Top 10 Hair Products for Achieving Salon-Quality Hair at Home

by Brianna Thompson

Welcome to my blog, where I, your friendly hairstylist from New Jersey, will share with you the top 10 hair products that can help you achieve salon-quality hair from the comfort of your own home. Whether you're aiming for luscious locks, sleek and straight strands, or voluminous waves, these products are here to save the day. Let's dive right in!

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Shampoo and Conditioner

The foundation of any great hair care routine starts with a high-quality shampoo and conditioner. Look for products that cater to your specific hair type and concerns. For instance, if you have dry or damaged hair, opt for moisturizing formulas, while those with oily hair should go for clarifying options. Remember to lather up gently and rinse thoroughly for best results.

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For detailed suggestions on best shampoos and conditioners read my blog What Is The Best Shampoo For My Hair Type? 

Hair Mask

Once a week, apply the mask to damp hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Leave it on for the recommended time, allowing the rich ingredients to deeply condition and repair your locks. Rinse thoroughly, and revel in the silky smoothness of your revitalized hair.

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Here are my favorite hair masks: 

Onesta Hydro Moisture Masque

The Hydro Moisture Masque’s enriched and rejuvenating formula heals dry, damaged, overly processed hair. Organic Avocado Butter and Coconut Oil nourish as well as smooth hair with weightless conditioning. Organic Green Tea increases circulation to scalp and hair with natural caffeine to promote healthy hair growth.

ColorWow Money Masque Deep Hydrating Hair Treatment
The Color Wow Money Masque Deep Hydrating Hair Treatment that can help repair and nourish damaged hair. Its unique blend of natural ingredients to provide deep hydration and protection, resulting in a glossy, sleek appearance. Regardless of your hair type, including color-treated hair, this treatment is an excellent option that is both effective and user-friendly. Apply the masque once a week after shampooing to keep your hair healthy, hydrated, and strong, with a smooth and supple texture.

If you are looking for products that cater to damaged hair, check out my blog: The Best Products for Damaged Hair 

Leave-In Conditioner

A leave-in conditioner is a game-changer when it comes to maintaining healthy and manageable hair. Apply a small amount to damp hair, focusing on the ends, to detangle and protect your locks from heat damage. Leave-in conditioners also provide an extra boost of hydration, leaving your hair soft, smooth, and frizz-free.

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Here are my favorite leave ins: 

Milk Shake Leave In Conditioner

 For normal or dry hair gives manageability to hair, while protecting its structure and moisture balance. Milk protein gives strength to the hair’s structure, and fruit and honey extracts revitalize and give shine to the hair. Integrity 41 and vitamin E protect hair from UV rays, helping to maintain hair color.

SuddzFX ColorFix Leave in Conditioner

Sudzz FX ColourFix Leave-In Conditioner is an ultra-light formula rich in FXulites that helps restore hair and defends against daily environmental stresses.

Eliminates tangles, adds body as it smoothes and soothes hair. ColourFix3 Complex helps provide maximum protection against colour loss, ensuring colour longevity.

Surround hair with all-day protection without adding weight. Leave in or rinse out. Low pH of 3.7 4.2 closes cuticle.

Certified organic homeopathically balanced botanicals of asparagus, parsley, cucumber and sandalwood:Naturally exfoliates, soothes and balances the scalp and skin.

Hydrolyzed Silk & Wheat Proteins:Helps to improve the elastic and binding properties that help strengthen and protect the hair.

ColourFix3 Complex:Protects and preserves semi, demi and permanent haircolour, extending colour longevity.

Aloe Vera, Avocado and Sunflower Extracts:Provides increased hydration.

Volumizing Mousse

Want volume? If you crave volume and body, reach for a volumizing mousse. Apply a palm-sized amount to your roots and work it through your hair, using your fingers or a comb. Blow-dry your hair upside down for maximum lift, and enjoy bouncy, voluminous locks that'll turn heads.

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Check out my blog explaining the purpose of this product: What is Mousse? How does it Work? 

Here are my favs mentioned in my blog post:

Osis Mousse 

Create texture and volume with the Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Fab Foam - Classic Hold Mousse, a body-boosting hair styler for all hair types.

Colorwow Bombshell Volumizer 

The Color Wow Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer styling product that delivers voluminous and healthy-looking hair. It contains nourishing ingredients to enhance the overall health of your hair. Suitable for all hair types, it's an effortless product to use, providing a salon-quality style with massive volume and lift, and long-lasting hold without any sticky or crunchiness.
  • Apply the product to your damp hair before blow-drying to achieve an impressive hairdo.
  • The Xtra Large Bombshell Volumizer provides long-lasting hold and control without any sticky or crunchy residue.
  • It's also perfect for refreshing your hairstyle throughout the day.

Kenra Medium Hold Mousse 

Kenra Professional Volume Mousse 12 is a medium hold, lightweight mousse that provides style and control to hair without stiffness or stickiness.


What It Does:

    • Conditioning formula leaves all hair types shiny and manageable. Perfect for blow-dry styling.
    • Creates a soft, natural look without stiffness or stickiness
    • Lightly conditions hair
    • Alcohol-free, non-drying, non-flaking
    • Helps extend the life of color

Ag Lightweight Cloud Mousse

AG Hair's Cloud Air Mousse is designed to add volume, texture and shine to fine or limp hair. Infused with sugar cane extract, this lightweight and easy-to-use mousse can be applied to both damp or dry hair, providing natural-looking volume without weighing down your hair. Perfect for boosting roots and creating textured, tousled styles, AG Hair's Cloud Air Mousse is the ideal styling solution for those looking for a natural and effortless finish.

IGK Curl Perfecting Whipped Cream 

IGK's Class of '93 Curl Perfecting Whipped Cream, a styling cream designed for curly hair enthusiasts seeking defined, bouncy, and irresistibly soft curls. This luxurious whipped formula detangles knots, enhances curl definition, and provides lasting softness. Infused with natural ingredients, it nourishes and protects curls from environmental stressors, making it suitable for all curl types and textures.

How To Use: apply a small amount to damp hair, distribute evenly, and style your curls as desired. Enjoy touchable softness and stunning definition while leaving frizz and lackluster curls behind.


Styling Cream

Styling creams are versatile products that can help you achieve various looks. They provide control, manageability, and eliminate frizz, making them ideal for sleek hairstyles or defining curls. Apply a small amount to damp hair, distribute evenly, and style as desired.

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Here are the best styling creams for straight hair to curly hair:

Straight/Wavy Hair  

Verb Ghost Prep
Verb Ghost Prep primes fine hair for weightless styling. Formulated to moisturize, detangle and protect from heat. Moringa oil infuses the hair shaft with essential nutrients that naturally smooth frizz and promote radiant shine for all hair types. 
Aluram's Smoothing Cream is an excellent option for those looking for a high-quality hair styling cream that is suitable for all hair types, particularly curly or wavy hair. Its lightweight and non-greasy formula contains natural ingredients such as aloe vera, sunflower seed oil, chamomile extract, and keratin, which nourish, protect, and strengthen hair strands, giving a soft, shiny, and healthy look. The cream is versatile and can be applied to both damp and dry hair, achieving a smooth, frizz-free finish that lasts all day. It doesn't leave any greasy residue, so hair feels light and silky, and it can be used daily to create a polished, sleek look or to tame flyaways and frizz. With this natural, high-quality solution, you can achieve the smooth, healthy-looking hair you've always wanted.
Wavy/Curly Hair 
Goldwell Stylesign Curls & Waves Curl Control Moisturizing Cream is the perfect styling solution for curly hair. It enhances curls with hydration and nourishment, while defining and controlling frizz for a smooth and bouncy look. The lightweight formula holds curls in place without making them heavy or crunchy, and protects from environmental stressors and humidity for fresh, lively curls all day.
Humidity: It's every curl’s nightmare. That's because curly hair’s unique structure exposes its cuticle. When humidity gets in, curls expand with unwanted volume and look frizzy, undefined, and dull. Our Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Styling Cream defines curls and defends against frizz with ultra-light and pillow-soft hold. A special blend of lightweight humectants and natural oils (Meadowfoam Seed, Olive, and Soybean) nourishes hair while flexible styling polymers weightlessly define curls. Anti-Frizz Nano Technology with Sericin, a protein derived from silk, seals the cuticle to form a barrier that locks in moisture and locks out humidity. A dedicated UV filter helps protect against damage from environmental aggressors. The results: Soft, no-feel hold that won’t weigh your hair down. Frizz-free, consistently defined curls that last—in any climate.

Heat Protectant

Before reaching for those hot styling tools, make sure to shield your hair from heat damage. Apply a heat protectant spray or serum evenly throughout your damp or dry hair, paying extra attention to the ends. This essential step helps to minimize damage, preserve hair health, and lock in your desired style.

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Here are two of my favorite heat protectants: 

Moroccanoil's Perfect Defense Heat Protectant Hairspray is a hair styling product that is essential for protecting hair from thermal damage caused by heat styling. With a protective barrier that can withstand temperatures up to 450°F/230°C, it ensures the maintenance of healthy hair. Enriched with argan oil, it is infused with nourishing properties that strengthen the hair and keep it looking healthy. The lightweight, non-greasy formula provides a long-lasting hold, tames frizz, and leaves hair smooth, shiny, and with a pleasant fragrance.
AG Hair Deflect Fast Dry Heat Protection is the ultimate styling solution for protecting your hair from heat damage and maintaining vibrant color. Formulated with a blend of natural oils and silicones, this heat protectant adds smoothness, slip, and shine to your hair while protecting it from the damage caused by heat styling tools. Suitable for all hair types, this fast-drying formula allows you to style your hair quickly and easily, without worrying about damage or fading.


Hair Serum

For added shine and nourishment, hair serums are an excellent choice. These luxurious elixirs can transform dull and lifeless hair, leaving it radiant and glossy. Start by applying a small amount to the mid-lengths and ends of your hair, avoiding the roots. Work it through gently with your fingers or a comb for even distribution.

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My Personal Favorites:

Olaplex Number 9
A multi-benefit healthy hair serum, powered by OLAPLEX technology. OLAPLEX No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum is a silicone free, weightless, antioxidant-rich serum that enhances any hair routine to protect & perfect all hair types and textures.

Pollution damages our hair every day, leaving it dull, lifeless, difficult to style and ultimately resulting in broken bonds. No.9 is packed with antioxidants to neutralize free radicals, act as a shield against pollution, guard the hair from breakage and protect against heat styling.

Ghost Oil By Verb
Verb Ghost Oil is a vanishing daily restorative that revitalizes hair from roots to ends. This integrated moringa oil blend enriches the hair shaft with essential nutrients that naturally smooth frizz and promote radiant shine for all hair types.

Crybaby Serum By IGK

Lightweight serum-in-oil formula eliminates frizz + adds shine without weighing hair down or feeling greasy.

    Eliminates frizz during and after styling and protects hair from heat and styling tools, milkshake glistening serum has the benefit of smoothing the hair cuticle, adding extreme shine and smoothness.

    Dry Shampoo

    Dry shampoo is every busy person's best friend. It instantly refreshes your hair by absorbing excess oil and adding volume, extending the time between washes. To use, shake the bottle well, hold it about 6 inches away from your roots, and spritz lightly. Massage the product into your scalp, brush through, and voila! Instantly revived hair. For important info about dry shampoo make sure to check out my blog Things to Know About Dry Shampoo | Best Salon in NJ (

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    Here is the blog talking about my personal fav dry shampoo! IGK First Class- The Most Iconic Dry Shampoo | The Warehouse Salon



    To set your hairstyle in place, hairspray is a must-have. Choose a flexible hold hairspray for a natural finish or opt for a stronger hold if you're going for an elaborate updo or curls that need extra staying power. Hold the can about 12 inches away from your hair and mist lightly for a long-lasting hold.

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    Here are my fav dry shampoos: 

    R+Co Vicious Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray

    Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray (Medium Hold)

    Kenra 25 Volume Hair Spray 

    IGK Beach Club Volumizing Texture Spray 


    Detangling Brush

    A high-quality detangling brush is a must-have tool in your hair care arsenal. It gently glides through wet or dry hair, removing knots and tangles without causing breakage. Start from the ends and work your way up, using light strokes to detangle effectively. It is especially important to find a brush good for wet hair as hair is very fragile when it is wet. 

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     With these top 10 hair products, you can create salon-worthy hair right in the comfort of your own home. Remember, consistency is key, so stick to a regular hair care routine and treat your locks with the love they deserve. Experiment with different brands and find the products that work best for your hair type and styling goals. Embrace your inner hairstylist and enjoy the confidence that comes with having fabulous hair every day!

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