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    27 Products That Are So Effective, Your Hair Might Thank You For Buying Them

    Dandruff, build-up, and frizz begone!

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    1. An HSI ceramic flat iron reviewers with thick hair say gives them smooth, sleek strands in only *half* the time of other styling tools. Plus, it tames frizz and evenly distributes heat to prevent damage.

    A reviewer with thick frizzy hair at first, then showing smooth straight hair after using the flat iron

    The heat ranges from 145 to 450 degrees so you can control the temperature.

    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 definitely worth the purchase!" —Ariel Woods

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

    2. This bottle of Fanola purple shampoo to remove brassy tones from blonde hair in just three minutes so your mane can look as fresh as it did the day you walked out of the salon.

    A reviewer's yellow-blonde hair at first, then looking platinum blonde

    Just don't use it for more than once a week for three minutes because then your hair will turn lavender (unless that's what you're going for!!!).

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but this shampoo is amazing. I always struggle with brassy tones almost immediately after getting highlights and I can never find a good no-yellow shampoo until now. My stylist recommended this and it did not disappoint. After leaving it on for about four minutes, my hair looks like I just got it done professionally again. It does still leave hair a bit dry, but not as dry as some other purple shampoos. I plan on using this once a week at least to help keep my perfect tone between highlights. 100% recommended to anyone who struggles with the brass!" —Kassandra

    Get it from Amazon for $10.65+ (available in three sizes).

    For more info, check out "If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo."

    3. A bottle of castor oil for conditioning your hair and helping banish itchiness with natural fatty acids. It'll also help promote softer and fuller hair. In other words, it just might be what damaged, thinning hair has been looking for all this time!

    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!" —AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    4. This Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo if your scalp has been screaming under the discomfort of of excess oil and gunk. This shampoo will help get rid of build-up with regular weekly rinses.

    The shampoo bottle

    Promising review: "This is a great product! It removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.19.

    5. An Elizavecca hair treatment to pack on collagen-infused ingredients so you can gradually improve the damage from heat and bleaching. Just a few uses will already bring back the shine and softness you deserve.

    BuzzFeed Editor Bek showing frizzy limp hair at first, then looking smoother and softer after using the product twice
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    It's packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really shiny. Then I had purple hair for a year, followed by blue for six months. My stylist had to bleach the beejeebers out of my hair to remove all of the funky colors. Ever since, my hair has been dry, crispy, and definitely not shiny. This stuff really makes a difference! I used it maybe 10-14 days ago, and I just redid it tonight. After shampooing, I towel-dried my hair and then put a big blob throughout my long-ish hair and clipped it up. I left it on for quite a while, just puttering around and getting chores done. Then I rinsed it and my hair feels soft and looks much shinier. I will keep using this as long as I need to (it will take a few years to grow out all the damage while maintaining length). I'm really glad that I read that article and bought the product!" —SHANNON FRASER

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Check out a BuzzFeed editor's full review in "7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We're Currently Obsessing Over".

    6. This silicone scalp brush so you can scrub away dandruff and build-up, and stimulate blood flow to your scalp. BTW, the soft bristles make the process feel gentle and not painful!,

    Promising review: "I’ve suffered with a dry, flaking scalp for about a year now (pretty much started when I was pregnant and hadn’t gone away). I finally read somewhere that exfoliating the scalp might help, but I was hesitant because years ago, I had a shampoo brush and it was very rigid, the bristles were fine and close together, and it made my hair a tangled mess. Anyway, I saw this shampoo brush and it looked a lot more flexible so I thought I’d give it a try and HOLY MOLY my flakes are gone! It’s made out of a silicone-type material and the little 'bristles' are flexible but still get the job done. I can literally brush my hair with shampoo in and it doesn’t get tangled. It’s amazing. Not only do I have zero flakes now, I feel like using this does a way better job at working the shampoo in and getting your hair and scalp really clean. I have super thick hair and no matter how much shampoo I use or how long I scrub my hair, I felt like the back, underneath part of my hair would sometimes stay dirty. This brush gets all that." —Meg R

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    7. A hair-finishing stick for managing the flyaways that just keep preventing your updos from being as sleek as possible. It contains a nongreasy, natural plant-based formula.

    A reviewer with flyaways on top of their head at first, then showing a sleek ponytail with no flyaways in sight

    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! It's so easy to use and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. This color-depositing shampoo if your already-bleached hair has just been begging you to try something new and exciting for a change. It'll also help give faded dye jobs a much-needed touch-up for a fraction of the cost of going to a salon.

    A reviewer with blonde hair at first, then hair that turned pastel pink

    Promising review: "This shampoo is awesome. I used this wet and it gave my hair a slight pink tint. The next time I applied it to dry hair in pieces to see if it would be more vivid and it definitely turned those pieces a lot pinker. It lasts a few washes, just make sure you also use conditioner because this can feel drying. My hair is dark blonde with highlights and it shows better on the highlights. You can still see it on the dark blonde too, it's just not as vibrant. I'm sold on this stuff and will be getting more of it!" —Jess

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 13 shades).

    9. An extra-large hair diffuser for enhancing the texture of your ~natural curls~. This attachment is designed with 360-degree airflow to ensure your hair dries evenly while maximizing volume and adding much-needed definition. Plus, the extra-long tips (aka "fingers") are designed with drying vents to quickly dry super thick, long hair from root to tip.


    This diffuser has a 1.8-inch diameter, which should fit *most* hairdryers.

    Promising review: "Forget those $200 dryers with their proprietary diffusers that claim to fix all of your curly hair frustrations. This diffuser reduces the amount of hair blowing your hair around (and therefore frizz), reduces the amount of times you need to move your dryer around your head, and distributes air and heat more evenly to your roots and ends. I have the standard Conair Infinity Pro blow-dryer ($32.89) and removing the plastic ring inside the attachment let this diffuser attach securely to my dryer." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    10. This anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with 1% ketoconazole, which adheres to your hair's proteins to fight dandruff. Say bye-bye to your itchy scalp and large, falling flakes!

    A reviewer with thick dandruff flakes at first, then their scalp looking dandruff-free

    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc... BUY THIS! I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four to five times (over a month), and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.84+ (available in three sizes).

    11. A set of twist flex rods because they're your one-way ticket to beautiful, heat-free curls while you sleep. Besides, your hair will probably ~bounce~ with joy while getting a break from all the heat styling.

    Promising review: "As someone who colors their hair, I am constantly on the lookout for ways to style my hair without further damaging it. I therefore try to stay away from heated methods of styling hair as much as possible. I prefer heat-less methods like this, because the curls seem to set for longer and stay bouncy. Let me preface by saying this: the 'before' photos of my hair were taken after having the curlers in my hair for only two hours. I have pretty thick hair and was looking for a casual, wavy look...the fact that my hair took to curling in such a short period of time is AMAZING!! I also love the fun assorted colors." —kiana

    Get a pack of 30 from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two styles and as a pack of 42).

    To learn more, check out "Hundreds Of People Use These $8 Twist Rods To Get Perfect Heat-Free Curls."

    12. This shea butter cleansing conditioner if your curls are in dire need of moisture, minus the usual stripping that comes with many traditional shampoos.

    A bottle of the product

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. It's probably my favorite conditioner for my 3a/3b curls on the market. A little bit of this goes a much longer way than many other conditioners. This product makes my hair so soft, bouncy, and healthy. I also love the fact that it's a cleansing conditioner, which I had never tried in the past. It makes it so I don't even really have to worry about shampooing because this does the trick. It cleanses my hair when I need it, but it also doesn't strip all the moisture and shine out like a regular shampoo would." —Anna Herman

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    13. A bottle of Briogeo Farewell Frizz Leave-In Conditioner formulated with a lightweight blend of rosehip, argan, and coconut oils to smooth hair and make it noticeably less frizzy.

    A model with frizzy flyaways at first, then smoother hair after using the product

    Briogeo is a Black-owned and woman-owned brand and uses natural ingredients!

    Promising review: "Perfect! I love the smell and feel of this conditioner. The spray nozzle isn’t the best, but I love the soft feeling it gives my hair. It's not at all heavy, which is an issue I have with other leave-in conditioners. My hair is not color-treated and this conditioner leaves it feeling soft, smelling good, and also shiny!" —Laurentastic

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (also available in a mini size)

    14. This L'Oréal protein recharge treatment that'll breathe new life into dull, stringy strands while you wash your hair. It contains a blend of almond extract and protein elixirs to strengthen your hair, promote shine, and protect it from heat damage.

    Promising review: "I noticed a difference in my hair as soon as I used it. My hair is just past my shoulders by 3 inches. It's wavy, but extremely dry and has been shedding a lot lately. So I was desperate to try something new before losing it all. It’s so thin now that it’s a real concern. Right after the first use, I’ve noticed that it is shiny, soft, and much easier to mange. And it's tangle free and has body without being weighed down. It’s nice and fluffy. I LOVE THIS STUFF." —Aragonme

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97+ (available as a pack of two).

    15. A detangling brush designed to make detangling your 3a to 4c hair as painless as possible. The brush works well on both wet and dry hair and defines your curls without ripping or tearing at them.

    A reviewer showing tangled coily hair at first, then coily hair looking smooth and brushed out

    Promising review: "This brush works wonders on my 4c hair. I also bought it to use on my biracial granddaughter's hair that is extremely thick, course, and extremely curly. It is very difficult to work through her hair. You cannot just comb straight through it, so this brush has been a huge help. She can tolerate it and so can I. I'm very happy that I found it. I love the way you can brush both vertically and horizontally. It is solid." —MsLynne

    Get it from Amazon for $8.66+ (available in four colors).

    16. This bottle of OUAI Hair Oil that's surprisingly lightweight yet effective enough to tame frizz and prevent heat and UV damage. Another bonus: it'll leave dull-looking hair with a lustrous shine.

    A bottle of the hair oil on a flat surface

    Promising review: "Honestly, it is worth every penny! I spent the entire summer in the pool, and my hair begun to feel dry and thick (I normally have silky, shiny hair). This hair oil restored my hair to its original beauty!!!! I’ve been using it for a month now and my hair has never felt this silky and healthy before! I totally recommend this product." —Dianeeeee

    Get it from Sephora for $28 (also available in a mini size).

    17. A super absorbent microfiber hair towel to cut your hair drying time in half, without adding extra heat damage. Plus, it'll help minimize frizz so you'll never feel like you have to hide your gorgeous tresses in a bun to prevent it from getting even more frizzy.

    A reviewer's hair wrapped in the towel

    Promising Review: "If you have naturally curly hair, you need this towel! I don't know what is at work but it definitely reduces frizz and my curls come out much nicer after using this towel. It would be even better if the towel was a smidge larger so it would feel more secure while wrapped around my head. Even so, it's a great product and I recommend it to my curly-haired friends." —KShats

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. Or this Dyson hair dryer reviewers say is well worth the splurge. It's engineered to protect your hair from damage and leave you with a smooth, shiny look. Basically, you'll be able to treat your hair to a salon-esque blowout any time you want.

    A model using the dryer to go from frizzy curls to smooth, straight hair

    It's also designed to help your hair dry faster.

    Promising review: "This is worth the high price! I have long, very thick hair that I've always struggled to style on my own. I saw a demonstration in a London department store and knew I needed this. My favorite qualities are how FAST this dries my hair. And how SMOOTH it makes my hair. I have naturally wavy hair that I've straightened with GHDs since 2001. With this dryer, it's the first time I've been happy with my natural waves. I attribute this to the fact that this dryer seems to work out all the frizzy-ness in the drying process. Love this and would buy again!" —LillacSkies

    Get it from Sephora for $399 (available in four colors).

    See why this won our splurge-worthy pick for best hair dryers on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    19. A fresh grapefruit and oatmeal-scented Verb hair mask so you can give damaged hair the repair it craves without weighting it down.

    The tube of product

    Promising Review: "I love love love this hair mask! It makes my hair so healthy and so shiny. It smells amazing and makes your hair feel even better. The best hair mask I ever tried. I shampoo my hair, towel dry it, then apply the mask and comb my hair, leave it over night and wash it in the morning, followed by conditioner. Highly recommended." —Elisamar1

    Get it from Sephora for $16.

    20. And a teasing brush if you've been looking for a simple but effective way to give thinner hair a volume boost. Its combo of boar bristles and nylon bristles help improve styling control. You'll end up with an impressively full and bouncy look.


    Promising review: "I love this little brush! I only just learned such a thing existed and had been using a teasing comb. This does much better with creating volume at the top of my head (I have very fine hair) without tearing my hair and frizzing it. With fine hair, it's especially important to have these gentle bristles. I highly recommend this brush for anybody wishing to create volume or height in their hair. And a very good price, too!" —M. Montour

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in two colors, two sizes, and two styles).

    21. This set of satin pillowcases to help minimize breakage, tangles, and frizz while you sleep. It's time to say, "see ya" to your usual pillowcases., Amazon

    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 $9.99+ (available in three sizes and 24 colors).

    22. A bottle of dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse, which also contains aloe vera and lavender extract to cleanse your hair, repair damage, and seal those nutrients into the hair cuticle. Your scalp is about to feel a lot cleaner and healthier. 🙌🏽

    The bottle of product

    Promising review: "I have super oily roots with dry ends, and itchy scalp. Before I tried this product, I had to shampoo my hair daily. Where as now, I can shampoo every four days, and in between, I just use this hair rinse. It's a lifesaver for me with my oily roots as well as itchy scalp!" —nnv20

    Get it from Sephora for $15 for a mini size (also available in a standard size and value size).

    23. These stretchy, durable, nonslip hair ties that'll stand up to even the thickest heads of hair. You deserve hair ties that won't snap when you try make Ariana Grande-esque ponytails.

    The hair ties in straight, wavy, and curly hair

    Promising Review: "They're worth every dollar! It's not quite like any other hair tie I've seen before. It's really thick, very expandable, and super durable. I have thick, coarse, nappy, natural, African American hair and these certainly do the job! I don't care what type of hair you have or how much of it you got because these will do the job. And they won't rip out your hair while doing it." —Gracey

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in six colors).

    24. An orange vanilla conditioning detangler spray because every time you comb your hair after washing it in the shower, you're left snagging, pulling, and tugging at your already-vulnerable strands. This stuff will help you cut down on the snagging and make the whole process less painful and time-consuming. Plus, it's made with vegan, plant-based ingredients.

    A reviewer holding the product

    Promising review: "The BEST detangler out there, and I have tried them all...even the expensive leave-in conditioners that say they detangle also. Bonus: your hair smells like those orange/vanilla popsicles that are so good. I have long, thick hair and I use a wide tooth comb after the shower. I spray this on all over and have zero trouble getting through my hair! So nice!" —Alyssa V

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (also available as a pack of three).

    25. This argan oil hair mask and deep conditioner to deliver intense hydration to super dry hair and strengthen weak and damaged manes.,

    Promising review: "I have been using Arvazallia for the last three years and I have found nothing else that works as good as this. My hair was damaged very badly from years of dyeing and bleaching. My hair was very thin and brittle to the point that running a brush through my hair was causing it to break. Me and my fiancé had spent hundreds of dollars at salons and purchasing countless products to try and repair my hair but they all failed. After using Arvazallia the first time I noticed that it had already started helping. After about five treatments my hair was silky smooth, thick, hydrated and had volume I had not seen since I was a teenager. I would recommend this product for anyone at least give it a try. This is the only moisturizing product that I have bought in the past three years." —dave

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    26. A blueberry control jelly for upping your curl definition and smoothing frizz. It's formulated with organic blueberry extract and raw castor oil to so you can achieve a smooth, bouncy look.


    Promising Review: "The best product I have EVER used on my fine, curly hair! It defines all the curls without weighing them down and smells AMAZING. It also lasts for a few days, which is always a plus for curly hair." —Monica

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    27. And a can of Batiste dry shampoo that'll instantly refresh your hair between washes if your roots are pretty much drowning in excess oil and grease.,

    Promising review: "I had used dry shampoo a few years ago out of curiosity. It went fine but I didn't really think I needed it and never bought another can after that. I thought I would give it another shot after seeing these in a BuzzFeed post and reading rave reviews. They're all correct! I love this stuff and have no idea why I didn't keep using dry shampoo after that one experiment a few years ago. The spray comes out cool, so it's super refreshing, and I love how much thicker my hair feels when it's in. It also smells nice, and a can lasts a long time if you use it maybe once between hair washes (I wash my hair about every other day, but sometimes go a few days and will use this once or twice during those periods). I even bought a travel-size version of this for emergencies. Bless you, Batiste!!!" —Amanda Storey

    Get it from Amazon for $9.38+ (available in three sizes and packs of one and three).

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