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Under $40: Affordable At-Home Hair Treatments for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Whether you’re going on your first Zoom date, spending the day with your significant other, or having a self-care day with your friends, it never hurts to pamper yourself with an affordable at-home hair treatment.

In a recent survey, we asked 600 people questions about their preferences for first date haircuts and ideal hairstyles for their partner, go-to hairstyles, and how much they like to spend on their hair before a date. It turns out that a majority of people like doing hair treatments and keeping the cost under $40 before a date. However, spending $50-$100 on a hair treatment came in at a close second with 40% of people opting for this. With many salons still closed, it’s exciting to know you can still achieve amazing results right in the comfort of your own home. Keep scrolling to find our favorite affordable hair treatments you can do right at-home.

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How much people like to spend on treatments before a first date. 


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How much people like to spend on treatments before a first date.


Affordable At-Home Hair Treatments

1. Affordable At-Home Hair Treatments: Pre-Poo Oil

Using an oil treatment, like Love Beauty and Planet Sandalwood & Grapeseed Natural Oils Infusion, before washing your hair is a great way to deeply moisturize and hydrate your strands. Plus, it’s super easy to do.

Apply the oil on dry hair starting at the mid-shaft and working it through the ends, you want to avoid your roots. Leave the oil on for 20 minutes, then rinse and follow with your regular shampoo and conditioner routine. Not only will this moisturize your hair, but it will help tame frizz and repair strands too.

2. Dry Scalp Treatment

Often times, the scalp gets overlooked when it comes to hair care, but it’s one of the most important parts. If your scalp isn’t healthy, then it’ll be a lot harder to have healthy hair. A scalp treatment, like Dove Hair Therapy Dry Scalp Care Leave-On Treatment is perfect for this!

Start by spraying the product directly to your scalp after washing. Once your scalp is evenly covered, massage the product in, and then leave it on! There’s no need to rinse anything off. We love this treatment because it uses vitamin B and other moisturizers to nourish your hair at the cortex level.

3. Anti-Breakage Treatment

It never hurts to protect your hair from damage or breakage. We love Suave Professionals Castor Oil & Mango Butter Anti-Breakage Treatment because it uses mango butter and castor oil to deeply hydrate, strengthen, and repair strands.

This affordable at-home hair treatment works best on wavy, curly, or natural hair and is best used once a week. To get the most benefits, apply the product throughout wet hair, cover hair with a cap, and then rinse.

4. Affordable At-Home Treatment: Curl Defining

Want to make sure your curls are smooth and defined before your big date? Nexxus Curl Define Ultra8 Pre-Wash Treatment is perfect for doing this! We love this affordable at-home treatment because it eight benefits in one: detangles, nourishes, reduces breakage, moisturizes, defines, hydrates, softens, and elongates coils & curls.

Apply this product on wet hair, section by section. Don’t be afraid to apply to your scalp too. Leave the treatment on for 5-10 minutes and then rinse, it’s seriously that easy!


5. Treatment for Color-Treated Hair

Do you have colored-hair but want to join in on the pampering to? Try TRESemmé Botanique Color Vibrance & Shine Intensive Mask. We love this mask because it deeply nourishes your hair without stripping your hair. Plus, it helps your color stay vibrant for up to eight weeks.

This mask is super easy to use. Apply the product after shampooing, leave on for 3-5 minutes, and then rinse!

6. Moisture Restoring Treatment

Who wouldn’t want a moisture pick-me-up before their date? Nexxus Humectress Moisture Restoring Masque is one of our favorite affordable at-home hair treatments because it uses Elastin Protein to create a protective moisture barrier over your hair.

To use this mask, apply it from the mid-length of your hair through the ends, leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse!

7. Damaged Hair Conditioning Treatment

Let’s face it, we all deal with damaged hair time at some point in our life, but we don’t blame you for wanting to achieve the healthiest hair possible before a Valentine’s Day date. Nexxus Keraphix Hair Conditioning Mask is a deep treatment that restores the protective barrier of your hair, which helps keep strands aligned, flexible and smooth.

Apply the mask on wet hair, starting at the midshaft and working your way through the ends. Leave on for 3-5 minutes and then rinse.

8. Affordable At-Home Hair Treatment for Curly Hair

Need to quench your curls before Valentine’s Day? Emerge Back to Life Hair Mask will do just the trick! This mask can be used as a pre-wash treatment, in-shower mask, or overnight treatment. We love it because it uses almond milk and fair-trade shea butter to help deeply hydrate curls while preventing unwanted frizz. Plus, it’s free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, silicones, mineral oil, petrolatum, and dyes.

9.  Breakage Therapy Scalp Treatment

Dove Hair Therapy Breakage Remedy Leave-On Scalp Treatment is a great anti-breakage treatment for people with finer hair or those who don’t want a heavy treatment. We love this scalp treatment it nourishes at the hair cortex level and helps breakage.

Apply the product directly to your scalp, making sure it’s even across your entire head. Then, massage the product in and you’re good to go!

10. Affordable At-Home Treatment for Natural Hair

Looking for ways to get a deep hydration treatment for your natural hair at home? SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque is one of our favorites for doing this! We love this because it uses raw shea butter and natural botanicals to restore natural lipids to hair. Plus, it’s a great option if you’re dealing with chemically treated or damaged strands.

Whether you want to bring damaged hair back to life or you’re curls are looking for an extra dose of moisture, there are so many affordable at-home hair treatments you can easily do yourself to get ready for your Valentine’s Day date!

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