8 hair products women in their 20s and 30s should definitely be using

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No matter how old or young you are, haircare is very important. When most women are in their 20s and 30s, things like our skincare or even our haircare routine may take a back seat to things such as our career and our social life. Hey, we’re busy.

While it’s absolutely fine to be a #girlboss, many of the decisions that get made during your 20s and 30s will carry out into your 40s and 50s. Thankfully that includes good habits, but it also leaves room to continue bad habits if you’re not careful.

Preserving the integrity of your hair starts with making good decisions. Things like reducing the amount of heat you put on your tresses, how often you’re coloring, and even adjusting the tools you use for maintenance can make a tremendous difference long-term.

Now, which hair products should women incorporate into their hair routine? Below, we’ve rounded up a few product suggestions to help get you started.

Shop: Dove Dermacare Scalp Anti Dandruff Shampoo, $4.89

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Editor note: If you’re dealing with dandruff or a flaky scalp, talk to your dermatologist for specific treatments. In the meantime, a shampoo with zinc pyrithione will help lift those dead skin cells (gross, but true) and keep your scalp clean.

Shop: ULTA SPF 50 Sunscreen Rose Water Setting Spray, $4.99

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Editor note: You may be wondering why a sunscreen spritz would be needed for your hair, but even your exposed scalp can burn and suffer sun damage. Kirsten Klontz, a hairstylist represented by P1M Management, told HuffPost, “Sun exposure breaks down the proteins in the hair, [which] causes … breakage and split ends. UVB rays oxidize the hair and break down the proteins in the hair that keep [it] healthy.”

Shop: Pattern Microfiber Towel, $19

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Editor note: If you have curly hair, you already know how frizzy your hair can get by using a towel to dry. Microfiber towels pull out moisture quicker than regular towels, and because of the material, cause less friction against your tresses.

Shop: OGX Renewing Argan Oil Of Morocco Weightless Healing Dry Oil, $6.74

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Editor note: In the event that you do have to put intense heat on your hair, it’s best to prep your hair with a hydrating oil spray first, to mend split ends and act as a primer. Ingredients like argan oil add intense hydration as well as great shine.

Shop: SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Yogurt Hydrate + Repair Protein Power Treatment, $9.99

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Editor note: For those of us with color or chemically-treated hair, we may be itching to get our treatments done daily. However, constant chemicals on the hair can erode the hair shaft, causing irreversible damage. Space out your appointments by incorporating hydrating hair masks with deep-conditioning ingredients like manuka honey and regular honey at least once a week.

Shop: Satin Solid Pillowcase 600 Thread Count, $6.99

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Editor note: Swap out your cotton pillowcases with a softer material like satin. Not only does this give a luxurious feel, but satin pillowcases help prevent snagging, splitting, and tangling of your hair. Also it helps your hair retain its moisture, so wins all across the board.

Shop: Kristin Ess Wide Tooth Detangling Hair Comb, $8

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Editor note: A wide-tooth comb is great for multiple hair types and helps with the detangling process while in the shower. Because the teeth are set wide apart, it ensures that your hair won’t get pulled on as you brush nor tangle while in the shower.

Shop: It’s a 10 Miracle Leave-In Conditioner, $37.49

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Editor note: It’s worth spending some money on a really good leave-in conditioner, which you should use every time you wash your hair. Not only does the Miracle Daily Conditioner add hydration and shine to the hair, but it’s also a great heat protectant as well as frizz tamer.

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