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    Updated on Jan 16, 2020. Posted on Jan 3, 2020

    29 Hair Products I'm Not Sure How You Lived Without For So Long

    Bad hair days are officially a thing of the past.

    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 hair finishing stick to take care of those annoying flyaways and baby hairs that just aren't cooperating. It's made of natural plant ingredients that have an immediate effect on your 'do.

    amazon.com

    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 hair spray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    2. A detangling brush that'll glide through hair and remove knots without making you cry in the process.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 $9.88.

    3. A Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush to assist you in getting the perfect blowout in *half* the time.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 hair dryer 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 $38.94+ (available in four colors).

    4. A set of satin pillowcases, because they're a game changer for improving breakage, tangles, and frizz while you sleep.

    amazon.com, 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 four sizes and 15 colors).

    5. A fresh grapefruit and oatmeal–scented Verb hair mask for repairing damaged hair that needs a little extra TLC — without weighing it down.

    Sephora

    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.

    6. A giant pack of velvet hair scrunchies, because they're not just a trendy VSCO girl thing, they're actually really comfortable and cute for when you need to throw your hair up in a messy bun or pony.

    A bunch of scrunchies in various colors.
    amazon.com

    I have thick curly hair and I wear one almost every day! I don't have to worry about them snapping or hurting my head.

    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 a 60-pack from Amazon for $14.55.

    7. A hair repair serum for transforming dry, damaged hair into soft and shiny locks. The mix of aloe and argan oils should help de-frizz your mane and improve split ends.

    amazon.com

    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.

    8. A satin-lined sleep beanie that is actually pretty cute and will preserve your #HairGoals all night. The satin lining should help your hair retain moisture and the lightweight jersey outer will feel comfortable at all times.

    amazon.com

    Promising Review: "I’m obsessed! I used to have a horribly ugly night cap, but this one makes me feel glam!" —katie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in 44 different options).

    9. A bottle of sulfate-free Biotin shampoo infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils that can help with hair loss and prevent dandruff.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After using the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on) and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    10. A super absorbent, anti-frizz microfiber hair towel to cut your hair drying time in half, without adding extra heat damage.

    amazon.com

    Ever since I started using a microfiber hair towel, I hardly ever use a blow dryer anymore. I'd rather not add heat to my curly hair unless totally necessary, so I'll wash my hair at night, wrap it in a microfiber towel and let it dry on it's own. It helps my curls feel much healthier — and it keeps my hair out of the way while I'm doing my skincare routine.

    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 $10.99 (available in two sizes).

    11. An effective anti-dandruff shampoo you'll love if you constantly stress over dandruff, itchiness, and flaking.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all of my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier." —Moo Moo

    Get it from Amazon for $14.79.

    12. Elizavecca's collagen protein treatment for damaged, over-processed locks. It can be used on all hair textures to help restore it back to a healthier state.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

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

    13. A curling wand perfect for giving you a stunning beachy wave that you can rock for a night out. It heats up to 400 degrees and comes with a heat protectant glove.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I get so many compliments on my hair when I use this. Works best on second or third day hair with dry texture spray and/or dry shampoo. So easy to use. One YouTube tutorial and I was good to go. And comes with a heat protecting glove. Pro tip: I wear the glove on my non-dominant hand bc that's the one I wrap the hair around the wand with." —ArtistMommy

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    14. A soothing DevaCurl buildup buster for hair that has collected too much product on the scalp. It uses Abyssinian seed oil and jojoba to deliver the moisture, shine, and bounce of your dreams.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "This was so soothing on my scalp. I struggle with a dry itchy scalp and this has helped immensely. The nozzle helps to get through my thick 3a/3b hair and I noticed an immediate difference in my hair afterwards. It almost has a cooling sensation that makes your hair feel refreshed and clean." —Brianne

    Get an 8 oz bottle from Amazon for $20.80 (available in two sizes).

    15. A purple shampoo that'll tone down the yellow hues in blonde hair so you can get the color you want without extra (expensive) trips to the salon.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. Now my hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous with lots of body!" —KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $14.96 (available in two sizes).

    And check out our full write-up on this Fanola No Yellow Shampoo to learn more.

    16. A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo for cleansing your scalp of product build-up and residue. After getting all the gunk out of your hair, it'll be much easier to style and manage.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Clarifying shampoos can dry out your skin if you use them too often, so we recommend only using it once a week!

    Promising review: "This shampoo 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 less styling products to achieve the same results. But be careful not to use this too often as it can dry out your hair. 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 $4.99.

    17. A 42-pack of flexible foam curling rods so you can create lively curls with minimal effort. Just put them into damp or moisturized hair and leave them in for a few hours and your hair will have some beautiful new texture.

    amazon.com

    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 them from Amazon for $9.99.

    18. A pack of stretchy, durable, non-slip hair ties, because they won't snap while you're trying to make an Ariana Grande-style high ponytail.

    Amazon

    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).

    19. Or a pack of transparent spiral hair ties that can help prevent ponytail headaches and bumps, while still allowing you to have a super cute up-do.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’m obssesed 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 type 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 a pack of four from Amazon for $5.99.

    20. An orange vanilla conditioning detangler spray made with vegan, plant-based ingredients to make after shower brushing a whole lot less painful and time consuming.

    amazon.com

    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 $4.99.

    21. A bottle of Overtone daily conditioner guaranteed to keep any fun dye job looking fresh and vibrant like you just got it done (even if it's been weeks).

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    The color shown above is pastel purple. All products are also 100% vegan and cruelty-free!

    Promising review: "I have naturally dark Auburn hair and really wanted to try purple but didn’t want to bleach my natural hair color. Overtone worked great and even outlasted the color my hairstylist used to attempt purple in my hair without damaging bleach. I’ve gotten so many compliments and have recommended and sent friends the link to Overtone for their hair color needs." —Bonnie Rowland

    Get it from Overtone for $18 (available in 14+ colors with varying shades).

    22. A L'Oréal quick dry primer spray that'll speed up the drying process and protect your hair from heat damage. Plus, this game-changing product works on all different hair types.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don't need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it." —blackrose

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    23. A scalp massager so you can give your head a little extra attention. This handy tool will not only feel super relaxing, but it'll help with blood flow and assist in removing any product residue that may be hiding in there.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    24. A hair diffuser attachment with over 90 air vents for days when you have to blow dry your hair, but you don't want all of the added poof that comes with it.

    amazon.com

    This hair diffuser is ideal for curly and textured hair. It features 360 degree airflow, which helps it to diffuse your hair evenly and gently, giving curly hair maximum volume without all the frizz. It will also cut your drying time way down, no matter how thick your curls are.

    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 $19.99.

    25. A tube of texture definition cream that'll lock in moisture and hold your natural hair texture in place, helping it to avoid frizzing throughout the day.

    Sephora

    Promising review: "Unreal!! I tried so many other curl-encouraging creams (to abandon the blow dry process that only leaves me with crap results) and this is unbelievable. I put it in freshly washed wet hair and air dry — can even sleep on it then add bit of oil in a.m. with finger-combing — and POW: cushiony soft rounded thickish-looking defined, BEAUTIFUL curls. I have past-shoulder, 3c (thin medium) curly hair and use between dime and nickel size (it comes out in tube shape, so just under one inch). Cannot recommend more highly, and price point is totally fair AND it's a historically important USA company! Enjoy, curly girls!!" —trinatreen

    Get it from Sephora for $24.

    26. A hydrating argan oil hair mask and deep conditioner to strengthen and restore weak and damaged hair. I'll make it look and feel healthier and it should also improve hair growth as well.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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.

    27. A curl restoring treatment formulated with quinoa protein, mongongo oil, and mango butter to restore moisture-protein balance to textured hair, resulting in more defined and elastic curls.

    Sally Beauty

    Promising review: "I have tried plenty of deep treatments/deep conditioners for my hair, but this one is the absolute best. It glides through my hair so smoothly and it just leaves my hair feeling super soft, well moisturized, deeply conditioned, and incredibly strengthened as well. This is truly a salon quality grade product all the way! No matter what type of hair you have, I can’t urge you enough to give this product a try. It will become a huge favorite of yours instantly!" —Prettichic

    Get it from Sally Beauty for $11.99.

    28. A can of Batiste dry shampoo that'll instantly refresh your hair between washes. It can soak up dirt and grease, making your hair look more bouncy and voluminous.

    amazon.com, instagram.com

    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 $6.12 (also available in packs of two, three, or six).

    29. A texture spray you can spritz in your hair to give a natural, tousled look. It can also give hair more of a grip for staying put in updos.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have long, fine waving hair that tends to lose volume and curl a few hours after I wash them. I need volumizing products and hairspray that holds my style and 'keeps' all day or at least longer than usual. This product gives volume and lift without falling flat and adding weight after a few hours; holds well in wind and humidity, so far it's the best hair spray I've ever used. Highly recommend." —Rose H.

    Get it from Amazon for $11 (available in two sizes).

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    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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