What do Blake Lively, Jennifer Aniston, and the Duchess of Cambridge have in common? All three have been blessed with incredible hair that can only come from good genes, professional upkeep, and meticulous care. Aniston and Lively have even become America’s hair icons in their own right. Who can forget Aniston’s famous “Rachel” hair from “Friends” that had almost every woman racing to the salon to get layers, or Lively’s “Serena” waves from “Gossip Girl?” But we all know that having beautiful hair has a price, and it can be somewhat expensive for the rest of us.
According to Lively’s longtime hairstylist, Rod Ortega, the secret to her enviable hair is “a haircut every six to seven weeks,” a professional hair mask, quality hair products, and styling tools. As the average woman’s haircut in the United States costs $44, it may be difficult to keep up with the actress’ hair regimen, but there’s no reason why you can’t have great hair on a budget. By using a few haircare hacks, you can have healthy and manageable hair without breaking the bank. Here’s how to get fabulous hair on a shoestring budget.
Keep using your old hairdryer, but get a diffuser
Most hairstylists tout the benefits of using expensive hairdryers that cost about $300 or more, but the truth is, you can get the same results with a drugstore tool. The secret? Get a diffuser for straight or curly hair. Before using the hairstyling tool, use conditioner to moisturize your hair, then rinse well. Towel dry your hair, attach the diffuser to your hairdryer, and use the lowest setting to smooth out your hair.
Use an at-home gloss treatment
To give their hair a shiny, healthy look, most celebs get a professional salon treatment for vibrancy. If you’ve already mastered the art of coloring your hair at home, then you can definitely do an at-home glaze or gloss treatment. What it does is it gives hair a more reflective quality, so you get gorgeous, expensive-looking hair without the sky-high treatment price.
Sleep on a satin pillowcase
You’ve probably used a DIY overnight facial treatment to wake up to glowing skin, but if you’re considering doing an overnight hair mask, stop right there—there’s a less messy alternative to pamper your tresses. Simply sleep on a satin pillowcase. Doing so allows your hair to stay smooth overnight, and it’s a great way to preserve a good blowout.
Having healthy, beautiful hair shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. Try these hacks to get amazing hair even on a tight budget. And if you don’t want to apply heat to your hair you can always experiment with hairpieces for men and women.