The Best Drugstore Hair Products for a Wedding-Worthy Mane

We turned to celebrity hairstylists to track down the best of the best

Updated 03/29/18
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When you're in the midst of planning a wedding, staying on budget is always on the mind. But even if you end up splurging on the perfect gown or dream invitations, saving in the beauty department can be a breeze. In fact, some of the top hairstylists in Hollywood swear by drugstore hair products and if they're good enough for a red carpet, we deem them worthy of your big day.

Whether you're looking for a super-hold hairspray to keep your updo in place from the ceremony to the after-party, or are on the hunt for an affordable treatment to revive your hair's softness and shine, these pros have got you covered with product recommendations and tricks of the trade.

Below, all the intel you need, straight from the top celebrity hairstylists, to achieve great wedding day hair and a great bargain.

Pantene Pro-V Gold Series Moisture Boost Shampoo

“As a new bride-to-be, whether it's your bridal shower, bachelorette party, or the big day, I recommend Pantene Gold Series Sulfate-Free Shampoo. This shampoo removes build-up without stripping your hair of its natural oils. With its cleansing suds and awesome smell, it's like having a spa in a bottle. What bride-to-be doesn't deserve that spa feeling before any of her upcoming bridal events?” Chuck Amos, whose clients include Alicia Keys and Tracee Ellis Ross

$6 (SHOP NOW)

Herbal Essences Sheer Volume White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Foam Conditioner

"It’s important to use a great shampoo and conditioner to give your hair a treatment once a week in preparation for your big day. The bio:renew collection is color-safe, which will help protect color-treated hair, and the formula traps and removes free radicals that damage hair health and fade color. I recommend using the Herbal Essences bio:renew White Grapefruit & Mosa Mint Conditioner under a shower cap for a DIY treatment while in the bath to condition your hair, while building volume." Bridget Brager, whose clients include Kate Bosworth, Diane Kruger, and Kristen Stewart

$6 (SHOP NOW)

Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo

"I cannot go a single day without Dove Unscented Dry Shampoo and I tell my brides that this will be their best friend on their wedding day! The powders and starches in this dry shampoo work to keep hair in place and full of volume—a bride’s worst nightmare is for her hair to fall flat halfway through her ceremony! So I spray this at the roots before backcombing to really lock in the lift. Because you'll use a lot of this dry shampoo on a wedding day, I like the unscented version so it doesn’t work against your signature scent or fragrance!" —Dove Celebrity Stylist Mark Townsend, whose clients include Dakota Johnson, Gal Gadot, and Elizabeth Olsen

$6 (SHOP NOW)

Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Reconstructing Treatment

"The Keraphix treatment is an essential product that brides should use before their big day. Most brides will likely color treat their hair or do other chemical services right before their wedding and Keraphix is designed to repair the damage we do to our hair like dying, chemically treating our hair, and heat styling. The line is high in protein and helps rebuild your hair from the inside out." Lacy Redway, whose clients include Olivia Palermo, Jourdan Dunn, Priyanka Chopra, and Christina Hendricks

$12 (SHOP NOW)

Garnier Fructis Style Frizz Guard Anti-Frizz Dry Spray

"This has been an absolute savior for me in so many situations! During crazy weather, hair turns into a frizzy, static-y mess; I cannot have that on-set or on the red carpet. One of the biggest concerns a bride can have is frizzy hair and this spray eliminates that issue at any given time. Once hair is styled, spray all over and enjoy a worry-free hair day." Michael Dueñas, whose clients include Noah Cyrus, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Rob Lowe, and Abigail Spencer

$4 (SHOP NOW)

Head & Shoulders Smooth & Silky Shampoo and Conditioner

"It gives you a healthy scalp, which is the perfect base for any style—it also leaves your hair soft, smooth and frizz-free. No matter what hairstyle you choose—braids, half-up, or down and wavy—making sure your scalp is healthy is important. Protect your scalp from dry, itchy flakes for those close-up moments and create the perfect canvas for manageable shiny hair, which will help you feel confident on your big day." Sunnie Brook Jones, whose clients include Elizabeth Moss, Allison Williams, and Hailey Baldwin

$8 each (SHOP NOW)

TRESemmé Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Spray Hold Level 2

"I love TRESemmé’s new line of Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays. The range of four different levels of hold never leave hair feeling sticky or stiff—perfect for anyone looking to customize their hairstyle for the big day, without compromising the quality of their style." —TRESemmé Celebrity Stylist, John D., whose clients include Evan Rachel Wood, Greta Gerwig, Ellen Page, Gwendoline Christie, and Lorde

$6.50 (SHOP NOW)

Hair Food Almond Oil & Vanilla Smooth Serum

"I like to create a style for the bride that works for the service and the gown, but can be loosened up for the evening. For example, a half-up half-down style for the actual wedding can be taken out for a full, softer look at the reception. This can be done with a serum product that holds well, but that also brushes out easily and doesn’t weigh down the style. Between the serum and a touch of hairspray, the style should also appear carefree and romantic, so this duo works well for an updo or a blowout." Rebekah Forecast, whose clients include Allison Williams, Alison Brie, and Jennifer Lawrence

$10 (SHOP NOW)

ApotheCARE Essentials The Booster Shampoo & Conditioner

“When it comes time to style a bride for her wedding day, it’s so important that we’re working with a clean canvas. I’m sending all of my brides this shampoo and conditioner duo leading up to the big day, so I know exactly what I’m working with. It removes any weight or build-up from the hair for weightless volume and shine and has amazing hints of rosehip oil.” —ApotheCARE Essentials Lead Stylist Teddi Cranford, whose clients include Laura Harrier, Lais Ribeiro, and Lola Kirke

$11 each (SHOP NOW)

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