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    Just 32 Hair Products With Impressive Before-And-After Photos

    After these photos, you'll have no choice but to finally take care of your hair.

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    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A lemongrass leave-in conditioner spray that uses natural ingredients and essential oils to lock in moisture, smooth, and soothe without weighing it down. And it has an invigorating lemony scent to boot!

    before and after of a model's afro frizzy in before, then sleek and defined in after
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    Alikay Naturals is a Black-owned woman-owned biz that uses Caribbean-inspired ingredients to create not only natural hair products, but vulva care products, baby products, candles, and more.

    Promising review: "This leave-in smells amazing and feels cooling and pleasant on the scalp. I'm going natural with my hair, and it's been a difficult journey so far, but I am very pleased with the effect of this product. My curls are defined, moisturized, soft, and my scalp feels much better than it has in a while. It's a large bottle and it doesn't take much to distribute throughout my hair, so I feel like the bottle will last for a long time, which makes it a much better value, and I love that the ingredients are very natural." β€”Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $19.54.

    2. A hair finishing stick to neaten and smooth those annoying flyaways and baby hairs in seconds so you won't have to deal with them sticking up, out, or doing their own wild thing. It applies like mascara but it's for your hair.

    This is safe for color-treated hair and uses natural plant ingredients. It's also small so you can carry it with you on the go.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Buy it right now. If you have flyaways, stop what you are doing and order this. I struggle with fine hairs sticking straight up no matter where I part my hair. This little miracle product makes them lay down and stay down. A tiny bit goes a long way; using too much has the hardening effect similar to using too much hairspray. It’s a small mascara-sized tube and wand. Easy to keep in your bag, but honestly my morning application lasts all day. I love this." β€”Patrick McKenna

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    3. OR an edge control gel for doing the same thing for your edges and baby hairs β€” no flaking, no residue, all sleek.

    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!" β€”Seabea2013

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in three sizes).

    4. A Briogeo conditioning hair mask because it improves the long-term health of your damaged, over-processed hair with a 97% naturally derived formula. It uses rosehip oil, algae extract, and B vitamins to nourish your tresses with nutrients and much-needed hydration. It's a must-have!

    before and after of model with coiled frizzy hair, then defined curls after use

    Briogeo is a Black woman-owned brand made to change the landscape on the market that did not cater to natural hair care.

    This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

    Get it from Sephora for $12+ (available in three sizes).

    5. A bottle of water-resistant L'Oreal Paris root cover-up spray β€” you just don't have the desire to shell out $$$ at the salon every single time to get your roots redone. Spray this and welcome seamless coverage with no residue.

    A reviewer with gray roots and dark brown hair showing the spray completely covered their grays

    Promising review: "My hair grows somewhat fast so I find myself coloring my roots at minimum every two weeks, which I think is bad for my hair. This product has been a lifesaver in allowing me to extend that time frame some. I wish I had found it sooner!" β€”Mmandkcs

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97+ (available in eight colors).

    6. A bottle of hair-building fibers for times you need an instant fix. This will help cover balding spots while you're waiting out your hair growth.

    A reviewer's before and after photo of them using the hair-building fibers to cover some bald spots

    They're sweat-, wind-, and rain-resistant, but come out in your next shampoo. Just shake into the thinning area, and pat your hair to disperse.

    Promising review: "I was hesitant to try this, and I'm hoping my review will help someone else who feels the same way. I have alopecia areata, which causes circles or ovals of hair to fall out all at once. The hair fibers are a godsend. I use the dark brown with the spray applicator. You'd be able to see if you got up close to look, and it works better where there's some hair than areas that are completely bare, but even on bare patches its much better. I would definitely recommend this for anyone, any age, with thinning hair or bald patches." β€”Christine Wilson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in nine colors).

    7. A tapered ceramic Remington Pro curling wand if you, like me, were never able to figure out the curl clamp ones πŸ˜”. Turns out there is hope for us after all β€” this simple wand is touted as a holy grail and will give you the lovely curls you've always wanted!

    Promising review: "I’m one of those people who just sucks at curling my hair. I've tried numerous times to curl my hair with a curling iron, but I can never get it right. I love this wand! I literally feel like a pro curling my hair and it took less than 10 minutes! It used to take forever with those darn curling irons. Never again! Seriously though, this is a must-have for all." β€”MissEm

    Get it from Amazon for $21.45+ (available in two sizes).

    Read my colleague's Remington curling wand review for more deets!

    8. A lightweight multi-purpose oil infused with pure coffee seed and castor oil to take your hair from rough to silky while also moisturizing the heck out of your scalp and promoting hair growth!

    model's before-and-after of her hair looking more full, defined, and moisturized after using the product

    Bomba Curls was founded by Lulu Cordero and inspired by her Afro-Dominicana roots. The products are meant to help curly-haired folks naturally boost growth and achieve maximum length retention.

    Promising review: "I have been using Bomba Curls since May and it's been an amazing journey. My hair is usually wavy, frizzy, and dry. Throughout the years I have damaged my hair with a perm, color, and heat and lost most of my curl pattern. My hair is slowly getting from wavy to curly again thanks to this and it's so nourished and soft." β€”Jesenia

    Get it from Nordstrom and from Bomba Curls for $22.

    9. An InStyler straightening iron that uses woven ceramic-covered plates, digital heat regulation, and beveled edges to straighten and curl without scorching damage, frizz, or creases. The ceramic plates serve as a heat protectant, defending against 92% of damage so you can iron your hair without worrying about adverse effects you'd get from other irons!

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    Plus, this has a removable comb attachment you can clip on so it combs your hair as you glide the iron down your hair for additional smoothing! TBH, I don't use the comb when straightening since my hair is thin. I find that ironing without it allows my hair to hold a bit more volume and allows me to curl my ends easier. As you can see above, I like curling the ends of my bangs with the iron rather than having it pin-straight!

    However, the comb is a perf addition for people with thicker hair, as it does help make your hair more polished when straightening. I also love that I don't feel like my hair is being majorly damaged by using this due to its woven ceramic plates (I straighten several times a week so hair protection is important). That lets me do my hair with peace of mind. It's a great daily staple for my everyday styling!

    Get it from InStyler for $115.

    10. A tin of leave-in beard conditioner that'll soften those stubborn hairs and rid your face of "beardruff." You can also use it as a pre-shave balm and voilΓ ! Soft skin and no roughness.

    A before photo of a reviewer with a full beard and mustache and an after photo with a cleanly shaven face looking smooth

    Promising review: "I originally purchased this for purposes of beardism. The product worked wonders and improved my bearditude. After I decided to cut it for summer I found myself one day without shave gel so I used this instead. This is by far the greatest shaving experience I have ever had β€” and that includes professional ones. My face feels like butter-soaked calfskin leather. You know damn well you can imagine how luxurious that feels." β€”Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $11.43.

    11. A bottle of Fanola No Yellow shampoo to wash those brassy orange undertones down the drain! They are not welcome in your hair! The violet pigment will get rid of those unwanted hues on gray, platinum, blonde or highlighted hair.

    A reviewer showing the before and after using the shampoo with the after having a less yellow hue

    Promising review: "Stop searching and buy this! I purchased this purple shampoo on a whim after seeing it on a BuzzFeed article. THIS SHAMPOO, let me tell you, has pulled any and every unwanted orange color from my hair. The shampoo is PURPLE, almost black. It reeks to high heaven, but so do most toners and glazes a salon would put on, so it's really not an issue to me. I use it once a week and leave it on for about five minutes while I shave in shower, and it does its job. Within two weeks it pulled all the orange brassiness from my hair and has left me with a wintery icy blonde that I never thought my hair could be. I love it so much and don't know what state of pumpkin I would be without this shampoo." β€”Lenna K.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.82+ (available in three sizes).

    Read more about this purple shampoo in our Fanola No Yellow Shampoo deep dive!

    12. These hair extensions to change up your look in minutes and look just fab β€” plus, they seem so real, even you might be fooled!

    Promising review: "This was the best nine dollars I've spent in a long time! The color is a perfect match to my hair. The hair is very long β€” I cut at least 12 inches off. It stays in place very well. This is a fun addition to my going out look." β€”SBonert

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in five lengths and a variety of colors).

    Find out more about the Reecho hair extensions in my colleague's deep dive!

    13. A bottle of Veet's hair-removal cream that's a cult fave due to its time-saving effectiveness. Slather it on and it removes hair in just five minutes while aloe vera ensures your skin is soothed. It's so gentle reviewers love it especially for sensitive skin. Stubble and cuts? Where? πŸ‘€

    Promising review: "I got this for my private parts because I have extremely sensitive skin when it comes to shaving and waxing, especially if it's frequently. Fierce ingrown hairs and razor burn. I tried a small spot first and didn't have any side effects so I went for the whole shebang. Left it on for nine minutes. Wiped off with a warm washcloth and boom, silky smooth everywhere! " β€”Rebecca

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    14. A John Frieda hot air brush so you can get the blown-out look without having to spend an extra hour blow-drying and straightening. Cut that time in half with this efficient tool and use that extra half hour for something more useful!

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    It can style dry *and* wet hair, has ~ionic technology~ to tame frizz and promote shine, and has nylon- and ball-tipped bristles to gently detangle while creating volume. Plus! It has two heat settings and a cool setting for better control.

    Check out our full review of the John Frieda hot air brush!

    Promising review: "I have always hated blow-drying my hair. It takes foorrevvverrr. It's too loud. It leaves my hair frizzy and I have to straighten it afterward. This hot air brush is LEGIT. It's basically a round brush but with an efficient and quiet blow-dryer built in. It takes me about half the time (30 minutes) to dry my hair that it would take to blow-dry and straighten. And my hair looks amazing! So much less frizz. So much more body and bounce than straightening. It stays full all day. It looks shiny. It looks healthy. If you are ever again in the market for a blow-dryer, replace it with this." β€”MrsEveland

    Get it from Amazon for $34+ (available in two sizes).

    15. A 2-in-1 ionic hair straightener brush that'll be a staple in your everyday hair routine! No hair pulling seen here.

    Safety features include auto-off and auto temperature lock, which automatically shuts off the brush if not used for 60 minutes. Temperatures range from150 degrees Celsius (300 degrees Fahrenheit) to 230 degrees Celsius (450 degrees Fahrenheit) for any hair type.

    Promising review: "Yaaaaaa'll! Buy this thing. Seriously, add it to your cart right now and check out. RIGHT NOW! I have never liked straightening my hair. It took way too long (upwards of two hours), the flat iron would get caught in my hair, I'd burn my scalp trying to get too close; it just was a hassle. I'm so glad I tried this because what used to be a two-plus hour ordeal took only 45 minutes β€” and most of that was taking my hair down and detangling it from washing it! The actual straightening process was maybe 20 minutes." β€”Margaret

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    16. A molding wax with medium hold to lock down those stubborn hairs, maintain your hairstyle for the day, but also add a bit of fullness! Much appreciated!

    Promising review: "I have very fine hair and it's so hard to do anything with it. I ordered this based on the reviews and how it won't weigh down or make my hair look greasy. This stuff is great! After I blow-dry my hair, I add a small amount (about size of a nickel) into my hand and then begin to apply it. It gives my hair a nice shine but more importantly, it gives my hair the fullness and hold that I need. Overall great stuff!" β€”L. Avila

    Get it from Amazon for $12.32.

    17. A tin of virtually painless all-purpose wax beads so you can go for several weeks without reaching for a razor β€” razor burn and bumps begone!

    Before photo of reviewer with moderate amount of back hair and after photo of reviewer with hair-free back

    Apply this wax with wooden applicators like these! To use, place the wax tin into a professional wax heater. Within 20 to 30 minutes, it will be warm and liquid enough to apply. Test the temperature of the wax on the inside of your wrist; the best temperature should be about what your body temperature is. Then apply an oil of your choice and a quarter-sized amount of the wax. Spread in the direction of your hair growth. Once dried down, remove the wax parallel and in the opposite direction of your hair growth.

    Promising review: "Holy crap. Please listen to this review. This is the best, and easiest-to-use wax I have ever tried. It dries super quickly and when it dries it creates a vacuum seal around the hair. It does not stick to skin in the slightest and cuts the pain down 75%. I would pay $150 dollars for this stuff because it is so good." β€”Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $24.40.

    18. A leave-in conditioner for multi-textured hair to nix frizz and define your curls like the star they are. This uses jojoba oil to protect, promote growth, and retain moisture.

    Mixed Chicks is a woman-owned small biz founded by Kim Etheredge and Wendi Levy. They got the idea for the line after bonding over their own struggles to find products that suited multi-textured hair. Now they sell a range of haircare products for varying hair types.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this product. I have forever been looking for a one-and-done product to use for my wash and goes and now I will look no further. It gave me so much definition I was amazed I could achieve just from a leave in. I recommend this to anyone looking for the same." β€”Maria Vega

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in three sizes).

    19. A detangling brush with over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because yeah, it's that good. People swear by it for detangling fast without damaging hair. With this, you won't have to invest in three different combs, hoping one of 'em does the trick!,

    This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2C through 4C hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don't have to time out your brushing.

    Promising review: "My daughter has a lot of hair that tangles very easily. Her knots get so bad that they needed to be cut from her head at times and even after cut those knots would not come undone despite pulling with all of our might. To me that was evidence that her hair is just impossible. Then we came across this brush. We saw a commercial for a different brand but when I logged onto Amazon I saw that this brush had far better reviews and has been around for quite some time. I ordered it and was not sure what to expect as many other detangling brushes simply failed even after adding large amounts of leave in conditioner and detangling spray to her hair. Lo and behold, this brush does as it promises. IT WORKS! My daughter went from dreading getting her hair brushed to doing it herself. She is 5 and says, this brush is relaxing. I highly recommend this product. It will save you time, money and sanity. It should say NO MORE TEARS FOR PARENT AND CHILD." β€”Nicole W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88 (available in six colors).

    20. An automatic ceramic curling iron for the styling-challenged β€” if a regular curling iron never works for you, this will give you to give you such dreamy curls, you won't look back.,

    Simply place a sectioned off part of your hair behind the thickest prong, and it'll automatically wrap around the iron, and rest of the hard work is done for you!

    Promising review: "I love this curler beyond words. I am Asian with super straight hair that can never keep curls. Seriously, after curling my hair with a curling iron AND using hair spray, my hair is basically straight again in two hours. This is the ONLY curling iron that I've used that actually works and is super easy to use. I actually tried using it without spraying my hair and the curls stayed intact until the next day." β€”NYCdogmomma

    Get it from Amazon for $36.10.

    21. The Gold System, a set that contains all the basics you need for dry, coarse, or textured hair, including a shampoo, conditioner, and a styling crème.

    Before photo of model with flat, frizzy curls and after photo showing the products gave the curls more definition and reduced frizz
    Andre Walker Hair

    Andre Walker Hair is a Black-owned small biz and beauty brand developed specifically for curls, kinks and coils. Fun fact: Andre has been Oprah Winfrey’s hairstylist for more than 25 years!

    Promising review: "I have used this line of products for years. Fabulous to help strengthen my hair. I swear by this product line." β€”S. Selleck

    Get it from Andre Walker Hair for $39.

    22. A set of clip-on bangs if you've always wanted to try them out but are afraid of the commitment.

    A reviewer showing the before and after of their hair with and without the clip in bangs and it looks natural and color matches beautifully

    Promising review: "I had very LOW expectations for this. I accidentally cut my bangs too short the other night because my puppy distracted me mid cut. I thought it would be funny to buy this and wear it one day. I got it for laughs mostly, not really expecting it to look normal. AND OMG I AM SHOCKED! First of all, it's the exact same shade as my hair color. It was super easy to put on. The hair feels soft and realistic. I am so beyond amazed. So far, no one has been able to tell that the bangs are fake! I love them!" β€”Jrod

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 32 colors).

    23. A bottle of curl cream gel since defined curls are the best curls! It also helps hold in moisture and the argan oil prevents frizz. Lovely!

    A before and after photo showing more defined curls after using the product

    Promising review: "Like many of the people who have posted reviews, I've tried every curl cream in the book, from high end to low end. I can't remember how I stumbled across this product but it was the reviews that made me want to give it a try. Thank goodness I did and that's why I'm writing this review. This product is amazing. I have waist-length wavy/curly red hair and I only have to use two pumps of the product to coat all my hair. My curls are wonderfully moisturized and shaped with absolutely ZERO greasy or crunchy feel. A little goes a long way. Highly recommend this!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $22.

    24. An anti-hair loss shampoo for new growth and less shedding. Welcome, baby hairs!

    A before and after photo from day 1 to day 16 showing more hair growth in the second image

    Promising review: "OMG. Guys, this stuff actually works; I'm dead serious. I never read reviews but I figured I should and show you guys pictures because I'm so happy with the results. I have been struggling with hair loss since I started undergrad, and I have found each year my hair is getting thinner and thinner and my hairline is receding on the corners. I saw this and read the good reviews. Now I see why the reviews are so amazing. It's been 16 days as of today and the results are impressive." β€”christine rosenberg

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    25. A HSI Professional hair straightener that has a 6-foot, 360-degree swivel cord and shall smooth your strands into a sleek, straight style!

    The set includes a glove, pouch, and travel size argan oil that you can use as a leave-in hair treatment to prevent heat damage.

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail, guys. They’ve done it. They’ve made a flat iron that can control the beast. 10x better than my other iron, and I can get my hair done in about 20 minutes now!" β€”Tiffany Baker

    Get it from Amazon for $44.95.

    26. An anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with Ketoconazole 1% because no one likes an itchy scalp. Using this will keep your dandruff at bay, resulting in a happy head.

    FWIW: This formula is safe to use on color-treated, chemically processed, and gray hair!

    Promising review: "If I could give this product more than 5 stars then I would!! My husband has suffered from extreme dandruff/psoriasis for years to the point that he would pick constantly at his scalp. I would be able to visually see large sores and peeling skin chunks constantly no matter what shampoo/treatment he would use. This stuff worked absolute wonders for us and I would recommend to anyone with slight dandruff issues to extreme psoriasis conditions!"β€”Tabitha C.

    Get it from Amazon starting at $9.99 (available in two sizes).

    27. A jar of Lime Crime hair dye to add some zest to your look without the complicated and expensive salon trip. Make all your wild-haired unicorn dreams come true! Even you dark-haired beauties can use this semi-perm dye. Some reviewers have used this for years and have never turned back!

    before after of reviewer with long muted purplish hair, then vibrant pink hair after using Lime Crime

    Plus, they're cruelty-free and vegan (as the unicorns would want!).

    Promising review: "I’m so in love with my unicorn hair! I went from a dull silver/rose to a gorgeous vibrant magenta! Never going back to the other semi permanent brands I've used in the past. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair is my new bestie! I bought the Chocolate Covered Cherry and left it on for two hours but it washed out beautifully and my hair was silky smooth! It smells amazing too which makes coloring much more pleasant. So far I've only washed it once in warm water since coloring and the color is still just as vibrant!" β€”Mysti Moon

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in 12 shades).

    28. A biotin shampoo with nutrient-rich botanicals like B5 zinc and coconut oil to revitalize your scalp, remove pore-clogging buildup, and nourish for healthy locks.

    A reviewer showing a progression of images that tracks their hair growth after using the product

    Promising review: "Saw this product on BuzzFeed and thought I’d give it a try. I bought it to grow my hair longer in time for my wedding. It definitely worked, making my hair longer in a short period of time (few months). Its scent is fine and isn’t overpowering." β€”SAR

    Get it from Amazon for $17.95.

    29. A hydrating hair mask that targets rough, dry, and overprocessed hair texture to bring it back to its former glory, restoring hydration, shine, and elasticity. It's a holy grail product for 5,000+ verified reviewers.

    A reviewer's before and after photo showing their hair more conditioned and hydrated in the second image

    Promising review: "My hair is very thin and curly. The ends are damaged from heat and color, causing my hair to look even more unruly. There is an immediate difference as soon as this product touches my hair. It leaves my hair feeling so silky, even after I rinse it out and dry my hair."β€”Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    30. An all-natural henna powder if you want to change up your hair color but that store-bought box dye just isn't cutting it for your hair health anymore.

    A reviewer showing the before and after of using the product with their hair looking more naturally red in the second image

    Promising review: "I can't stress enough how much I LOVE henna. I use it for pretty much everything β€” hair, nails, and lips. This is the cheapest henna I've found that hasn't lost its quality. I've been using henna for about a year and it leaves a gorgeous, natural-looking red that no chemical dye I've used could beat." β€”Krista

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    31. A bottle of 100% pure castor oil β€” the holy grail for stimulating hair growth! This one is rich vitamins and fatty acids to also aid in repairing and maintaining damaged strands. It's also safe to use on skin, eyelashes, and nails so go all out.

    A reviewer showing balding spots on their scalp next to an after image of the same reviewer with new hair growth in the same spot

    Promising review: "I had an allergy in my scalp 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try a hair growing product to bring my hair back. I read online and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growth, but there are lots of castor oil brands. I tried this product because of the good reviews, and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. My hair became softer than before and thicker, and one bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

    32. A magical color-depositing shampoo to maintain your color or add color to bleached and lightened hair for a new look! No frequent salon touch-ups needed. Your wallet shall remain safe.

    A reviewer's before and after photos showing brown and golden hair in the first image and maroon and pink hair in the second

    Promising review: "I am growing out my natural gray/silver hair, and the lengths are bleached light blonde with an unpleasant yellow tinge. For the last year I have tried so many toners, purple shampoos, color rinses, etc. This is the only product that my hair is all the same color and I am finally free of the yellowish hue!" β€”Lesley X

    Get it from Amazon for $35 (available in 12 colors).

    I relent! Take my money!

    Disney / Via Giphy

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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