The 29 best hair products

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The 29 best hair products

Normal Hair

L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Shampoo and Conditioner leave hair glossier and bouncier than you could have imagined.

Fine Hair

John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo and Conditioner remove buildup to give roots a boost; ultralight silicones make ends supersilky.

Dry Hair

There are plenty of formulas that temporarily hydrate hair. But L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Restoring Shampoo and Conditioner use ceramides to trap moisture beneath the surface so strands get softer every time you wash them.

Color-treated Hair

The sunflower-seed oil in Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Damage & Color Repair Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner keeps hair as glossy as the day you left the salon.

Frizzy Hair

You can camouflage frizz with heaps of moisturizers. Or you can fight it with Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner. We love the latter!

Curly Hair

With grape seed and panthenol, Fekkai Perfectly Luscious Advanced Curls Shampoo and Conditioner soften kinks and organize messy spirals.

African-American Hair

The scent of rose and vanilla in Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner turns your shower (briefly) into a spa; the hydrating buriti oil turns your hair (not so briefly) into Kerry Washington's.

Thick Hair

L'Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage-Erasing Balm claims to repair a year of damage in a single application. After feeling how silky our hair was after just five minutes, we were convinced (and more than a little amazed).

Fine Hair

An ampoule of Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Pro-V Advanced+ Keratin Repair 60 Second Therapy smooths flyaways without making fine hair flat.

African-American Hair

The Ouidad Curl Recovery Melt-Down Extreme Repair Mask revives spirals, coils, and kinks alike with quenching Kalahari melon–seed oil and mafura butter. It smells like a tropical fruit cocktail to boot.


Made with 99 percent natural oils, Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense penetrates hair to repair damage. Also nice: the gorgeous faceted-glass bottle.

Thinning Hair

After witnessing how a daily spritz of Pantene Expert Collection AgeDefy Advanced Thickening Treatment made her skimpy strands fuller, one tester considered ordering the niacinamide-and-panthenol blend by the case.


Kérastase Lift Vertige can create gravity-defying beehives and Mohawks; for a person seeking normal volume, it's just as happy to oblige.

Defrizzer - Thick/Coarse/African-American Hair

Packed with cocoa and shea butters, Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Original Leave-In Moisturizer delivers intense hydration.

Defrizzer - Fine/Normal Hair

All you need is a few drops of Tresemmé Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum to wage a serious battle against frizz.

Curl Definer - Thick/Coarse/African-American Hair

Redken Curvaceous Full Swirl Cream-Serum, a cream-serum hybrid, creates lustrous, buoyant curls.

Curl Definer - Fine/Normal Hair

Davines Momo Fluid Moisturizing Anti-Frizz Protective Fluid looks more delicate than other curl products, and it is—yet it's just as effective in fighting fluff.

Wave Enhancer

Paul Mitchell Curls Ultimate Wave Beachy Texture Cream-Gel left our hair so perfectly tousled and ropy, we started to believe our villa-in-Tulum fantasy might actually be true.


Getting sleek, swingy hair used to require a standing appointment at a blowout bar. Now all we need is Redken Align 12 Protective Straightening Lotion.

Hair Spray

We've watched Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode prop up ambitious coifs at fashion shows, but we were also impressed by how it made even our simple topknot look like a pro job.

Heat-Protecting Spray

The real genius of Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Styling Heat Protect Spray is that it works on wet or dry hair, so you can use it when restyling on day two (or three or four).

Shine Booster

Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray has an ultrafine mist for glassy hair without a greasy feel.


John Frieda Clear Shine Luminous Glaze imparts shampoo-ad dazzle.


You'll want to try KMS California HairPlay Messing Creme even if you aren't a dude with a pompadour. Less tacky than a typical pomade, it gives hair a pretty, piecey texture.

Dry Shampoo

Any good dry shampoo blasts oil at the roots and is totally undetectable. Nexxus Youth Renewal Rejuvenating Dry Shampoo also contains hair-smoothing argan oil so the ends look immaculate, too.

Single Process

An oil-based dye sounds messy, but Garnier Olia Oil Powered Permanent Color has a pudding-thick consistency that deep-conditions as it colors.

Highlighting Kit

The thimble-like applicator in L'Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights makes painting streaks simple, and with a little ingenuity, it works for DIY ombré looks, too.

Root Coverage

With an easy-to-blend powder, a mirror, and a tiny brush, the Color Wow Root Cover Up(shown here in Blonde) compact lets you quickly hide roots wherever and whenever you spot them. The coolest part: It doesn't budge in the rain.

Special Effects

Not everyone can be a full-time rock star. Rita Hazan Pop Color Temporary Color Spray for Hair in purple, blue, and pink create vivid streaks on even dark hair that rinse clean by Monday.


Having one of these in your arsenal gives you shinier, healthier hair. Use them all and you're Gisele.

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