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WHAT TO BUY: 20 Products to Upgrade Your Beauty Bag

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03 . 24 . 16
Kadia Blagrove

Kadia Blagrove

I’m a writer for all things lifestyle and culture. My stories are dedicated to women, laced with diversity, and are chock full of self-love. You can spot some of my work on The Huffington Post, Complex.com, xoJane, and others. I like good wine, good food, and Beyonce. Check out my hair stories for all your natural hair tips, tricks, and needs!
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Out with the old, in with the new—spring’s got us in the mood to freshen things up. We’re breaking up with our so-yesterday stylers and tools, and getting with some goodies that’ll take our mane to new heights. From conditioners to accessories and everything in between, our major list of upgrades will give your beauty bag just the pick-me-up it deserves.


CLEANSERS

Shu Uemura Color Lustre Dry Cleaner

Shu Uemura Color Lustre

This 2-in-1 dry shampoo gently cleanses and moisturizes—perfect for post-workout hair or midday touch-ups. Get it at Shu Uemura.

L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Cleansing Balm

L’Oréal Paris EverCrème Cleansing Balm

L’Oreal’s first-ever Cleansing Balm is a one-stop-shop for cleansing, conditioning, treating, detangling, softening, and shine. Get it at L’Oréal Paris USA or at your local drugstore.

Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo

Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Shampoo

This shampoo has gotten rave reviews across beauty blogs this year, and for good reason. Infused with pure coconut oil, it works wonders for dry and/or damaged strands. And at $3, it’s ridiculously budget- friendly. Get it at Target.

CONDITIONERS

Bumble and Bumble Curl (Care) Custom Conditioner

Bumble and Bumble Curl (Care) Custom Conditioner

A 3-in-1 conditioner that not only hydrates curls, but can also be used as a rinse-out, leave-in, or co-wash—this is a curly girl’s ride or die. Get it at Sephora.

DryBar Detox Dry Conditioner

drybar detox dry conditioner

What’s dry shampoo without a dry conditioner? Less effective is what! DryBar’s dry conditioner smoothes, hydrates and detangles hair in between washes. Get it at Dry Bar.

InstaNatural Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Treatment

InstaNatural Argan Oil Leave-In Hair Treatment

Ingredients like organic organ oil, pure coconut oil, carrot seed oil, and Vitamins A & E make this leave-in treatment ideal for hydration and shine. Get it at InstaNatural.

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil-in-Conditioner

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil-in-Conditioner

In addition to their go-to, everyone needs a lightweight conditioner. This one from Kerastase makes locks smooth like butter. Get it at Amazon.

TOOLS

Amika Mighty Mini Dryer

Amika mighty mini dryer

If the adorable and funky design didn’t win you over, this dryer’s magical powers will. It’s strong enough to increase drying time by 70%, gentle enough to calm frizz without parching strands, and small enough to travel with. Get it at BirchBox.

GHD Platinum Styler

ghd platinum styler

This fuss-free flat iron won’t yank on your mane and it can handle the thickest, curliest textures without a prob. What’s better, its 365 degrees heat limit will protect your strands from damage. Get it at GHD.

Donald Scott Prepare Liquid Tool Glide

donald scott prepare liquid tool glide

For whenever you give yourself a trim at home, this weightless hair protectant seals cuticles and provides seamless glide for optimal cutting, shaping and texturizing. Enriched with pure coconut and sunflower oils, this spray also doubles as a skin primer and finisher.  Get it at Donald Scott.

STYLERS

Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse

moroccan oil beach wave mousse

Textured beach waves minus dehydration is what your mane gets with this spray. Bonus: its UV absorbers protect hair from sun damage and dullness. Get it at Moroccanoil.

Cibu Spring Roll Curl Shaping Creme

cibu spring roll curl shaping cream

Defined, touchable, soft—all the things your curls have dreamt of being become a reality with this. Get it at Cibu.

Sally Hershberger 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste

Sally Hershberger 24K Superiority Complex Texturizing Paste

Every beauty bag needs a styler for fancy updo occasions. Polish, brighten, and smooth your look with this texturizing pomade. Get it at Sephora.

SPRAYS

KOPARI Coconut Sheer Oil

kopari coconut sheer oil

This split-end mending powerhouse hydrates strands and keeps fly-aways at bay. For the ultimate summer glow, use it as a skin moisturizer too. Get it at KOPARI.

Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

oribe dry texturizing spray

A cult fave, this dry hairspray adds grip for perfect updos and volume for bombshell hair. Plus, its scent is to-die-for. Get it at Amazon.

Bumble and Bumble Surf Infusion

bumble and bumble surf infusion

Create beach babe waves with this tropical oil-infused (coconut and passionfruit to be exact) hair spray. Get it at Sephora.

HAIR SAVERS

Nunzio Saviano Anti-Frizz Sheets

nunzio saviano anti frizz sheets

Remember our dryer sheet hack? Well, consider these anti-frizz sheets that hack but on steroids. De-frizz on the go or post-blow dry with the coconut oil-infused sheets for a smooth and defined look. Get them at Amazon.

Ouai Treatment Masque

ouai treatment mask

The key to healed strands in minutes, Ouai’s treatment mask leaves hair mind-blowingly soft and stronger than ever. Travel-sized packets make them super easy to have on hand 24/7. Get it at Ouai.

ACCESSORIES

Tory Burch Hanging Cosmetics Case

tory burch hanging cosmetics case

Adorable and adjustable? Sold! Get it at Nordstrom.

Oversized Toiletry Bag

asks oversized toiletry bag

Not too big, not too small—we like the idea of being able to throw our must-haves in this cool camo case. Get it at ASOS.


Now, time for you to throw your old stuff out.

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