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The Drugstore Checklist: Hair

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Justyna Sroka

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Still deep-diving into the Top Shelf drugstore chronicles, this time it's hair products. For when walking to the nearest Duane Reade in flip-flops at 11pm just feels like the right thing to do.

SHAMPOO & CONDITIONER

Susan Cernek: “Once a week I’ll do Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo , which is amazing. I am convinced that water quality plays a huge role in the way hair looks—that’s why all those Parisian girls have chic bed-head-y hair—it’s the water, not products.”

Nick Axelrod: “I shampoo my hair twice a week and condition it every day. I use Head & Shoulders , not because I have a dandruff problem, but because I live in fear of having a dandruff problem.”

Amy Oddell: “No matter how many shampoos and conditioners I try, I always go back to John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s just the best.”

Jessica Stam: “ Herbal Essences Hello Hydration is a great shampoo and conditioner combo, and I’ve used everything. I actually discovered it because my boyfriend uses it! I love it. I get compliments from hairdressers I’ve been working with for years, saying, ‘This is the best your hair has ever looked, what are you using?’ and I’m like, ‘Herbal Essences!’'

STYLING PRODUCTS

Emily Schuman: “For styling, I use a super random combination of products: Herbal Essences Dangerously Straight, which they probably stopped making in 2004, and Pantene Pro-V Smooth Serum. I put them in when it's damp, and then blow-dry it. I don’t really understand my hair well enough to just let it go natural—it will frizz, wave, and curl, and just end up looking unfortunate.”

Patti Wilson: “Every day I use a flat iron on my hair, and lots of Redken Glass 01 Smoothing Serum while I'm doing it. It’s expensive, but we always try and call it in or find places where it is really cheap.”

Anais Mali: “I use John Frieda Frizz-Ease 3-Days Straight after washing and conditioning, and then brush my hair. It makes my hair stay straight longer. I prefer to wear my hair straight—it’s naturally so big and curly that I would get made fun of as a kid.”

DRY SHAMPOO & POWDER

Langley Fox Hemingway: “My hair is pretty fine, and if it's still feeling flat, I use a little Redken Powder Grip 03—it makes your hair kind of feel dirty, but if you put a little bit on the roots, it weirdly hardens and lifts your hair at the root. Like a tiny bit—you just kind of dab it on because it will get hard quickly. Just for a boost.”

Suki Waterhouse: “I like to use just a bit of dry shampoo from the drugstore. I’ve got the one that’s called Pssssst!. I think it’s great. And I use a lot of bobby pins when I want to get rid of my fringe.”

HAIRSPRAY

Josephine de la Baume: “I’ll spray some L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray. It reminds me of my mom in the ‘80s. It was such a part of my childhood, and she still wears her hair like that—really big. For me, it’s still the best thing to make a dry texture.”

COLOR

Justyna Sroka: “In the summertime, when I know I’ll be outside, I spray in Sun-In for extra highlights—sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. I’m not really sure what’s natural—just from my hair being in the sun—and what’s from the Sun-In.”

China Machado: “I have a home spa where I do my own nails and pedicures. And I dye my own hair—of course I do! I use Clairol Nice 'N Easy Permanent Hair Color in Natural Black, and it costs $2.50 every time because I don’t use the whole bottle, I divide it into fours. I have no idea what my natural hair color is. When I was 14, I had a white streak that kept getting bigger and bigger, so I’ve been dyeing it for 70 years.”

Dita Von Teese: “I’ve been coloring [my hair] black since 1992—I don’t really change the formula; it’s always blue-black. I use Garnier 100% Color, and right now, I squeeze a little bit of blue from another brand into it, but I don’t think I’ve found the magic color yet.”

Francelle Daly: “I’m very easy with hair—I always get my hair cut when I’m working on shoots, and I do my own L’Oreal Ten Minute Color Rinse in Black. I have light brown hair and I’ve been dying it black since I was 22. I don’t like the intensity of a permanent or semi-permanent hair color; I just like a gloss.”

Photo by Tom Newton.