When you think about your first stop when you need to stock up on beauty staples, it’s easy to call out your nearest drugstore or mall retailer like Sephora or Ulta Beauty. But lately, I’ve been a frequent flyer over at Sally Beauty! I feel like the store is so underrated. It’s not just a beauty supply store for professionals— each location is open to the public so you can take your routine in your own hands.
Now, I’ll admit, Sally doesn’t carry quite everything I need as a one-stop-shop. For example, I’ve tried several makeup items from the store and haven’t been blown away. But there are specific staple beauty products in my collection they have the best variety or value for.
If you’ve never visited one of their stores, here are my top five products to buy at Sally Beauty.
1. Salon Size Beauty Products
Since Sally does serve as a supply store for professionals, they carry huge bottles of beauty staples you’ll always need on hand. I personally pick up the huge 32 fl. oz. bottles of acetone for all my nail polish removing needs. Works great for taking off plain polish, or soaking gels and acrylics. It’s a great value for the size as it lasts me forever.
Other products that you can benefit from having a huge size of? Hair conditioner, styling gel, waxing supplies, and false lash multi-packs.
2. Custom Hair Color
The reason stylists warn against using box dye is that they are designed as one-size-fits-all products. The chemicals are harsh so they can work on almost any hair type. If you want to color your hair but customize the mix to be right for you, Sally is your stop! They have a larger range of dye colors— both natural and brights— and lighteners or developers to suit your needs. I would highly suggest going in-store for these types of products if you’ve never done your hair at home, because the staff (at least at my local store) is extremely knowledgeable about mixing. They’ll fill you in on everything you need to know to get the color you want. Once you find your go-to coloring products, you can head to the salon less and save money!
3. Natural & Textured Hair Solutions
The natural hair selections at your local drugstore can be hit or miss. Sally has a large section of shampoos, conditioners, stylers and treatments designed for hair of all textures and needs. You’ll see brands you recognize, like SheaMoisture, Carol’s Daughter, and Mane ’n Tail but with more variety and, I’ve noticed, larger sizes. Their website even lets you organize the products by hair texture and curl type so you can find what will work best for you.
4. Miscellaneous Beauty Tools
On a recent trip to the drugstore, I had a pretty specific shopping list: those little brow razors that help you get strays, a callus remover for at-home pedicures and a skin care extractor tool. I couldn’t find the razors, they only had pumice stones for the feet, and no extractor tool that looked relatively useful at all. Sally is great for these seemingly normal but niche (I guess…) beauty needs.
5. All The Nail Polish!
I love hitting up Sally for nail polish. They’re constantly having sales like Buy 2 Get 1 Free, and have my favorite brands like Essie and OPI. On the more affordable side, they’re one of the few places near me that carry China Glaze and Finger Paints. You can also get at-home gel kits including the curing lights to save you a ton of money on salon visits.
I would highly suggest signing up for a Sally Beauty Club Card, which is designed for the normal consumer. They also have Pro and Beauty Student cards that offer special pricing on everything in the store, but the standard Beauty Club Card will let you take advantage of lower prices than non-members, too. It does cost $5 to sign up yearly, but you automatically get a $5 spending reward so it’s basically free. Plus, for each $25 you spend, you get a 15% off reward.