All-Time Top Five: Hair Products

Hair is complicated, period. It can be hard to manage and incredibly time consuming. To avoid wasting too much time trying to tame my tresses, I always kept my hair short—that is, until college when I ran out of money and got the $7 haircut from hell using a coupon from the newspaper. At one point during the visit, the stylist (who was the manager!) held scissors to my scalp and repeatedly joked she’d snip my tiny ponytail if I didn’t like her team. I left with a two-inch, square patch of “side bangs” and a newfound fear of visiting the salon.

Ever since then, I’ve had long hair.

It wasn’t on purpose; it just took a few years to have enough money to start visiting a more professional stylist. Over that time, it grew… And grew, and grew, and grew. And once it was so long I didn’t feel like cutting it off again. Now I’m here, and I’m still liking it long—although I assume that will change eventually, because taking care of long hair is a pain in the ass. Combing it after a shower is a small workout, and that’s only the first step.

To cope with the extra labor, I’ve simplified my hair routine to focus on five ride-or-die products. These items do right by me every time, and I cannot recommend them enough.

REDKEN COLOR EXTEND SHAMPOO | Get ready to be shocked: I color my hair. (Ha!) The Redken Color Extend Shampoo keeps my red dye looking bold and beautiful for weeks upon weeks. I’ve been using this brand for nearly a decade and love to stock up during liter sales at Ulta and Beauty Brands.

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REDKEN COLOR EXTEND CONDITIONER | Another shocker for ya: Coloring your hair can be incredibly drying. (Gasp!) The partner to the aforementioned shampoo, this Redken Color Extend Conditioner moisturizes your damaged hair without weighing it down.

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REDKEN HAIR CLEANSING CREAM SHAMPOO | For the longest time, I thought I kept leaving conditioner in my hair after showering because I’d get a weird waxy feeling on the top of my head. Turns out, it was built-up product. (Ew.) Redken Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo cuts through leftover dry shampoo, hair spray, and leave-in conditioner. Yay for clean hair.

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IT’S A 10 MIRACLE LEAVE-IN PRODUCT | I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: The It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product changed the texture of my hair forever. FOREVER. My hair went from semi-frizzly and constantly tangled to sleek and smooth thanks exclusively to this must-have item. I’ve tried swapping out similar products or cutting this post-shower step all together only to find out a week or so later that It’s a 10 was the secret to all my good hair days. Buy it in bulk and thank me later.

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BATISTE TROPICAL DRY SHAMPOO | Working from home comes with so many perks, one of which is washing your hair less. From washing my hair less, I have started to realize I like how my hair looks on the second and sometimes even third day… assuming I use this dry shampoo. It smells like coconuts and refreshes your mane—and it can be found fairly consistently at T.J.Maxx and Marshall’s for only a few bucks.

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Am I missing any good ones? Tell me your favorites!

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