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SCUNCI THERMAL TWISTERS
Andrea Lavinthal, Style Director: Long considered an ’80s artifact, the scrunchie actually serves a very important purpose in the modern world. I use the soft, fabric-covered accessory to secure my hair in a twisted bun while I’m sleeping. In the morning, I wake up with nice, loose waves sans the dents you’d get with a regular hair elastic.
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PANTENE PRO-V ADVANCED KERATIN 60-SECOND HAIR THERAPY
Pamela Edwards Christiani, Style and Beauty Editor: The sun, salt water and chlorine from the last three months have only intensified the brittle condition of my overprocessed hair. If I can’t make it to a fancy in-salon deep treatments (or don’t feel like spending the money), this one-minute miracle is the next best thing. Goodbye, broken, dull hair. Hello, smooth, shiny strands.
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TWISTED SISTA CURL ACTIVATOR
Alex Apatoff, Contributor: The cartoon on the bottle may not look like me, but the contents therein were practically made for my thick, coarse curls. This stuff smells insanely good and adds definition without being heavy or sticky. I’m so glad I looked outside my regular hair section at the drugstore and found this gem.
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Zoë Ruderman, Senior Style Editor: Stars like Julianna Margulies, Ashley Benson and Lena Dunham have inspired me to start shopping in the gift wrap section of the drugstore. I can get a bunch of colorful ribbons for cheap then use them as a headband or ponytail holder or to weave into a braid. No advanced DIY skills necessary.
Buy It! amazon.com, $7.99
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JOHNSON S BABY POWDER
Storm Heitman, Contributor: The worst part of flying – second to being squished in a middle seat between two people who don t believe in deodorant – is that it tends to make my hair look greasier than the in-flight meal. But combing through a little baby powder before takeoff guarantees my hair will be oil-free, full of body and smelling fresh when I land.
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DISPOSABLE SHOWER CAPS
Jackie Fields, Writer-Reporter: It’s not what you think it’s for! I wash and condition, but after I apply the conditioner, I slip the shower cap over my head, get out of the shower, towel off, then spend half an hour Netflixing. That extra time “marinating” means that after I rinse, my curly, typically tangled hair is manageable and really soft.
Buy It! amazon.com, $7.70
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BATISTE HINT OF COLOR DRY SHAMPOO
Brittany Talarico, Associate Editor: This does everything a dry shampoo should, but it has an added bonus: The spray masks grown-out roots by depositing a bit of blonde color, meaning I can eke out an extra week in between highlight appointments. (Don’t worry, brunettes: They make one for darker hair too.)
Buy It! ulta.com, $8.99
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GOODY SPIN PINS
Tomoko Takeda-Canel, Senior Beauty Editor: Each of these corkscrew-shaped pins does the work of 10 bobby pins and requires way less effort and time. For a messy bun, I just pull my hair into a loose chignon and twirl these into the sides. Two’s more than enough for my thick, long hair – even for some of my more creative styling attempts!
Buy It! walgreens.com, $6.29
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HERBAL ESSENCES SMOOTH COLLECTION CONDITIONER
Zoë: Yes, it smells as good as you remember. But back in middle school, I never appreciated the conditioner for its other traits: It’s so affordable, it gets out even the craziest, post-teasing tangles and it doesn’t weigh down my fine hair. Plus, it makes for a great shaving cream stand-in. Oh, and did I mention the stuff smells good?
Buy It! pgestore.com, $4.29
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ORGANIX ARGAN OIL & SHEA BUTTER SHAMPOO
Alex: I tested this for PEOPLE’s drugstore beauty story and got hooked. It (along with the conditioner) works well on my thick curls, smells great and is sulfate-free. With so many products to try, things don’t often stay in my shower for long, but this duo has earned a permanent spot in there.
Buy It! Walmart.com, $5.74