There are so many hair products out there in the world that picking the right ones can be extremely overwhelming. Actually, forget picking the right ones for a second – choosing which products to splurge on and which to buy at cheap drugstore prices is super difficult, when it comes to both hair and makeup.
When there are product options that range anywhere from $5 to $50, it can be really confusing to figure out which one is worth the extra money and which one isn’t. It took me a really long time to decide where I should save and splurge when it came to hair products. As tempting as it is to save on everything (and you can totally do that if you want), it’s sometimes necessary to spend a little extra money – it can mean the difference between a product that really works well and one that will crap out on you pretty quickly.
So, I’m passing my knowledge on. Here are 8 hair products that are worth the splurge. That doesn’t mean you HAVE to splurge on them, it just means that if you’re going to save up money for something concerning your hair… it should be these things:
A Flat IronThere are tons of hair products that you don't need to spend a lot of money on, and then there are the ones you definitely should. Hot tools, for me, are one of those things. You can go to any drug store and get a flat iron for $25, but I don't recommend it. First of all, they're made cheaper, so they can be more damaging to your hair. Second, since they're cheaper, they may break or crack easier. This is why an expensive flat iron is so, so worth it. A Chi or ghd flat iron will last a long time, straighten your hair quickly (so you don't have to keep going over it), and will do less damage. I love my ghd Styler. It straightens hair so well, and it can even be used to curl. You can buy this from Sephora for $185
A Curling Wand or IronAgain, hot tools are absolutely worth the splurge. I've skimped on curling wands and irons, and bought them from the drugstore before. Each time, I was left with a product I was not satisfied with at all. It either didn't curl my hair well or broke so quickly. And, just like flat irons, cheap curling wands can damage your hair more. I started using Nume curling wands a few years ago and have never looked back. I've had this exact Nume curling wand for over three years now and it's still going strong. Totally worth the money! This thing curls my hair so quickly and the curls last all day. It's amazing. You can buy this from Nume for $139
Heat ProtectionIf you're going to be splurging on good hot tools, then you also need to buy a great heat protection spray or cream. Hot tools are fun to play with, but they can seriously damage your hair. I know too many girls who have damaged their hair from hot tools so badly that there hair literally fell out and stopped growing. You HAVE to protect your strands from heat, and a heat protection spray or cream is necessary. It's one of those products that you can get cheaper, but is also worth the extra money. My personal favorite is Drybar's Hot Toddy cream. It leaves my hair feeling soft and looking silky smooth with no frizz. I've noticed that some heat protection sprays give my hair a weird finish that feels strange to the touch, but this one does not, and to me, that's worth the money. You can buy this from Sephora for $30
A Hair DryerOnce again: hot tools are worth spending more money on, and that extends to a great hair dryer. I've used cheap hair dryers before - anyone who has been to a hotel has. Cheap hair dryers take longer to dry your hair and can be more damaging. A pricier option will last so much longer, and has technology that leaves your hair smoother and less frizzy, all while taking up less of your time. This hair dryer from Drybar is amazing - I mean, it was created by a company that specializes in blow-outs. It cuts down on drying time, it increases shine, and it traps moisture for hydrated hair. You can buy this from Sephora for $195.
HighlightsOkay, so highlights aren't exactly a hair product, but bear with me here. Dying your own hair at home is totally fine, and if you can do it, good for you! But I truly believe that highlights are better off when they're done by a professional in a salon. Highlights are so easy to mess up and they can be so tricky. Plus, bleaching can be so damaging to your hair. I highly suggest letting a professional handle this one. Source: ShutterStock
Moroccan or Argan OilIt sounds weird to put oil in your hair, but trust me: it's not. A really good hair oil will leave your hair feeling like it's in it's best condition yet. It leaves hair hydrated, feeling ultra soft, and looking incredibly shiny and smooth. Using Moroccan oil changed my hair for the better! Yes, this bottle is pricey, but it's SO worth it. I've tried other oils that are heavier and leave my hair looking oily - this one never does. Plus, you only need a tiny bit, so the bottle really does last a long time. You can buy this from Ariva for $43
A Good BrushA brush is one of those things that can be purchased at the drugstore, and that's fine - but it's also totally fine to spend more money on it. A good brush is so important for healthy hair, and if you find one that really works for you, it's worth the bigger price tag. Here's another option from Drybar - their products are seriously so worth it! - that you should consider. The ceramic barrel heats up to help straighten hair or give you big, loose curls. However, it's perforated, meaning it allows hair to dry faster. You can buy this from Sephora for $40
A Good Hydrating MaskAgain, a hair mask is something you can get cheap or you can get expensive. There are great cheap brands and options, but it's not frivalous to spend a lot on a hair mask either. I love this option from Kerastase. It really makes your hair feel amazing, and it also strengthens it, which is really important. You can buy thisf rom Kerastase for $65
Which of these products have you used? Which hair products would you spend extra money on? Tell me in the comments.