The back to school commercials have begun running regularly, so we’re on notice that it’s that time of year again. For first time college students there are probably feelings of excitement and also anxiety. We can’t help you register for classes, or ensure that you have a roommate who doesn’t eat your food. But we can make sure you know what to take with you to care for your skin and hair.

It seems simple enough until you have a firsthand encounter with hard water (which leaves your skin forever ashy and dry), or ask around about where to get your coils styled and no one can help. Our leaders of tomorrow have to think about taking over the world, not dry skin and scalp.

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So we’ve got your must-haves for the basics. They range in price, and most will last through midterms and until you get home for a re-up during Thanksgiving break.