Holy Grail Summer Hair Products You Can Get at the Drugstore

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Summer is around the corner, brimming with things we’ve been waiting for since it ended last year—rooftop happy hours, beach days, long weekends, and summer Fridays (if you’re so lucky). But along with these hot-weather perks come factors like humidity and sun damage that wreak havoc on your hair. Just as your tresses were finally recovering from harsh winter months, your hair has to readjust to the upswing of heat, humidity, sweat, and salty air. It goes without saying that you can’t rely on your usual haircare regimen to combat these seasonal effects. But before you add a bunch of products with hefty price tags to your shopping cart, consider saving your cash by taking a slightly more economical—but just as effective—approach this year.

Instead of breaking the bank overhauling your haircare wardrobe for these short-lived summer days, why not update your haircare with a few choice buys from your local drugstore? For just $10 or less, you can pick up a leave-in spray that locks in moisture or a beach-worthy texturizing cream to prepare your tresses. Whether you’re looking for summery, beachy waves, sleek, shiny strands, or polished curls that last through the day, the perfect fix has been hiding out at your local drugstore.

Head below to see the best drugstore hair products under $10 to serve all your styling needs this summer.

Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Crème
Kristin Ess Weightless Shine Air Dry Crème $10
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Give your hair a break from the heat this summer by forgoing the hairdryer and letting your locks air dry. Work this styling cream into clean, damp hair to enhance the natural shape of your tresses as they dry, infusing them with added softness and shine.

Not Your Mother's Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Repair + Protect Leave-In Conditioner
Not Your Mother's Royal Honey & Kalahari Desert Melon Leave-In Conditioner $9
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This gentle formula reconstructs damaged hair to restore its vibrancy and manageability. Spritz on in the morning to safeguard strands, and reapply as needed to give hair a fresh boost of hydration and shine.

Beach Babe Texturizing Cream
Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Cream $6
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Can’t spend every day at the beach? No problem. You can achieve the fresh-off-the-beach look any day of the summer with this texturizing hair cream that leaves you with perfectly piece-y, tousled waves.

John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray
John Frieda Beach Blonde Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray $10
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Achieve the same effect and restyle throughout the day with this sea salt spray that delivers windswept waves with a low-sheen matte finish.

Pantene Pro-V Serious Repair Detangler
Pantene Pro-V Conditioning Hair Mist Detangler $5
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At the end of the day or for a fresh start come morning, work any sea salt—real or applied—out from your strands with this conditioning detangler. It restores smoothness while repairing dry, damaged hair.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner $3
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When summer weather has taken a toll on your hair, turn things around with this three-minute deep conditioner. Its hydrating formula of Australian aloe, jojoba, and sea kelp transforms dull, dry, sun-damaged locks into healthy, shiny waves.

Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo
Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo $5
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For years, Pantene Pro-V shampoo and conditioners have continually made "best of" lists across beauty magazines and websites. When it comes to the best drugstore products for frizzy hair, it's a classic—and perhaps the best shampoo and conditioner on the market for under $10. Plus, you can even choose yours based on several formulations for dry, oily, aging, damaged, colored, or normal hair. It's the perfect way to wash salty strands after a day out at the beach.

Goody Ouchless Elastics
Goody Ouchless Elastics $8
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Whoever invented the "ouchless" ponytail holder has my highest regards. Not only do these not tear or pull at hair, but they come in a number of shades (including hair-toned hues), and they are cheap to boot. These are essential for hot summer days when you need your hair out of your face.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum
John Frieda Frizz Ease Extra Strength 6 Effects Serum $10
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If your hair is dry from long days in the sun, try this serum infused with bamboo extract to keep strands looking smooth and frizz-free.

Looking for other drugstore buys to get your beauty look ready for summer? Check out seven drugstore tanners that won’t turn you orange.

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