One thing you should know about my hair: It is very damaged. I'm not just saying that — the damage is actually nuclear. That's what happens when you insist on maintaining platinum blonde instead of your naturally jet-black hair. It's very high maintenance and needs constant looking after. Don't think that I don't have a short list of products, hair experts, and hair accessories to thank during my hypothetical awards acceptance speech for having good hair.
That said, most of the aforementioned accoutrements are expensive, high-quality shit. I don't tend to mess around with cheapo hair products because they're probably all full of harsh detergents or jacked-up on silicones. I'm aware this sounds biased and discriminative toward budget hair care but I've been hurt before.
One thing I do always use is some sort of leave-in product after washing my hair because it's most fragile when wet and laundered. I've tried fancy high-tech ones, and I've tried just plain coconut oil, and there is a marked difference between a good leave-in spray and a meh one. Leave-ins are, however, the category with the least amount of hair-damaging risk during a trial-and-error, so I'm down to experiment.
This drugstore pick from Garnier uses the same sort of language as most of these leave-in sprays that promise to be silk gloves for your hair. It has a crazy amount of benefits that mostly all stem from the fact it lets you detangle your wet hair easily (which is all I'm really hoping for honestly). I'm not expecting a miracle; I just want a leave-in to make my air-dried hair not look like an overused broomstick. And this one did just that! It's a very light formula, so I really doused my hair post-towel-dry and let it soak in, raking it through with my fingers.
When my hair air-dried, I noticed it to be soft (it almost felt like real human hair — a feat for me!), not tangled, and what I'm most pleased with: It wasn't a huge frizz triangle. Thank you, budget leave-in spray, for giving me $$$ hair for $.