Get rich girl hair without spending more than $30; the best budget haircare

Just like skincare, you don’t have to break the bank on haircare. Body+Soul’s beauty editor Kelsey Ferencak shares her go-to rich-girl-hair buys that you can pick up on your weekly grocery run.

If you’ve been following along with our Healthy-ish budget beauty special, you would have heard how to save money on skincare, or you can read it here, along with our latest episode on how to get rich girl hair without having to spend big – because spending more doesn’t always mean you’re getting a better product.

If you’re a human with hair on your head, you’ll know it can be finicky (hello bad hair days). Curls, damage, colour all play a huge role in how your hair sits and styles each day and it’s hard to experiment with products if your locks are hard to tame – once you find a good thing, why mess it up? But despite what you might think, it’s not a bad idea to swap over your shampoo and conditioner every other wash, or to play around with a new hairspray – even more so if it’s in line with your budget.

For swishy strands worthy of a TV commercial, you don’t have to drop a stack. Where I would spend money on though, is a good quality boar bristle brush and silk hair ties.

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Shampoo and conditioner

This really depends on your hair – if you have fine, thin, frizzy or coloured hair that you can really see an impact in after washing, then you can invest a little extra (this will help later on when it comes to styling). If not, on your next supermarket run keep your eyes peeled for these crowd-pleasers.

Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Anti-Dandruff Conditioner, $12 at Woolworths

Herbal Essences Moroccan My Shine Conditioner, $3.25 at Woolworths

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo, $19.99 at Priceline

Sukin Hydrating Shampoo, $14 at Coles

Pantene Pro-V Blends Rosewater Moisture Restoring Conditioner, $17.99 at Priceline

OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo, $10 at Coles

Redwin Tea Tree Shampoo, $3.99 at Chemist Warehouse


Styling products like hairspray and dry shampoo – these are the types of products you can afford to shop around for or buy and try until you find the one you like best for your hair type. Shine sprays, root volumisers and pomades are also areas where you can afford to shop around.

Kyn Hold & Shine Spray $19.99 at Priceline

Batiste Dry Shampoo $10 at Woolworths

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo $14.95 at Adore Beauty

Tresemme Hairspray $3.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Styling Hairspray $7 at Chemist Warehouse

L’oreal Elnett Satin Extra-Caring Argan Oil Hairspray $10.99 at Priceline

Masks and treatments

Now, I could be wrong. But in my opinion, most hair masks and oils do the same thing: they make your hair both look and feel soft, shiny and nourished – from the most expensive ($100) to the cheap and cheerful ($4), I have not found a difference. I will say, my hair is in pretty good nick – I get regular cuts, only dye it every so often to cover my greys, rarely use heat tools and wash it with good quality shampoos and conditioners. But I think for the most part, you don’t need to splurge on these products.

Akin Miracle Shine Conditioning Hair Mask $6 at Chemist Warehouse

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque $24.99 at Priceline

OGX Coconut Miracle Oil Mask $20 at Coles

OGX Renewing & Argan Oil $27 at Woolworths

L’oreal Elvive Treatment Extraordinary Oil $20 at Coles

All products featured in this article are selected by our editors, who don’t play favourites. If you buy something, we may get a cut of the sale.