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9 of the Best Summer Hair Products for $10 and Under

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

With summer just around the corner, we’re all excited for warm weather, spending more time outside, going to the beach, and hanging out in our friends’ pools. However, this increased exposure to sunrays, chlorine, and salt water can take a toll on our hair’s health for the worst. Under these kinds of conditions, everyone’s hair, no matter the type, becomes more difficult to manage.

After researching the best summertime hair products (and yes, I’m completely aware that that sounds ridiculous), I put together a list of inexpensive products. Here are nine high quality summer hair products that can help you fight frizz, humidity, dryness, and damage. And the best part? All of the following can be purchased at stores such as CVS, Target, Ulta, Walgreens, and Walmart for ten dollars or less! 

Leave-In Conditioners

Purpose: To soften, condition, and repair hair from damage. They work for all hair types!

How to: After washing and conditioning your hair, apply leave-in conditioner to wet hair and style as usual.

1. Aussie Moist 3-Minute Miracle Condition, $3

  • Works best for: Thick/coarse hair

2. Not Your Mother’s Knotty to Nice Conditioning Detangler, $6

  • Works best for: Easy-to-manage hair

3. Sally Hershberger Hyper Hydration Super Keratin Spray, $10

  • Works best for: Dry hair

Hair Serums

Purpose: To nourish and treat hair that may be dry or frizzy due to sun exposure, chlorine, and salt water

How to: Spray on wet hair before or after styling

1. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Sleek Finish 5-in-1 Serum Spray, $5

  • Works best for: Frizz-prone hair

2. Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Miracle Dry Oil, $5

  • Works best for: Dry hair

Hair Masks

Purpose: Use as a restorative treatment to prevent your hair from becoming damaged by the salt water, chlorine, and sun you are sure to be exposed to throughout the summertime

How to: Use routinely (e.g. once per week) for a maximum of twenty minutes. Lather and rinse with cool water once you’re done.

1. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask, $8

  • Works best for: Frizz-prone hair


2. Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Damage and Color Repair Deep Nourishing Mask, $5

  • Works best for: dry hair

Finishing Pastes

Purpose: To texturize hair, add shine, and manage frizz, despite the summertime humidity

How to: Gently run through hair before or after styling

1. Curls Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste, $8

  • Works best for: Curly hair

2. Garnier Fructis Style Pure Clean Finishing Paste, $3.50

  • Works best for: Curly or thick/coarse hair

At such low prices, why not try at least one of these products? You will be glad you did!


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Kelsey Damassa is in her senior year at Boston College, majoring in Communications and English. She is a native of Connecticut and frequents New York City like it is her job. On campus, she is the Campus Correspondent for the Boston College branch of Her Campus. She also teaches group fitness classes at the campus gym (both Spinning and Pump It Up!) and is an avid runner. She has run five half-marathons as well as the Boston Marathon. In her free time, Kelsey loves to bake (cupcakes anyone?), watch Disney movies, exercise, read any kind of novel with a Starbucks latte in hand, and watch endless episodes of "Friends" or "30 Rock."