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27 Amazing Hair Products That Really And Truly Work

Products to get your 'do done right. The products in this post were updated in March 2018.

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1. A pack of virtually unbreakable hair ties specifically designed for long and thick hair. No slipping, no stretching out, and no damage to your strands.

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Get a pack of three from Amazon for $10.99.

Promising review: "First hair band I can wear all day without a headache. The hairstylist and colorist are amazed every time because of how thick my hair is, so this is a true blessing. Living where it can get to 120 degrees in the summer, I needed something to put my hair up with. It does not leave a mark. It does not pull my hair out. I can do twice or three times around depending if I want a loose pony or super tight. I was a little taken aback by the price, but would gladly pay it again because I like to have extra holders at home, at work and in my car. If only they made them for blonde hair." —Lyn D.

2. A cult-status Wet Brush with 84% five-star reviews for a reason. It'll detangle even the most stubborn hair...WITHOUT ripping it from your scalp.

Promising review: "Oh praise all the spiritual beings because I have finally found a hairbrush that seems to work on my child's unruly hair without her screaming that I'm ripping her scalp off every time I go to brush her hair. I don't know what happens to this child while she sleeps, but every morning it's as if she's been headbanging in the middle of a tornado and I have to brush through that mess. Even with detangler it was a challenge before, but now it goes much more smoothly. Could not be more pleased with it. I use this on my own hair too and if there are any knots, I don't even feel when they are brushed out. Seriously, love it." —Lissa K.Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.40.
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Promising review: "Oh praise all the spiritual beings because I have finally found a hairbrush that seems to work on my child's unruly hair without her screaming that I'm ripping her scalp off every time I go to brush her hair. I don't know what happens to this child while she sleeps, but every morning it's as if she's been headbanging in the middle of a tornado and I have to brush through that mess. Even with detangler it was a challenge before, but now it goes much more smoothly. Could not be more pleased with it. I use this on my own hair too and if there are any knots, I don't even feel when they are brushed out. Seriously, love it." —Lissa K.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $12.40.

3. A deeply moisturizing hair mask that'll restore health and shine to your hair with nourishing argan oil and green tea, plus protein-rich ingredients like quinoa, oat, and hydrolized keratin.

Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! It's probably one of the best things I've ever purchased on Amazon. I am mixed black and white and I've colored my hair a million times. My ends are ALWAYS dry, even after a haircut. I would probably have to cut all of my hair off in order for it to be healthy. After using the Argan Oil Hair Mask my hair is smoother than ever. You can't even tell that my hair was damaged. I will purchase this product again!" —Tierra GrayGet it from Amazon for $10.95.
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Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! It's probably one of the best things I've ever purchased on Amazon. I am mixed black and white and I've colored my hair a million times. My ends are ALWAYS dry, even after a haircut. I would probably have to cut all of my hair off in order for it to be healthy. After using the Argan Oil Hair Mask my hair is smoother than ever. You can't even tell that my hair was damaged. I will purchase this product again!" —Tierra Gray

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

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4. A blowout spray to seriously cut down your drying time while protecting your hair from heat damage.

And if that's not enough, it also helps to fight frizz and maintain your style in humid weather.Promising review: "Not Your Mother's is a great line of products and this blow-dry spray is no exception. This spray does not dry your hair out, it just helps the brush glide through with ease and it definitely dries quicker. My normal blow-dry time can be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. I have easily shaved off a minimum of 10 minutes with this spray (I've timed it) and probably even a bit more than that. It makes getting ready for work in the morning so much easier and quicker. Less time under the dryer is even more important as we move in to summer. It's up to 96 degrees here in New York today and I manage not to need another shower just from sweating under the hair dryer!" —Justine RussoGet it from Amazon for $8.99.
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And if that's not enough, it also helps to fight frizz and maintain your style in humid weather.

Promising review: "Not Your Mother's is a great line of products and this blow-dry spray is no exception. This spray does not dry your hair out, it just helps the brush glide through with ease and it definitely dries quicker. My normal blow-dry time can be anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. I have easily shaved off a minimum of 10 minutes with this spray (I've timed it) and probably even a bit more than that. It makes getting ready for work in the morning so much easier and quicker. Less time under the dryer is even more important as we move in to summer. It's up to 96 degrees here in New York today and I manage not to need another shower just from sweating under the hair dryer!" —Justine Russo

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

5. A volume-boosting shampoo you can use every few washes to remove all the product residue and buildup you've accumulated with styling.

Promising review: "I bought this because of the low price but it is AMAZING! It smells heavenly, it clarifies my scalp thoroughly and definitely gets rid of build up. I use it once every two weeks. You HAVE to follow up with a very moisturizing deep conditioner, let it sit for a while then comb through your hair. It's a new staple for me." —Nicky C.Get it from Amazon for $4.79.
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Promising review: "I bought this because of the low price but it is AMAZING! It smells heavenly, it clarifies my scalp thoroughly and definitely gets rid of build up. I use it once every two weeks. You HAVE to follow up with a very moisturizing deep conditioner, let it sit for a while then comb through your hair. It's a new staple for me." —Nicky C.

Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

6. A pack of hair elastics with rubber treading to make sure they stay in place on even the slipperiest hair and during even the most intense workouts.

Promising review: "I have long, straight hair that is very fine, and my hair slips out of EVERYTHING. I recently ran a 5K and a few hours later taught a Zumba fitness class — I didn't have to readjust this hair tie even ONE TIME. Completely serious. These are, in a word, amazing." —Sophie AustenGet a pack of ten from Amazon for $5.67.
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Promising review: "I have long, straight hair that is very fine, and my hair slips out of EVERYTHING. I recently ran a 5K and a few hours later taught a Zumba fitness class — I didn't have to readjust this hair tie even ONE TIME. Completely serious. These are, in a word, amazing." —Sophie Austen

Get a pack of ten from Amazon for $5.67.

7. A hot-air brush that combines the powers of a round brush and a hair dryer, giving you the bounciest blowout with just one tool.

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Promising review: "When I tried to style my at home with a regular blow dryer and round brush, I couldn't do it like the my hairstylist did it; it came out flat and straight. This product is truly everything! It is lightweight, which makes it very easy to hold, the heat temperature is perfect, the bristles are soft — hair slides through, does not pull on hair, no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (no need to use hot rollers). This hot air brush is so great that I had to purchase one for my mom as soon as I was done using it. CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HAIR TOOL." —LoveMyYorkie

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

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8. A canister of fan-favorite Basiste dry shampoo to add the perfect amount of texture and body to your day-old hair and make oily, flat roots disappear.

Promising review: "I spent my whole life having to wash my hair EVERY day. I wouldn't leave the house without shampooing. Even if my hair was just washed the night before, it is so thin and fine that I would wake up with it flat and plastered against my head. With this product, I can finally leave the house without shampooing and often feel like my hair looks better and fuller then if I washed and styled it. I've tried a few other brands and didn't get the same results. Definitely worth it for me." —D. FoleyGet a pack of three from Amazon for $15.30.
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Promising review: "I spent my whole life having to wash my hair EVERY day. I wouldn't leave the house without shampooing. Even if my hair was just washed the night before, it is so thin and fine that I would wake up with it flat and plastered against my head. With this product, I can finally leave the house without shampooing and often feel like my hair looks better and fuller then if I washed and styled it. I've tried a few other brands and didn't get the same results. Definitely worth it for me." —D. Foley

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.30.

9. A delicious-smelling sea salt spray that's guaranteed to add beachy waves to your hair without any crunchy stiffness.

It's made with Hawaiian-sourced black lava sea salt, coconut oil, and amino acids to add just the right amount of texture while protecting your hair from the elements.Promising review: "Best texturizer I've used! Texturizes hair without making it stiff. The coconut smell is AMAZING but it doesn't last all day. I'll be buying again." —Hannah GroteGet it from Amazon for $13.05.
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It's made with Hawaiian-sourced black lava sea salt, coconut oil, and amino acids to add just the right amount of texture while protecting your hair from the elements.

Promising review: "Best texturizer I've used! Texturizes hair without making it stiff. The coconut smell is AMAZING but it doesn't last all day. I'll be buying again." —Hannah Grote

Get it from Amazon for $13.05.

10. A scalp brush for anyone looking to replicate that amazing hair salon scalp massage at home.

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Not only does it feel great, but it also helps maintain the health of your scalp.

Promising review: "I love this massager. My scalp has never been so clean or felt so good. I used this for the first time a few days ago and my scalp still feels good and is flake-free. I'd definitely recommend this. Feels just as good as going to the salon." —T. Lee-Quigley

Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

11. A five-in-one curling iron and wand set with interchangeable barrels to make achieving the curls of your Pinterest board dreams a reality.

Promising review: "This product has been so great! My hair is fine and straight and has held a weak curl with other curling irons and wands. The first time I used this my hair didn't have any product on it, and it still made absolutely stunning curls that lasted for two or three days! I have always had to use tons of product to get any curl, but with this the curls are soft and bouncy, full of volume for days. I've used it on my daughter's hair, which is to her waist, and it did not disappoint! We've never been able to get much curl in her hair before. We've used the lower settings (about 270 degrees), and it works great. I wish I had bought this years before! Worth every penny; it has replaced every other curling iron we owned and it all stores in a compact little bag." —MicGet it from Amazon for $40.
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Promising review: "This product has been so great! My hair is fine and straight and has held a weak curl with other curling irons and wands. The first time I used this my hair didn't have any product on it, and it still made absolutely stunning curls that lasted for two or three days! I have always had to use tons of product to get any curl, but with this the curls are soft and bouncy, full of volume for days. I've used it on my daughter's hair, which is to her waist, and it did not disappoint! We've never been able to get much curl in her hair before. We've used the lower settings (about 270 degrees), and it works great. I wish I had bought this years before! Worth every penny; it has replaced every other curling iron we owned and it all stores in a compact little bag." —Mic

Get it from Amazon for $40.

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12. A boar-bristle teasing brush that's sure to bring your hair to new heights with just a few easy strokes.

Promising review: "My new hairdresser suggested that I buy this teasing brush. I am so happy that I did. It works great, and my thin, baby-fine hair looks better than it's ever looked. I love this brush so much that I bought one for my daughter and another one for a dear friend." —Amazon CustomerGet it from Amazon for $6.56.
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Promising review: "My new hairdresser suggested that I buy this teasing brush. I am so happy that I did. It works great, and my thin, baby-fine hair looks better than it's ever looked. I love this brush so much that I bought one for my daughter and another one for a dear friend." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.56.

13. Texture-boosting styling cream specially designed for air-drying your hair and perfect for when it's just too damn hot to whip out the hot tools.

It comes in two different formulas: one for fine hair and one for thick hair!Promising review (for fine hair version): "I have very thin, colored hair and could never let it air-dry. I always had to blow-dry my hair after every shower just to make it look decent. With this product, I can shower and let my hair air-dry and it makes my hair look like I just blow-dried it!! I love this product!" —Joann GramGet it from Sephora for $31 (thick hair here, fine hair here).
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It comes in two different formulas: one for fine hair and one for thick hair!

Promising review (for fine hair version): "I have very thin, colored hair and could never let it air-dry. I always had to blow-dry my hair after every shower just to make it look decent. With this product, I can shower and let my hair air-dry and it makes my hair look like I just blow-dried it!! I love this product!" —Joann Gram

Get it from Sephora for $31 (thick hair here, fine hair here).

14. A microfiber cloth that dries your wet hair ~without~ adding the extra frizz that a regular towel does.

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Say hello to your new post-shower hair wrap.

Promising review: "This is a must for curly or frizzy hair. It absorbs moisture without having to rub and snag fragile locks. A bit pricey, but worth it. I even have one for my dogs (tiny Yorkies) — dries them instantly and no shaking water everywhere." —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

15. A root-lifting spray with a lightweight and flexible formula to boost volume into the second day.

Just spray it onto your damp hair at the roots and style as usual.Promising review: "I have really thin hair and have used many different root sprays. This — by far — is the best product I've used. I could tell a huge difference after the first use!" —DeAnn MurrayGet it from Amazon for $12.09.
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Just spray it onto your damp hair at the roots and style as usual.

Promising review: "I have really thin hair and have used many different root sprays. This — by far — is the best product I've used. I could tell a huge difference after the first use!" —DeAnn Murray

Get it from Amazon for $12.09.

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16. A borderline-magical spiral hair tie for anyone sick and tired of waking up with creased hair.

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Promising review: "I have super long, thick hair that is more on the straight-wavy side of the hair spectrum. I would go through probably 10 regular hair elastics before finding these, but I've been using them for about a month now and I haven't broken (or lost) one yet. They have never once pulled my hair out, they don't leave a indentation ring in your ponytail, and I NEVER have to readjust my pony all day. They are truly the answer to all of my hair-related prayers!! The best part is that they shrink back to original size after about three days." —Leannaagahi

Get a pack of three from Sephora or Amazon for $8.

17. A cleansing conditioner for a one-step shower routine that removes oil and buildup from your hair while deeply moisturizing it.

It's sulfate-free and doesn't lather like shampoo, but rather gently cleanses and doesn't strip your hair of its natural moisture.Promising review: "Wow, it really is like Wen, only much cheaper! I love the scent!!! It is herbal and woodsy, but I wouldn't say it is minty at all. It has left my hair so soft, silky, calm, and smooth. I really, really recommend it. After using these cleansing conditioners, using regular shampoos and conditioners just don't give the same healthy result. I'm hooked!" —RougeGet it from Amazon for $19.95.
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It's sulfate-free and doesn't lather like shampoo, but rather gently cleanses and doesn't strip your hair of its natural moisture.

Promising review: "Wow, it really is like Wen, only much cheaper! I love the scent!!! It is herbal and woodsy, but I wouldn't say it is minty at all. It has left my hair so soft, silky, calm, and smooth. I really, really recommend it. After using these cleansing conditioners, using regular shampoos and conditioners just don't give the same healthy result. I'm hooked!" —Rouge

Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

18. A high-control hairspray that looks at the weather forecast...and laughs. Humidity is no match for this spray.

Promising review: "Love this stuff, doesn't make my hair feel sticky but holds great in the Texas humidity!" —Gail B. CombsGet it from Amazon for $3.97.
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Promising review: "Love this stuff, doesn't make my hair feel sticky but holds great in the Texas humidity!" —Gail B. Combs

Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

19. A deep-conditioning Tonymoly hair pack chock-full of vitamins, nutritious oils, and shea butter to make your hair softer than ever.

If you're not a mayo fan, don't worry — this one actually smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts.Promising review: "I have dead hair from bleaching it so much, and I was a bit skeptical if this would work. But oh my god it makes my hair softer than a corgi's bottom. And it smells really good too. Will definitely restock when I run out!" —HanyoinloveGet it from Amazon or Tonymoly for $16.
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If you're not a mayo fan, don't worry — this one actually smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts.

Promising review: "I have dead hair from bleaching it so much, and I was a bit skeptical if this would work. But oh my god it makes my hair softer than a corgi's bottom. And it smells really good too. Will definitely restock when I run out!" —Hanyoinlove

Get it from Amazon or Tonymoly for $16.

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20. A ceramic straightener that costs less than $20 but works as well as the super-expensive ones.

Promising review: "I'm so mad I just discovered this flat iron! Really. I've been using cheap flat irons all my life and had no idea I was missing something in my life. Well, this one is cheap too, BUT it is definitely the caliber of those $400 ones people keep talking about in hair tutorials on YouTube. Heats up in seconds, and that GLIDE is so real. Oh did I mention I've got super-thin, easily breakable, chemically straightened African 4C hair? And it is definitely less damaging than anything I've ever used. Just saying." —SuperNerdsGet it from Amazon for $19.96.
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Promising review: "I'm so mad I just discovered this flat iron! Really. I've been using cheap flat irons all my life and had no idea I was missing something in my life. Well, this one is cheap too, BUT it is definitely the caliber of those $400 ones people keep talking about in hair tutorials on YouTube. Heats up in seconds, and that GLIDE is so real. Oh did I mention I've got super-thin, easily breakable, chemically straightened African 4C hair? And it is definitely less damaging than anything I've ever used. Just saying." —SuperNerds

Get it from Amazon for $19.96.

21. A powder and brush combo to cover your grown-in roots instantly and make your hair look fuller — and it'll last until you shampoo it out!

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Promising review: "I didn't think something that looked like eyeshadow would do much. But it works beautifully! I can wear my hair back and feel confident that my hair looks naturally dark through and through. The best part (besides that it really works)? It stays on! I have been to the pool and come home with my hair still covered. I can only wash my hair about every other day. The roots are covered from the time I initially out on the product until I wash it out with ease with regular shampoo in the shower. Love this stuff!" —Dkl1992

Get it from Amazon for $34.50. Available in eight colors.

22. A jar of forming hair cream that'll hold all day without looking wet or feeling crunchy.

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Promising review: "Finally, some hair cream I can tolerate. I can't tell you how many various different creams, gels, pastes, and pomades I've went through to find a hair product that doesn't make me look like I either just got out of a pool or Donald Trump on a windy day. Essentially, it's been either a choice between firm yet wet-looking gels or natural-looking pastes that have no hold. Fortunately, this cream does both incredibly well. Not only is it rather matte-looking, but it holds my hair so unyieldingly that Thor would have a hard time messing it up. Needless to say, this may be the first hair product I may actually keep using." —Niko Jordan

Get it from Amazon for $10.47.

23. A 42-pack of curling rods you can use wet or dry to create perfect no-heat styles on all hair textures.

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Promising review: "These are so easy to use and made my hair look amazing! My hair will not hold a curl to save its life, but I put these on in the morning, worked from home all day, then took them out and had bouncy, soft waves all night. I haven't tried sleeping in them yet but they stay in so securely, I am sure it won't be a problem. Such a great alternate to heat styling." —Bethany J

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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24. A silk protein and neem oil–infused mist to refresh and bring your curls back to life when you don't want to wash them quite yet.

Promising review: "This is the best curl definer and frizz deterrent I have tried. Not to mention it has a great scent and is not greasy. It absolutely met and exceeded my expectations." —KimberlyGet it from Target for $7.69.
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Promising review: "This is the best curl definer and frizz deterrent I have tried. Not to mention it has a great scent and is not greasy. It absolutely met and exceeded my expectations." —Kimberly

Get it from Target for $7.69.

25. A tourmaline deep waver hot tool that creates everything from 1920s-style finger waves to perfectly undone mermaid hair in no time flat.

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Promising review: "I am addicted to buying stuff on Amazon, but this is by far THE BEST thing I've ever bought. I don't have the patience to curl my hair with a regular curling iron and can't even manage to make one curl with my flat iron even though my hairstylist has showed me how like 20 times. This was SO easy! This iron gives you beautiful, wavy, sexy, beachy hair. It also gets pretty hot, so if your hair is hard to curl, this will probably do the trick. I wish I had found this years ago!" —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.49.

26. A weightless volumizing powder to take even the finest hair from limp AF to lush AF.

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Promising review: "This powder does INCREDIBLE things for my limp, thin, long hair. My hairstylist recommended it, and I love how it gives the top of my head body. Although it comes out super fast, I have found that sprinkling it in my hand first is the perfect way not to over-apply. I try to get three days out of my hair before I wash and I apply on the second day. On the third day my hair is full of body from the previous day's application and I just can't say enough good things about this product!" —Kristen B.

Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

27. And a natural silk pillowcase that helps maintain hair health even as you sleep, reducing frizz and breakage when compared with regular cotton or other fiber pillowcases.

Promising review: "I love it. It's made such a difference with my hair. I have long hair and used to wake up in the morning with crazy bed head and tangles. Now my hair looks pretty much the same in the morning as it did when I went to sleep! The zipper on the side keeps the pillowcase from sliding off my pillow. And, though I know you're supposed to hand-wash this type of pillowcase, I put it in the washer on the delicate cycle in a lingerie bag and air-dried it. It held up fine. I would definitely purchase again!" —Marti G.Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Available in 26 colors and patterns.
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Promising review: "I love it. It's made such a difference with my hair. I have long hair and used to wake up in the morning with crazy bed head and tangles. Now my hair looks pretty much the same in the morning as it did when I went to sleep! The zipper on the side keeps the pillowcase from sliding off my pillow. And, though I know you're supposed to hand-wash this type of pillowcase, I put it in the washer on the delicate cycle in a lingerie bag and air-dried it. It held up fine. I would definitely purchase again!" —Marti G.

Get it from Amazon for $22.99. Available in 26 colors and patterns.

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