9 Drugstore Products I Use For A Flawless At-Home Silk Press

aimee simeon

At one point in time, I believed that the best beauty products were the most expensive. I used to save my pennies for the fanciest creams to clear up my acne spent the checks from my part-time retail job on the most expensive foundations, brow pencils, and lipsticks. My logic: If it has a big, fat gold logo on the tube, it has to be the best... right?

Over the years, I've learned that product efficacy isn't synonymous with a hefty price tag, and there are plenty of affordable beauty products out there that work magic — especially in the hair aisle. Since going natural, I've fallen in love with the masks, creams, and tools that give me salon-quality results without compromising the health of my hair, and some of those amazing products can be found at the drugstore.

If you consistently straighten your hair at home — or just don't trust a salon with your silk press — I broke down every single drugstore product I use to make my strands look (and feel) like a million bucks, ahead.

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<strong><h2>Pre-Poo</h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil</h3></h2><br>Let me start by saying: Pre-pooing ain't easy. Some wash days, I just hop in the shower and start shampooing. But, when I do take the time to treat my hair before sudsing up, it really pays off. I coat my scalp with this castor oil the night before (or the morning of) wash day. I only use this product before a shampoo, since castor oil tends to weigh my hair down if I apply it after I style. Once my scalp is rinsed, my hair feels hydrated instead of stripped.<br><br><strong>Tropic Isle Living</strong> Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Ftropic-isle-living-jamaican-black-castor-hair-growth-oil-4oz%2F-%2FA-53274635" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a><br><br>

Pre-Poo


Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil


Let me start by saying: Pre-pooing ain't easy. Some wash days, I just hop in the shower and start shampooing. But, when I do take the time to treat my hair before sudsing up, it really pays off. I coat my scalp with this castor oil the night before (or the morning of) wash day. I only use this product before a shampoo, since castor oil tends to weigh my hair down if I apply it after I style. Once my scalp is rinsed, my hair feels hydrated instead of stripped.

Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Hair Growth Oil , $, available at Target

<strong><h2>Shampoo</h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>ORS Monoi Oil Anti Breakage Fortifying Shampoo</h3></h2><br>This shampoo eliminates that stripped feeling altogether. The anti-breakage formula is actually <em>super </em>moisturizing, because it's sulfate-free and rich in fatty acids. It's one of the few cleansers I can use twice in one session without my hair feeling like wire.<br><br><strong>ORS Monoi Oil</strong> ORS Monoi Oil Anti Breakage Fortifying Shampoo, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/ORS-Monoi-Oil-Breakage-Fortifying/dp/B07R2MZJXP" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br><br>

Shampoo


ORS Monoi Oil Anti Breakage Fortifying Shampoo


This shampoo eliminates that stripped feeling altogether. The anti-breakage formula is actually super moisturizing, because it's sulfate-free and rich in fatty acids. It's one of the few cleansers I can use twice in one session without my hair feeling like wire.

ORS Monoi Oil ORS Monoi Oil Anti Breakage Fortifying Shampoo, $, available at Amazon

<strong><h2>Conditioner</h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner</h3></h2><br>My hair was <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/black-hair-to-blonde-transformation-photos" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:previously color-treated" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">previously color-treated</a>, so I've become obsessed with using color-safe conditioners. After I shampoo, I slather this formula all over my hair and comb it through with <a href="https://www.brushwiththebest.com/shop/felicia-leatherwoods-detangler-brush-black-gr539" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush</a> to get through all of my kinks. <br><br><strong>Love Beauty and Planet</strong> Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Flove-beauty-planet-murumuru-butter-rose-blooming-color-conditioner-13-5-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-52513573%23locklink" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a><br><br>

Conditioner


Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner


My hair was previously color-treated, so I've become obsessed with using color-safe conditioners. After I shampoo, I slather this formula all over my hair and comb it through with Felicia Leatherwood Detangler Brush to get through all of my kinks.

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Blooming Color Conditioner, $, available at Target

<strong><h2>Deep Treatment</h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner<br></h3></h2><br>When I don't have 20 minutes to devote to masking, I reach for this tube, which can also be used as a daily conditioner if you shampoo every day. It makes my split ends look smooth, and smells incredible. When I style my hair after using this, it's visibly shinier and easier to manage. And the best part? It works its magic in the time it takes to shave my legs or brush my teeth.<br><br><strong>Pantene</strong> Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fpantene-pro-v-3-minute-miracle-radiant-color-deep-conditioner-8-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-51176512" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a><br><br>

Deep Treatment


Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner


When I don't have 20 minutes to devote to masking, I reach for this tube, which can also be used as a daily conditioner if you shampoo every day. It makes my split ends look smooth, and smells incredible. When I style my hair after using this, it's visibly shinier and easier to manage. And the best part? It works its magic in the time it takes to shave my legs or brush my teeth.

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Radiant Color Deep Conditioner, $, available at Target

<h2>Scalp Treatment<br></h2> <br><h2><h3>Head and Shoulders Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream with Coconut Oil </h3></h2><br>When itchy scalp strikes, I condition my skin with this moisturizing treatment before heat-styling my hair. The fine nozzle tip lets me apply just enough product where my scalp needs a cooling and hydrating sensation. It isn't too thick, so you don't have to worry about having greasy roots after using it. <br><br><strong>Head & Shoulders</strong> Daily Moisture Scalp Cream with Coconut Oil, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fhead-and-shoulders-royal-oils-daily-moisture-scalp-cream-with-coconut-oil-5-0-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-75562751" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a><br><br>

Scalp Treatment


Head and Shoulders Royal Oils Daily Moisture Scalp Cream with Coconut Oil


When itchy scalp strikes, I condition my skin with this moisturizing treatment before heat-styling my hair. The fine nozzle tip lets me apply just enough product where my scalp needs a cooling and hydrating sensation. It isn't too thick, so you don't have to worry about having greasy roots after using it.

Head & Shoulders Daily Moisture Scalp Cream with Coconut Oil, $, available at Target

<strong><h2>Heat Protection</h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray<br></h3></h2><br>When it's time to blowdry and flat iron my curls, I like to load up on protection. First, I section my hair and generously spray this leave-in throughout. It's weightless and doesn't make my strands feel heavy after I straighten, so I tend to go ham, saturating my hair until it's dripping wet.<br><br><strong>TRESemmé</strong> Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave In Spray , $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Ftresemme-thermal-creations-heat-tamer-leave-in-spray-8oz%2F-%2FA-13075332" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target.com</a><br><br>

Heat Protection


TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave-In Spray


When it's time to blowdry and flat iron my curls, I like to load up on protection. First, I section my hair and generously spray this leave-in throughout. It's weightless and doesn't make my strands feel heavy after I straighten, so I tend to go ham, saturating my hair until it's dripping wet.

TRESemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Leave In Spray , $, available at Target.com

<h2><h3>Marc Anthony Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream<br></h3></h2> <br>I follow up with a quarter-sized amount of this blowdry cream in each section before putting any hot tools on my hair. It leaves my strands polished, frizz-free, and bouncy once I'm done with the straightening process.<br><br><strong>Marc Anthony</strong> Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.walgreens.com%2Fstore%2Fc%2Fmarc-anthony-true-professional-bye-bye-frizz-keratin-smoothing-blow-dry-cream%2FID%3Dprod6144190-product" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:walgreens.com" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">walgreens.com</a><br>

Marc Anthony Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream


I follow up with a quarter-sized amount of this blowdry cream in each section before putting any hot tools on my hair. It leaves my strands polished, frizz-free, and bouncy once I'm done with the straightening process.

Marc Anthony Keratin Smoothing Blow Dry Cream, $, available at walgreens.com
<strong><h2>Finish </h2></strong> <br><h2><h3>Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil</h3></h2><br>On days when I want to give my hair extra sheen (or if my scalp feels dry), I turn to this oil. For starters, it smells amazing, and I'm guilty of using it on my body occasionally. But I love it because it gives my hair a noticeable shine without making it stiff and greasy.<br><br><strong>Mielle Organics</strong> Mint Almond Oil, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fmielleorganics.com%2Fproducts%2Fmint-almond-oil" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mielle Organics" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mielle Organics</a><br><br>

Finish


Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil


On days when I want to give my hair extra sheen (or if my scalp feels dry), I turn to this oil. For starters, it smells amazing, and I'm guilty of using it on my body occasionally. But I love it because it gives my hair a noticeable shine without making it stiff and greasy.

Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil, $, available at Mielle Organics

<h2><h3>African Pride Dream Kids Smooth Edges Anti-Frizzy Conditioning Gel</h3></h2> <br>Worst feeling ever: Putting all that work into your at-home silk press just to wake up with frizzy edges. To avoid that, I always finish my styling sesh by slicking down my hairline with this pomade. Some edge-control gels can be sticky and end up flaking, but this one gives flexible hold and won't clump or crunch your hair. <br><br><strong>African Pride</strong> African Pride Anti-Frizzy Conditioning Gel, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/African-Pride-Dream-Miracle-Smooth/dp/B004GETH1Y" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a><br>

African Pride Dream Kids Smooth Edges Anti-Frizzy Conditioning Gel


Worst feeling ever: Putting all that work into your at-home silk press just to wake up with frizzy edges. To avoid that, I always finish my styling sesh by slicking down my hairline with this pomade. Some edge-control gels can be sticky and end up flaking, but this one gives flexible hold and won't clump or crunch your hair.

African Pride African Pride Anti-Frizzy Conditioning Gel, $, available at Amazon

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