I Tried These Under-$15 Kristin Ess Styling Products and My Hair Has Never Looked So Good

Why I'm Obsessing Over These Styling Products

Finding hair styling products that fit my high criteria has proven to be a bit of a challenge for me. I have long, thick locks that don't always cooperate even with endless amounts of hair spray or mousse, which ends up making my scalp feel dry and sticky—and don't get me started on the split ends.

I can confidently say that it all changed when I ordered a few products from the Kristin Ess wet and dry styling collections on a whim. I'm always a little skeptical of purchasing new hair products so I didn't want to spend much, but for such an affordable price I thought, why not? Not only is this collection a total money-saver, it also helps strengthen my hair to reduce the appearance of split ends and damaged cuticles with its Zip-Up technology. Finally, I've found stylers that make my hair feel just as good as it looks!

Kristin Ess Wet Styling Collection

Before receiving my package of Kristin Ess products, styling my hair was a rare occasion. If I wasn't going to a special event like a wedding, concert, or out with my friends, my hair was going to lie flat in its natural state. The primary reason for my lack of hair styling was time. Whether I was using a blow-dryer or letting my hair air-dry, it would take longer than the average person — I'm talking an hour for blow-drying and overnight for air-drying — because I just have so much hair.

Thank you, Kristin Ess, for creating the Style Assist Blow Dry Mist, Sea Salt Air Dry Spray, and Instant Lift Volumizing Mousse. Instead of having to wake up two hours early just to make my hair look presentable, that time has been cut in half. Now I can shower as soon as I wake up and the blow-dry mist helps my hair dry faster than it ever did before, while the volumizing mousse gives it an instant lift and more body. I was pleasantly surprised to find no trace of residue or stickiness left behind, but instead a sweet, fresh scent. And on the days when I choose to work out in the morning and don't have my blow-dryer handy, I can always rely on the Sea Salt Air Dry Spray to provide my hair with a textured, voluminous look that doesn't dry out my luscious locks.

After having an amazing experience with the wet styling products and reading about how much celebs like Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale love Kristin Ess's line, I couldn't wait to try out the dry stylers, too.

Buy It!

Instant Lift Volumizing Mousse: $14; target.com

Style Assist Blow Dry Mist: $14; target.com

Sea Salt Air Dry Spray: $10; target.com

Kristin Ess Dry Styling + Finishing Collection

Sometimes I still struggle to find time in the morning (or press snooze one too many times) to get my hair to look the way I want it. In those cases, the Kristin Ess dry styling collection has been my savior. I added the Style Reviving Dry Shampoo, Dry Finish Working Texture Spray, and Refine Signature Finishing Spray to my virtual cart — here's why you should, too.

After trying multiple dry shampoos, I came to the unsatisfying conclusion that I was going to have to settle for something that got the job done, but left behind a lot of white residue — until now. The Kristin Ess dry shampoo is the only formula that actually soaks up excess oil and makes my hair feel (and look) clean instead of just covering it up. Plus, it adds ample volume that makes it easy to style into a cute messy bun or loose curls. (The Unplugged Beauty cordless curling wand is my secret weapon to achieving the ultimate beach waves!) Once my hair is styled, I secure the look by using the signature finishing spray. It provides medium hold that allows my hair to flow naturally without appearing crunchy or sticky, all while holding it in place even into the next day!

No matter if I wear my hair all-natural (which is pretty straight) or still curly from the previous day, I never leave the house without a few spritzes of the working texture spray. I wasn't sure what to expect from this product, but the final result is beyond anything I had imagined. It gives my hair extra volume, softness, and a textured look that makes me feel confident even if I don't use any other products in my hair that day.

Needless to say, I'm obsessing over these hair styling products and will be restocking my beauty arsenal with more Kristin Ess goods the second these run out — as if I need another excuse for a Target run.

Buy It!

Dry Finish Working Texture Spray: $14; target.com

Style Reviving Dry Shampoo: $14; target.com

Refine Signature Finishing Spray: $14; target.com