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    22 Ways To Improve The Look And Feel Of Your Hair

    Tips, products, and DIYs to help you love and nourish your hair.

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    1. Balance your scalp's pH levels with all-natural castor oil — which promotes hair growth, soothes irritation, and will have your hair looking and feeling fine, full, and restored!

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    Promising review: "I had an allergy in my scalp 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try a hair-growing product to bring my hair back. I read online and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growth, but there are lots of castor oil brands. I tried this product because of the good reviews and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. My hair became softer than before and thicker, and one bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    2. And add avocado oil to castor oil for an even more intensive, DIY hair repair treatment. The Indian Spot beauty blog recommends massaging your scalp with avocado and castor oil to stimulate new hair growth!

    a hand pouring a jar of avocado oil into a glass dish
    The Indian Spot

    The Indian Spot is a food, beauty, and health blog offering tips on natural hair moisturizers and how to use them, volumizing hair tricks, and more. 

    Avocado oil is rich in healing antioxidants and will help condition both your scalp and hair. Learn more about the many different ways your hair can benefit from avocado oil from The Indian Spot

    You can find avocado oil at most grocery and beauty supply stores, or get a 17-ounce bottle from Amazon for $7.49. Don't forget to pair it with a scalp massager!

    3. Glide through your hair and remove knots the gentle way with a detangling brush — no more tears of pain on your journey to smoothing your locks!

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    Promising review: "I'm a single dad of a 6-year-old girl and combing her hair is the hardest part of taking care of her. She gets really bad knots in her hair. This brush is the only thing that has ever worked. Thank you so much. She even likes to comb her own hair now." —Nguyen P.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    4. Transform dry, damaged hair into soft and shiny strands with a powerful hair repair serum. The mix of aloe and argan oils should help de-frizz your mane and improve split ends.

    A before-and-after of a reviewer with dry, damaged hair and split ends compared to much healthier and smoother looking hair after using the serum
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    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads-up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. Familiarize yourself with your hair type so you know which products are safe to use and what kind of care your hair needs. Here is a handy chart to help!

    Graphic of four different hair types from straight to tight curls
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    6. Lock in moisture with a luscious shea- and yogurt-based leave-in conditioner. Reviewers say it's super creamy yet soaks right into your hair and scalp, and it's ideal for twist-out styles on 4b/c hair types.

    a person holding the container of shea yogurt
    Alikay Naturals / Via Amazon

    Alikay Naturals is a Black woman–owned brand sold in retailers all over the world. The brand uses Caribbean-inspired ingredients to create not only natural hair products, but feminine products, baby products, candles, and more.

    Promising review: "This is so moisturizing. I use this for my twist outside. I get a great definition. The texture of the is creamy and it just melts into my hair. A little goes a long way. I have 4c dry, coarse hair so I need heavy butter, especially in the winter and this does not disappoint. I have loved every Alikay natural product so far. " —Lakesha Ellard

    Get it from Alikay Naturals on Amazon for $15.06.

    7. Grab the heat protectant when styling your fragile strands with straighteners, curlers, or other hot hair tools. It's formulated with coconut, argan, and olive oil to protect your strands and cut down on frizz — that's a win-win if you ask me!

    Side by side image of reviewer with ringlet curls and then with pin straight hair
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    Promising review: "I never used to use thermal protection spray, because every single one I tried made my hair super crunchy and dry. After a stern talking to by my stylist I decided to look for another one and give it another try. I am so glad I stumbled across this stuff. I tried the small bottle first to see if I liked it and I was shocked how soft my hair felt after using it! It even helps my hair straighten better and makes it so shiny! Highly recommend." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    8. Gently lay down and shape your edges using a double-sided edge brush. Reviewers swear by it working better than a toothbrush could ever dream of.

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    Promising review: "I didn't see the point in buying an edge-control brush with a comb attachment. I figured I could just go to the dollar store and get a soft-bristle toothbrush and call it a day. Boy was I wrong! I brought this product on a whim due to the price. I'm glad I did. I will be buying another one for my daughter. I especially love the comb attachment. It makes swooping the tiniest baby hairs a breeze. The brush is a bit hard for my taste but it's gentle enough not to grab and rip out hair." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $2.49.

    9. Tame flyaways with a hair-finishing stick so you can look put together in no time at all. That before and after shot speaks for itself!

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    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    10. If you have long hair, learn how to style it into a fishtail braid in the eight simple steps below. Once you've got the hang of it, it's a quick and easy way to put your hair up.

    Graphic of the eight step process in doing a fishtail braid
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    Complete this look with a pack of mini hair ties from Amazon for $6.99 if you don't have any on hand!

    11. And keep mini hair ties on hand so you can have a go at five-minute hairstyles when you're pressed for time and still have to do something with your look!

    The Beauty Department

    The Beauty Department is a Beauty blog offering tutorials on hairstyles, makeup, mails, skincare, and more!

    Learn how to do this hairstyle and two other five-minute hairstyles from The Beauty Department's tutorial.

    12. Hydrate coily and tight hair types with a nourishing style cream. Not to mention it'll add definition and a touchable hold for setting twist-outs, braid-outs, Bantu knots, and other styles, and reviewers say it helps hair styles last longer!

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    Pattern

    Pattern is a hair care company that makes products for curly and kinky hair textures. They have haircare for high porosity and low porosity hair types. Pattern was founded by Tracee Ellis Ross and their products help support organizations and programs that empower women and people of color.

    Promising review: "I have finally found my go-to styling product. I have fine 4b hair and have tried everything over the past 10+ years of being natural. This styling cream allows me to do a one product twist out. Leaves my hair defined without having to leave twists in for DAYS and after a few days my hair is BIG without being frizzy. Love it." —SDHrrs

    Get it from Pattern or from Ulta for $25.

    13. Restore damaged locks with nutrient-packed Verb Ghost Oil. Reviewer's say it'll give your mane a soft silky feel, and it smooths frizz and adds shine in just a few pumps!

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    It's also fortified with moringa oil to help strengthen brittle strands and fight humidity.

    Promising review: "This stuff has changed my hair game. I have excessively bleached hair. But this stuff is so great to my hair, it has returned it to a soft, healthy, silky feeling. My regime is to wash, condition for a while or use a protein treatment, let it dry till it's damp, then I run it through my hair (I have long, thick hair) and work it into the bleached parts. I dry and then add a little more after. The amount you get for the price is astonishing, considering most hair oils are less product for like twice as much. Buy it: works great, smells great, feels great." —Eva

    Read our Verb Ghost Oil review for more info!

    Get it from Amazon for $18.

    14. Take less than 10 minutes of your time to watch a tutorial on how to do side Dutch braids and you just may learn a new favorite hairstyle to try out!

    a side view of the braid
    Anoushka Beauty

    Anoushka Beauty is a beauty YouTuber offering tutorials on hair, makeup, eyebrows, and more. Check out the full tutorial of side Dutch braids to learn more about this style.

    15. Introduce satin pillowcases to your set of trusted bedding, because they can seriously improve frizz, tangles, and breakage as you snooze!

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    Promising review: "LOVE THESE! They are a beautiful shade of gray, well made, and a perfect price! I ordered these to help protect against hair-breakage and I've already noticed a huge difference!!!" —shawnellnewberry

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in four sizes and 23 colors).

    16. And sleep with a satin-lined beanie to further protect your hair, curls, and/or edges from the tossing and turning you may or may not do throughout the night. This lightweight sleep beanie just may save you time on your morning hair routine with all the moisture you'll retain by wearing it!

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    Promising review: "It's very comfortable, and nice quality. My hair is currently below my shoulders, and I have a lot of fine, very wavy/curly hair. This is my first sleep bonnet and I've already noticed how much easier it is to manage in the morning and there is less breakage. I'm getting more days out of my curls and when I wear my hair straight, it's basically ready to go." —Christie Kolb

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 32 colors).

    17. Say goodbye to dry and itchy scalp problems with a cooling dandruff treatment from Head & Shoulders. This no-rinse formula is packed with peppermint and menthol oils to relieve itchiness and flakes for up to 24 hours.

    Reviewer before and after image with dandruff and then without "works with one use!!" text overlaid
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    Promising review: "I saw an immediate difference from my first use of this product. For about two months, my scalp was abnormally and extremely dry and flaky. After one use, I noticed a visible difference. I don't normally write reviews, but this line of products is the real deal! I definitely will be purchasing again." —L. Btlr

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. Lather a creamy deep conditioner into your 3a–4c hair to ensure your coils and curls feel nourished and soft. It's packed with starflower oil to promote shine as well!

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    Bread Beauty Supply is a Black woman–owned business that was founded by Maeva Heim in 2020.

    Promising review: "LOVE this product! My hair is very dry and frizzy but this product made my hair so much more manageable and soft. I will definitely be getting more once I’m out!" —Nivedhitha

    Get it from Sephora or Bread Beauty Supply for $28.

    19. Use a cotton T-shirt in place of a towel for a more gentle way to dry your hair. It'll absorb moisture and help prevent split ends, because towels can be rough on curly hair types.

    BuzzFeeder with a t-shirt wrapped around their head
    Sarah Kobos / Via BuzzFeed

    Get a pack of two cotton tees from Amazon for $16.90+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 41 color combinations).

    Check out more tips for curly hair for more ways to help improve the look and feel of your coils!

    20. Stock up on Pura D'or anti-thinning shampoo to give thinning hair the nutrients and support it needs to possibly grow in nice and thick. It's formulated with argan oil and biotin, and it has over 11,000 5-star reviews 👀.

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    Promising review: "About two years ago my hair started falling a lot and I became incredibly concerned. I was using expensive Sephora shampoos but it became worse. So I started researching and I learned about this product. Not only did my hair stop falling out but the conditioner made it soft and shiny. I naturally have frizzy and dull hair so it really did wonders to my hair and saved me from going bald. I highly recommend this product. It is a bit pricey but your investment is worth it." —Maryam

    Get a 16-ounce bottle from Amazon for $29.99.

    21. Or, invest in a bottle of hair-building fibers so you can make thinning parts of your hair look thick and full instantly. These keratin-packed fibers intertwine with your existing hair to help cover your scalp and make your strands appear thicker.

    A reviewer's before and after photo of them using the hair-building fibers to cover some bald spots
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    They're sweat, wind, and rain resistant, but come out in your next shampoo. Just shake into the thinning area, and pat your hair to disperse.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to try this, and I'm hoping my review will help someone else who feels the same way. I have alopecia areata, which causes circles or ovals of hair to fall out all at once. The hair fibers are a godsend. I use the dark brown with the spray applicator. You'd be able to see if you got up close to look, and it works better where there's some hair than areas that are completely bare, but even on bare patches its much better. I would definitely recommend this for anyone, any age, with thinning hair or bald patches." —Christine Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in eight colors).

    22. And accessorize your look with a cute scrunchie set or a pair of gorgeous chunky hair clips, because sometimes the right accessory is all you need to style your beautiful hair!

    Fibs and Fables

    Fibs and Fables is a Black- and woman-owned company that creates gorgeous accessories that are inclusive for all hair types.

    Get them from Fibs and Fable for $27: the three-piece Heathers Scrunchie set or the two-piece Gaia Hair Clip set.

    When you're having a fabulous hair day:

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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