30+ Drugstore Hair Products New York's Top Stylists SWEAR By

It’s no secret that hair maintenance in New York City can cost a pretty penny, especially when the average price of a cut in the Big Apple rings in at $73, the highest in the nation. Factor in the cost of blowouts and astronomically expensive beauty products and, well, you’re looking at a hefty chunk of change going straight towards your 'do.

While we’re willing to take great steps to look salon-styled on the regular, we've learned that the more expensive product isn't necessarily the better one. The keys to hair serenity, in fact, might just be hiding on the shelves of your local Duane Reade. And who better to navigate the insanely packed — and completely overwhelming — drugstore beauty aisles than some of the city's top hairstylists?

From staples our manes know and love to unexpected hidden gems, our favorite New York hair pros have given us the inside scoop on 41 of the most budget-friendly shampoos, conditioners, mousses, sprays, and more. Prepare your kit and caboodle: These are guaranteed to keep your hair looking fresh all summer long (yes, even on those sweaty subway platforms).

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Stylist: Matt Fugate, Sally Hershberger
Clients: Blake Lively, Claire Danes, Brooke Shields
Photo: Courtesy of Dove.
Dove Dry Shampoo
"This dry shampoo has a weightless formula that refreshes your hair, adds instant volume, and removes excess oil. It smells awesome, too."
Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo, $3.94 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of L'Oreal Paris.
L'Oréal Paris Elnette Satin Hairspray
"This is a staple in pro-stylist kits. It's a brushable spray that doesn't turn hair into concrete, it holds hair in place, and it boosts shine."
L'Oréal Elnett Hairspray, $14.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Sally Hershberger.
Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray
"The best weightless, leave-in moisturizing spray on the planet! It's super lightweight, so it won't weigh down your locks, plus it rejuvenates, nourishes, and conditions dry, damaged, and color-treated hair."
Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Spray Serum With Smart Keratin, $12.99 Buy
Stylist: Dan Sharp, Danka Panka Salon
Clients: Kate Winslet, Hilary Swank, Charlize Theron
Photo: Courtesy of Redken.
Redken Wax Blast 10 - High Impact Finishing Spray Wax
"Spray waxes are my favorite products for building a style, adding texture to your cut, or managing flyaways."
Redken Wax Blast 10 Finishing Spray Wax, $17.98 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Target.
up & up Designer Clean Toothbrush
"Every woman needs to have a toothbrush in her arsenal. These little lifesavers are great for those annoying 'baby hairs' around your face, perfecting your ponytail, or a quick eyebrow fix after you’ve pulled your T-shirt on in the morning!"
up & up Designer Clean Toothbrush, $3.79 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Target.
Lubriderm
"As many of my clients have some kind of texture in their hair (waves, curls, or frizz), everyone is on the hunt for a great, cheap, fragrance-free way to keep their locks looking good. I’ve used Lubriderm on my naturally curly hair for years. It especially comes in handy when traveling, since it's easy to find at any pharmacy or drugstore."
Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion, $7.21 Buy
Stylist: Yelena Kogay-won, Ted Gibson
Clients: Christina Hendricks, Sara Bareilles, and Lady Gaga
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
TIGI Catwalk Root Boost Spray
"This promotes long-lasting style, lifts at the roots, and gives magnificent volume. Who doesn't want big, sexy hair?! Apply to your roots before blow-drying. You can even add it from mid-lengths to ends for even more va-va-voom!"
Tigi Catwalk Root Boost Spray, $15.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
L'Oréal TXT It Tousle Waves Spray
"I prep almost all of my looks with a sea-salt spray. It creates texture with exceptional shape memory that gives just the right amount of hold and separation to the hair."
L'Oréal TXT It Tousle Waves Spray, $4.99 Buy
Stylist: DJ Quintero, Serge Normant
Clients: Jennifer Aniston, Katie Holmes, Leslie Mann, Salma Hayek
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.
Garnier Fructis Brazilian Smooth FlatIron Express
"I love using this product on my curly-hair clients who also like to wear their hair smooth and straight. It really cuts down the time when using a flatiron, and is just as great for a beautiful, straight, sleek blow-dry. It adds shine and smells amazing!"
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brazilian Smooth Flatiron Express Leave-In Balm, $4.97 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Thermal Protection Serum
"This is a great lightweight serum you can use on both wet and dry hair that protects it from heat. I love to layer this product! Blow it into wet hair and finish with more, if needed, to give a textured, beachy look."
John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum, $7.19 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Target.
Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion
"Normally found in the African-American hair section, it's not only great for wrapping hair, but also as a volumizer for all different types of textured locks. Use it like a mousse, and you'll be surprised at the volume you can get without the stickiness of a traditional mousse."
Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion with Panthenol, $5.69 Buy
Stylist: Adam Maclay
Clients: Mariah Carey, Meghan Trainor
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Bed Head Urban Antidotes Reboot Scalp Shampoo
"TIGI hit it out of the park with this shampoo; I personally use it once a week. Living in New York City, our scalp and hair accumulate a lot of dust, pollutants, and oils on a weekly basis. This really helps, as the label says, to reboot your scalp back to its natural balance, without drying out your tresses. It's a must-have during the summer season."
Bedhead Urban Antidotes Reboot Scalp Shampoo, $14.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.
göt2b inPLAY Hair Paste
"Who doesn't love a matte wax?! This product is great for achieving texture on the ends of your hair for longer lengths, or as an all-over style aid for shorter hairstyles. The piecy-ness of the hair strands helps with that tousled, bed-head look. I suggest applying a nickel- to quarter-size amount on your fingertips and emulsifying the wax to help distribute the product evenly."
göt2b Inplay Hair Paste, $8.26 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Herbal Essences.
Herbal Essences Set Me Up Mousse, Extra Hold
"This product is amazing at getting the hold and volume in a hairstyle. I love to use it alone or in a product cocktail when wet-to-dry styling. Remember, with most mousses, they can be sticky! The amount of product you apply is directly related to the amount of hair you have."
Herbal Essences Set Me Up Extra Hold Hair Mousse, $4.19 Buy
Stylist: Raquel Martuscelli, Hair Rules
Clients: Diane von Furstenberg, Marisa Tomei, Katharine McPhee
Photo: Courtesy of Suave.
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner
"Perfect for frizzy and 'unmanageable' hair. This leave-in conditioner infuses hair with keratin, so it protects from heat damage and adds moisture, making it easier to style."
Suave Professionals Keratin Infusion Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner, $2.88 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
TRESemmé Expert Selection Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream
"From TRESemmé's runway collection, this product is like a cream and gel in one. It's great for wavy, curly, or kinky hair before air drying or drying with a diffuser attachment. For softer results, mix it with your favorite cream-based, leave-in conditioner or serum."
Tresemmé Expert Selection Make Waves Shine Enhancing Cream, $7.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.
TRESemmé Smooth & Silky With Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner
"When we hear Moroccan Oil, we immediately think of softer hair. This conditioner hydrates and creates a 'touchable softness' the second you rinse it out."
Tresemmé Smooth & Silky Conditioner, $3.89 Buy
Stylist: Michael Angelo, Wonderland Beauty Parlor
Clients: Beyoncé, Anja Rubik, Helena Christensen
Photo: Courtesy of Feelunique.com.
L'Oréal Hairchalk
"Use this crazy stick to add rainbow hues to your locks with zero commitment. Keep in mind that if your hair has been previously bleached or colored, it might stay with you a little longer."
L'Oréal Professionnel Hairchalk Color Polish, $24.00 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Sun In Spray-In Hair Lightener
"This classic product is not only great for brightening up around the face and ends, but it makes arm hairs baby-blonde, too! Just be careful to only use the spray on isolated strands and tips, and never spray it directly on the roots!"
Sun In Spray-In Hair Lightener, $4.99 Buy
Stylist: Heather Packer, Cutler Salon
Clients: Cynthia Rowley, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Keira Knightley
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.
Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste
"While the Garnier Fructis line of products sometimes gets a bad rap for their overly sweet fragrances and tacky feel, this product is definitely one of their drugstore standouts. Use on short, dry hair to achieve that beachy, textured separation, or blow-dry into longer damp hair to provide a moisturized, matte-finished look with great movability."
Garnier Fructis Style Surf Hair Texture Paste, $22.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Rite Aid.
Nivea Creme
"Taking it way back, old-school, Nivea Creme was not just developed with your dry skin in mind. Use a dab of this miracle cream as a multipurpose texturizing hair product to give you that lived-in, second-day bedhead look."
Nivea Nivea Creme, $0.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Rimmel ScandalEyes RetroGlam Mascara
"One of the best compliments you can get on a fresh haircut is that POP of light in your eyes. Dress them up with my favorite inexpensive drugstore mascara. The plush, curved wand gives tremendous volume and length, without clumping up or drying out. It's the perfect companion to a gorgeous hairstyle."
Rimmel London ScandalEyes Retroglam Mascara in Carbon Black, $5.99 Buy
Stylist: Clay Nielsen
Clients: Emma Roberts, Paz de la Huerta
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
"This stuff is great because it comes in a variety of colors, so you don't have to worry about having white residue in your hair from using regular dry shampoo if you're a brunette or redhead."
Batiste Dry Shampoo in Original, $7.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Let's Jam.
Let's Jam! Shining and Conditioning Gel, Extra Hold
"This is easily my favorite drugstore product. I use Let's Jam! to give hair a wet look without being greasy or oily. Warning: It's not great if you have fine hair, unless you are going for a wet, lived-in look. However, this product is especially good for highly textured hair that might need help laying down the edges, or getting rid of those fine baby hairs."
Let's Jam Shining and Conditioning Gel - Extra Hold, $3.69 Buy
Let's Jam Shining and Conditioning Gel - Extra Hold, $3.69 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
"This spray leaves a really great rough, salty texture. I really like the feeling of hair when using this product for a natural, wavy look."
Not Your Mother's Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $6.19 Buy
Stylist: Gareth Bromell, Marie Robinson Salon
Clients: Michelle Williams, Emmy Rossum
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing and Texturizing Powder
"This product is great for giving that few-days-old hairstyle some extra lift and texture."
Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder, $16.95 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Pantene.
Pantene Pro-V Volume Triple Action Mousse
"I love this mousse because it gives any hair type great support and texture for a bouncy, voluminous look."
Pantene Volume Triple Action Mousse 6.6 0z, $3.99 Buy
Stylist: Dante Pronio, Mizu Salon
Clients: Rosie Huntington-Whitely
Photo: Courtesy of Drugstore.com.
Conair Mega Self Grip Rollers
"Generic Velcro rollers aren't new or high-tech, but they work wonders to create soft waves and voluminous curls in the hair (with a little help from a blow dryer). After you dry and smooth out your hair, quickly and cleanly wrap strands around a Velcro roller while it's still warm. Leave it until it cools and locks in that bend and volume."
Conair Mega Self Grip Rollers, $9.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Salon Guys.
Hair Wave Mini Bobby Pins
"Tiny bobby pins are about half the size of regular ones, so they hide easier and are a perfect fit for when you're sweeping your fringe or need to tuck a strand of hair behind your ear. Sometimes, the best way to bobby your hair is without much thought; just a quick push to make it look effortless."


hairware Rubberized Mini Bobby Pins, $3.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Turbie Twist.
The Turbie Twist
"Most people get out of the shower and roughly 'scrub' their hair dry, which roughs up the cuticle and tangles, making your locks more unmanageable and causing breakage. With the Turbie Twist, you comb out your wet hair with a large-tooth comb or paddle brush, squeeze out excess water, and simply wrap the hair up, allowing the super-absorbent towel to do the work. It helps if you give your hair a little squeeze — just stay away from rubbing and scrubbing it dry."
Turbie Twist Microfiber Super Absorbent Hair Towel (2 Pack), $10.99 Buy
Stylist: Koby Ben, Alibi NYC Salon
Clients: Various fashion designers and celebrities
Photo: Courtesy of Walgreens.
Goody Simple Styles Spin Hair Pin
"This corkscrew-shaped hairpin is amazing for holding soft, natural updos or a more polished, tight bun. They're really easy to use and very inexpensive."
Goody Simple Styles Spin Hair Pin, $6.79 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
"This is a great everyday spray that smells amazing and is incredible at rebuilding damaged hair. It provides clients with a frizz-free, soft base for styling."
It's a 10 Miracle Leave-in Product, $18.00 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
TIGI Bed Head Control Freak Serum
"I like this serum for loose, light curls because it's water-based, adds lots of shine, and protects hair. Apply to damp hair, flip your head over, and use a diffuser attachment on your blowdryer. Once curls are dry, shake for a tousled, bohemian look."
Tigi Bed Head Control Freak Serum, $19.99 Buy
Stylist: Lucie Ducrot, Julien Farel
Clients: Ivanka Trump, Adèle Exarchopoulos, and Leelee Sobieski
Photo: Courtesy of Sleek Hair.
Clariol Shimmer Lights Shampoo
"For blondes or those with highlights, Clairol Shimmer Lights shampoo is perfect in keeping your color bright! Water and sun exposure make your hair brassy, and this is the only product you can use to really maintain the blonde. The purple color of the shampoo eliminates yellow tones, and all you have to do is leave it on your hair for five minutes once a week."
Clairol Shimmer Lights Shampoo, $7.79 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Shampoo
"I like to use this in between each Shimmer shampoo use. It gives a great texture and keeps your hair bright as well."
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Highlight Activating Daily Shampoo, $4.97 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
TRESemmé Extra Firm Control TRES Mousse
"I like this TRESemmé mousse because it really keeps your hair in shape without being sticky, and has an all-day humidity hold. The application is great, because the nozzle is very thin; the trick is to put some mousse in your hand, take a comb, and distribute the product into your hair. It's not messy and makes it easy to style your hair."
Tresemmé Extra Firm Control TRES Mousse, $4.99 Buy
Stylist: Kevin Mancuso
Clients: Sienna Miller, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Demi Moore
Nexxus New York Salon Care ProMend Leave-In Crème
"I am obsessed with this leave-in cream! It is the best split-end binding treatment on the market; I don't know anything else that works like it."
Nexxus New York Salon Care ProMend Leave-In Crème, $8.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Amazon.
Motions Heat Sealer, Straight Finish
"This straight-finish sealer miraculously transforms a range of coarse, curly, and tight spirals to perfectly smooth ones."
Motions Heat Sealer, Straight Finish, $5.67 Buy
Stylist: Maura Burns, Blackstones
Clients: Eva Mendes
Photo: Courtesy of Harmon Discount.
Goody Velcro Rollers
"The best-kept secret for faking a blowout! Blast the hair with a dryer until it's about 90-95% dry and set in these big Velcro rollers that will keep your hair out of your face while you finish getting ready. Remove and finger-comb to shake out. Voilà! Big, babe-a-licious hair! They're also great for refreshing that blowout from yesterday (or the day before!). Simply section out the hairline and the crown, blow-dry with a round brush (yes, you can blow-dry dry hair to dehydrate your roots if they have gotten oily), and set in the rollers."
Goody Goody Velcro Roller, $3.99 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Walmart.
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo
"Flaky? Look no further than this classic! Honestly, no other brand is so consistently successful at keeping your hair clean and free of dandruff. My clients are always surprised when I recommend Head & Shoulders to them!"
Head & Shoulders Classic Clean 2-in-1 Dandruff Shampoo + Conditioner, $6.53 Buy
Photo: Courtesy of Ulta.
PSSSST! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray
"The best-value dry shampoo on the market! Seriously, this works just as well as some of the more expensive salon brands out there, but for a fraction of the price. Powdery soft, this spray actually makes dirty hair feel clean."
Pssssst! Instant Dry Shampoo Spray, $5.99 Buy