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3 Knockoff Hair Tools that Are as Good as the Original (+ a bonus)

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a Curlformers set

When it comes to hair products, hair accessories and hair tools, you will find that they can get pretty pricey. Especially the more features they have.

The good news is there are always competitors looking to put out a product that’s just as good as their more expensive counterpart has created.

But buyer beware. It’s like generic medicine. Sometimes it’s as good as the name brand. Sometimes not.

Below you’ll find three alternatives or dupes (aka knock offs) of original hair care tools that are as good as their original counterparts (or at least good enough). And because they are knock offs or alternatives, they don’t cost nearly as much.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Alternative

The Dyson brand is most popular for its vacuum cleaners but ever since they stepped into the hair dryer space, there’s been quite a bit to contend with.

There’s isn’t exactly a dupe or a knock off version of the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer that I could find. Yet, there’s “similar” hair dryers that others boast being just as good. One such hair dryer is the Sylph Ionic Hair Dryer

Read all about the best alternatives to the Dyson shared over on Spy here.

Then, there’s your every day hair dryers that don’t necessarily look like the Dyson but apparently perform nearly as well.

Check out this comparison of hair dryers where Dyson is the super pricey dryer and the ConAir dryer is just your regular every day dryer that performs quite well:

Dyson Price: $400-$500

Sylph Price: $199 (still expensive but at least 1/2 the cost)

ConAir Price: $21

Grace Elyae Slap Cap Dupes

slap satin cap

In the interest of full disclosure, Grace Elyae is not the first company to create a satin lined cap. They have just become really popular for those in the natural hair community. I actually own 3 Slap Caps and love them. Yet, I will gladly buy a cheaper satin cap that performs just as well.

Slap caps from Grace Elyae cost about $25 to start. There are cheaper alternatives on the market. You’ll find a ton of satin lined caps on Etsy. Some are even half the cost. Check out the satin caps sold by PerfectlyZen and ThandiWrap. Very similar right?

Curlformer Dupes

curlformers on fine natural hair

I have original Curlformers so I can’t personally speak to this one but there are a number of ladies out there who refuse to pay the costly price tag of Curlformers and have found knock offs that are just as effective at a fraction of the cost. Here’s one such testimonial from Honestly Erica on Youtube:

Curlformers Price: Ranges from $49.95 to $79.95 depending on length of hair and number of curlers

Knockoff Price: Around $7 for 40 curlers (Initially, these were available on Amazon but looks like they’ve been blacklisted. You can however, still find them on eBay.

And here’s your bonus tip…..Seems eBay is the go-to spot for knock off hair tools and accessories. They even have knock off Goody Spin Pins.

Note: The knock off stuff usually comes from China.

If your purse strings are tight or just don’t want to spend a ton of cash on hair tools and accessories, there’s usually a dupe, a knock off or other comparable product available. You just have to do a bit of research. Product reviews by bloggers and customer reviews on various websites make the job that much easier. Hopefully, I’ve helped out a bit too.

Michelle Smith
Michelle is a Christian special needs mom residing in the NYC area who shares useful tips to grow and maintain fine natural hair. She's a published author and Creator of Fine Natural Hair and Faith, inspiring others with faith for living along side knowledge on how to care for their "crown."

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