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    23 Products That'll Help Anyone Who's Bad At Doing Their Hair

    Including an automatic hair curler, a deep-conditioning hair mask, and a holy grail treatment if you bleach your hair.

    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 hot air brush for straightening your hair as it dries. This way you can ditch your round brush and hair dryer for an all-in-one tool and prevent the arm fatigue that inevitably happens halfway through your blow-dry.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $52.39.

    2. A hair finishing stick that'll clean up all those random strands that escape from ponytails and buns. It's basically like a mascara wand coated in natural plant oils for your hair.

    A before and after showing that the hair stick has tamed flyaways
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $23.48.

    3. A hair mask from Kérastase that'll smooth your mane and really lock in shine — not only will it help you say goodbye to flyaways, but it'll make it looks like you put a lot more effort into your styling routine.

    A before photo of a model with dull, stringy hair, and an after photo showing the model with smooth, shiny hair
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    Get it from Kérastase for $69, or from Sephora Canada for $69.

    4. A set of flexible curling rods so you don't have to spend three hours in the morning curling your hair. Use them on wet or dry hair and then sleep on them. The results: perfect heatless curls.

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    Get 42 rods from Amazon Canada for $23.48.

    5. A detangling spray if you've cried in frustration and pain because unknotting your hair is no joke. This one's made with argan oil, jojoba protein, quinoa extract, and shea butter so your comb will glide through your hair effortlessly. Also, it smells divine!

    A hand holding a bottle of the honest detangler
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    My colleague Alice Prendergast swears by this stuff. In her own words:

    "To put it bluntly, my hair is an absolute wreck. It has been bleached, dyed, straightened, and curled waaaay to much, and, honestly, it's mad at me. It was literally a nightmare to comb through after every shower, until I purchased this detangler. Now combing through my fine, knotty locks is a breeze. It's packed with hydrating argan oil, so I don't even have to add any extra serums to it after, which is a nice treat for my wallet. The cherry on top is that it actually smells like creamsicles, so you get a healthy dose of nostalgia, too."

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.67.

    6. A scalp massager, because a relaxing scalp massage is great for getting that blood flowing to your head while simultaneously breaking down buildup (hello hairspray and dry shampoo) that's making your hair oily and difficult to style. Starting with a clean slate can make working with your hair so much easier.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $16.99+ (available in two colours).

    7. And don't forget a detangling brush so you can stop using the phrase "rat's nest" to describe your hair before brushing it. This has flexible bristles that separate knots without pulling and breaking your strands.

    The detangling brush
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.35+ (available in five colours).

    8. A L'Oréal blowout primer to speed up the drying process while simultaneously protecting it from your heat-styling tools. It works with any and all hair textures, be they straight, curly, or something in between.

    The bottle of blowout primer
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    9. A Briogeo exfoliating shampoo if you need help preventing flakes and buildup. It penetrates deeply, lifting dead skin and leftover products. Plus, the cooling formula soothes itching with a combination of anti-fungal oils, as well as moisturizing coconut oil that prevents future flakes.

    Model with beautiful natural hair holding a tub of the shampoo

    Briogeo is a Black- and female-owned hair care brand founded by Nancy Twine.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $42.

    10. A collagen-coating hair treatment to revitalize a mane that's dry, damaged, and overprocessed as a result of your endless hair-styling attempts.

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    Read our review of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment to learn more about why my colleague calls it "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $13.83.

    11. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo, because attempting to tone your hair is something you should probably just leave to the pros. This is good for between visits to your colourist, as it should remove just enough yellow tones from your hair that you can live without fretting about your colour until your next salon appointment in a few weeks.

    A model holding a bottle of No Yellow shampoo

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $27.99.

    12. A bottle of Olaplex No. 3, a splurge-worthy repairing treatment that'll revive your dry, damaged, coloured hair. As someone who spends four-plus hours bleaching my hair every six to eight weeks, I can 100% vouch for this miracle in a bottle

    Before and after of BuzzFeed editor who used the treatment showing it made her damaged, frizzy bleached blonde hair look smoother, shinier, and healthier
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    I went from very dark brown/almost black Asian hair to platinum blonde, a colour I've maintained for almost four years. I truly believe the only reason I still have hair on my head is because 1. my colourist is amazing and 2. Olaplex. Despite having pretty strong hair, I remember globs of it breaking off in the shower right after I bleached my mane. In a panic, I bought a bottle of Olaplex and my hair has been thanking me ever since. I hate how expensive a single small bottle is, but I truly can't be without this. It's reduced breakage and brittleness, minimized frizziness, and just generally helped my hair look healthy.

    My colleague (pictured above) also swears by this stuff. Check out her Olaplex review here for more deets and some before and afters that'll make you buy this in bulk.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $38 or from Amazon Canada for $36.20.

    13. A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo to break through hairsprays, dry shampoo, oils, and whatever else is gunking up your scalp. This will make your mane so much easier to style. Clarifying shampoos can dry out your skin if you use them too often, so we recommend using it once a week.

    The clear shampoo bottle
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $17.22.

    14. A Remington curling wand for anyone who needs convincing that curling their hair is something they could excel at. It has an LCD screen and 10 heat settings so you can pick the temperature that's right for you hair. And, there's also a swivel cord so you can hold the wand at any angle without worrying about the cord. But wait, there's more!! The ceramic coating means your curls will be shiny and frizz-free.

    A model using the curling wand to create loose curls in her hair

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $34.99.

    15. Or a Chi automatic curling iron, because you deserve perfect curls in mere minutes. All you do is insert your hair into the chamber and the curler will automatically wrap it around the heated rod. Then, just wait until it beeps to let you know that the curl has set. The best part: the barrel protects your fingers from getting burned. As a clumsy person who's prone to singeing her fingers and is also terrified of burning off her hair, this genius tool gives me hope that I, too, will one day be able to curl my hair again without sustaining bodily injuries.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $116.67+.

    16. A Moroccanoil curl cream so you can embrace your kinks. It enhances your beautiful curls with its rich leave-in formula made with argan oil (makes your ringlets soft and bouncy), vitamin E (fights free radical damage and helps hair growth), and antistatic agents.

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    My curly-haired coworker Maitland Quitmeyer raves about this. In her own words:

    "There are many hairs on my head, and they all seem to be different textures — some corkscrew spirals, some frizzy zigzags, and some that defy a category altogether. The mane as a whole is dry AF and entirely unruly. (Fun fact: Due to its size and dryness, my hair has actually caught on fire on three separate occasions.) During the summer after my sophomore year of college, I decided to cut my long hair into a lob to try to make it lower-maintenance. Once the chop occurred, my hairdresser (bless you, Andrea) told me to try Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream. And boy can I tell you, it is my DESERT ISLAND. HOLY GRAIL. hair product. It actually helps my hair dry in its natural curl formation and stay moisturized for daysssss. It smells amazing and doesn't leave a greasy or sticky residue — it's just a miracle, guys."

    Get it for $38 from Sephora Canada or Amazon Canada.

    17. An argan oil hair mask to repair your hair's elasticity and make it soft and shiny again. If you think you're awful at doing your hair, it could just be that split ends and dryness are making it hard to style your strands — and this deep conditioner can help with that. It's safe for all hair types and is paraben- and sulfate-free.

    A before and after photo showing that hair is much smoother and shinier after using the hair mask
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    18. A Verb hair oil if you'd like a good hair day in a bottle. How? Its weightless blend of moringa seed oil, bamboo extract, and argan oil simultaneously moisturizes, strengthens, and adds shine while leaving behind a light, fresh scent (because no one needs to know this is third-day hair).

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    My colleague Alice Prendergast (pictured above) loves this bad boy. In her own words:

    "When I bleached my hair, it was completely busted. It broke every time I brushed it and basically looked like one of those tumbleweeds you see in an old western movie every time I blow-dried it — until I found this. It's thicker than most oils (a bit lighter than the consistency of gel) and combs through hair like a dream. It packs in moisture like nobody's business and also smells freaking amazing."

    Not convinced? Check out another BuzzFeed writer's Verb Ghost Oil review (#5) for more deets!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $20.

    19. A foolproof donut bun maker, because we all know the struggle of wrapping our hair into a bun only for random pieces to immediately fall out.

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    Get a seven-piece kit plus bobby pins and hair ties from Amazon Canada $10.99.

    20. A Batiste dry shampoo that'll sop up grease and oils so you can go longer between washes. If this isn't the epitome of a lazy person's beauty product, then I don't know what else is.

    A bottle of Batiste dry shampoo poking out of a model's purse
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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $7.27.

    21. A hair repair serum with hydrating argan oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E so you can literally just brush your mane in the morning and you're good to go. Hello, frizz-free hair!

    A model with smooth, friz-free hair after using the the hair serum
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    I use this stuff and a little goes a long way — it makes my hair so much smoother and really reduces any frizz my hair has picked up.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $15.99.

    22. A pack of cute headbands to get your tresses up and out of your face. Bad hair days, meet your new worst enemy.

    A pack of headbands with bows on them in different patterns
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    Get a set of six from Amazon Canada for $17.99 (available in two styles).

    23. A set of satin pillowcases if you'd prefer to wake up with less frizz and breakage. If you seriously can't use anything else on this list, the one thing that's 100% doable is to switch to satin pillowcases.

    Model sleeping on a satin pillowcase
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    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $14.49+ (available in three sizes and 20 colours).

    Just one hair god sharing tips on how to have equally amazing hair:

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    Nic Cage is the hair god, if that wasn't clear...not me.

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

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