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

    Let the slow motion hair flips commence.

    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.

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    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 hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    2. Or an edge control gel that'll help lay edges and baby hairs for a sleek look without the flaking and residue.

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    BUT we want to add that no one should feel pressure to lay their edges, unless they way want to! Check out, "Just A Friendly PSA That You Don't HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don't Wanna."

    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 non greasy! And this one is not even the strongest in the line. Love this product!" —Seabea2013

    Get it from Amazon for $5.74+ (available in four sizes).

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

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    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, nondamaged look." —SAHM2011

    Get it from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in six colors).

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

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    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 $11.88 (available in six colors).

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

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    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 $8.49+ (available in four sizes and 22 colors).

    6. 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.

    A before-and-after of a reviewer with dry, damaged hair and split ends compared to much healthier and smoother looking hair after using the serum
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    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.

    7. A giant pack of velvet hair scrunchies, because they're 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.
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    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 $9.99.

    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.

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    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 31 colors).

    9. A creamy deep conditioner for those of us with 3a–4c hair — it uses super-fruit oils to create a lightweight formula that leaves curls and coils feeling soft and moisturized.

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    I recently started using Bread products and I really love how lightweight and easy they are to use. Since I have mixed textured hair that's been frequently dyed, it tends to get very dry. After using this deep conditioner my hair felt so much better and softer. In addition to that, the smell is A-MA-ZING. Definitely one of my new favorite wash day products.

    Bread Beauty Supply is a Black woman-owned business that was founded by Maeva Heim in 2020.

    Promising review: "LOVE this product! My hair is very dry and frizzy but this product made my hair so much more manageable and soft. I will definitely be getting more once I’m out!" —Nivedhitha

    Get it from Sephora or Bread Beauty Supply for $28.

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

    Reviewer's before-and-after of them showing some balding on the top of their head compared to the bald spot being almost completely grown in
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    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 $9.85.

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

    reviewer with their hair wrapped in the hair towel
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    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 its 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 $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

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

    reviewer's before-and-after of them showing a lot of dandruff on their scalp compared to the dandruff being completely gone
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    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 $14.84.

    13. 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.

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    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 $9.60.

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

    14. 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.

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    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 $15.74+ (available in five sizes/colors).

    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.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of their hair looking yellow and brassy compared to it looking much more smooth and light blonde
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    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 $10.

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

    16. A coconut shea curl defining creme perfect for those of us who like to just throw a product in our natural hair and go. The medium-hold styler leaves curls looking soft and bouncy. And the ingredients, which include coconut oil, shea butter, and aloe vera, help to protect hair against protein loss.

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    Eden BodyWorks is a Black woman-owned business founded by Jasmine Lawrence in 2004.

    Promising review: "This curl cream is a godsend! It truly defines my 3b–3c curls as well as the hair on the crown of my head that isn't as curly (which is everyone's struggle). It doesn't have much of a scent, which I like, and it really moisturizes your hair. Be careful with how much you use cuz it's thick and creamy." —Target customer

    Get it from Target for $8.49.

    17. A lemongrass leave-in conditioner that uses natural ingredients to lock moisture in your hair and avoid weighing it down. It's infused with essential oils that help smooth hair and give it a soothing lemony scent.

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    Alikay Naturals is a Black woman-owned brand sold in retailers all over the world. The brand uses Caribbean-inspired ingredients to create not only natural hair products, but feminine products, baby products, candles, and more.

    Promising review: "I originally ordered the 8-ounce of this and as soon as I finished I ordered the larger size. This is very moisturizing. It soaks into my hair and keeps it moisturized. I use this in conjunction with the Growth Oil and Shea Yogurt for amazing twist out results. The consistency is thicker than water and it smells like lemongrass. My only complaint is the nozzle on the spray bottle. It shoots out in a stream instead of a mist. That is the only reason this does not get 5 stars because I feel like the nozzle wastes unnecessary product." —Lakesha Ellard

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

    18. 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.

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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 them from Amazon for $12.99.

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

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    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 five colors and packs of eight).

    20. 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.

    Model with with her hair half up and a clear spiral hair tie around her wrist
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    Kitsch is a woman-owned accessory brand that was founded in 2010. They also sell cute scrunchies, cloth face masks, satin pillowcases, and more.

    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 $4.99 (available in nine colors).

    21. An elastic repair treatment to use after you condition to help strengthen your hair and repair heat and color damage.

    hands holding tubes of the hair product
    Beauty Pie

    Promising review: "This is one of the best strengthening hair treatments I’ve ever used, and I’ve used plenty! I would compare this to the Olaplex bonder. It doesn’t leave your hair super soft, which is expected, but your hair looks and feels stronger after each use. I also love the scent!" —CleverNameHere

    Get it from Beauty Pie for $40.

    22. 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.

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    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 $5.49.

    23. An innovative hair gel for curly hair that will actually give you crunch-free, shiny curls. Just evenly distribute a capful or more to your damp, clean, and detangled hair and it'll provide a soft to medium hold that'll look fab all day.

    The hair gel
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    Miss Jessie's is a Black woman-owned business that was founded by sisters Miko and Titi Branch in 2004. Inspired by their late grandmother, Jessie Branch, the sisters have built a very successful line of natural hair products consisting of styling cremes, moisturizers, and deep conditioning treatments for natural hair. They also own a salon in Florida that specializes in natural/curly hair textures.

    Promising review: "I have tried more products than I can count to try and keep my curls looking nice and not frizzy, crunchy, weighed down, etc. I started using this a few weeks ago and it is amazing! My curls look better than ever — they are soft, shiny and frizz-free. This product is the absolute best!" —Caroline

    Get it from Miss Jessie's for $14.

    24. 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).

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    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 $12 (available in a variety of colors).

    25. 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.

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    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 nonmotorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    26. A hair diffuser attachment with 211 air holes to distribute the heat more evenly, allowing you to dry your curls or waves quicker, more gently, and without causing it to frizz.

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    Suitable for hair dryers with nozzle diameters of 1.7–2.6 inches.

    Promising review: "I've been following the curly girl method for about a month and I'm finally getting a diffuser to help speed up the drying process without damaging my curl pattern. I have 2a/2b wavy hair and this diffuser worked wonderfully for me. I assumed the diffuser would add at least a little frizz, but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth the final look came out. This diffuser fit on the end of my Parlux dryer very easily and it seems very well made. I'm very happy with it." —Christina

    Get it from Amazon for $22.50+ (available in seven colors).

    27. A weekly hair mask customized based on your hair type, thickness, and moisture level so you can have a healthy blend of nutrients perfectly suited for your mane.

    Function of Beauty

    Get it from Function of Beauty for $29.99.

    28. 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.

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    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 $13+ (available in two sizes).

    29. A Color Wow spray to keep your colored hair looking better for longer — it's an anti-humidity treatment that works to fight dryness and frizz and make your dyed or highlighted hair look super sleek for up to 72 hours.

    LookFantastic

    Get it from LookFantastic for $35.90.

    30. And a moisturizing cream formulated with Kukui oil to leave your hair feeling soft and shiny. It's made without sulfates, parabens, silicone, or alcohol so you can get your curls and coils feeling luscious, without harming your hair.

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    Curldaze is a Black woman-owned business created by natural hair YouTuber Robyn Atwater. Her shop includes a few select hair products that she developed herself, as well as some tools for fellow curly hair peeps.

    Get it from Curldaze for $14.99.

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