My Holy Grail Hair Products

July 15, 2015

Today, I sat back and thought about how I've been sharing my favorite beauty buys and wanted wardrobe pieces recently. Mostly I just thought about how fun that has been for me. I love sharing my life and I love sharing products I use on the daily. It's like gossiping to a girlfriend readily at my disposal because I have gotten some amazing beauty/fashion/home decor recommendations from readers over the years who've voiced their favorites in return.

Let me be frank...I'm not "good" at hair or hair styling. In fact I even wrote about how bad I was at it in my "Things I'm Bad At" post . I'm not one of those women who has ever had enviably styled hair. My brown, almost black, hair is thick as can be. It grows quickly., which is a good thing since I'm constantly ricocheting between short hair and long hair. I've done it all - had pink hair, had a short angled bob, had long ombre, and just about everything in between. These products have stuck with me through every stage of my hair life. They are products, mostly falling into the drugstore variety I would and have recommend/repurchase.

Without further ado, here are my current holy grail hair products:


At first I was hesitate to call this drug store shampoo my "holy grail" shampoo, but after much reflection I've come to realize that it is honestly the closest thing I've got to one. I've been using it consistently for the past six months and I've returned to this shampoo time and time again after trying others. It keeps my oily hair in check for days and I always feel like my hair is clean and soft after using. It's also at an amazing price point.

TIGI Bed Head Curlipops 1" Curling Iron Wand
This wand is seriously one of the best hair care hot tools I've stumbled across. I found this curling wand at a local K-Mart for about $20 (it runs about $30 at Ulta) 2 or 3 years ago. I was wanting to give wands a try, so I picked it up because it was cheap and came in a fun color. I fully didn't expect to find my holy grail curling wand on the first go. There are different size barrels and the color of the wand corresponds to the color of the barrel. It comes with a glove so you can style your hair without risk of burning your digits. It's simple to use because there's one button (off and on) and it has a pretty long cord. I've tried many curling wands since this one and just haven't found any that measure up or create such perfect, silky, long lasting curls/waves. 


Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
I've been a fan of this since I was introduced to straightening my hair (aka 7th grade ish). This serum smells and feels great. It helps you achieve the sleekest, straight hair imaginable. I take a pump in my palm, rub together, and then apply all over. My hair always ends up shiny, soft, and sleek. It's also perfect for ridding freshly styled hair of pesky flyways. It has been a consistent go-to over many years.

Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil
This is a product I just tried a few months ago, but have already elevated to holy grail status. There's something so simple and straightforward about this product. After many glowing reviews from friends I knew I had to give it a go. It has a nice smell, a nice price-tag, and a formulation I feel genuinely works for my hair. It's great for applying all over hair, nixing flyways, or just concentrating on ends that need moisture. 

TIGI Bed Head After-Party Smoothing Cream (Honorable Mention)
I've only purchased this once, but would purchase again in a heart beat. This stuff is perfect for applying over freshly styled hair to combat frizz and leave hair looking manageable and soft throughout the day (or night). It's a truly versatile product. It is on the pricier side and I don't usually splurge for it because of my favorite It's a 10 product which you'll read about below. However, Target usually sells a two-pack of these for a great price and if I were going to get it again I'd purchase it this way! 


It's a 10 Leave-In Conditioner (Plus Keratin)
This may be my absolutely FAVORITE product of this entire round-up. I never really believed a hair product could change your life, but this one is something else. I would recommend this to anyone and if I had to only pick one product out of this list to use forever, it would 100% be this one. It is a bit on the pricier side, but I'd pay the price tag a thousand times over because this product just works for me. My hair has never been softer or more healthy looking. It literally only took one use and I was hooked. A small bottle goes a long way even with daily use. I like to use it post shower, spraying all over (most generously on the ends and most sparingly toward the roots), and sleep on it. My hair wakes up like a dream - soft and ready to be styled. It also works great to smooth away frizz and flyways after styling.

TIGI Colour Goddess Leave-In Conditioner
I used this mostly when I was sporting pink hair back in the day and a few times since when I added a little color into my hair. This product helps keep your colored hair soft and manageable while protecting your 'do. Also, it smells very sweet and reminds me of cake batter or a cupcake like smell. I've found myself reaching for this even when my hair isn't colored simply because I love the smell so much. Worth a try!


TRESemme Hair Spray (Extra Hold)
I have to thank my sorority sisters for turning me on to my go-to drug store hairspray. I find that it gives long-lasting, perfect hold. If you're looking for a hairspray that will hold your curls in place all night long, then look no further. Since I have straight hair that literally combats curl, having a good hairspray with hold is exceptionally important to me.  TreSemme makes varying degrees of hold for their hairsprays so there's something for everyone. It does have more of that chemical-y sort of smell to it, but for a drug store buy I find there's great value there. A huge one of these lasts forever and is cheap as can be!

Paul Mitchell Extra Body Finishing Spray
This is another old favorite! The smell of this one reminds me of childhood because my mother used this hairspray for the longest time. I find that this hair spray is the perfect spray to finish off any look. It gives great body and actually gives you a soft, not crunchy, hair style. I wouldn't say this is the absolute best hairspray for all-over hold.  I'd say that it gives moderate hold, excellent body, and no crunch. I also find it smells less chemical-y than other hairsprays I've tried.


Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo
This has been my go-to dry shampoo for the past three years. It recently got new packaging, but it's still the same great formula. This stuff never fails to do it's job. For the price of under $3 the value is astounding. My only gripe is that during the first few uses it often expels too much product and makes my hair look extra white/powdery. As a brunette, that's not exactly ideal. However, I've never truly had an issue blending it into my hair. After the first few uses, it sprays on like a dream and blends well. The smell is pleasant and not chemical smelling at all. One of these typically lasts me about a month or month and a half using it a few times a week.

Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo
I gave Dove's dry shampoo a try after discovering a few positive reviews online. It just so happened shortly after when I went to the store my beloved Suave was out of stock. This dry shampoo is probably my second favorite drug store dry shampoo. It blends easily into hair and has a very fresh and feminine smell that probably beats Sauve's smell overall. Also, the packaging is much nicer in my opinion. The reason why it's not my #1 has everything to do with the price point - which rings in closer to $5. Don't get me wrong, that's incredibly cheap, but compared to Suave's price point is it is definitely more. However, I'd recommend this one to just about anyone who wanted to try a good and affordable dry shampoo.

So there you have it, those are my holy grail hair products that I can't seem to quit. So, now I'd love to know what your holy grail and/or favorite hair products are!

What products have you repurchased a million times? Why do you love it so? Let me know via comment.

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