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When it comes to achieving red carpet-worthy strands, we often assume it comes with a hefty price tag. But beyond beautiful packaging, is there really any difference between department store and drugstore finds?
TODAY Style reached out to a few select hair mavens to find out their (and their clients') drugstore product picks. Read on to discover what products they use and why they love them so much.
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1. L'Oreal Advanced Hair Care Total Repair 5 Shampoo, $6, Amazon
“[This shampoo] has a good balance of protein and moisture, plus it also smells wonderful,” says Anh Co Tran, whose clients include Anne Hathaway, Uma Thurman, Chloe Grace Moretz, Riley Keough, Jessica Alba, Vera Wang, Ginnifer Goodwin, Emily Ratajkowski, Coco Rocha, Sophia Bush and Kate Walsh.
2. John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Repairing Shampoo, $7, Amazon
“This has an amino repair complex that can fix everything! I especially love this product because it's a cure-all when it comes to extensions—just a quick shampoo with the shampoo followed by the Frizz Ease Conditioning treatment and hair is vibrant again!” says salon owner Toni Neal, whose clients include Nene Leakes, Sheree Whitfield, Cynthia Bailey and Porsha Williams.
3. Living Proof Restore Shampoo $17, Amazon
“I like the way it smells, and love how it leaves my hair shiny and bouncy. It’s a little more [than typical drugstore shampoos] so I hoard it from the rest of the family by keeping it at the bathroom cabinet,” says Garen Tolkin whose clients include Carly Chaikin, Minka Monroe, Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Olivia Palermo.
4. Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Shampoo, $18, Amazon
“Drugstores today aren’t like the drugstores from back in the day—the options are a lot better. I like to get Paul Mitchell from the drugstore—the Awapuhi Shampoo and the Detangler Conditioner specifically. You can get a great lather and cleanse from the shampoo plus, it smells really nice and the conditioner is super effective when you need a good detangle and softening. [Both products] also work really well on extensions,” says Nikki Nelms whose clients include Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams, Solange Knowles and Zoe Kravitz.
5. Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo, $13 (for shampoo and conditioner), Jet
“It’s perfect for normal to damaged hair, has a great scent, and delivers weightless moisture that leaves the hair healthy and silky,” says Patrick Chai, whose clients include Martin Short, Sela Ward and Logan Paul.
6. Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo, $23, Rue La La
“This great for fine hair, it’s 100% vegan, and also contains zero sulfates. Plus, it provides lift to lifeless hair while maintaining color retention. Finally, being an Aussie girl I love the eucalyptus scent,” says Blondie, whose clients include Karen David.
7. Pantene Expert Pro-V Age Defy Shampoo, $10, Amazon
“This eradicates existing damage and prevents future damage when used on all hair types. It also provides maximum results with minimal effort and is always appropriate and on-trend," says Danilo Dixon, whose clients include Gwen Stefani, Natalie Portman, January Jones and Naomi Watts.
8. Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo, $7, Amazon
"During fall, I love this shampoo to create stronger curls. It nourishes the hair, leaving curls moisturized for strong, frizz-free hair,” says Danilo.
9. Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Dandruff Shampoo, $15 (for shampoo and conditioner), Amazon
“This is my number one go-to because it really does help to control flakes, dandruff, dry scalp, and irritation. It is a mild product safe for almost everyone to use,” says Tre’ Major, whose clients include Karrueche, Tichina Arnold, Nia Long, Brian J White, Mila J and Mary J. Blige.
10. Batiste Dry Shampoo Original Scent, $9, Amazon
“It really helps to smooth out those dry crunchy ends for a smooth and shiny blow dry,” says Sam McKnight, whose clients include Kate Moss, Linda Evangelista and Naomi Campbell.
11. Redken Body Full Shampoo $16,Target
“This has a salon-quality shampoo and finish. Use this for a fuller, bouncy strands with great for all hair types,” says Major.
12. Mane ‘N Tail Shampoo, $18 (for shampoo and conditioner), Amazon
Excellent product “that’s great for conditioning dry and coarse hair types. Plus, it’s packed with protein—definitely goes a long way,” says Major.
13. L'Oreal Hair Expertise EverPure Repair and Defend Shampoo, $6, Target
“This moisture-rich shampoo deeply penetrates fine to coarse (or even kinky coils),” Major says.
14. Neutrogena T/Sal Shampoo Scalp Build-Up Control $9, Amazon
“This is great for stressed hair and/or a dry, irritated, itchy scalp. It’s truly a therapeutic shampoo designed for buildup control,” says Major.
15. Nexxus Oil Infinite Oil Infusing Rebalancing Shampoo, $9,Amazon
“When I work with clients who have wavy or textured hair, I always recommend this shampoo. It helps keep your hair healthy and well nourished. On the days where you don’t wash your hair, gently exfoliate your scalp and run the natural sebum (scalp oil) thru the ends of your hair,” says Patrick Kyle, whose clients include Anika Noni Rose, Shannon Elizabeth and Rachel Brosnahan.
This article was originally published on September 27, 2016 on Today.com.