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).