Kristin Ess at Target Hair Products Review

I’m the first to admit that while I’m extremely picky about my hair, I don’t put a lot of thought into what styling products I use. My natural hair is stick straight, so I usually don’t want to fight with it to make it do much else. But, Kristin Ess – hairdresser to Lauren Conrad and Lucy Hale, among others – had to go and release a product line at Target so OF COURSE I had to give that a go. LC’s hair is mine (and pretty much every girl’s) dream hair, so how could I resist? I’ve been using these products religiously for a few weeks now, so I’m excited to give you my Kristin Ess at Target hair products review.

Kristin Ess at Target Hair Products Review
Let’s first state the obvious – how awesome is it that this line is available at Target? Nothing is more than $14, so the whole product line is super affordable. Win win, if you ask me. Oh, and that packaging? Swoon. I always am a fan of a product line that is pretty enough to leave out on my vanity.

Now, onto the products! This collection sold like mad at my local Target. I was lucky to snag two of the products that I had my eye on, and then I had my mom – who’s in another state, might I add – grab the third coveted product. Sometimes, it takes a village.

Grown-Up Detangle Spray

Because of the release of this product line, I thought it was time to upgrade my post-shower de-tangle spray. Yeah, up until this point I still bought Johnson & Johnson No More Tangles from the baby section. Sad, but true. But, I’m happy to report that the Weightless Shine Leave-In Conditioner is without a doubt my new favorite product. I’ve never been able to get a comb through my wet hair so easily! You don’t have to worry about using too much, either. The directions say five to 10 sprays, but I definitely have used way more than that with no issue. Your hair will feel incredibly soft after you air or blow dry and won’t be weighed down. Plus, the smell is very spa-like. Even Ryan has noticed how good my hair smells when it’s wet!

Recommendation: HELL YES.

Kristin Ess at Target Leave-In Conditioner

Beware the Texture Spray

What I figured would be my favorite product from the collection is actually my least favorite out of the three that I own. Now, hear me out – I don’t think there’s a thing wrong with the Dry Finish Working Texture Spray. It smells great, and it gives your hair that matte, gritty feeling. For me personally, I just don’t think it agrees with my hair type and texture. While I’d love to achieve that Instagram-worthy effortless bedhead, it’s just not in the cards for my hair. I think this would be better used on someone with a ridiculous amount of layers or who already has some natural texture and wave. Also, be cautious to not use too much of this. I tried using it on brushed-out waves one day, and I was left with a stiff and sticky texture. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

Recommendation: Take caution depending on your natural hair.

Kristin Ess at Target Working Texture Spray

Not-Your-Average Sea Salt Spray

Now, this spray is what I expected from the texture spray! The Soft Shine Beach Wave Spray is everything your waves and curls desire and more. You barely need any of this product to get that piecey, undone look after you curl your hair. It kind of roughens up your hair a little bit so nothing is too perfect. The beach spray also is pretty soft on your hair, which is a bonus since most sea salt sprays tend to dry out strands. And, you’ll also get a nice shine! I’m not sure if this tops my holy grail John Frieda Sea Salt Spray, but this Kristin Ess version stands out since you only have to use it on dry hair and not also on wet hair before you blow dry.

Recommendation: Yes, if you enjoy the “undone” look.

Kristin Ess at Target Beach Wave Spray
So, my final thoughts? The Kristin Ess hair product line is an affordable chic and modern hair product line that most women will want to try. There’s a wide-range of products available, and with everything at $14 or less you don’t have to feel guilty about overhauling your hair care routine!

Have you tried hair products from the Kristin Ess at Target collection? Anything else I should pick up to test?

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  1. 3.3.17

    I’m super weird about my hair too… I may have to give this a try! Your hair always looks great!

    Southern Style

  2. 3.1.17

    These all sound incredible and I love that they’re so affordable as well! I think that I might want to check out the sea salt spray the most!

  3. 3.1.17

    I need to try these. I’m always looking for great hair products especially affordable ones.

  4. 3.1.17

    Your hair always does look so flawless! I wish products like these would make a big enough difference on my hair- nothing really seems to spruce it up! I’m a sucker for products that smell good though, so that detangle spray sounds great!

    • 3.4.17

      The de tangle spray is so, so good. She has a few products for curly-haired gals like you, so you should check those out for sure!

  5. 3.1.17

    first off, your hair is always amazing and gorgeous. i’d want your hair before LCs. haha. the salt spray sounds amazing. i have never used a detangle thingy because my hair doesn’t really tangle.. i don’t brush or comb when it’s wet at all, and when it’s dry=no tangles. but anyway. that’s because i have so little hair haha

    • 3.4.17

      You crack me up – my head of hair before LC?! The ultimate compliment. 😉 You’re so lucky you don’t have to deal with tangly hair, mine is like a birds nest when I get out of the shower.

  6. 3.1.17
    Debra Stachelski said:

    Thanks for the review, it’s always hard to sort through the abundance of products out there! You obviously figured out what works because your hair looks terrific!

  7. 3.1.17

    I was so excited to see that she launched this line! I’m so happy that you reviewed some of the items. I love texture spray, so I think I may try out that one since my hair is already naturally wavy!

    Carrie |

  8. 3.1.17

    Your hair is always so gorgeous! I’m definitely going to keep an eye out for the leave-in conditioner!

  9. 3.1.17
    Myra said:

    I legit just looked up her stuff this morning! I’m planning on picking up the leave in conditioner, her pomade, and the sea salt spray! People in Amsterdam are so chill about their hair so the undone thing is the only look I’m always after. xo

  10. 3.1.17

    I’ve been waiting this review!! I need to try the beach wave spray for the days I let my hair be naturally wavy! Have you tried the shampoo/conditioner?

    • 3.4.17

      The beach wave spray is so good! I haven’t tried the shampoo or conditioner, but I might give it a go when I run out of my current stuff.

  11. 3.1.17
    Ashley said:

    What a neat new line! I love the packaging too!

  12. 3.1.17
    Biana Perez said:

    Your hair looks fabulous so I’m definitely going to be looking into her products!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  13. 3.1.17

    Thanks for the suggestions! That leave in conditioner looks magical, I may have to pick it up!! Also, your hair looks A+ FAB in these pics!!