The best beauty products in the drugstore, handpicked by celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess.

By Chelsea Traber Burns
May 22, 2017
Each product we feature has been independently selected and reviewed by our editorial team. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn commission.
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“Cheap yet epic. I have never been so happy to brush out my hair. No more painful pulling! Obsessed.” To buy: $5; ulta.com.
Jeff Westbrook
Jeff Westbrook

1
Milani Brow Fix Kit

“I actually use the neutral powders in this eyebrow palette to help fill in inconsistent hairlines when I do updos—especially tight ponytails. No one has a perfectly even hairline, so sometimes you’ve gotta fill in the gaps!”

To buy: $7, amazon.com.

Jeff Westbrook

2
Nature's Bounty Skin, Hair & Nails Gummies

“Some people need a boost to grow strong hair, and these strawberry-flavored biotin gummies are an easy way to get it.”

To buy: $9.50; walgreens.com.

Jeff Westbrook

3
Kristin Ess Dry Finish Working Texture Spray

“Hands down, the best affordable dry texturizing spray. I truly mean that. Create a soft, matte texture or a lived-in look by applying a light veil all over.”

To buy: $14; target.com.

Jeff Westbrook

4
Conair Hook Up Detangling Brush

“Cheap yet epic. I have never been so happy to brush out my hair. No more painful pulling! Obsessed.”

To buy: $5; ulta.com.

Jeff Westbrook

5
Scünci No Damage Hair Elastics

“I like these because they come in all different colors and sizes, from thick and extra large to really thin for fine hair. No matter what type of hair I’m working on, there’s an option to fit it.”

To buy: $4 for 30; walmart.com.

Jeff Westbrook

6
John Frieda Luminous Glaze Clear Shine

“This is a quick, inexpensive way to add shine between salon appointments and seal down dry ends. Since it’s clear, it won’t mess with your color.”

To buy: $10; ulta.com.