Hunting down the perfect hair product (or entire regimen for that matter) deserves its own Olympic category. First of all, there are about 2.5 million products out there boasting just as many—or more—lofty prerogatives. Heck, even if we’re just looking for the most basic of shampoos or hair serums, we’re met with aisle after aisle of glittering options and little guidance save for very alluring, often too-good-to-be-true product claims and lots (and lots) of at-home trial and error. Thus, if you’ve managed to nail down the perfect hair routine for your hair type, you’re clearly a talented sorceress—please share!
Of course, there are some hair products so well-known and equally beloved by nitpicky consumers and hair pros, they’ve essentially earned icon status within the hair industry. Totally fabulous if you have the financial flexibility to add them all to your hair queue, but totally frustrating if you’re seeking A+ results with limited budget bandwidth, which, let’s be honest, is quite a few of us.
Static-prone, dry-hair season is on the cusp of arrival, so we decided to kill two birds with one stone here by not only celebrating 10 of the best hair formulas in the industry but offering up 10 similar drugstore formulas mimicking said spendier sisters in formula and results. Keep scrolling for 10 amazing hair products and their top-notch dupes that await your thirsty tresses.