Some people say the spring equinox is all about spiritual awakenings and, frankly, much better weather. But once you’ve opened your windows after sealing them shut some time in October, and finished smudging your winter fling from your bedsheets, consider observing the third-best part of the new season: cleaning out your beauty routine.
Winter is (almost) officially over, which means the hair products you’ve been relying on for the last four months can go into hibernation to make room for spring essentials. Face it: After all those hair-color trends you followed month after month, your scalp and split ends could use a seasonal tune-up, right? Lucky for you, there are loads of affordable hair products that just hit the shelves begging you to buy them in the slides ahead. The best part? Not one is over $25.
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Recycled packaging may not look as chic as the fancy stuff, but when it uses 60% less plastic than traditional shampoo bottles, it’s easy to love. Not only is the recyclable packaging is a big selling point — especially if you’re trying that #nowaste life this year — but the cold-pressed, organic meadowfoam seed oil-infused formula inside is definitely an added bonus for your dehydrated hair.
SEED PHYTONUTRIENTS Moisture Shampoo, $24, available at Ulta Beauty
Summer Fridays are just around the corner, which means it’s time to pack your beach bag with essentials, like sunscreen and this portable mini hair brush that won’t tug on your split ends.
Wet Brush Mini Pink Marble Detangler, $6.99, available at Ulta Beauty
If you can’t go a day without ordering a grande hibiscus tea from Starbucks, then you’ll be pleased to know that your favorite beverage just got its own hair-care line — sort of. Maui Moisture’s Hibiscus Water collection is your answer to lightweight hair care that can go the extra mile when you really need it to. Not only does the delicious scent last days, but in the long run, it prepares hair to stay hydrated, soft, and refreshed even when you skip a few shampoos.
Maui Moisture Passion Fruit Conditioner, $4.5, available at Ulta Beauty
Finally, Shea Moisture plans on extending its sugarcane line with this silicone-free hair mask — which, frankly, our brittle split ends have been begging for.
Shea Moisture Sugarcane Extract & Meadowfoam Seed Miracle Masque, $13.99, available at Shea Moisture
Celebrities make temporary hair-color swaps work with pricey custom wigs, but us regular people need something a bit cheaper — like L’Oréal’s new wash-out hair color. Featuring an array of shades, including purple, blue, pink, and red, this low-commitment hair dye is the the easiest way to try a new trend at home in a pinch. And if you hate it, relish in the fact that the color will only last until your next wash.
L’Oréal Online Only Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Hair Color, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty
We dare you to take this quick-drying dry shampoo foam to your next hot-yoga class. Your hair will be revived, shiny, and sweat-free in seconds.
OGX Green Tea Fitness Dry Shampoo Foam, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Calling all bleached, over-processed, heat-damaged heads of hair: This protein-building deep treatment will be your new shower staple.
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, $4.99, available at Target
Practically made for post-gym drinks, this air-dry cream makes maintaining a social life on a weeknight so much easier.
OGX Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty
This scalp treatment works harder to detox your hair than a $20 cold-pressed juice. Eucalyptus protects, mint wards off bacteria, and salicylic acid buffs away dead skin and dandruff build-up, leaving you fresh and flake-free by the time you step out of the shower.
Head & Shoulders Scalp Detoxifying Pre-Wash Mask, $1.99, available at Target
Save your bundle of avocados for toast and use this nourishing shampoo on your dehydrated ends instead.
Hair Food Avocado & Argan Oil Shampoo, $7.99, available at Hair Food
Fix dull, lifeless red hair with this color-reviving, shine-enhancing conditioner. Bonus: It’s under $6.
L’Oreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Repair Deep Conditioner, $4.99, available at Target
A foolproof hair mask that keeps your (very expensive) blonde highlights from fading, your ends from splitting, and roots from breaking thanks to a protein-rebuilding complex. In other words, a $10 Olaplex stand-in? Sold.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Lemon Miracle Masque, $7.47, available at Walmart
Dove’s scalp-friendly formulas are not new, but this coconut version is. The latest iteration hydrates, fights dandruff, and leaves your hair smelling like a piña colada for days (in a good way).
Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo, $4.88, available at Target
Nearly 98% of this formula is pure coconut oil, which means your limp curls are about to be very happy.
Garnier Style Curl Treat Butter Hydrating Leave-in Styler, $6.99, available at Target
We don’t just love this conditioner because it smells like a fresh-cut bouquet of flowers — we love it because it’s sulfate-, paraben-, and gluten-free.
Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Birch Bark Extract Conditioner, $5.99, available at Target
Garnier’s been keeping our blowouts sleek since middle school — so why stop drinking the Kool-Aid now? This in-shower shot works argan oil right into your dry, frizzy roots, and promises to cut your styling time in half.
Garnier Sleek Shot In-Shower Styler, $4.99, available at Target
A heavy-duty strengthening shot for hair that’s seen better days — and one that won’t weigh it down, no less.
Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots Hair Ampoules for Repair , $5.99, available at CVS
Never neglect your hair on vacation again thanks to these two-use hair masks packed with different oils to target your biggest woes, from frizz to dull texture.
John Frieda Damage Repairing Wonder Drops Hair Mask, $2.47, available at Walmart
When your ends feel like they’re about to snap in two, massage a few drops of this conditioning water from root to tip to replenish, hydrate, strengthen, and smooth.
OGX Replenishing + Water Drops 8-in-1 Mist, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty
Typically, a wet spray on dry hair is the perfect storm for a complete disaster, but this hydrating (or re hydrating) mist is made for dirty second-day hair.
Dove Between Washes Restyler Re-Hydrating Mist, $4.88, available at Walmart
Glassy shine is just a few drops away, thanks to this smoothing hair oil.
Hair Food Tea Tree Hair Oil, $11.99, available at Hair Food
Yes, another sulfate-free hair mask — but this time it’s all about tackling fuzz, frizz, and heat-induced damage. Even if you already have a full cabinet of treatments at home, we suggest buying this solely for the juicy scent.
Herbal Essences Sulphate Free Argan Oil with Morocco Hair Mask, $1.99, available at Target
Haven’t you heard? Skipping washes is good for overworked hair. Dakota Johnson’s hairstylist loves this volumizing formula for in-between styles for a reason: Not only does it add lift and faux thickness to roots, but it might just fool everyone into thinking you just left Drybar.
Dove Care Between Washes Dry Shampoo Volume & Fullness, $5.88, available at Walmart
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