​5 Dupes For When You Want To Steal Instead Of Splurge

There’s no question that we all love a good bargain. Especially when they’re just as effective as their high-end counterparts.  While shopping for your groceries, picking up your hair care in the same business is certainly convenient. Is there really a difference between high end and the more economical hair care?  The answer is: It depends on the product. The high-end products should have extensive pertinent testing to ensure a product’s stability. This is where the money should be spent. Not the sexy packaging.  The truth of the matter is, there are exceptional dupes out there, you just need to know where to look. When it comes to both skincare and  haircare, the sourcing and quality of ingredients should dictate the price. I get a little snobby when it comes to hair care products, because it dramatically affects the health of our hair. However, I have searched high and low for great formulas that work just as well as if not certainly close to their prestigious counterparts. Keep scrolling for a roundup of my five favorite dupes that may beat your higher priced brand products by a hair.​


DAILY SHAMPOO Wella Fusionplex Shampoo $22

Buying shampoo can be truly a confusing adventure. There are many different types out there. They moisturize, hydrate, strengthen, smooth, thicken, protect color, and on and on. It can seriously be a head game. I have found that Wella’s FUSIONPLEX Intense Repair Shampoo​ to be a great go-to dupe that works well with most hair types. It has a fusion of silk amino acids and micronized lipids that penetrate deep down to the cortex of your hair to recover damage at the micro and macro level. If you tend to blow dry or use heating tools, it protects against breakage. Not only that, I appreciate that it also protects against environmental damage- free radicals and UV rays. As an LA girl, this is incredibly important these days. Fusionplex leaves hair feeling clean, strong, smooth, and doesn’t break the bank (as well as your hair).


SULPHATE/FRAGRANCE-FREE SHAMPOO Wella Elements Renewing Shampoo $22

Before choosing the right shampoo, you should get familiar with the purpose shampoo holds. It’s meant to clean your hair and scalp from all those impurities like dirt, oil and hair products. Although it’s primarily a cleaning agent, it’s important to remember your scalp when thinking about purchasing shampoo. ​That’s why I love this other gem from Wella, their Elements Renewing Shampoo. It’s free of sulfates, parabens and colorants which can be irritating to some individuals. It works to renew the moisture of your hair by preserving and nourishing it from root to tip. And that, my friends, is something that is worth wigging out on. 


​DAILY CONDITIONER Sebastian Penetraitt Conditioner $40

Many people out there are tragically unaware that they are not using the right conditioner. There are more than several options out there, but picking the wrong product will really weigh on you (literally, your hair will be weighed down). Or, you’ll find that the conditioner you’ve chosen leaves you dry, brittle or even static-y. Right after washing, the conditioner is meant to replace the moisture that it’s lost from shampooing. Sebastian’s Penetraitt Conditioner is a little dupe that everyone with hair longer than their chin needs to get to know. Although it’s a little pricier on the dupe-range, it’s worth the splurge. It’ll make your hair silk-soft, as well as super strong, by repairing the stress it’s experienced from chemical and thermal damage. Particularly when your hair is wet and the most vulnerable, this conditioner provides effortless detangling while intensively nourishing your hair to protect it against damage. Brilliant.


​LEAVE-IN HAIR OIL The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil $6.80

Do not let a name fool you.  Many hair products call themselves oil, but their ingredient list tells another story. Professionals would agree that one of the ingredients that can keep your strands protected and manageable is argan. It’s an extract from the core of the argan tree and this popular beauty elixir has been found to be brimming with benefits. It’s super rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, but what does it really do for your hair? Well, this miracle oil works to naturally help your hair increase its elasticity, restore shine and neutralize damage from free radicals, as well as other harmful elements. It’s a haircare wonder and I couldn’t recommend it more. You can use it in various ways, but I love it as a nourishing leave-in conditioner. The Ordinary is well-known for their budget-friendly products that don’t skimp on quality. Same goes for their 100% Organic Cold Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil. Use it as a shine-inducing hair oil that will penetrate your strands, especially if they’re particularly parched. Yep, it’s your time to shine.


ONCE A WEEK DEEP CONDITIONER​ Nioxin Deep Protect Density Mask $21

This is my favorite hair mask under $30.  Hair masks are great at treating damage, inducing shine and just adding the moisture you need most. Let’s be real, hair masks can get really expensive. Nioxin’s Deep Protect Density Mask is one of those dupes that you just can’t go wrong with. What makes it stand out is that it’s a lightweight mask that’s formulated with Densiprotect technology, which is what the professionals use to condition and fortify weak strands while protecting against damage. Deep protect reinforces thinning hair and leaves it feeling stronger, softer, smoother, silkier, and just utterly sexy. This product is made to penetrate deep, giving you a lust-worthy sheen on your hair for days. It’s safe enough for those of you with color-treated hair to enjoy. Seriously, it’s that easy! Your hair and wallet will thank you.

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