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    Updated on Jul 27, 2020. Posted on Jul 25, 2020

    Just 26 Hair Products With Impressive Before-And-After Photos

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    1. A collection of three products called the Gold System that includes a shampoo, conditioner, and a styling crème for dry, coarse, textured, or curly hair.

    Before photo of model with flat, frizzy curls and after photo showing the products gave the curls more definition and reduced frizz
    Andre Walker Hair

    Andre Walker Hair is a Black-owned beauty brand. Fun fact: Andre has been Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist for more than 25 years!

    Promising review: "I have used this line of products for years. Fabulous to help strengthen my hair. I swear by this product line." —S. Selleck

    Get it from Andre Walker Hair for $39.

    2. A bottle of hair-building fibers to help cover balding spots while you're still trying to grow back hair.

    A reviewer's before and after photo of them using the hair-building fibers to cover some bald spots
    amazon.com

    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 four sizes and nine colors).

    3. A hair-finishing stick that'll take those little hairs and fly-aways and roll them up into your bun! It's essentially plant oil in a mascara wand and it's perfect (like your hair).

    amazon.com

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

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    4. A bottle of L'Oreal Paris root cover-up spray so you don't have to spend tons of $$$ and time getting your roots redone. Just spray it on your roots and witness seamless coverage with no residue. Plus, it's water-resistant!

    A reviewer with gray roots and dark brown hair showing the spray completely covered their grays
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My hair grows somewhat fast so I find myself coloring my roots at minimum every two weeks, which I think is bad for my hair. This product has been a lifesaver in allowing me to extend that time frame some. I wish I had found it sooner!" —Mmandkcs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in eight colors).

    5. A vegan, paraben-free, and semi-permanent conditioning hair color that'll last up to 25 washes so you can rock your new look for a long time without having to pay a ton of money.

    A reviewer with blonde hair before and after using the product with the second image showing how bright purple their hair is
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the first hair color I ever used back in 1995 (Atlantic Blue on my unbleached natural medium brown hair), and it took amazingly. Since then, I've tried everything I came across hoping for something that lasts longer, but this is the best I've found. It typically lasts four to six weeks on my hair. This is a vegetable dye and will not harm your hair if left on too long. Actually, it's very conditioning and makes my hair soft and shiny after use. Always wash and rinse in cold water and use a mild shampoo made for colored hair!" —KelRosner

    Get it from Amazon for $7+ (available in 15 colors).

    6. A tin of leave-in beard conditioner to soften coarse hairs, get rid of "beardruff," or use as a pre-shave balm for skin so soft you'll forget there was ever a beard there.

    A before photo of a reviewer with a full beard and mustache and an after photo with a cleanly shaven face looking smooth
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I originally purchased this for purposes of beardism. The product worked wonders and improved my bearditude. After I decided to cut it for summer I found myself one day without shave gel so I used this instead. This is by far the greatest shaving experience I have ever had — and that includes professional ones. My face feels like butter-soaked calfskin leather. You know damn well you can imagine how luxurious that feels." —Michael Gomez

    Get it from Amazon for $11.43.

    7. A tapered ceramic Remington Pro curling wand that might as well have come from Ollivander's, because you can curl your hair so effortlessly — without the traditional curl clamp — and make it feel like straight-up magic.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m one of those people who just sucks at curling my hair. I've tried numerous times to curl my hair with a curling iron, but I can never get it right. I love this wand! I literally feel like a pro curling my hair and it took less than 10 minutes! It used to take forever with those darn curling irons. Never again! Seriously though, this is a must-have for all." —MissEm

    Get it from Amazon for $17.75+ (available in two sizes).

    Read my coworker's Remington curling wand review for more deets!

    8. A bottle of Fanola No Yellow shampoo for anyone with orange undertones they want out of their life. The violet pigment in this shampoo will get rid of unwanted yellow hues on gray, light blonde, or streaked hair.

    A reviewer showing the before and after using the shampoo with the after having a less yellow hue
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Stop searching and buy this! I purchased this purple shampoo on a whim after seeing it on a BuzzFeed article. THIS SHAMPOO, let me tell you, has pulled any and every unwanted orange color from my hair. The shampoo is PURPLE, almost black. It reeks to high heaven, but so do most toners and glazes a salon would put on, so it's really not an issue to me. I use it once a week and leave it on for about five minutes while I shave in shower, and it does its job. Within two weeks it pulled all the orange brassiness from my hair and has left me with a wintery icy blonde that I never thought my hair could be. I love it so much and don't know what state of pumpkin I would be without this shampoo." —Lenna K.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes).

    Read more about this purple shampoo in our Fanola No Yellow Shampoo deep dive!

    9. A set of hair extensions that'll feel and look so much like the real deal, you might even forget you have them in.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This was the best nine dollars I've spent in a long time! The color is a perfect match to my hair. The hair is very long — I cut at least 12 inches off. It stays in place very well. This is a fun addition to my going out look." —SBonert

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four lengths and 42 colors).

    Find out more about the Reecho hair extensions in my colleague's deep dive!

    10. A John Frieda hot air brush so you can get that blown-out look but without spending the time or money for the salon. Drying your hair with a round brush + a blow-dryer 👏is 👏a 👏myth. This tool does it all in one!

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "It has two heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. It also has a ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. I friggin' love this brush. All you need to do is section your hair out, depending on how thick it is, and roll it under your hair like you would a regular round brush — but because it releases hot air, there's NO NEED FOR A HAIR DRYER! Truly easy. And you get better results than with a flat iron, because you're lifting and brushing out the hair rather than just pressing it flat."—BuzzFeed Editor Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99 (available in 1- and 1.5-inch sizes).

    Read our full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush.

    11. A 2-in-1 ionic hair straightener brush so you can finally enjoy getting ready in the morning without ~literally~ pulling your hair out!

    amazon.com

    Safety features include auto-off and auto temperature lock, which automatically shuts off the brush if not used for 60 minutes. Temperatures range from150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) to 230 degrees Celsius (450 degrees Fahrenheit) for any hair type.

    Promising review: "Yaaaaaa'll! Buy this thing. Seriously, add it to your cart right now and check out. RIGHT NOW! I have never liked straightening my hair. It took way too long (upwards of two hours), the flat iron would get caught in my hair, I'd burn my scalp trying to get too close; it just was a hassle. I'm so glad I tried this because what used to be a two-plus hour ordeal took only 45 minutes — and most of that was taking my hair down and detangling it from washing it! The actual straightening process was maybe 20 minutes." —Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $36.99.

    12. A molding wax for those stubborn hairs that need medium hold to lock them in all day. This formula has minimal shine and will give your hair some added fullness.

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    Promising review: "I have very fine hair and it's so hard to do anything with it. I ordered this based on the reviews and how it won't weigh down or make my hair look greasy. This stuff is great! After I blow-dry my hair, I add a small amount (about size of a nickel) into my hand and then begin to apply it. It gives my hair a nice shine but more importantly, it gives my hair the fullness and hold that I need. Overall great stuff!" —L. Avila

    Get it from Amazon for $12.32.

    13. A tin of all-purpose wax beads so people who want to rid their underarms of hair can do so without razor burn and bumps coming up out of nowhere.

    Before photo of reviewer with moderate amount of back hair and after photo of reviewer with hair-free back
    amazon.com

    Apply this wax with wooden applicators like these! To use, place the wax tin into a professional wax heater. Within 20 to 30 minutes, it will be warm and liquid enough to apply. Test the temperature of the wax on the inside of your wrist; the best temperature should be about what your body temperature is. Then apply an oil of your choice and a quarter-sized amount of the wax. Spread in the direction of your hair growth. Once dried down, remove the wax parallel and in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

    Promising review: "Holy crap. Please listen to this review. This is the best, and easiest-to-use wax I have ever tried. It dries super quickly and when it dries it creates a vacuum seal around the hair. It does not stick to skin in the slightest and cuts the pain down 75%. I would pay $150 dollars for this stuff because it is so good." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $20.15.

    14. An automatic ceramic curling iron for anyone who loves to change up their look day to day but is at their ~split ends~ trying to style their hair in under an hour.

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    Simply place a sectioned off part of your hair behind the thickest prong, and it'll automatically wrap around the iron, and rest of the hard work is done for you!

    Promising review: "I love this curler beyond words. I am Asian with super straight hair that can never keep curls. Seriously, after curling my hair with a curling iron AND using hair spray, my hair is basically straight again in two hours. This is the ONLY curling iron that I've used that actually works and is super easy to use. I actually tried using it without spraying my hair and the curls stayed intact until the next day." —NYC Dog Mom

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    15. A set of clip-on bangs, because you know you've wondered what you'd look like with them. We all have! Now's your chance to see what you'd look like without making it permanent.

    A reviewer showing the before and after of their hair with and without the clip in bangs and it looks natural and color matches beautifully
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I had very LOW expectations for this. I accidentally cut my bangs too short the other night because my puppy distracted me mid cut. I thought it would be funny to buy this and wear it one day. I got it for laughs mostly, not really expecting it to look normal. AND OMG I AM SHOCKED! First of all, it's the exact same shade as my hair color. It was super easy to put on. The hair feels soft and realistic. I am so beyond amazed. So far, no one has been able to tell that the bangs are fake! I love them!" —Jrod

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 32 colors).

    16. A bottle of Veet's hair-removal cream formulated with aloe vera and vitamin E for sensitive skin to remove hair in less than five minutes. If you're tired of shaving every other day just to get the smooth look they're going for, try this!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I got this for my private parts because I have extremely sensitive skin when it comes to shaving and waxing, especially if it's frequently. Fierce ingrown hairs and razor burn. I tried a small spot first and didn't have any side effects so I went for the whole shebang. Left it on for nine minutes. Wiped off with a warm washcloth and boom, silky smooth everywhere! " —Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A bottle of curl cream gel to define and hold moisture in your curls. The argan oil in the formula helps to prevent frizz and you'll wind up with the perfect curl every time.

    A before and after photo showing more defined curls after using the product
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Like many of the people who have posted reviews, I've tried every curl cream in the book, from high end to low end. I can't remember how I stumbled across this product but it was the reviews that made me want to give it a try. Thank goodness I did and that's why I'm writing this review. This product is amazing. I have waist-length wavy/curly red hair and I only have to use two pumps of the product to coat all my hair. My curls are wonderfully moisturized and shaped with absolutely ZERO greasy or crunchy feel. A little goes a long way. Highly recommend this!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    18. An anti-hair loss shampoo made with argan oil that'll rejuvenate your scalp and bring those baby hairs back to life.

    A before and after photo from day 1 to day 16 showing more hair growth in the second image
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "OMG. Guys, this stuff actually works; I'm dead serious. I never read reviews but I figured I should and show you guys pictures because I'm so happy with the results. I have been struggling with hair loss since I started undergrad, and I have found each year my hair is getting thinner and thinner and my hairline is receding on the corners. I saw this and read the good reviews. Now I see why the reviews are so amazing. It's been 16 days as of today and the results are impressive." —christine rosenberg

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    19. A HSI Professional hair straightener with a 6-foot, 360-degree swivel cord to straighten, flip, or curl your hair for the gods!

    amazon.com

    The set includes a glove, pouch, and travel size argan oil that you can use as a leave-in hair treatment to prevent heat damage.

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail, guys. They’ve done it. They’ve made a flat iron that can control the beast. 10x better than my other iron, and I can get my hair done in about 20 minutes now!" —Tiffany Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

    20. An anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with Ketoconazole 1% to keep those pesky flakes and itchy scalp at bay.

    amazon.com

    FWIW: This formula is safe to use on color-treated, chemically processed, and gray hair!

    Promising review: "If I could give this product more than five stars then I would!! My husband has suffered from extreme dandruff/psoriasis for years to the point that he would pick constantly at his scalp. I would be able to visually see large sores and peeling skin chunks constantly no matter what shampoo/treatment he would use. This stuff worked absolute wonders for us and I would recommend to anyone with slight dandruff issues to extreme psoriasis conditions!"—Tabitha C.

    Get it from Amazon starting at $14.84 (available in two sizes).

    21. A detangling brush to work through hair that's acting knotty. Its cone-shaped bristles separate the hair sideways (which is way gentler) instead of down.

    amazon.com, Amazon

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

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88.

    22. A biotin shampoo formulated with nutrient-rich botanicals like B5 zinc and coconut oil to nourish your hair and stimulate your scalp, removing any buildup that may be blocking your pores and helping your hair strands get strong. Believe me, this stuff is really gonna ~grow~ on you.

    A reviewer showing a progression of images that tracks their hair growth after using the product
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Saw this product on BuzzFeed and thought I’d give it a try. I bought it to grow my hair longer in time for my wedding. It definitely worked, making my hair longer in a short period of time (few months). Its scent is fine and isn’t overpowering." —SAR

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    23. A hydrating hair mask with over 4,000 5-star reviews, because it deeply conditions, detangles, hydrates, and revives dull and over-processed hair.

    A reviewer's before and after photo showing their hair more conditioned and hydrated in the second image
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "My hair is very thin and curly. The ends are damaged from heat and color, causing my hair to look even more unruly. There is an immediate difference as soon as this product touches my hair. It leaves my hair feeling so silky, even after I rinse it out and dry my hair."—Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    24. An all-natural henna powder so you can say goodbye to hair dye for good.

    A reviewer showing the before and after of using the product with their hair looking more naturally red in the second image
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I can't stress enough how much I LOVE henna. I use it for pretty much everything — hair, nails, and lips. This is the cheapest henna I've found that hasn't lost its quality. I've been using henna for about a year and it leaves a gorgeous, natural-looking red that no chemical dye I've used could beat." —Krista M.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    25. A bottle of 100%-pure, hexane-free castor oil made with rich vitamins and fatty-acids that'll help repair, grow, and maintain damaged hair. It can also be used for skin, eyelash, and nail health!

    A reviewer showing balding spots on their scalp next to an after image of the same reviewer with new hair growth in the same spot
    amazon.com

    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 $17.95.

    26. A color-depositing shampoo that'll maintain color or add color to lightened hair so well you're gonna forget what going back to the salon for a touch-up ever felt like!

    A reviewer's before and after photos showing brown and golden hair in the first image and maroon and pink hair in the second
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am growing out my natural gray/silver hair, and the lengths are bleached light blonde with an unpleasant yellow tinge. For the last year I have tried so many toners, purple shampoos, color rinses, etc. This is the only product that worked...now my hair is all the same color and I am finally free of the yellowish hue!" —Lesley X

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 12 colors).

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