April is here and so is the increase in VAT. Before you panic, remember that the Essentials team have got you covered! Whether you’re maintaining a fresh cut & colour, or just looking to make your hair go a little further before wash day, we’ve rounded up our favourite budget-friendly hair buys to keep you looking fabulous – all for under R100.
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7 Budget-Friendly Hair Buys:
1. Colab Dry Shampoo, R63.95
Don’t let grease get in the way of living life to the fullest. Just a few spritzes of dry shampoo will take care of excess oil and dirt, leaving your hair smelling good with some extra volume and texture. It’s a lifesaver after a gym sesh and ideal for refreshing hair between washes. Now, that’s what we call more bang for your buck.
2. Invisibobble, R90
The price tag may seem a bit steep considering you only get three in a pack but this hair tie packs a punch. It’s great for all hair types and won’t tug on your hair strands as you remove it. Plus, the Invisibobble‘s telephone-cord design makes it both strong and stylish.
It can hold up an up-do without the need for bobby pins and it won’t leave a dent in your hair. It shouldn’t lose its shape but if it does, you can pop it in some boiling water and it will bounce back to its original size. Best of all? No more headaches!
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3. Hask Unwined Cabernet Sauvignon-inspired Repair and Strengthen Deep Conditioner, R 69.95
Sit back and relax with a glass of vino…for your hair! No, you don’t have to rinse with your favourite red wine – instead treat your tresses to this nourishing deep conditioner inspired by Cabernet Sauvignon.
It contains extracts of cherry, wine and black currant, grape seed oil, and a special something called Resveratrol found in the skin of grapes which may help promote hair growth. Wine not, right?
4. L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, R74.95, and Conditioner, R49.95
Our very own Art Director swears by this specially formulated shampoo designed to leave your mane feeling thicker and healthier, with an extra bit of bounce after every wash. Then, follow up with the matching conditioner for maximum results. And added bonus? Your smooth and shiny hair will smell heavenly too.
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5. Clicks Essentials Detangling Bean Brush, R 39.99
Say goodbye to endless tugging on painful knots with this clever little tool. This detangling bean brush has dual length plastic teeth to help smooth out your hair. It can be used on dry hair but we recommend working it through your hair while it’s still wet to reduce breakage.
For best results, use it while you’re in the shower after you apply conditioner, detangle your hair and then rinse. As easy as that!
6. Elnet Satin Hairspray, R 94.95
It’s an oldie but a goodie – and we all swear by it! Whether you need to set loose waves or lock a fancy up-do in place, this classic hairspray is practically magic in a can.
And we’ll let you in on a little secret – spray a tiny bit onto the inside soles of strappy sandals to keep your feet from slipping throughout the day.
7. Aunty Jackie’s Quench Leave-In Conditioner, R86.95
Give your hair a well-deserved dose of hydration with this natural leave-in conditioner packed with ingredients such as marshmallow root for easier detangling, Shea butter to tackle frizz and extra virgin olive oil for strong, shiny tresses. Use your palms to apply it to clean, damp hair and comb through starting at the ends and working up to the roots.