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I Tried These Over-The-Counter Products For My Summer Haircare And Here's My Verdict

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Ahoy! All aboard the frizzy, oily, untamed and sweaty hair season. Summers will put a stop to all your #GoodHairDays, and your budget will restrict you on getting high-on-keratin, nourishing and hair straightening treatments. We hear you, we’re on the same boat. We’ve all heard the issues with regular drugstore buys—chemicals harming your hair, not getting the right kind of products for your scalp and many more disappointing stories.

But if we tell you that you can get magical, shiny, happy hair without breaking your bank, will you believe us? I’ve tried these hair products for us ‘broke’ sisters that your wallets and your crowning glory will fall in love with. P.S. They’re all under ₹500.

1. Biotique Bio Neem Margosa Anti-Dandruff Shampoo & Conditioner

This bottle of goodness is godsent for those with itchy and flaky scalp. Say goodbye to dandruff and flakes with the power of neem helping your hair grow and become healthier. It is also enriched with bhringraj and reetha, making it an ayurvedic essential. Psst… their 120ml bottle is priced at only at ₹99!

My verdict: I’ve used this before and it’s a great summer shampoo to keep my scalp cool and healthy. I usually use it after an aloe-vera scalp and hair mask, once a week.

2. Nykaa Naturals Shampoo - Apple Cider Vinegar & Ginger

When you talk about summertime haircare, you need to bring in fenugreek into your conversation. Not only does it promote hair growth, but it also hydrates your hair making them stronger and preventing hair loss. Onions are also great if you want to achieve shiny, long hair. Their 200ml bottle is priced at ₹399.

My verdict: I have an oily scalp and the combination of onions and fenugreek works wonders for me. I use this shampoo regularly and I’m in love with it.

3. Tresemme Keratin Smooth With Argan Oil Conditioner

Banish the frizz with this keratin-rich, argan oil conditioner. It will tame your hair, whether wavy or curly, and keep them nourished and bouncy. For a mane that will feel soft to touch and caress without any tangles, this bottle will become your BFF during summer. The 190ml bottle is priced at ₹220.

My verdict: This is probably one of the cheapest keratin-rich products I’ve ever tried. I have short hair and don’t usually need a conditioner, but after using this, I’ll probably continue using it through summer. Also, its aroma is heavenly!

4. Mamaearth Aloe Vera Gel With Pure Aloe Vera & Vitamin E For Skin and Hair

There’s nothing more cooling, nourishing and caring than some fresh aloe vera for your scalp and hair. Imagine spending your Saturday mornings sipping an iced tea with this cool gel working its magic on your hair. Use this as a mask once a week, or as an after-shower serum to detangle everyday. The 300ml bottle is priced at ₹399.

My verdict: As I have an oily scalp, I’ve switched from weekly yogurt hair masks to aloe vera ones to keep my scalp oil-free. I am a big fan of Mamaearth products and this gel is only an addition to my routine.

5. LOreal Paris Elseve Extraordinary Oil

If you’re looking for a luxurious, salon-like experience for your hair, buy this magnificent serum immediately. An oil-based formula, the serum will bid adieu to dullness and frizzy strands by deeply nourishing your mane. With the goodness of rose, chamomile, lotus, tiare, flax and sunflower oils, this leave-in elixir will truly leave your hair transformed and fabulous. 30ml bottle for ₹299.

My verdict: You can use this oil for summer and beyond. The mix of 6 rich flower oils makes this serum one of my favourite hair products ever. After using it for 3-4 days after my shower, my hair felt softer, shinier AND bouncier.

6. Pantene Open Hair Miracle Oil Replacement

Open Hair Miracle is all you need to flaunt your gorgeous long tresses without tying them up or braiding them. With their miracle ingredient of fermented rice water and pro-vitamins, this leave-in serum helps tame your hair, nourish and protect them from the harsh heat of styling tools. It will also protect your hair from the scorching sun. The 80ml tube is priced at ₹90.

My verdict: TRY THIS NOW. I used this along with my mom. She has long, frizzy hair and only after a week, her hair’s fuller without any static and a lot less frizz. A big thumbs up for frizzy hair.

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