My Top 10 Affordable Hair Care Favorites ~ Makeup Wars

It's that time, again. Time for Makeup Wars! This week, it's all about the hair, baby. Affordable hair care that proves that we don't have to pay a fortune for great hair. Look, I love my salon and department store hair care as well as anyone but I don't always want or can afford to spend the extra moolah for the fancy stuff. If you would like to know what bargain beauty finds my tresses love, read on.

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1 & 2. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shampoo provides a lush, cushioning lather, clean rinse away and hair that is clean but not squeaky or stripped. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Conditioner is thick and rich, very slippy for in shower detangling and comb out. My hair always feels so soft and a bit less frizzy when I use this conditioner. Add the lush, sweet, nutty scent and these are favorites, for sure.

3. L'Oreal Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm is a deep drink for my stressed tresses. It doesn't repair hair. Nothing does but this stuff does help to temporarily "glue" my strands back together and imparts mad shine and softness. Be careful using this in the shower, tho! 'Tis slippery.

4. OGX Quenching Coconut Curls Curling Hair Butter. This is a rinse out or leave in treatment that pours moisture into my thick, parched wurls. Frizz is tamped down, pretty waves and curls form and my hair feels soft but not in the least bit greasy or weighed down.

5.  OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Creamy Hair Butter. Another fave for deep hydration and softening this crazy, dry, frizzy mop of mine.

6. Who doesn't love effortless, tousled, sexy, beachy waves in the spring and summer time? OGX Moroccan Sea Salt Spray misted into my damp hair and scrunched and my tresses look as if I've been playing on the beach all day. It can also be sprayed lightly into dry, curled hair to encourage those just back from the shore glam locks.

7. I don't always C O (conditioner only) wash my hair but when I do, one of the conditioners I like for the job is OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner. Lightweight enough to effectively cleanse my hair, hydrating enough to leave it feeling soft and nicely moisturized, even if I skip a finishing conditioner. Oh! And it smells yummy, too!

8. OGX 02 Gravity Defying and Hydration Lifting Tonic. Sometimes, I just need a little extra volume at my roots! I recently lopped off almost a foot of terribly damaged length and got some layers to help encourage my natural wurls to behave but I still have long, heavy hair that can weigh the top down and leave it looking less than bouncy and bodified. Mist a little of this in at my roots, blow dry while directing my hair up and against my natural parting and hello, extra volume.

9. Hask Macadamia Oil Moisturizing Shine Oil Vial. Three dollars buys me a slender vial with a somewhat annoying stopper of thick, yummy smelling, nourishing, shine making hair oil goodness. A dine sized dollop run through my wet or dry hair and I get to enjoy that softness and shine. If you don't oil your hair, gentle reader, you really need to try it!

10. Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold Unscented Hairspray. I adore this stuff and I've used it for years. I know that it's a tad spendy for a drugstore hairspray but it works exactly the way I want my hairspray to work. The mist is ultra fine and never spits or drips, it's fast dry and my hair stays in place but still has movement and shine and looks like hair, not a shellacked helmet. I can easily run a comb or a brush through my hair and it washes out without having to use a ton of shampoo or scrubbing my tresses to death. I buy can after can of this stuff. It's just that good.

These are some of my favorite affordable hair care products. Are any of these on your list? What are your favorites? Please do tell, in a comment.

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  1. So many great picks, Erika! I need to get both of these hair butters– especially the Coconut Curls!

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    1. I like them! A little goes a long way and they smell good.

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  2. Embarrassed to say I haven't tried any of these. OGX is on my list to try as is more Hask haircare.

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    1. Girl! Get you some Hask! Along with Giovanni and old school Pantene, it's the best drugstore shampoo and conditioner I've ever tried.

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  3. L'Nett is a top three for me, it is used a lot amongst my peers because it brushes off so well. And I love getting intros to other affordable drugstore names.

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    2. Elnett is just the best stuff. Hask is wonderful, if you haven't tried it, do!

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  4. I love Hask products, and that L'Oréal one smells SO good!

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    1. It does! I just have to be careful where I put my feet until I rinse my shower floor! lol

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  5. Like you, I love OGX conditioners for CO-washing. I find the SLS-free shampoos a tad drying, but the condishes are perfect.

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    1. I wanted to love the shampoos, because they smell so good but the sulfate free detergents they use just don't work for my hair.

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  6. You've got a lot of great choices here! Elnett is always a must.

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  7. So many goodies! I love me some affordable hair products.

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  8. I'm a big fan of many OGX haircare products - I'll have to try the Sea Salt spray!

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  9. I wish I had more drugstore haircare but I'm such a stickler on fragrance that it's hard to find some I like. I want to try John Frieda again though since I remember liking the brand.

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  10. With summer coming up in a few months, I'll have to try that sea salt spray!

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  11. I was offered OGX and I just never filled out the form. Kicking myself in the rear over it because I really want to try it.

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  12. I love the Hask hair care- they smell so wonderful and feel so hydrating!

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  13. I love the coconut curls! It smells amazing too.

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  14. Fantastic list, Erika! I love everything from HASK!

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  15. I've made notes- so much to try in the future (mainly all the coconut OGX products!)

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  16. I think I've used (and loved) everything mentioned here! The OGX products are my tried and true

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