It's a bottle of body wash, but it foams when you pump it out. As much as I've been told and read that the lather doesn't matter when you're trying to get clean, I really love a great lather.


The bottle looks small, but it actually contains over 250 pumps of product. I use about 3-4 pumps for an entire shower, so a bottle will last for a long time. It comes out very foamy, with a nice light scent. I use 1 pump per leg, and 1-2 pumps for my body and arms. It definitely gets me clean, but it doesn't feel like it strips my skin of moisture. Instead, I'm just clean and my skin is soft.

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Why I'm Cleansing Twice: ExfoliKate Cleanser Review

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Exfolikate Cleanser Review

I've made no secret of my love of Kate Somerville. She's the esthetician to the stars in LA, and she has an amazing skin care line. Her products are a bit of a splurge for me, but they're well worth it.

One of my all time favorite products is her ExfoliKate, a green scrub that takes only a minute to work! It leaves my skin smooth and glowy, a tube of this stuff lives in my shower all time. I probably use it about once or twice a week, depending upon how my skin is doing. You can read my original ExfoliKate review, check out my 5 year blog anniversary ode to ExoliKate (which was 5 years ago now), or buy it from Sephora, Nordstrom or Kate Somerville. I don't even know how many tubes of ExfoliKate I've purchased. One tube lasts me about 10-11 months, and I've used it continuously for about 7 or 8 years. I even take it with me when I travel!

So, when I heard about the new Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser, I was at once excited about it, but also didn't really care. I love ExfoliKate! But, do I need both? Especially when I have already stocked up on Kate Somerville Detox Cleanser to the point that I will never need to purchase face wash again in my life? It's kind of hard to justify buying more expensive face wash when you own more Kate Somerville than most spas.

But, recently I was buying a few "staples", and needed another $25 to hit free shipping and a % off, so I went for the ExfoliKate Cleanser. I reasoned that it was free, so I wasn't really "wasting" my money, right? I would get to try it out, but I knew deep down that because it was Kate that I would probably love it. And I was right! I have already bought a "backup" tube to keep around, so I'll never run out!

ExfoliKate Cleanser isn't really a typical cleanser. It is a bit drier, and has some very fine and evenly sized grit. There's a very faint green tint, but it's pretty much just white. It has a light lather and rinses off super easily. It does not make my face feel overly tight or dry, just clean. I've been washing my face first with the Detox Cleanser to remove my makeup. I then rinse and wash a second time, using about a pea sized amount of the ExfoliKate Cleanser. It's just the right amount to wash my face, avoiding my eye area.

So, what's the difference between the two cleansers? Detox has Salicylic, Glycolic, and Lactic Acids, all of which help to gently exfoliate the skin and clean out pores. There are also a lot of soothing ingredients, like Aloe Vera and Allantoin, so it has been great for my mild rosacea. ExfoliKate cleanser also has Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid, but they've added in Pineapple, Pumpkin and Papaya Enzymes, and they don't have the added soothing ingredients. ExfoliKate Cleanser isn't harsh, but it isn't quite as gentle as Detox. I pay close attention to my skin, and if my skin is irritated I will skip a night of ExfoliKate Cleanser and my retinol cream.

Since I started using both cleansers instead of just the Detox alone, I've been pretty surprised in the improvement in my skin. It is smoother, my pores are smaller and I have had fewer blemishes. I saw improvement in my skin when I started using the Detox Cleanser alone, but I didn't expect to see this much change in my skin with adding in the ExfoliKate Cleanser. It's to the point that I have already purchased a second tube (I need a backup so I won't run out), and I'm ordering a travel sized version too.


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Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser at Sephora, Kate Somerville, or Nordstrom
Kate Somerville ExfoliKate at Sephora, Nordstrom or Kate Somerville
Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser at Nordstrom, Sephora, or Kate Somerville

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Is Double Heating Better: Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

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Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review


I love hot rollers. They are fast and easy. I can put them in my hair in about 3-4 minutes, and then let them cool down while I do my makeup. Once they're out, they just need a quick tousle, a spray of hair spray, and I'm ready to go! However, since my rollers are aging, they don't get as hot. Over the last year or so the change in temperature has been very noticeable, and the result is that my hair falls flat by the end of the day instead of 2-3 days later.

So, I've tried a few new sets of rollers, part of my forever hunt for the perfect, effortless curl. Those other sets haven't impressed me much. There was a set that was much too heavy, one from the same brand as my beloved stand by curlers that simply didn't have enough curlers, so I'm hoping that the third time is the charm!


Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review
Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review


This roller set from Remington is a bit different, because rather than heating up only the roller, you also heat the clip! When your hair is rolled, you'll get more even and thorough heating, and a longer lasting curl.

You can see that the whole set comes in a double sided container, the roller slot vertically into their spots. There are 12 large 1 1/4" curlers and 8 medium 1" curlers. I haven't measured them, but I do feel like there is a shorter "rolling surface" than other curlers, so I need to use slightly smaller sections of hair. With other curlers I typically need about 18 to curl my hair (I have a lot!), but I use all 20 with this set.

Overall, I do really like this set. It is hotter than others, but doesn't burn my head. Heating the clip as well does make a difference with how long my curls last, I can get 2 days out of my curls. Because the curlers are larger at 1 1/4", the effect is more like a big, curly blow out than when I curl my hair with a curling iron. So, the first day it's curly, the next day my hair is big and voluminous with some waves.

I'm using the set quite frequently, but I would love it if Remington made a similar set with all 1" curlers, and taller/longer curlers so I could get a longer curl. So if someone happens to be reading this review.... please make some!

Is Double Heating Better:  Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Curlers Review

Here's what my hair looks like right after I take out the curlers. You can see that they add a lot of volume and while there's curl, my hair is mostly really big and bouncy. The curl will calm down quite a bit in about an hour, but the effects will last for a day or two.


Remington T Studio Thermaluxe Pro Series Hair Setter at ULTA

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