I’ve always had a bit of a mane, so for me, hair maintenance is a total chore. My arms get sore while blowdrying, styling it is annoying, and my goal with hair care is a combination of “what’s effective?” and “what’s easy?” These are some of my favorite tools and products to handle even the worst hair days.

Dry Bar Dry Shampoo

I have tried a lot of dry shampoos, and this one is my favorite. The super-absorbent micro-fine rice powders become translucent as they absorb to naturally, and are easily shaken into your scalp. It’s not itchy, and I can use it days in a row (seriously, I am exceedingly lazy) without my hair feeling weighed down.

Coconut oil

I don’t use hair masks often, but a little warmed coconut oil penetrates my hair better than almost any hair mask. I put it just on the ends, and let is sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing it out. It leaves my hair silky, super soft, and the ends far less raggedy. Plus, it’s so cheap.

Aesop shampoo

I’m huge on scents and I love how elegant Aesop can be. The scents of their products always have a citrus/earthy quality with a bit of pine mixed in, creating a deeply relaxing, soothing, and yet energizing experience. Plus, the products are fantastic as well. It’s especially good for dry or damaged hair, leaving it glossy, moisturized and softened. It’s also gender neutral, so my husband and I share it in the shower.

R+Co hair spray 

Honestly, the packaging is what got me first, and then it was the scent. But, best of all, Outer Space actually works great as well.  Designed as a “working spray,” in that stylists on set use it to constantly change looks. This is a spray with “memory.” You can use it again and again without damaging your hair or creating buildup. The scent is just dreamy: Bergamot, Wild Fig, Cyclamen, Lotus Flower, Cedarwood, and Tonka Beans.

Oribe Gold Lust Oil 

Oribe is such a fabulous line. The products are unique and sexy, creating luxurious yet undone looks. This oil is a secret weapon. It instantly absorbs into damp hair and revives it into something soft and touchable.

Oribe Texturizing Spray

This is one of my favorite products. This is meant as an alternative to dry shampoo, but I’ve used both at the same time with no issues. Spray this into your hair for body-ody-ody and a just tousled look. Plus the scent is dreamy. It’s basically instant glamor.

Bentonite Clay

Turns out, clay can be as beneficial in your hair as it is on your body: it removes toxins to leave hair super-clean and with a lot of shiny volume. You can use it as a mask, but I’ve had curly headed friends recommend it as a light soak for perfect curls. Put a small amount in a sink of water, soak your hair in it for a few minutes, and go about your normal routine to get textural curls.

Ouai Wave Spray

A weightless texture mist for effortlessly chic, undone hair. Infused with rice protein to add hold and memory for that “just got out of the ocean and my hair dried perfectly” look. This spray makes hair look and smell better than the beach.

Tangle Teezer Brush

My sister turned me onto the Tangle Teezer and it’s a miracle worker for knotted hair. I don’t have super fine hair like hers, which needs a good brushing after a shower; I have thick, coarse hair that will knot and matte if I accidentally sleep with my hair in a bun. This brush makes detangling so much easier and less painful.

Sonia Kashuk Hair Brush 

When my hair needs more volume, I give it a good brushing and then add dry shampoo or the Oribe texture spray. The key is this mix of boar and nylon bristles and large, broad paddle, which not only massages my scalp, but gives my hair a lovely “Marcia Marcia Marcia” sheen. It’s basically a Mason Pearson, but at a fraction of the cost.