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26 Underrated Hair Products That Actually Work

*hair flip* The products in this post were updated in May 2018.

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2. DevaCurl Ultra Curl Defining Gel

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"I have naturally wavy hair, but my waves were never defined, so I ended up always straightening my hair. After using this product I realized I actually have CURLY hair. I haven't straightened my hair since using it. I have people ask all the time if I using a curling iron, even though I just let it air dry after applying the gel. It's the product that let me embrace my natural hair. I couldn't live without it!!!" — carolyns473a43d9f

Get it from Amazon for $14.45.


3. The Wet Brush

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"I have incredibly fine, thin hair that gets in one huge knot after I step out of the shower. The Wet Brush has totally saved my hair from breaking when trying to brush out my hair!" — tarad19

Get it from Amazon for $7.87+.

4. Mane 'n Tail Shampoo

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"I have super-thick and long hair. This weird horse shampoo called Mane 'n Tail is GREAT. It doesn't smell funky, and it strengthens and grows your hair. I can always tell the difference when I use a different shampoo too. It keeps my hair from being crazy some days; it's consistent and healthy. Horse shampoo for the win." — marykinnas

Get the shampoo and conditioner set from Amazon for $17.68.


9. Eva NYC Therapy Session Hair Mask

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"I use it once a week and it makes my hair so light and soft I don't even want to style it. Before I would use Chi Silk Infusion, which works great, but too much can make your hair look and feel greasy. The Eva NYC mask doesn't — no matter how much you use, even though you only need about a dime-sized amount for medium-length hair. Plus, it smells amazing." — amyg47

Get it from Amazon for $11.40.


13. L’Oréal Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray

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"A few sprays of this stuff makes frizz completely go away and it keeps that nice flippable, run-your-hand-through-your-hair-and-it-won't-just-stay-there texture that you can't really get with most anti-frizz products because they're too heavy. Life changing." — crutherfurd

Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

14. Framesi Color Lover Shampoo and Conditioner

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"Framesi is a brand of salon hair color, and its shampoo and conditioner are a godsend. Using it, I've had minimal fading on my red hair (red typically fades faster than any color). It's formulated with quinoa and free from sulfates and parabens, and it's vegan (I'm not, but I know it matters to some people). I've been able to go a couple months between getting my hair colored." — laurens19

Get the shampoo and conditioner set from Amazon for $34.04.


16. Chagrin Valley Shampoo Bars

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"They are vegan, inexpensive, last forever, super moisturizing and smell great. Plus the company sends samples as a thank-you for shopping. I have a dry, itchy sensitive scalp and this is a godsend." — christinedonovanm

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $21 or a single bar from Chagrin Valley Soap for $8.65.

17. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

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"Oh my god, this is bae. Now all I need is a better hair mask. Big bang for your buck. Also, you can find it in grocery stores and drugstores basically everywhere. I love it sooo much." — e4162fc76c

Get it from Amazon for $6.79.

18. Carol's Daughter Monoi Hair Mask

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"When my hair was horribly damaged from over-bleaching, it was the only thing that helped my hair feel smooth. Pricey, but worth it if your hair is very dry or damaged. Smells AMAZING too." — Saria Yaya Sweeney, Facebook

Get it from Carol's Daughter for $32.


21. Paul Mitchell Shampoo One

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"While Paul Mitchell is a fairly expensive brand (in my eyes), it's so, so, so worth it. As someone with super-thick, stubborn hair, I've found it's the only shampoo that allows me to skip a day of washing." — jfuselier

Get it from Jet for $8.18.


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