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    30 Hair Tools And Accessories That People Actually Swear By

    Because of these products: *Bad hair days have finally left the chat.*

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    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A scalp massager shampoo brush for your most relaxing and therapeutic shower yet. Gently scrub away impurities as you sing that song that's been stuck in your head all day for a truly deep cleanse that's good for your scalp and your soul.

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    Several reviewers noted that it helped them to soothe their dry, itchy scalp due to different conditions like eczema and psoriasis.

    And! This just happens to be fan-favorite amongst the BuzzFeed writers — including myself. I have one of these shower companions, and while I don't use it every time I get sudsy, I usually run it through my hair after a few days of back-to-back dry shampooing. It really gets in there to clear up any buildup while also feeling like a nice little scalp massage.

    Promising review: "I cannot explain how good this feels when you're using it! It relaxes you and for sure is better than just using your fingertips to shampoo your hair. It actually goes down to the roots and makes sure that it gets into all the spots it can to clean your hair. I can tell you right now that my hair has never felt smoother than after I started using this product." —Romie Patel

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49+ (available in three colors).

    2. A cutesy fleece makeup headband to hold your mane back (without straining your hairline) and out of your skincare routine — because you'll handle those annoying wisps in a minute, but right now you're trying to apply your serums in peace.

    Reviewer wearing pink headband
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    Promising review: "I received my elastic hairband and I absolutely love it. I can't have a bad day if I put this on and look at myself in the mirror. Call that what you want but I've had a hard time finding a hairband that works for me. I usually have to use a headband that puts pressure on that bony part behind the ear. It hurts! I appreciate that this has elastic to keep it on in the front as well as in the BACK. This sucker doesn't move which I appreciate when I'm trying to do my skincare/makeup. A small part of me wishes I could wear this in public but alas, no. Not socially acceptable unless I'm in costume or doing some sort of consultant work. Also, it's so darn cute... If you're even thinking about it, then DO IT!" —Jenty92210

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in four colors).

    3. A flat iron that's lauded by reviewers for getting their hair smooth, straight *and* shining in just a couple passes — so you no longer have to spend ~hours in front of the mirror awkwardly going over the same lock of hair 10 times. Plus, you can even achieve salon-worthy curls!

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    This flat iron straightens has eight heat balance micro-sensors in its plates to make sure the heat is distributed evenly so you don't fry your hair. The heat ranges from 145- to 450-degrees so you can control the temperature, unlike other flat irons that heat up to one temperature with no adjustment capabilities. It'll also come with a style guide, a one-year warranty, and a bonus travel-size argan oil leave-in hair treatment.

    Promising review: "I purchased this flat iron simply based on reviews and I am soooo glad I did! I was skeptical about the size since my hair is so thick, but I can literally do ONE pass and I’m done! My hair always comes out silky straight and flawless! It's most def worth the purchase!" —Ariel Woods

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

    4. Satin pillowcases because how else are you supposed to get your beauty rest if you're not laying on something that makes you feel like actual royalty? These will make for a divine (but affordable) accompaniment to your bedroom decor, while the matte satin finish will keep your hair tangle and frizz free.

    Two pink satin pillowcases.
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    Promising review: "My daughter has extremely curly hair, and using these pillow cases helps to keep her hair free of knots and tangles. I will definitely be ordering more sets! Great product at a great price!" —Shannon

    Get it from Amazon for $8.95 (two in a pack; available in 17 colors).

    5. The CreaClip set (yup, from Shark Tank!) aka the godsend we've all been waiting to save us from grimace-worthy quarantine cuts. If you've gone months or perhaps close to a year (#me) without seeing your go-to hairdresser, the CreaClip will help you measure a straight, sharp line so you can work your scissors confidently.

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    The set comes with one long CreaClip for giving yourself a complete haircut and another shorter one for cutting bangs!

    Promising review: "I bought this because nothing is scarier than sitting in a hair stylist's chair for an hour or more and having to share my life with them while they inevitably cut my hair in a way I was not expecting. This will help me avoid all of that! And it works. I had damaged ends and was badly in need of a trim, and even with shorter hair, I was able to get a clean and even cut. It's just hair. Get a CreaClip and try it. If your DIY cut doesn't turn out, then it will always grow again but it may look amazing... like mine does. Looks like all my kids are getting at home haircuts now. Sorry kids!" —Alisha H.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99

    Also, check out our full round-up of the best Shark Tank products!

    6. A Bunzee Band that has adjustable beads to customize the length. It hold buns, puffs, and updos with no stress — and that goes for your head as well! These are cushioned with a soft outer layer for extra comfort and snag-free removal.

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    One reviewer noted that she actually washed her Bunzee band and it held up in the washer!

    Promising review: "My hair is massively thick and I have been through various rubber bands to make my puff. Most of the time, I just break them. I was able to keep this in my hair and it was not pulled out. I highly recommend especially for 4C hair." —Video Star

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95+ (available in three colors and in single packs and two-packs).

    7. A silicone mat to avoid heat tools burning a hole through your vanity or bathroom countertops. You can also wrap the mat around your appliance for easy storage or when you don't have enough time for the appliance to cool down.

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    It works with both flat irons and curlers!

    Promising review: "This is amazing! I've used this on several trips recently and it's so nice not having to wait for my flat iron to cool before packing it. It works well to set my flat iron on while heating and doing my hair. In the mornings, I can tuck my iron in the case and stick it under the sink right after doing my hair to keep my counter uncluttered." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in the pouch or flat mat style and in two colors).

    8. A knotted headband because I don't know about you, but ~dressing up~ these days rarely consists of anything more than accessorizing sweats with au naturale tresses and a cute hairpiece to keep strands in one place. This accessory meets that criteria, ergo it's a solid addition to any WFH uniform.

    Forever 21

    Promising review: "I have an average/bigger noggin so most hats and headbands don’t fit or are uncomfortable. I’ve worn this for three hours and forgot I had it in. Made well and has nice strong fabric. I want the black one now." —Candice Lirette

    Get it from Forever 21 for $4.99.

    9. A Crave Naturals detangling brush which tells knots and tangles to take a hike with its unique, cone-shaped bristles that work to separate the hair sideways. Gliding through your tresses without pain or breakage has never been more effortless; and reviewers with all different hair types noted how easy it was to use, thanks to its curved shape.

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    Promising review: "I'm always skeptical of products that claim to 'glide through,' but this brush actually works! I have very thick kinky-coily hair and this brush passes through my hair easily both wet and dry. I'd recommend this product to anyone looking for a good detangling brush and yes, I'm leaving my Denman brush for this one." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    10. A massive pack of velvet hair scrunchies because cute, snag-free updos have finally met their soulmate. And with all these fab hues, you'll be spoilt for choice on who to swipe right on first.

    A bunch of scrunchies in various colors.
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    You get 60! SIXTY!

    Promising review: "Perfect! Purchased these as a last-minute Christmas gift for my daughter and they arrived super fast. Every single one is perfect, the velvet is soft and they are well made. My daughter absolutely loves them and there is literally a color to go with everything. The colors range from some darks, medium tones, pastels, and even some brights. Highly recommend, very very pleased with this purchase!!" —Lisa S

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A pack of nonslip biodegradable hair ties for anyone who could use a re-up on their elastics (it's time to stop asking roommates if they have a spare one). These are also compostable, so they break down when placed in a compost!

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    These are ethically sourced, plastic-free, 100% recyclable, biodegradable elastics!

    Promising review: "Being in grappling sports, I run through a ton of hair ties. It had me thinking about the environmental effects of numerous nondegradable hair ties and their packaging. That's how I came across this product. These hair ties are high quality and worth the money. They hold my hair in place throughout my training, which I can't say the same for many other brands." —Micka4evr

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in a 27-count).

    12. A foldable bonnet hair dryer to emulate the salon treatment you've been yearning after (but without the discomfort of sitting under the hooded dryers for an unbearable amount of time). This goes on your head like a bonnet and has your hairdryer connected at the other end, so you can achieve bouncy curls from the comfort of your couch.

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    The bonnet dryer also comes with a complimentary towel-texture heat protection headband that will cover the neck, ears, and forehead.

    Promising review: "I was very happy with this purchase, as I needed a nice, user-friendly hair dryer. I didn't want a big, clunky thing to pull out every time I need to pre-poo and deep condition, and this fit the bill perfectly! It came in this small pouch and it easily unravels when you take it out and collapses just as easily when you need to store it back in. It has a slim velcro strap at the blow dryer gap in case you need to fit it better to your own. I found that I didn't need it but it's nice to have anyway in case I use a different one at some point down the line. The only thing that I had with it, which is not even really a setback, is that I realized, (after I had put product on my hair) that I needed to fix the head straps a couple of times to get it just right on my head when it inflated. It took me a couple of times to get it the way I wanted where it wasn't on my skin, but I found the sweet spot and it worked well for what I needed it for. Also, because of the size, I feel so much more comfortable knowing I can easily pack it and not take up much room or be damaged in the process." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    13. A Machete claw clip in a simply chic print for the days when you want your hair out of your face — without compromising your styling efforts.

    Machete

    Machete is a woman-owned small business located in Atlanta, Georgia that specializes in gorgeous accessories from hair clips to earrings to phone cases.

    Promising review: "The best clip ever. It’s gorgeous, strong and holds up my very thick hair. I’d rather wear a clip than a have my hair in a rubber band so this is almost always in my hair! So glad I found this brand!" —Sara M.

    Get it from Machete for $42.

    14. A hair finishing stick because if you've been on the hunt for a solution to smooth down your baby hairs, halt your search! This nifty applicator is made with plant oils and it'll clean up flyaways that simply refuse to cooperate.

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    Promising review: "I rarely ever leave reviews, but THIS is amazing!! I have naturally frizzy hair that is also wavy and curly. I have a lot of breakage around the crown and this stuff sleeks it back but it doesn’t make it look greasy or crunchy! I suggest taking the mascara wand and wiping off the excess on the tube before applying so you don’t apply too much. When I apply too much, all I have to do is let it dry and then scratch my fingernails from front to back to break it up and it still creates a sleek look without any crunchiness. I love this stuff so much I need to get another for my car on those days that my mom hair is looking terrible." —Adriana

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98

    15. A set of transparent spiral hair ties, aka the new wrist accessory we love to wear and have on hand to keep our ponies secure without snagging.

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    Promising review: "I’m obsessed with these! I have thick curly hair so rubber bands and the ribbon elastics always dent my hair. Even when I straighten my hair, those types of hair ties also dent my hair. With these coils, my hair is secure whether it’s straight or curly. When I remove it, my hair is easily fixed back into place. These do stretch out after you use it for a while, but it is easily fixed. If you blow dry them, the heat will cause it to shrink back to its original size and it is as good as new!" —Stephanie S.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in a pack of four).

    16. Faux pearl hair clips to fancy up any down or updo instantly. Plus, donning these accessories will add a little regal-inspired flare to show you may or may not have spent the first month of the year bingeing Bridgerton.

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    Promising review: "OK, so I'm really digging this trend as of right now so I decided to get these because boutiques are selling them for $30 and these are $8. So, like, no brainer, am I right?? I love them. I feel confident that they aren't going to break every time I put them in as the pearls are woven together. I've worn them a couple of times now and love them. It's the easiest way to cover up the desperate need to wash your hair or make it look like you've actually tried." —Taylor Green

    Get it from Amazon for $6.33 (available in a pack of four).

    17. A Chi automatic curling iron to give you ~swoon-worthy~ curls in mere minutes. Once you insert your chosen strands, this ingenious tool automatically wraps it around the heated rod — and by some kind of wizardry, it'll reveal a perfectly set curl.

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    The barrel is designed to protect your fingers from getting burned so you enjoy an ouchless curling sesh. It also has an auto-shutoff feature and even a feature that pauses the iron if you put too much hair into the chamber to curl at once.

    Promising review: "Love it!! I have fine textured hair — very straight hair. I have trouble not only curling it, but keeping it curled. For example, the other day I left rollers in my hair for 45 minutes and got a minor wave that fell out in 10 minutes. This tool is easy and fast to use, adds shine, and the curl stays." —Alexandria

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in three colors)

    18. A Revlon one-step hairdryer and volumizer brush because when I hear the Spice Girls song "2 become 1," I like to think they're referring to this incredible time-saving tool. Enter: the blow-drying brush of your dreams — it handles two jobs in one go, and cuts your routine in half so you can achieve silky smooth, frizz-free locks in ~20 minutes.

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    Folks, one of my favorite quarantine purchases has been this godsend from Revlon. I've never been much of a blow-dryer myself — I never had the patience, energy, or the technique for that matter. But then in swoops this two-in-one tool to give my hair the glam of Jackie O in just about 20 minutes. I have thick, wavy, shoulder-length locks and I've never enjoyed witnessing a transformation quite like the one I'm able to achieve with this styler. Giving myself a quick, ~salon-worthy~ blow out for Monday morning meetings has been my new way to feel a little less disheveled for the day.

    Promising review: "I have very thick, wavy hair. I can never blow out my hair because it's too hard to hold the round brush and hairdryer in the right spots. THIS!! It is everything all in one and the oval shape makes it so easy to use. It gets really hot. It is a little loud on high, but I've found if my hair is already a little dry then I can just use it on low. I used a blow-dry primer spray to accelerate the drying time and protect my hair. I'm in love! The flat iron always flattens my hair and makes it look dry. This straightens and retains the volume and gives it a soft, non-damaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $41.88+ (available in four colors)

    19. Drybar alligator sectioning clips to make blow-drying, curling, straightening, and basically any kind of hairstyling less of a process and more of a simple, three step SCS method (section, clip, style). Reviewers with thick hair rave about their durability and success of holding up even waist-length hair!

    The yellow hair clips
    Sephora

    Comes with a set of four.

    Promising review: "You need them. I've wanted to buy these for years (lol) but purchased alternatives instead to avoid paying the price. I finally bought them and nothing I bought previously works like these. They are literally clamps for your hair, and mimic the ones my hairstylist uses to partition my hair to get me the perfect blowdry. I used the thin silver clips and flat silver clips and neither stay put. They make a mess when they slide down and I'm blowdrying another section. Since these help me achieve a glossy blowout and also can be used under my showercap, they are worth the price and deserve 5 stars." —nyfashionista

    Get it from Sephora for $16.

    20. A super-absorbent microfiber towel hat set with cat ears, a button nose, and whiskers to give towel-dried hair a whole new adorable meaning. This'll also assist you on your journey to dry tresses without the need for heat or rough, frizz-causing material most bath towels have.

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    These are made from eco-friendly microfiber materials.

    Promising review: "This was a Christmas gift for my 16-year-old daughter. She has very long, thick hair that takes forever to dry and she would occupy the bathroom for a long time. This cute little cap has cut drying time in half. She's happy with it and I'm happy to have my bathroom back!" —Patty114

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in a set of two)

    21. Flexible foam curling rods to achieve bouncy, voluminous waves and curls sans damaging heat. Just wrap your hair around these babies when your hair is damp and moisturized and either pop them under a dryer or let them work their magic overnight for soft, easy, natural-looking tresses.

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    Promising review: "I can't believe I waited so long to buy these beauties. These curlers are incredibly easy to use and they give you gorgeous curls that last for days. I have tried every heatless curling method there is — sleep styler, braiding, boho headband wrapping, and every other tutorial on YouTube — and this is the only one that ACTUALLY works." —DW

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in a pack of 42)

    22. A rose quartz crystal comb for anyone looking to ~reenergize~ their haircare routine. This hand-carved comb detangles using healing properties of rose quartz and works to increase scalp circulation. I call witch craft, but, also, it makes for an absolutely *stunning* addition to any vanity!

    The pink rose quartz comb
    Crystal Magnetics/Etsy

    Promising review: "Gorgeous rose quartz comb, such a beautiful shade of pink and I love how it feels on the scalp! So relaxing and soothing. Thank you, as always, for the careful packaging!" —Customer

    Get it from Crystal Magnetics on Etsy for $44.

    23. A satin-lined sleep beanie to retain your hairs moisture and prevent any of the breakage or static-y feeling that cotton pillows can leave you with come the a.m. It's also the perfect solution if you want to preserve just-done curls.

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    Promising review: "I use this to protect my long fragile hair at night. I always end up sleeping on my hair which ends up getting wrapped in my ear piercings, around my arms, in my mouth, breaking off the ends, pulling out strands, and the worst: my spouse yanking or pulling it by accident when tossing and turning. The sleep cap can fit all my hair and I’m still able to sleep comfortable on it despite the bumps and whatnot. It also did not fall off in the middle of the night." —Quinn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.88 (available in 44 different options).

    24. A donut-shaped bun maker so you can achieve a flawless ballerina bun on the first go. You'll be pirouetting your way out of your bathroom knowing you had zero do-overs with the help of this set.

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    The set comes with seven bun makers in various sizes, bobby pins, and ponytail holders.

    Promising review: "My hair is terribly thin, and I struggle to get a full bun. I used this for the first time today, and I love it! It took maybe six minutes for me to pull together, and I'm sure it'll get easier with practice. Can't wait to try different heights and styles!" —Ashley M.

    Get it from Amazon forlarge-Elastic/dp/B07CT9615X" target="_blank">$7.99

    25. A 24-hour edge tamer lays your hairline without any leftover residue. It works on several textures like Brazilian, virgin, or natural hair — plus it's made with hair-loving ingredients like argan oil which retains your texture's natural moisture.

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    Promising Review: "Hands-down the best edge control I have ever used and I have used a lot of them. Stayed all day. No flakes and nongreasy. And this one is not even the strongest on the line." —Seabea2013

    Get it from Amazon from $7.50 (available in two sizes).

    26. And a double-side gentle brush that has also has a comb specifically designed just for your edges — for the days when you want to create a snatched, sleek look.

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    Psst! You don't HAVE to lay your edges because your hair is gorgeous either way but if you ever want to, this dual-ended tool is designed to make sure you do so in a gentle, damage-free fashion.

    Promising review: "I love this little edge brush. I have used it to do my baby hairs on my wigs and most importantly my own 4A natural hair. It does not snag my edges at all and it's actually easier than a toothbrush to control where the hair goes. I am super pleased." —Cindy B.

    Get it from Amazon for $1.69 (also available in a two-pack)

    27. A detangler brush that reviewers with thick and/or curly hair are calling a total game-changer. This tool works from the root to tip to say sayonara to tangled coils and does wonders with both wet and dry tresses.

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    Promising review (from a reviewer for a looser curl pattern): "Best brush so far to comb my daughter's really curly hair. I was able to comb through her really tangled hair within 15 minutes (no joke) and she had minimal breakage. You will not regret this purchase if you need a good detangling brush." —Brenloga

    Promising review (from a reviewer with 4C hair): "This brush is bae. It's so much better than my Tangle Teezer. I was searching for a detangling brush similar to the Felicia Leatherwood brush which is always sold out and came across this one. The only difference with this brush is that it's bigger and it reminds me of a regular bristle brush. I love the thick handle that fits perfectly in my hands which gives me good control of the brush since it's nonslip. It's great for us kinky curly girls. It glides right through no pulling. The separation of the teeth allows no tension on the hair which is a plus." —T. Spencer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.36.

    28. A hair diffuser attachment to make blow-drying arm cramps a problem we never have to deal with ever again. With over 90 air vents, this cuts down drying time (even for thick locks) and creates frizz-free curls that compliment your hair's natural texture.

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    This features 360-degree airflow, which helps it to diffuse your hair evenly and gently, giving curly hair maximum volume without all the frizz.

    Promising review: "I am thrilled with this diffuser! I have tried many similar products and this one does the job! The cup design is perfect for holding your hair while it diffuses it, helping to produce the volume and shape most girls with curly hair want. At the end of the fingers are openings where air flows and helps to dry the roots of your hair at the same time that it is diffusing the ends. The drying time is much shorter because of that feature." —JPJC

    Get it from Amazon for $27

    29. A Conair wand curling iron that works like magic to help even first-time wand users achieve soft ringlets or beachy waves. This only takes 30 seconds to heat up and has a 1.5-inch ceramic iron.

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    Promising review: "I was hesitant at first to buy this iron. I thought only expensive ones were worth purchasing, but I didn't want to shell out another $150. I have long hair and my curls are usually gone by lunchtime. This little iron is light and easy to use but more importantly, the curl holds all day!" —Denise

    Get it from Amazon for $21.78 (available in four wand sizes)

    30. A Crown Affair towel which gives wet hair the royal treatment not only because it looks like the fancy kinds you find in spas, but its waffle microfiber material dramatically reduces drying time *and* it's super gentle on your tresses. And one more thing: just look at that elastic strap to secure the towel end — you could probably do cartwheels while your hair dries and never have to worry about it toppling off!

    Crown Affair

    Crown Affair is a woman-owned small business specializing in beautiful handcrafted hair tools.

    BuzzFeed Editor Melanie Aman has one and says, "When I bleached my hair, I switched from drying it with a bath towel to drying it with a T-shirt because I read that my rough bath towel was too harsh on my already stressed strands. The one downside to my new method is that I was stretching out the necklines of my shirts :'( Enter this talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show-stopping, spectacular towel. It's incredibly soft and dries my hair super quickly, which is great because I hate wet hair but would prefer to avoid drying it with heat."

    Promising review: "This is the best towel to use after washing your hair. It absorbs the water better then a bath towel. Wraps nicely and has a hook on the back that keeps it secure — no falling open or leaning to the side. Your hair does not go frizzy. It falls in soft wavy curls. I loved it so much I bought one for my daughter. After her second use she was hooked. You will love this towel!"

    Get it from Crown Affair for $45.

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