5 NEW Drugstore Essentials For Healthy Hair This Winter
Fall is in full swing, and winter is just around the corner, and there’s no denying that dry winds and cooler temperatures can take a major toll on your hair. Whether you’re dealing with hair dryer-induced split ends or product build-up from over styling and a serious lack of wash days (#guilty), we have a new drugstore product in this lineup that’ll help keep your hair healthy and hella shiny all winter long.
For Deep Cleansing: The Inkey List Glycolic Acid Scalp Scrub, $13
During the winter when we can’t rely on air drying, we tend to wash our hair less and use dry shampoo and other styling formulas more. And because there’re always hats to help hide our mess if we’re super lazy! This means we’re constantly dealing with the backlash of product build-up. However, this new scalp scrub offers a quick and easy fix. Formulated with chemical and physical exfoliators, including glycolic acid and castor beads, it buffs away dead skin cells and product build-up, leaving you with healthier, cleaner hair. The unique formulation also helps protect and balance the scalp’s microbiome so your hair strands remain strong and shiny. The results don’t lie – after one use, 92% of all participants agreed their hair felt healthier, and 88% agreed their scalp felt cleaner.
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For A Healthy Scalp: Wet Brush Head Start! Exfoliating Scalp Massager, $14
Scalp massage is one of our fave hair care rituals, and Wet Brush’s Head Start Exfoliating Scalp Massager makes it simple, stimulating, and effective. The multi-tasking brush will cleanse, detox, and rejuvenate your scalp to support healthier strands and hair follicles. Asides from feeling amazing, it also helps encourage nutrient-rich blood flow, delivering a fresh dose of oxygen to your skin, thereby boosting hair growth and increasing shine. Plus, it’s gentle enough to use on even the most sensitive scalps, it won’t pull or tangle your hair strands, and it’s safe for chemically or colored hair.
It also has another cool feature aside from scalp massage: you can fill the silicone cap with any shampoo, treatment, or oil, thereby enhancing the haircare formula either by offering a more thorough cleanse or by a more thorough distribution of the treatment.
For Thirsty Hair: MONDAY Haircare Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, $8 each
We admit, we only grabbed this shampoo and conditioner at the drugstore because of the adorable pastel pink packaging. But as soon as we tried the formula, we were hooked. Both the shampoo and conditioner are jam-packed with hydrating, hair-happy ingredients making it the ideal combo for winter. Plus, the packaging is sustainable and 100% recyclable.
As for the shampoo, it’s enriched with coconut oil to nourish, and hydrolyzed rice proteins that help strengthen the hair follicle and provide a surge of moisture. It’s also formulated with shea butter and vitamin E to support a healthy scalp and encourage regrowth. We also love that it lathers with ease and smells divine.
The conditioner, which contains all of the aforementioned ingredients, plus glycerin, provides an extra surge of silky weightless hydration. Our hair detangled with ease when we stepped out of the shower, and it didn’t frizz. Instead, our S waves were defined and bouncy.
For Curls: Jozi Curls Curl Hydrating Pudding, $5
If you’ve been blessed with curls, this hydrating curl pudding is about to become your BFFL. Infused with African plant extracts including raw shea butter and marula oil, which are both bursting with fatty acids and omegas that strengthen and rebuild weakened hair strands, it’s the ultimate curl cream for damaged locks. It also delivers a surge of intense moisture to add softness and shine, all the while adding definition to your curls. We also love that it’s curly girl-approved as it’s free from colorants and silicones, and is vegan and cruelty-free.
For Smooth Locks: Bed Head Smooth Operator Straightening Heat Brush, $50
Straightening brushes are super popular right now as they deliver straight, sleek locks without the arm ache of blow-drying your hair with a brush. And this Bed Head Smooth Operator Straightening Heat Brush, $50, is an absolute steal. It uses iconic tourmaline ceramic technology to fight frizz and add shine. It also has an extra-long head with a 30% longer surface to minimize styling time. Plus, there’re multiple heat settings, so you can alter the heat depending on your styling preference or hair type.
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