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24 Hair Products You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner

Clarifying shampoo, Devacurl, 5-in-1 Styler, and more hair products you needed, like, yesterday.

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We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the hair products they wish they'd known about sooner. Read on to learn about their suggestions!

1. Wet Brushes help detangle even the most stubborn knots thanks to their "IntelliFlex" bristles that don't pull or break your follicles.

"My friend told me about it last weekend, so I grabbed one. It's an absolute miracle brush. This sucker slides right through my hair, wet or dry. My son likes it too." —shannonm49e341999Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in 12 colors) or Walmart for $8.05.
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"My friend told me about it last weekend, so I grabbed one. It's an absolute miracle brush. This sucker slides right through my hair, wet or dry. My son likes it too." —shannonm49e341999

Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in 12 colors) or Walmart for $8.05.

2. Obliphica Professional Seaberry Hair Serum revives damaged and dry hair while making it smell amazing.

"A mini bottle of Obliphica Professional Seaberry Hair Serum came in my Birchbox one month and I have bought the full size multiple times ever since! I put it on the ends of my hair when it's still damp and once my hair dries it's so soft and magical! Also it SMELLS INCREDIBLE, UGH!"—jennifertontiGet it from Amazon for $38.
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"A mini bottle of Obliphica Professional Seaberry Hair Serum came in my Birchbox one month and I have bought the full size multiple times ever since! I put it on the ends of my hair when it's still damp and once my hair dries it's so soft and magical! Also it SMELLS INCREDIBLE, UGH!"—jennifertonti

Get it from Amazon for $38.

3. Carol’s Daughter black vanilla hair oil instantly makes hair soft and manageable.

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"I have curly hair, and it’s brittle and not very shiny. My hairdresser recommended I use hair oil and this one smells SO DAMN GOOD and works awesomely. 10/10" —charlottew4db512e19

Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

4. African Pride Olive Miracle's leave-in conditioner is an affordable way to get knot-free hair.

"I have very fine, long hair that seems to get tangles and knots immediately after showering. I didn't find out about this leave-in conditioner until I was 30 and I could have saved myself so much time and frustration! After showering I apply this to my wet hair and it magically detangles. I can brush my hair with ease! The formula is not too heavy or greasy. Love, love, love it." —jessicaelmoreGet it from Amazon for $15.01, or from Jet or Walmart for $2.87.
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"I have very fine, long hair that seems to get tangles and knots immediately after showering. I didn't find out about this leave-in conditioner until I was 30 and I could have saved myself so much time and frustration! After showering I apply this to my wet hair and it magically detangles. I can brush my hair with ease! The formula is not too heavy or greasy. Love, love, love it." —jessicaelmore

Get it from Amazon for $15.01, or from Jet or Walmart for $2.87.

5. Living Proof 5-in-1 Styling Treatment helps your hair in five ways: smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength, and polish. The longer you use it, the better your hair looks.

"Living Proof 5-in-1 Styling Treatment seemed like a hefty price for what I thought was *just* a leave-in conditioner as a poor college student. But I splurged on it post-grad (and tbh, it's not THAT much of a splurge) and keep going back to it after a few bouts of infidelity. It does so many things that I previously had to use multiple products to get the same results! Gotta love a ~true multi-tasker~ in a world of beauty imposters." —elizabethlillyGet it from Amazon for $17.59 (Prime members only) or Sephora for $28.
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"Living Proof 5-in-1 Styling Treatment seemed like a hefty price for what I thought was *just* a leave-in conditioner as a poor college student. But I splurged on it post-grad (and tbh, it's not THAT much of a splurge) and keep going back to it after a few bouts of infidelity. It does so many things that I previously had to use multiple products to get the same results! Gotta love a ~true multi-tasker~ in a world of beauty imposters." —elizabethlilly

Get it from Amazon for $17.59 (Prime members only) or Sephora for $28.

6. Curlformers curl your otherwise straight hair without damaging it with heat.

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"I used to curl my hair with a wand almost every day and my hair was dry and damaged because of it. Now I just sleep with curl formers in my hair and I wake up to perfect curls, without heat. They’re so easy to use and it only takes about 15 minutes before bed." —madisonhopes

Get a pack of 40 from Amazon for $68.95. Also consider curling rods from Amazon for $12.99.

7. Ouidad sells products with curly hair in mind so your curls can be well-defined and frizz-free.

"A dream for a girl with curly hair." —courtneybrooket2Check out the collection on Sephora.
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"A dream for a girl with curly hair." —courtneybrooket2

Check out the collection on Sephora.

8. Neutrogena clarifying shampoo cleans hair of residue leaving your 'do lightweight and bouncy.

"I’ve recommended it to so many people! In just one use, my hair felt so soft and was shiny! I use it once a week now and my hair feels AMAZING! Do yourself a favor and get this. You won’t be disappointed." —alexandrac4dd04f37dGet it from Amazon for $4.79 or Walmart for $4.83.
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"I’ve recommended it to so many people! In just one use, my hair felt so soft and was shiny! I use it once a week now and my hair feels AMAZING! Do yourself a favor and get this. You won’t be disappointed." —alexandrac4dd04f37d

Get it from Amazon for $4.79 or Walmart for $4.83.

9. Aloe vera soothing gel can be used for more than just sunburns — it also combats dry hair.

"I use it on my scalp when it gets dry, on my face as moisturizer, on the ends of my hair to help with the dryness, on my face to remove makeup, on my hair before shampooing because my hair gets dry, and just about everything else. I put it in my hair before I shower about one every other week." —sadiehaugoGet it from Amazon for $6.99 or a pack of three from Jet for $24.71. Also consider a cheaper version from Target for $0.99 or Walmart for $3.97.
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"I use it on my scalp when it gets dry, on my face as moisturizer, on the ends of my hair to help with the dryness, on my face to remove makeup, on my hair before shampooing because my hair gets dry, and just about everything else. I put it in my hair before I shower about one every other week." —sadiehaugo

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or a pack of three from Jet for $24.71. Also consider a cheaper version from Target for $0.99 or Walmart for $3.97.

10. Devacurl is a beloved line of beauty products for people with curly hair because it manages and shapes curls and waves.

"Their products are a godsend for people with wavy or curly hair. Mine would get so dry especially in the winter months and using Devacurl made my hair shiny and new." —melaniem47aa62575"I'm 35 and just last year finally learned the proper way to care for my thick, curly hair. Co-washing has saved my hair and my sanity and DevaCurl is by far my favorite line to use. The gel, the super creme, and the B'leave In are my new holy hair grails." —l4c53cc61dCheck out Devacurl on Amazon, Jet, Sephora, or Walmart.
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"Their products are a godsend for people with wavy or curly hair. Mine would get so dry especially in the winter months and using Devacurl made my hair shiny and new." —melaniem47aa62575

"I'm 35 and just last year finally learned the proper way to care for my thick, curly hair. Co-washing has saved my hair and my sanity and DevaCurl is by far my favorite line to use. The gel, the super creme, and the B'leave In are my new holy hair grails." —l4c53cc61d

Check out Devacurl on Amazon, Jet, Sephora, or Walmart.

11. Witch I Love Your Hair uses essential oils to make your follicles smell downright magical.

"I use it on second-day-hair and it revitalizes my hair into a manageable, gorgeous curl. Bonus: it's made with essential oils so it adds a wonderful bit of aromatherapy into my day. This stuff is pure magic!" —melissarodriguezdGet it from Witch I Love Your Hair for $24.
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"I use it on second-day-hair and it revitalizes my hair into a manageable, gorgeous curl. Bonus: it's made with essential oils so it adds a wonderful bit of aromatherapy into my day. This stuff is pure magic!" —melissarodriguezd

Get it from Witch I Love Your Hair for $24.

12. Coconut oil works wonders both in your food and on your hair. It conditions, detangles, and even fights dandruff.

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Get it from Amazon, Walmart, or Jet for $10.79.

13. Sephora's hair sleeping masks will make your hair feel like a ~dream~.

"I wish I'd discovered this Sephora coconut hair sleeping mask years ago. It comes with a paper shower cap that actually stayed on my bed all night and had plenty of mask in the packet. Maybe even enough product for two uses for folks who don't have a horse's mane of hair like I do!" —elizabethlillyGet it from Sephora for $5 (available in four scents).
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"I wish I'd discovered this Sephora coconut hair sleeping mask years ago. It comes with a paper shower cap that actually stayed on my bed all night and had plenty of mask in the packet. Maybe even enough product for two uses for folks who don't have a horse's mane of hair like I do!" —elizabethlilly

Get it from Sephora for $5 (available in four scents).

14. Calia's natural shampoos and conditioners are an organic, cruelty-free choice for people who like to shower ethically.

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Check out the collection on Etsy.

15. Not Your Mother's In a Heartbeat speeds up your blow drying time and protects your hair from heat damage.

"As someone who blowdries her hair every morning (my hair is super flat and my bangs are weird if I don't) and is always in a hurry, it's my must-have hair product. It also acts as a heat protectant, so I'm not permanently damaging my hair by blowing it out so much." —katyhermanGet it from Amazon for $9.45.
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"As someone who blowdries her hair every morning (my hair is super flat and my bangs are weird if I don't) and is always in a hurry, it's my must-have hair product. It also acts as a heat protectant, so I'm not permanently damaging my hair by blowing it out so much." —katyherman

Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

16. Redken All Soft shampoo and conditioner uses omega-6 enriched argan oil to make your dry hair silky and shiny.

"My hair has never felt more soft or beautiful! My hair is thick and doesn’t want to corporate with me, but when I add this shampoo it feels super strong and sexy!" —maggies4634c002cGet them from Amazon for $20.40.
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"My hair has never felt more soft or beautiful! My hair is thick and doesn’t want to corporate with me, but when I add this shampoo it feels super strong and sexy!"

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Get them from Amazon for $20.40.

17. Eva NYC’s hair mask deeply conditions your locks with argan oil so your hair will be as soft and touchable as ever.

"You can use it every day or once a week. I use it once a week so my hair doesn’t get used to it or build up on my scalp and it makes your hair so soft!" —cassidyschrGet it from Target for $15.
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"You can use it every day or once a week. I use it once a week so my hair doesn’t get used to it or build up on my scalp and it makes your hair so soft!" —cassidyschr

Get it from Target for $15.

18. Cantu has natural options free of sulfates, silicone, and parabens.

"I have very curly, frizzy hair, and these products have completely changed the game for me. I can go way longer between washes, have beautiful curls for days in a row, and my hair is now so low maintenance! Highly recommend!" —logankenzieCheck out Cantu on Amazon, Walmart, or Jet.
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"I have very curly, frizzy hair, and these products have completely changed the game for me. I can go way longer between washes, have beautiful curls for days in a row, and my hair is now so low maintenance! Highly recommend!" —logankenzie

Check out Cantu on Amazon, Walmart, or Jet.

19. Batiste dry shampoo soaks up excess oil so you can extend your time between washings.

"I had tried other dry shampoos in the past and given up because they did nothing for my hair. But NOW, with Batiste, I've gone from washing my hair every day to every four or five days! Life changer." —laurenb49f660f96Get the original scent from Amazon or Walmart for $5.88, or Jet for $3.19.
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"I had tried other dry shampoos in the past and given up because they did nothing for my hair. But NOW, with Batiste, I've gone from washing my hair every day to every four or five days! Life changer." —laurenb49f660f96

Get the original scent from Amazon or Walmart for $5.88, or Jet for $3.19.

20. Overtone conditioner keeps your fancy hair color vivid and bright for longer.

"I regularly dye my hair crazy colors that normally fade really quickly, but Overtone keeps the color fresh for months! I've had green hair for at least four months and only had to go back to the salon to get my roots re-bleached. It's a must for unicorn hair." —eliseh6Check out the collection on Overtone.
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"I regularly dye my hair crazy colors that normally fade really quickly, but Overtone keeps the color fresh for months! I've had green hair for at least four months and only had to go back to the salon to get my roots re-bleached. It's a must for unicorn hair." —eliseh6

Check out the collection on Overtone.

21. Lush Big Shampoo gives your hair gravity-defying volume with the help of fresh ingredients like coconut and sea salt.

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"I have always had fine and lifeless hair, and after one use, BOOM. My hair was full of volume and bouncy AF." —annaz4cc011a7b

Get it from Lush for $29.95.

22. Neutrogena 2-in-1 T-Gel Shampoo and Conditioner tackles your dandruff problem so you don't have to feel like a walking snow globe.

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"I have very sensitive skin and a sensitive scalp, and Neutrogena 2-in-1 T-Gel Shampoo and Conditioner does all of the following: cut my shower time in half since it’s 2-in-1, protects my color-treated hair, and, most importantly, helps so much with my dry scalp and dermatitis! It’s gentle on the skin and hair, and I would recommend it even if you don’t have a sensitive scalp, it’s gentle for everyone and anyone." —varshar2

Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $6.49.

23. Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Milk protects hair against humidity by smoothing and taming your mane.

"This is the best thing in the world! My hair is super frizzy and this helped sooo much!" —miareyes1973Get it from Amazon for $3.25, Walmart for $3.42, Jet for $4.30.
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"This is the best thing in the world! My hair is super frizzy and this helped sooo much!" —miareyes1973

Get it from Amazon for $3.25, Walmart for $3.42, Jet for $4.30.

24. And a head shaver can solve all your problems reeaall fast.

"I have no time or ability to deal with my thick hair and infinite tangles!" —leireGet it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $59.99.
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"I have no time or ability to deal with my thick hair and infinite tangles!" —leire

Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $59.99.

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