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26 Hair Products You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

Lock down some amazing locks. The products in this post were updated in February 2018.

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1. A leave-in conditioner that keeps curls intact without weighing them down.

Promising review: "I bought this on a recommendation from my stylist and it's the first thing I've found that effectively tames my curls. Since I started using it, I get compliments on my hair everywhere I go. The only downside is an increase in the number of strangers who ask to touch my hair... C'est la vie." —DianaGet it from Amazon for $19.49.
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Promising review: "I bought this on a recommendation from my stylist and it's the first thing I've found that effectively tames my curls. Since I started using it, I get compliments on my hair everywhere I go. The only downside is an increase in the number of strangers who ask to touch my hair... C'est la vie." —Diana

Get it from Amazon for $19.49.

2. A dry shampoo so your your third day hair stays fresh as hell.

Promising review: "This is the only dry shampoo that seems to work great, without leaving white residue. There might be white when you spray it on but then you just rub it in and it disappears. I used to never be able to go more then a day without washing my hair, but this completely transforms greasy hair! It also adds body, even if your hair is clean!" —LunaseraGet it from Amazon for $5.99.
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Promising review: "This is the only dry shampoo that seems to work great, without leaving white residue. There might be white when you spray it on but then you just rub it in and it disappears. I used to never be able to go more then a day without washing my hair, but this completely transforms greasy hair! It also adds body, even if your hair is clean!" —Lunasera

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

3. Creaseless hair ties to keep your locks out of your face without ruining your 'do.

Promising review: "I used to have insane headaches when I put up my hair...now...THEY ARE GONE! I love wearing my hair up at night because my body temp rises easily. These are a life saver. Oh! And it doesn't pull my hair when I take it out!" —Amazon CustomerGet a pack of three from Amazon for $7.79.
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Promising review: "I used to have insane headaches when I put up my hair...now...THEY ARE GONE! I love wearing my hair up at night because my body temp rises easily. These are a life saver. Oh! And it doesn't pull my hair when I take it out!" —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $7.79.

4. A microfiber towel that dries hair faster while reducing breakage.

Promising review: "I would never go back to using a regular towel for my hair after trying this little miracle towel. Wrap it around soaking wet hair and it absorbs amazingly. It not only cuts drying time down but makes it unneccessary to rub and rub which is damaging to the hair. They also hold up to many uses. It's really revolutionary!" —Elizabeth A. BorstGet it from Amazon for $20.99. Available in five colors.
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Promising review: "I would never go back to using a regular towel for my hair after trying this little miracle towel. Wrap it around soaking wet hair and it absorbs amazingly. It not only cuts drying time down but makes it unneccessary to rub and rub which is damaging to the hair. They also hold up to many uses. It's really revolutionary!" —Elizabeth A. Borst

Get it from Amazon for $20.99. Available in five colors.

5. A curl enhancer that keeps hair soft and manageable.

Promising review: "I am thrilled with this product. I have tried many curl enhancers and this works best for me. I have thick wavy hair and it gives me very soft natural curls. I also use it as a refresher as I do not need to wash my hair every day." —EllenGet it from Amazon for $12.
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Promising review: "I am thrilled with this product. I have tried many curl enhancers and this works best for me. I have thick wavy hair and it gives me very soft natural curls. I also use it as a refresher as I do not need to wash my hair every day." —Ellen

Get it from Amazon for $12.

6. A satiny pillowcase to reduce frizz and breakage while you sleep.

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Promising review: "I have naturally curly hair and all my life I've woke up with a matted mess in the back of my hair. I honestly didn't think a pillow case would stop it but I bought it anyway, hoping it would work. I've only had it three days and I'm impressed that it actually works. I'm going to get more to give to my granddaughters and daughter in laws. Wish I would have had this years ago!" —Happy Camper

Get it from Amazon for $8.99. Available in 24 colors and patterns.

7. A root-touchup spray that'll hide the fact that you're desperate for a color appointment.

Promising review: "This product is indispensable. My roots start showing two weeks after a color and this completely covers them so I can stretch out the time between appointments. I've tried other products and this is the best." —Janet C. EllisGet it from Amazon for $32. Available in five colors.
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Promising review: "This product is indispensable. My roots start showing two weeks after a color and this completely covers them so I can stretch out the time between appointments. I've tried other products and this is the best." —Janet C. Ellis

Get it from Amazon for $32. Available in five colors.

8. A lightweight product that helps your hairstyle last TWICE as long.

Promising review: "This product has transformed the straightening of my very thick curly hair. With the addition of this primer, I can wear my hair straight a full seven days before needing to wash it again. The primer manages to keep my hair fresh and soft and blocks the build-up of oil so I can just wake up and re-blow out my hair after my morning shower without the need for dry shampoo or the addition of other products. It's as if I had just blown it out from wet that morning for a full week. Definitely recommend." —Jessica SGet it from Amazon for $10.67 or Sephora for $20.
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Promising review: "This product has transformed the straightening of my very thick curly hair. With the addition of this primer, I can wear my hair straight a full seven days before needing to wash it again. The primer manages to keep my hair fresh and soft and blocks the build-up of oil so I can just wake up and re-blow out my hair after my morning shower without the need for dry shampoo or the addition of other products. It's as if I had just blown it out from wet that morning for a full week. Definitely recommend." —Jessica S

Get it from Amazon for $10.67 or Sephora for $20.

9. Anti-frizz sheets that tame flyaways and static.

Promising review: "These sheets are amazing! Having curly hair in the North Carolina humidity is a daily challenge. I used the sheets right before I went out without knowing how they were going to work and my hair looked amazing all night. It felt really soft and shiny with out any frizz. Much to my surprise it looked great the next day as well. I will give these little sheets five stars!" —Tina PikeGet them from Amazon for $18.
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Promising review: "These sheets are amazing! Having curly hair in the North Carolina humidity is a daily challenge. I used the sheets right before I went out without knowing how they were going to work and my hair looked amazing all night. It felt really soft and shiny with out any frizz. Much to my surprise it looked great the next day as well. I will give these little sheets five stars!" —Tina Pike

Get them from Amazon for $18.

10. A styling cream that enhances natural hair texture so you can let it air dry instead of heat styling it.

Promising review: "I have naturally wavy, thick, coarse hair. I have always wanted to find a product to allow me to let my hair dry naturally and just finger style and go. THIS IS IT! I have tried hundreds of products through the years and this is the only one that delivers." —AAMC WingGet it from Sephora for $15+. Also available in a version for fine hair.
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Promising review: "I have naturally wavy, thick, coarse hair. I have always wanted to find a product to allow me to let my hair dry naturally and just finger style and go. THIS IS IT! I have tried hundreds of products through the years and this is the only one that delivers." —AAMC Wing

Get it from Sephora for $15+. Also available in a version for fine hair.

11. A restorative mask that conditions hair without leaving it greasy.

Promising review: "I am obsessed with all things Eva NYC. After discovering the hair oil, I immediately ordered the shampoo and conditioner since the smell is quite heavenly. Not only that, but I only wash my hair every third day now and never in my life no matter what brand of shampoo I used could I do that! Best line of hair products I have found to date and I have tried most!" —Crystal StewartGet it from Amazon for $5.99.
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Promising review: "I am obsessed with all things Eva NYC. After discovering the hair oil, I immediately ordered the shampoo and conditioner since the smell is quite heavenly. Not only that, but I only wash my hair every third day now and never in my life no matter what brand of shampoo I used could I do that! Best line of hair products I have found to date and I have tried most!" —Crystal Stewart

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

12. A sea salt spray that'll give you perfectly beachy waves, even when it's snowing out.

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Promising review: "I've tried several brands of sea salt spray, and this is by far my favorite. Very economical, gives great texture, and it smells nice. Spray it on damp hair, scrunch and curl with your fingers while it's drying, and you're good to go!" —Kathleen K. Turner

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

13. A detangling brush that will always get the job done.

Promising review: "I am a black man with long-ish (approximately 7–8 inches) hair. I don't really know about the hair type numbering system, but my hair is probably somewhere in the 4's. With more than a little skepticism, I brought the cursed brush to my dry, relatively matted bedhead, and imagine my surprise as I felt the bristles lightly graze my scalp in a single, fluid motion through my normally unmanageable hair. Unfortunately, I had to return this brush because it is obviously dark magic, as no righteous hair-care product can bear such dramatic immediate results." –Klyffe LouisGet it from Amazon for $14.99.
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Promising review: "I am a black man with long-ish (approximately 7–8 inches) hair. I don't really know about the hair type numbering system, but my hair is probably somewhere in the 4's. With more than a little skepticism, I brought the cursed brush to my dry, relatively matted bedhead, and imagine my surprise as I felt the bristles lightly graze my scalp in a single, fluid motion through my normally unmanageable hair. Unfortunately, I had to return this brush because it is obviously dark magic, as no righteous hair-care product can bear such dramatic immediate results." –Klyffe Louis

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

14. An extra-large, terry cloth–lined shower cap that will keep every strand of hair dry.

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Promising review: "This is a high-quality shower cap with a generous size. I like the terry cloth lining and snug fit. I can get all my thick hair inside this cap and do not have to worry about stray pieces poking out and the humidity of the shower ruining my carefully straightened hair! I am going to purchase another cap for my travel bag. Very pleased with this purchase" —The Pink Crow

Get it from Sephora for $16.

15. A shampoo and conditioner duo that'll help your color last and last.

Promising review: "I have dyed red hair, which is notorious for being hard to keep bright and vibrant. This shampoo does an amazing job of keeping my hair vibrant, shiny, and soft. My hair stylist always compliments how well my red holds up between colorings. I would recommend this shampoo and conditioner to anyone, dyed hair or not!" —Bethany BrownGet the set of two from Amazon for $41.
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Promising review: "I have dyed red hair, which is notorious for being hard to keep bright and vibrant. This shampoo does an amazing job of keeping my hair vibrant, shiny, and soft. My hair stylist always compliments how well my red holds up between colorings. I would recommend this shampoo and conditioner to anyone, dyed hair or not!" —Bethany Brown

Get the set of two from Amazon for $41.

16. A 10-in-1 spray that controls frizz, adds shine, and protects hair from heat damage.

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Promising review: "I love this product! I have thin, curly hair that frizzes very easily. Plus I'm over 50, starting to go gray, and my hair gets dried out very easily. Just a spritz, comb through then blow dry and style. Just make sure not to put in too much because it will weigh down your hair. Smells great too!" —Anna Philips

Get it from Amazon for $12.76.

17. A set of Sephora favorite frizz-fighting stylers that nourish every type of hair.

Promising review: "These products have put new life into my dull dry hair! I'm so glad that Sephora puts these favorites together, if you bought each separate it would be breaking the bank!" —Tracyt50Get the set from Sephora for $24 (retail value is $41!).
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Promising review: "These products have put new life into my dull dry hair! I'm so glad that Sephora puts these favorites together, if you bought each separate it would be breaking the bank!" —Tracyt50

Get the set from Sephora for $24 (retail value is $41!).

18. A smoothing milk that seals out humidity and combats frizz.

Promising review: "I live in Hawaii on the windward side of the island — the humidity has made managing my hair nearly impossible. I am biracial and have relaxed hair but regardless its still frizzy and hard to tame. Generally I flat iron my hair before I go to bed after I've washed it and blow dried it and after I wake up in the morning, the humidity has destroyed it and it looks like a poof. After I used this product, I woke up the following day and my hair was soft, straight and I had no poof. I really am shocked at how well it has worked. This will be my go-to product from here on out for humidity control. I wash my hair about once a week and my hair lasted all the way up until the next wash." —Nikita D. MartinGet it from Amazon for $3.42.
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Promising review: "I live in Hawaii on the windward side of the island — the humidity has made managing my hair nearly impossible. I am biracial and have relaxed hair but regardless its still frizzy and hard to tame. Generally I flat iron my hair before I go to bed after I've washed it and blow dried it and after I wake up in the morning, the humidity has destroyed it and it looks like a poof. After I used this product, I woke up the following day and my hair was soft, straight and I had no poof. I really am shocked at how well it has worked. This will be my go-to product from here on out for humidity control. I wash my hair about once a week and my hair lasted all the way up until the next wash." —Nikita D. Martin

Get it from Amazon for $3.42.

19. A tapered curling iron that creates waves and curls that actually last.

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Promising review: "This wand only takes about 25 mins to curl my whole head (that's a record for me, since I have a head full of hair) and the end result looks a million times better. The curls last all day and into the next day, only requiring some touchups. I've been obsessed with it ever since it came. I'm very satisfied with this purchase. I get the loose curls I've never been able to, and they last all day. I definitely recommend this product! :)" —Ryan

Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

20. An unscented hairspray that brushes out perfectly.

Promising review: "This stuff is the bomb! Holds well, isn't too stiff, and brushes out completely, That means your second and even third day 'do looks shiny, clean, and bouncy. No residue! Holds through humidity, (light) perspiration, and wind. Can't say enough good things about this hairspray... I can't live without it!!" —Passion 4 HumorGet it from Amazon for $5.07.
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Promising review: "This stuff is the bomb! Holds well, isn't too stiff, and brushes out completely, That means your second and even third day 'do looks shiny, clean, and bouncy. No residue! Holds through humidity, (light) perspiration, and wind. Can't say enough good things about this hairspray... I can't live without it!!" —Passion 4 Humor

Get it from Amazon for $5.07.

21. A curl-enhancing cream that nourishes and moisturizes hair.

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Promising review: "My hair is extremely thick and curly. It is also very coarse and dry. This product works very well for me. I only have to use a little bit for each section of my hair, and it stays soft and manageable for several days! God bless the folks who make this stuff, because no other product tames my tresses like the Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I would love to buy more to support the company, but it takes a LONG time to use up the container." —Veeka

Get it from Amazon for $9.57.

22. A purple toning conditioner that keeps blonde hair from looking brassy.

Promising review: "Love this stuff! Keeps my very blonde hair from turning brassy. Because of this, I can go longer in between salon visits. I don't have to bleach my hair as often because it evens out the overall tone of my hair, including my roots. Not to mention it smells amazing and leaves my hair soft. It also doesn't weigh my fine hair down. It's worth every penny; I never use anything else." —AmandaGet a pack of two from Amazon for $10.38.
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Promising review: "Love this stuff! Keeps my very blonde hair from turning brassy. Because of this, I can go longer in between salon visits. I don't have to bleach my hair as often because it evens out the overall tone of my hair, including my roots. Not to mention it smells amazing and leaves my hair soft. It also doesn't weigh my fine hair down. It's worth every penny; I never use anything else." —Amanda

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $10.38.

23. A hair oil that primes and protects hair for heat styling.

Promising review: "Ordered this by accident but figured, 'ah what the hell..' Now every day I look in the mirror and think to myself, 'Bitch, I'm fabulous.'" —Sean M. Cornely.Get it from Amazon for $29.99.
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Promising review: "Ordered this by accident but figured, 'ah what the hell..' Now every day I look in the mirror and think to myself, 'Bitch, I'm fabulous.'" —Sean M. Cornely.

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

24. Microfiber gloves that help dry hair without causing frizz.

Promising review: "I was skeptical about how these soft gloves work, but I like to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised how well they soak up the water in my hair yet the gloves are not wringing wet. They cut my hair drying in half and left my hair soft, not frizzy, without using products that are greasy and weigh my hair down. I will definitely buy more and give as gifts." —B StuartGet them from Amazon for $16.49.
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Promising review: "I was skeptical about how these soft gloves work, but I like to try new things. I was pleasantly surprised how well they soak up the water in my hair yet the gloves are not wringing wet. They cut my hair drying in half and left my hair soft, not frizzy, without using products that are greasy and weigh my hair down. I will definitely buy more and give as gifts." —B Stuart

Get them from Amazon for $16.49.

25. A weekly shampoo that removes hair residue that styling products leave behind.

Promising review: "Recommended years ago by my stylist for weekly use to clean away the residue left by other products. Becoming harder to find as the company tries to "glam" up its products. Still the best on the market." —KSGet it from Amazon for $4.83.
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Promising review: "Recommended years ago by my stylist for weekly use to clean away the residue left by other products. Becoming harder to find as the company tries to "glam" up its products. Still the best on the market." —KS

Get it from Amazon for $4.83.

26. A leave-in treatment with essential oils that nourish your scalp and help your hair grow stronger.

Promising review: "I have only had this product for a week now but I'm already in love with it ! Naturally my hair is thin and strawlike. Since using this product, my hair is fuller and healthier! Definitely a must have for anyone looking to improve their hair quality and length" —GabbsterGet it from Urban Outfitters for $20.
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Promising review: "I have only had this product for a week now but I'm already in love with it ! Naturally my hair is thin and strawlike. Since using this product, my hair is fuller and healthier! Definitely a must have for anyone looking to improve their hair quality and length" —Gabbster

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $20.

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