My 5 Drugstore Haircare Essentials


I know that I've said it a million times, but I'll say it again. I might have expensive taste in accessories, but nearly every other aspect of my life is found at a bargain.

Before I was married with kids, I spent a fortune on hair, haircare products, etc. After kids? Well, thanks to gray hair I'm finally getting my hair done on a consistent basis (but still not all that often), my beauty routine comes from the aisles of Walgreens and Target, and I pretty much never buy clothing at full retail.

I've tried several shampoos over the past few years, but I've finally landed on a routine that I'm really liking (that is a mere fraction of the price of my beloved Kerastase that I used to indulge on).

My hair is the type that requires a blow dry daily - if it air dries then it's just a massive frizz ball. But it's not so naturally curly that I can let it air dry and leave it in curls. It's truly a pain in the ass. And with all of the blow drying and straightening comes a lot of dry hair and split ends. So these are my recs if you are working with a similar 'do...
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I used the Neutrogena Triple Moisture shampoo and conditioner daily. I'm not one of those lucky girls who can go days without washing my hair. If I do, my scalp becomes this combination mess of oily and itchy. So, about once a week when I don't manage to wash my hair, I use the Head & Shoulders / Neutrogena Triple Moisture Mask combination to recover my head.

On days when I'm going to straighten my hair, I've now become obsessed with the John Frieda 3 Day Straight Spray (I originally received some for free in an Influenster box, but have now purchased more on my own). It leaves my hair the perfect amount of straight with a little body too it so that my hair isn't quite flat as a board.

The OGX Coconut Milk Serum is my absolute fav for days when I just blow dry my hair and don't flat iron it. Or just want it board straight and silky smooth. Seriously, my hair is so shiny and nice after using this stuff!

I'm sure this routine will change with time, but I'm happy to have found a nice drugstore priced combo to make my mane look halfway decent. Now if I could work up the courage to find an easy breezy dye to hide those grays without having to get it professionally done quite as often...


  1. A girl after my own heart. Shoes and bags - splurge. Hair and beauty products - target all the way. I haven't tried any of these products but I have similar hair (but lucky for my lazy self, I can go three days between washes with a dash of dry shampoo on day 3) so I'll have to give them a try.

  2. Thanks for sharing!! Will have to look into these products with summer around the corner; and the last thing I want to do in Texas summer heat is blow dry!