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    Updated on Jul 10, 2020. Posted on Jul 4, 2020

    32 Amazing Hair Products That Really And Truly Work

    Just a whole bunch of things reviewers swear by to give them very good hair days.

    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 deeply moisturizing hair mask to restore health and shine to your hair with nourishing argan oil and green tea, plus protein-rich ingredients like quinoa, oat, and hydrolized keratin. Fancy-sounding ingredients, fancy-looking results.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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 this 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 $12.95.

    2. A cult-status Wet Brush with 86% five-star reviews for a reason. It'll detangle even the most stubborn hair...WITHOUT ripping it from your scalp, thanks to the flexible bristles that glide rather than tug.

    A reviewer with tangled hair before, and smooth, tangle-free hair after
    amazon.com

    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 $15.99.

    3. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay, I never write reviews for things, but I can't not write a review for these. I know, I know, it's just a hair tie. But it's not just a hair tie! I don't have super thick hair and it's by no means curly, but these hair ties are perfect! I'm a runner and always put my hair in a high-ish ponytail for my runs. With every other hair tie I've gotten in the past, my ponytail ends up a lot lower than where I started with it. Not so with these! I put my hair up nice and high and it stayed nice and high! It's the little things in life." —KL

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $7.59.

    4. A bottle of Neutrogena's volume-boosting clarifying shampoo you can use every few washes to remove all the product residue and buildup you've accumulated with styling.

    The bottle of shampoo
    Amazon

    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 $8.78.

    5. A Kiss Instawave automatic curling iron that rotates to create curls or waves in seconds. All you need to do is press the button and watch the magic happen.

    A reviewer with straight hair before using, and voluminous waves after
    amazon.com

    It has prongs along the side that smooth and detangle hair as it gets wrapped around, while the ceramic iconic barrel ensures your curls are shiny, healthy, and frizz-free. It also automatically shuts off after 90 minutes to give you peace of mind after you've left for the day. PLUS it has over 1,400 five-star Amazon reviews *and* directions to help you use it, whether you have short, medium, or long hair.

    Promising review: "Here's the deal, I'm pretty much a tomboy, I don't know how to do my makeup, I have thick hair, but never knew how to do anything but straighten it, until a friend made me try her Kiss automatic curling iron. It legitimately works and it's the easiest thing to use! I've (briefly) tried other wands and burn myself over and over. I've never burned myself with this tool and I love that it makes it easy to curl away from your face on either side, with just a push of a button. I also like that it dings when it's done, so it takes some guess work out. If you want curls, but are intimidated by all the tools out there, you won't be disappointed with this styler." —Uskadelig

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    6. A Living Proof de-frizzing spray to soften hair between shampoos, reducing up to **92%** of frizz AND providing UV protection, without a lot of product buildup.

    A model with frizzy hair before use, and smooth shiny hair after use
    Sephora

    It's made with a five oil blend that mimics your hair's natural oil, meaning your locks will feel soft and healthy rather then greasy. And it works on curly hair too! 🙌

    Promising review: "First, you should know that my hair is naturally wavy and very frizzy. Secondly, I live in the tropics; here in south Florida we INVENTED frizz! I normally have a salon keratin treatment every couple of months to keep my hair smooth and shiny, but I’m badly overdue right now and my hair’s been a mess. Well...dang! This product is nothing short of amazing! Yes, after being outside in the humidity for a period of time, those frizzies do start popping up again (let’s be realistic!)... HOWEVER, all I need do is run the brush through my hair again to re-activate the product and it’s smooth sailing once again; re-applying is not necessary! I am LIVING PROOF that this is a revolutionary product. Ha Ha. I’ve since put off my salon keratin treatment again while I try more products from this game-changing line." —JillinWPB

    Get it from Sephora for $29 (also available in a mini size).

    7. A John Frieda hot-air brush that combines the powers of a round brush and a hair dryer, giving you the bounciest blowout with just one tool. And a whole lot less effort.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It has TWO heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. And it has ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. Just let your hair air dry most of the way for the easiest, quickest results!

    Promising review: "OMG this is the BEST HAIR TOOL for haircut with layers!! When I tried to style it at home with a regular blow dryer and round brush I couldn't do it like the my hairstylist — it came out flat and straight. Then I came across this AMAZING brush. I am SOOOOO GLAD I tried it. This product is truly everything!!! It is LIGHTWEIGHT, which makes it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect (first i thought it wasn't hot enough, but it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), 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 mom as soon as I was done using it. Cannot say enough good things!" —FashionChic

    Get the 1-inch brush from Amazon for $34.99.

    To say I love this brush would be an understatement. Check out my full review of the John Frieda hot air brush for all the ~hairy details~.

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

    The canister of Original scent dry shampoo
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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 $14.49 (also available in single bottles).

    9. A delicious-smelling Sun Bum sea salt spray so you can add some beachy waves to your hair without any crunchy stiffness.

    The bottle of spray
    Amazon

    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: "I have fine, thin hair after having surgery a year ago. This stuff is great! Adds volume and defrizzes my hair great without weighing it down at all. It's not sticky which I was worried about. My hair was so bouncy and my VERY little bit of natural wave looked so good. Sprayed it on towel dried hair and scrunched with my hands. Pinned it back a little after it dried and off I went. So easy. Will always have it for the Florida humidity." —kristin kofler

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

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

    Amazon

    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 $5.95 (available with a gold or silver logo).

    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.

    The five barrels with example curls: 1.5", 1", .75", .7-1" tapered and .3-.75" tapered
    Amazon

    It has nine temperature settings so you can ensure you get curls that last without heat damaging your hair, and a swivel cord so you don't get ~tangled~ up as you go.

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the best curling iron I have ever had, love the quickness that it heats up, the handle is made of the really smooth silicone, fits so well in your hand! Love the automatic off switch for I can forget to cut mine off at times. But even with saying all this, the most love part of this iron is the way your hair is smoothed and curled using this! Gives me great curls that last me for a couple days. The irons are easy to switch off to add another size. Also like the added zippered bag it comes with, easy for travel! The glove is great for sure! Best iron I have ever used in 25 years!!!" —Joy4Joy

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    12. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo formulated to neutralize yellow tones and brassiness for platinum locks — all in one to three minutes and *without* a trip to the salon

    A reviewer's brassy hair before, and brighter platinum-tone hair after
    amazon.com

    If you leave it in long enough, it'll even give a lavender tint, if you're into that!

    Promising review: "I'm not one to leave reviews, but this product deserves it! Holy cow! I was going to go into the salon to brighten my hair up, but after discovering this product I cancelled my appointment. I'm totally in love! This shampoo is not drying at all and just after two washes I achieved my desired results! I can't recommend it enough!" —Rachael

    Get it from Amazon for $11.71+ (available in three sizes).

    Check out our deep dive for amazing before-and-afters!

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "If I could, I would give this little brush 10 STARS!!! I typically used a teasing comb which did not really give me very big volume for my fine hair. I used this little brush and wow! It focuses on each hair strand, creating mega volume and big hair! I love big hair! Oh yeah, and any teased area can easily be combed through if needed." —GrungeGirl314

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97 (available in two sizes and three colors).

    14. A texture-boosting Bumble and Bumble 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.

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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).

    15. A t-shirt hair towel you can use to scrunch your hair drier or wear as a wet hair wrap for hands-free drying so your curls can turn out even more gorgeous than usual — and with less damage and frizz.

    Breezy Tee

    Promising review: "I absolutely adore this towel, I already notice a difference in how quick it dries my hair and less frizz too! Fingers crossed it helps my ends from splitting too! Will definitely be ordering more." —Emily

    Get it from Breezy Tee on Etsy for $25.50 (available in several colors and styles listed separately, including a towel with a button and loop so you can wrap it up with ease).

    Breezy Tee is a Black woman–owned business based in Portugal, and everything ships free to the U.S.! You can also shop directly on the Breezy Tee website.

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

    amazon.com

    If you find that it gets stretched out after repeated use, just submerge it in warm-to-hot water or run it under a hair dryer quickly!

    Promising review: "Love these. Yes they cost more. But they last. They're comfortable. They don't pull your hair out. They stay in place and a little heat resizes them back to original size. These stay all day and are worth every penny. I lost hair ties daily before buying these now I keep them in my hair or comfortably on my wrist. Worth the price, you won't lose these, they're comfortable in your hair or on your wrist." —Coco

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $7.99 (available in tons of colors listed separately).

    17. L'Oréal's 48-hour, high-control hairspray that looks at the weather forecast...and laughs. Humidity is no match for this spray.

    The extra strong hold spray
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I’ve used hairspray all my life and haven’t found one I love, I have finally chosen this one! I have thick hair that I roll every morning and this is the only one that has held my curl through all day." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    18. An HSI ionic straightener with a less than $40 pricetag — but that works as well as the super-expensive ones. Did I mention it has over *21,000* five-star reviews?

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    The lowest temperature is 140°, so it's safe to use on even fine hair. Plus, it comes with a travel-size argan oil to nourish your hair — what a deal.

    Promising review: "I'm actually really impressed with this product, especially for the price. I have really thick, curly hair that's hard to manage, and I live in Florida, so the humidity and heat has my hair curly again within a couple hours of straightening it. I ordered this straightener because the reviews were so good and I'm glad I did it. The product came exactly when it was supposed to and I immediately tried it out. My hair is pin straight and it's been that way for about 10 hours. Even with the heat and humidity, the thermal spray it came with is keeping the frizz and curls away and it still looks awesome. I would definitely buy this straightener again." —Saramae49

    Get it from Amazon for $39.89.

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

    Tonymoly

    If you're not a mayo fan, don't worry — this one actually smells like vanilla and macadamia nuts. Big Ed from 90 Day Fiancé should have just tried this instead of using...actual mayo.

    Promising review: "The formula really does mimic mayo but with a surprising vanilla/citrus fragrance. I have extremely coarse, thick, long hair. It makes my hair extremely silky without the use of additional products. I’ve already purchased 3 bottles as it now my go to conditioner." —Kim C

    Get it from Tonymoly for $16.

    20. A Color Wow 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!

    amazon.com

    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 seven colors).

    21. Wonder Curl's Get Set Jelly with aloe leaf juice and pro-vitamin B5 to define curls and coils and protect them from humidity, so they stay fresh and defined all day (and for days after).

    Wonder Curl

    Promising review: "I was recently introduced to this gel during my very first appointment at a salon that specializes in curly hair. In all honesty, I had given up on using hair gel to define my curls during the early stages of my natural hair journey because the gel available in most stores would either flake horribly or make your hair sticky or hard. They were terrible. Not this gel. It's truly wonderful. It will do what you ask it to do without the flaking, stickiness, or hardness. I have basically a 4A curl pattern and it does a great job of defining my curls. I typically wear a wash and go and it lasts until I wash my hair again. My curls are defined even after my hair gets smushed overnight due to the bonnet. I typically use homemade shea butter to stretch my hair out again. No more struggle with my hair before I have to go to work." —Angela Taylor

    Get it from Wonder Curl for $15.

    Wonder Curl is a Black woman–owned brand — it's also vegan and comes in eco-friendly packaging! The Get Set Jelly was owner Scarlett Rocourt's first product, and it's still one of the brand's best-selling items.

    22. A L'Oréal blowout priming spray to seriously cut down your drying time while protecting your hair from heat damage — and achieving salon-worthy softness.

    The bottle of spray
    Amazon

    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 $3.99.

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

    The package of elastics
    Amazon

    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 three packs of ten from Amazon for $13.85.

    24. An apple cider vinegar shampoo and conditioner set to treat both your hair *and* your scalp, removing product buildup, softening & strengthening your strands, and hydrating with avocado and coconut oils.

    amazon.com

    Look, ma — no dandruff, all shine!

    Promising review: "I really was hesitant to try this but I decided I would take the plunge anyways and I have to say after using it for a few weeks now I'm pleasantly surprised! My hair is so soft and shiny and lightweight! I love how bouncy it is after using this plus it smells amazing. Not vinegar-y at all. My daughter has been using this as well for her oily hair and dandruff (after trying tons of super expensive salon products) and so far this is the only thing that has been working for her! Her dandruff is gone and her hair is noticeable less oily by the end of the day. We will definitely be buying more." —kindlemom1

    Get the set of shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $34.95.

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

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I LOOOOVE these curlers! My hair is super long and it never does anything but awkwardly bend because it’s super poker straight! I have to have curlers in overnight to get any curl to stick and these are super comfortable to sleep in! My curls were amazing!! Finally an adorable spiral curl! What’s even better is the second day they STILL looked beautiful! I cannot rant and rave enough about how Awesome these are!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    26. An Aussie deep conditioner that'll work in just three minutes (perfect for an in-shower karaoke sesh) to revive the driest hair, detangle, and add body and shine — thanks jojoba and avocado oils!

    A reviewer with shiny hair dyed pink
    amazon.com

    I use this as a budget-friendly deep conditioner, and I really like it! It detangles like a dream and adds great shine.

    Promising review: "I only use salon products - but I bought this while out of town in a pinch; AGAINST my hairdresser's recommendations. Three days later, I still can't believe this is my hair. I have blonde, somewhat course hair that tends to be a bit dry and frizzy. My hair is silky, smooth and shiny! Highly recommend — and you can't beat the price." —Sherry Howe

    Get a pack of six bottles from Amazon for $29.94 or individual bottles from Prime Pantry for $4.99.

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

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Yes! Finally… a no-skill-required remedy for my curl/wave envy. I've tried it all… the hot roller curls don't last and take forever, the overnight rollers keep me from resting comfortably, the wet braids looked terrible, the wet bun caused a lot of breakage and still looked dumb, the curling iron was always awkward for me and the 'curls' wouldn't last. All of my trials and errors eventually led me to this product. I did half my hair on my first run in about 1.5 mins. They are set...not coming undone even with brushing. I'm so excited to finally be able to pull off this hairstyle. No regrets! These waves stood strong through an eight-hour work shift, plus the snowy highway winds from getting a flat tire on the way to work. BOOM! Miracle." —Vanessa

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    28. Big Sexy Hair's weightless volumizing and texturizing powder that'll go on translucent for the bigger-than-ever hair of your dreams. It's also great for beefing up braids!

    A model before/after with wavy-straight hair before and wavy-curly, voluminous hair after
    Amazon

    Promising review: "A magical hair volumizer for those who have lost hope. I have always been frustrated with my hair weighing down around the crown, even if I could get some body into it in the morning, guaranteed it was flat by mid-day. This stuff is amazing! I just sprinkle a tiny bit around my roots/crown and it lasts all day and into the next. It's like a dry magic gel! Love this stuff and my 'new' hairstyle capabilities. The container is super tiny (think height of a cell phone) but a little goes a LONG way. It makes skipping washing hair that much easier for those of us with non-volumized hair/roots." —Jennifer Cibor

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95.

    29. An extra large diffuser attachment designed to gather your curls, drying them in their natural pattern, reducing frizz, and increasing definition AND shine.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Hands down, NO DOUBT, the greatest diffuser ever made.Cuts my drying time down SUBSTANTIALLY compared to other diffusers and it yield tremendous volume and flawless second and even third day curls...BUY IT YOU WON'T REGRET IT!" —Barbie

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    30. Olaplex 3, a strengthening, re-bonding for your color-treated or heat damaged locks, making them healthier than ever before. This is a game-changer, folks.

    Two photos of a reviewer's hair: yellow-tone, frizzy hair with text "no treatment" and smoother, shinier, less brassy hair with text "1 treatment"
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "MAGIC!!!! I swear this stuff is made from unicorns. I was doubtful, given that I have tried the gamut of hair conditioning treatments (yes, yes, I know this is NOT a conditioner, but a bonder) and all I have to say is WOWZA! After some really harsh processing (got my hair from dark dark brown to very very blonde so I could add funky colors (currently pink), my hair more closely resembled hay than it did actual hair and as the weeks went on, the breakage started getting worse. I tried this at my last feeble attempt to salvage my locks after a friend recommended it and I am BLOWN AWAY by the results! It really does work. I won't lie and tell you my hair is back to it's normal state, but it is SIGNIFICANTLY improved. It is smoother, softer, and even has some of the weight back! This was just after one application (I left it in for an hour as the website suggested for my level of damage). I can't wait to see if it gets better with the next application. I am definitely sold." —shel.b.phd

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    31. An argan oil–infused cream gel that'll define curls and add hold (*without* the dreaded crunchiness). It'll help fight frizz so your hair can bounce along healthily behind you, whether you have anything from loose waves to tight spirals — and it's safe on colored hair!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my favorite styling product now. It doesn't get flaky or hard and leaves my curls looking healthy and shiny! The bounce is insane, the best I've seen with a styling cream/gel! The consistency is more gel like than cream but is not at all like the gels of other competition. Pics are of before started using the cream gel and after... you can see the difference in my curls (I also cut my own hair)." —Mia Randall

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    32. A satin pillowcase to help maintain hair health even as you sleep, reducing pesky frizz and breakage when compared with regular cotton or other fiber pillowcases — that means longer-lasting blowouts and less damage in the long run.

    A model clutching a shiny grey satin pillow
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Life-changing! I was originally looking for silk pillow cases, but decided to give these a try because they were a better price. I am not disappointed! I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair in the mornings and overall they are so smooth and comfortable to sleep on. I’ve washed them several times and haven’t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again." —Kate

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.99+ each (available in three sizes and 23 colors).

    Get ready for your best hair yet.

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