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Best budget beauty buys: Hair

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Natasha Silva-Jelly

Great hair day: Manicured manes - as seen backstage at Milan Fashion Week - need not break the bank.

Great hair day: Manicured manes - as seen backstage at Milan Fashion Week - need not break the bank.

In the last of our '50 best budget beauty buys' series, we bring you our choice of the top-performing, easily accessible, good value hair products out there. Lovely locks without hair-raising prices...

HAIR

•    Care: Pantene Pro V Deep Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, $7.99, www.priceline.com

50 best budget beauty buys - tried and tested, accessible, good value products.

50 best budget beauty buys - tried and tested, accessible, good value products.

This wallet friendly shampoo and conditioner smells good and leaves hair feeling silky - which is apparently down to the deep fortifying treatment which strengthens strands from root to tip.

•    Dry Shampoo: Fudge Dry Shampoo, $14.95, www.chemistdirect.com

No beauty bag is complete without this secret weapon in styling and disguising unwashed hair. Infused with spray on powder technology, spritz it to banish oil and stretch your blow dry.

•    Condition: V05 Hot Oil Deep Nourishing, $6.99, www.priceline.com

This iconic hot oil is a treatment in a tiny bottle. Apply it to boost colour, improve condition and strip chlorine.

•    Colour: Garnier 100% Colour, $7.50, www.bigw.com.au

This cream-gel is enriched with Vitamins B3 and B6 to enhance the condition and shine of your hair while providing glam lasting colour.

•    Cover up: Oscar Blandi Pronto Colore Pen, $19.95, www.skincarestore.com.au

A godsend between colour appointments, this magic pen refreshes your shade, creates instant highlights, touches up roots and covers those grays. Say no more.

•    Hair dryer: VS Sassoon Pro 2100 Dryer, $31.99, www.priceline.com.au

A hairdryer from the original stylist to the stars at this price? Whiz bang features include faster heat with less noise and tourmaline ceramic technology to reduce frizz and enhance shine.

•    Styling: Schwarzkopf Extra Care Straight & Glossy Zero Frizz Creme, $7.59, www.priceline.com.au

This micro oil infused multi-tasker straightens, adds gloss and tames frizz in one hit. Simply apply and blow dry - no straightening iron required.

•    Styling: David Babaii Bohemian Beach Spray, $22.99, www.priceline.com.au

If texture, especially of the beach babe kind, or curls is more your thing, add this eco-friendly non-aerosol styling spray by David Babaii (he does Kate Hudson's hair) to your kit now.

•    Spray: Cedel hair spray Firm, $3.99, www.priceline.com

An oldie but still a goodie, this firm hold hairspray is non-sticky so will lock in unruly strands but still brush out beautifully.

•    Hair straightener: Remington Salon Style Straightener S4002, $15, www.bigw.com.au

Heating up in 30 seconds flat, ceramic coating technology equals a smooth glide, less damage and more shine.   Use to straighten, add texture or curl.

Part one: skincare

Part two: body and bath

Part three: make-up and more

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9 comments so far

  • Better still, wean yourself off shampoo. It's a chemical we don't need to use.

    Commenter
    the great shampoo con
    Date and time
    October 02, 2012, 11:43AM
    • Agreed - I use conditioner, but virtually never shampoo my hair. Feels much healthier and shinier without it!!

      Commenter
      Conditioner fan
      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 6:19AM
    • Agreed! Baking soda is a good stopgap if you can't cut out the need for washing completely, and apple cider vinegar (diluted with water and maybe with some essential oils to mask the smell if it bothers you) is an amazing conditioner and treatment.

      The quality of my hair has improved dramatically since I cut out all those detergent-based, chemical-laden concoctions we were raised to think we needed.

      Commenter
      lola
      Location
      behind you
      Date and time
      October 03, 2012, 8:17AM
  • Or, don't dye your hair, limit the use of heated appliances and have it trimmed occasionally to reduce the length of this list by half.

    Commenter
    K
    Date and time
    October 02, 2012, 1:56PM
    • Hey, get the same results for less than $2.00. The Chinese have been using it for thousands of years (and who wouldn't want silky tresses like that!). Diluted apple vinegar is a perfect, natural conditioner. It's also used as a final rinse for the finest silk clothing even today - lifts the colours by stripping away the chemical detergent residues - does the same for hair. Use apple vinegar as it doesn't smell like "vinegar".

      Commenter
      nancydrew
      Date and time
      October 02, 2012, 2:31PM
      • Completely agree, same with pump soaps

        Commenter
        Queen B
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        October 02, 2012, 3:02PM
        • I use a shampoo and conditioner I get from the supermarket. It is made by a company called ECO and it has no nasties in it and the shampoo really does the job.
          I have super fine hair and I hate products that make my hair feel heavy and weigh it down, so I like the Moroccan Oil I can get from the local Hair House Warehouse and it lasts forever.

          Commenter
          Robyn
          Date and time
          October 02, 2012, 8:03PM
          • Have a look at the ingredients of these products. Only buy product with maximum 5 ingredients and are naturally based. Wonder why 1 in 2 people will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, got the answer on these products.

            Commenter
            laura
            Location
            melbourne
            Date and time
            October 02, 2012, 8:16PM
            • Being a bit snobby here but I've found that using supermarket stuff on my hair works for a few days but after that my hair is frizzy, weak, boofy, knotty etc etc etc.

              The best shampoo+conditioner I've ever found is L'oreal Professional Vitamino Color. Absolutely bloody marvelous. It is pricey though so buy off ebay in large quantities. Still expensive, but worth it in my eyes!! Your hair can be in any condition, you use it once and VOOM. Impossibly silky, smooth, sleek, soft hair which smells AMAZING.

              Saying this though I do know many people who can achieve lovely hair with cheap brands so perhaps try for yourself! I colour my hair so that's a major factor!!

              Commenter
              Lexx
              Location
              Sydney
              Date and time
              October 03, 2012, 4:35AM

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