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    Things For Anyone Who "Just Can't" With Their Hair Lately

    If your hair just hasn't been cooperating lately, perhaps what you need is a great hair mask or a quality curler to come to the rescue.

    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 L’Oreal hair treatment that works its magic in eight seconds to give you shinier, more hydrated locks — no matter your hair type. Magic indeed!

    @lorealparis / Via, @lorealparis / Via

    Apply this directly to wet hair avoiding the roots, massage it in for eight seconds, then rinse. Effort required = practically zero. You can use one dose for fine to medium textured hair, two to three doses for thick to curly textured hair, and add one more dose if you have long hair.

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail of hair products. Seriously I need gallons of this stuff! I put it on my hair for 10 seconds and could feel while still in the shower that my hair felt amazing! I usually have stringy ends and after using this, my hair was soft and silky!" —Sky T Block

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    2. A Revlon hot air brush because it dries your hair, imparts volume and shine, and makes it look like you totally went and got a professional blowout — in MINUTES.

    Promising review: "Just wow! I was skeptical at first. I wish I would have bought this sooner! After showering I get all the moisture I can out of my hair. And leave it to kind of air dry while I’m getting ready, having coffee, or whatever I’m doing that morning. It takes me about seven minutes to dry my hair if that! I have very thick naturally curly hair. It’s is a fabulous tool to have in your arsenal! May be the only one I have to use. No flat iron needed as of yet! Would buy again in a heartbeat!" —D.K

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99+ (available in eight colors).

    3. 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." —Lenna K.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.82+ (available in three sizes).

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

    4. A cult-fave Elizavecca collagen hair mask that restores the purity of your hair and helps with oil control, frizziness, damaged hair, the works! It's lightweight too so no heavy ingredients involved. Now you can flip your hair all you want and show off how good it looks.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This is the first product that I have ever used where I saw immediate results. For those out there that have tried Olaplex at home, it's very similar in consistency but I think I see better results and this product is much cheaper. I shampooed my hair, towel-dried so my hair was damp, then ran the product through all my hair, mostly concentrating on my ends. I left it in for as long as I could and rinsed it out and my hair felt smooth and soft immediately. I let my hair air dry and it was soooo shiny! It is a small bottle but you don't need to use much so I can see it lasting for a while if you only do a treatment once a week or once every two weeks." —Samantha Ellis

    Get it from Amazon for $13.80.

    5. A bottle of water-resistant L'Oréal root cover-up spray if 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!" —Mmandkcs

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in 10 colors).

    6. A thickening shampoo for fine and thin hair because it'll work to give you lightweight body and volume every time — you can physically feel the thickness of your hair after using this!

    the bottle
    Love Beauty and Planet

    I know because I've used it! It makes my hair feel fuller, more voluminous, and clean too. The scent is light and lovely and I love the price.

    This is sulfate-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free, and vegan.

    Promising review: "I would give 6 stars if it were possible. I have fine hair. This shampoo leaves my hair light and clean. It doesn't dry it out, and it doesn't weigh it down. It smells great, not cloying or perfume-y. And surprisingly, my wet hair is a bit easier to run the comb through than with my other shampoos. Like my salon shampoo, this one is concentrated so you don't need to use much. Even the container is well made with a chunky container that is less likely to topple from a caddy. I appreciate the environmentally friendly features. Most of all, I'm really happy with what it does to my hair." —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    7. 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!"—Tabitha C.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.49.

    8. A set of large matte hair claw clips because they're really in right now and also super efficient! They're strong enough to hold thick hair, hold thin hair easily, and even if your hair's in a messy bun, the design instantly makes your hairdo look chic.

    A chart of models showing off their buns in the different colored clips

    Promising review: "Best hair clips ever!!! I even use them to hold my hair up when I’m running and they stay the entire time! Highly recommend!" —Savanna Reyes

    Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

    9. A detangling brush so you look forward to brushing your hair. This will get through the knots and tangles your regular brush can't solve. And it has over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because yeah, it's that good. People swear by it for detangling fast without damaging hair. 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: "I have really long, thick, fine hair. I get tangles and hair matts really easily. In my life, I have never had a brush get tangles and matts out with such ease. It makes hair brushing enjoyable and painless. It gets out the knots within seconds and without the pain I used to experience with other types of brushes. I hardly lose any hair using this brush because it is so gentle. The bristles are soft and flexible. It has made hair brushing something to look forward to. It truly has changed my hair and has become a holy grail essential for me. YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE no matter what kind of hair you have!" —Matthew Sisley

    Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

    10. A tapered ceramic Remington Pro curling wand that gives you the lovely curls you've always wanted (and reviewers say it's holy grail status)! If you, like me, were never able to figure out the curl clamp ones, no worries — turns out there is hope for us after all!

    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." —MissEm

    Get it from Amazon for $18.89.

    And read my colleague's Remington curling wand deep dive for more deets!

    11. A ~surreal~ iridescent mermaid scrunchie to elevate your daily (read: boring) ponytail or bun in a totally dreamy way. Leave it on your wrist as a pretty accessory too!

    the iridescent scrunchies in small and large
    ZeroZoneDesign / Etsy

    ZeroZoneDesign is a small biz making cute scrunchies, hair accessories, and more.

    Get it from ZeroZoneDesign on Etsy for $5.40+ (available in two sizes). 

    12. Or these bow knot hair scrunchies when you want a flirty touch to your fits. When you don't know which way to go, cute's the way!


    Promising review: "I love feminine/girly style, but I have a LOT of lazy hair days, and these are a dream!! Makes your basic ponytail or messy bun look cute and intentional. When I take my hair down and put these on my wrist it's like another cute accessory. Win-win-wiiiiin." —MJ

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.85.

    13. A scalp detox that uses botanical oils like moringa and amaranth to cleanse, moisturize, and soothe your scalp. Basil and baobab oil nourish, promote hair growth, and protect against environmental damage. Scalp health is important too!

    model applying the detox to her scalp
    Act + Acre

    Act + Acre is a small biz committed to nurturing the foundation of healthy hair — the scalp! Their products are made to restore cleaner and stronger hair. Plus, their packaging is recyclable, environmentally friendly and chemical-free.

    Promising review: "Been using for nearly a month and already see the benefits to my scalp health. When extra oil seeps from scalp to hair, it doesn't hurt, my hair seems to like it as much as my scalp. The ingredients are so clean and the smell is subtle but pleasant. All around pleased and can't wait to try more from this line." —Lucy

    Get it from Act + Acre for $42.

    14. 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, 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.

    Promising review: "This is the holy grail of curly hair masks especially if your hair is damaged. I love it and it makes my hair so healthy. I highly recommend this hair mask. It has protein in it which helps repair the hair." —helenahassenlambert

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

    15. 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." —Christine Wilson

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

    16. 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." —Patrick McKenna

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

    17. OR an edge control gel for doing the same thing for your edges and baby hairs — 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!" —Seabea2013

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

    18. A cute INH Hair messy bun because it literally takes your hair to new heights and is a quick way to instantly transform your look (and your IG grid). It adds so much volume, especially if you have thin hair. And if you want to take it a step further, these space buns will make everyone do a double take!

    INH Hair

    These are made out of vegan synthetic fiber from Japan. Make sure to read their tips on styling and care!

    INH Hair is a woman-owned small biz based in Los Angeles. They aim to get you the best quality and trendiest styles and boost your confidence.

    Promising review (for messy bun): "My bun game has gone to a new level! Very easy to apply and the feel is very realistic, it doesn’t feel like a synthetic hair! The color match was to a tee. I have quite fine hair so my usual buns look very odd (like a round pot handle vibe) but with Sammy, I feel so confident and put together. The application was super easy and unlike some of the ponies that make you feel weighted, there was no issues with feeling tightened or restricted on my scalp." —Jia

    Get them from INH Hair: the messy bun for $38 and the space buns for $54 (both available in a variety of colors).

    19. These flexible foam rods so that you wake up to those same voluminous curls you get when you curl with heat. Pop these in overnight, have some fun with how funky you look, and bam!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these!!! I was skeptical at first and now they are part of my every night routine. I love having carefree curls that last as long as I do without having to put heat on my hair that's already dry from bleaching. I would recommend these for any and everyone who is tired of the heat and the smell of a traditional curling iron or wand. I will never go back!" —ZombieCakez

    Get a pack of 42 rods from Amazon for $12.99.

    And read our complete write up on these no-heat hair rods!

    20. Still prefer a curling iron? This automatic ceramic curling iron is great for the styling-challenged. 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." —NYCdogmomma

    Get it from Amazon for $48.99.

    21. A shower brush (this is Tracee Ellis Ross' haircare line!!) to comb conditioner through your strands in the shower because your fingers ain't it. This especially helps curly- and coily-haired folks style, detangle, and gently work in the good stuff through wet hair!

    the brush

    Pattern supports and donates to organizations that empower women and people of color, and is involved in Black communities. Learn more on why her shower brush is great here!

    Promising review: "All-day-juicy curls; no frizz. Wow, wow, wow! The brush is wonderful. I followed the recommendation: wet, sectioned, conditioned hair, brush from tip to root. I felt like my scalp got a massage. I used the styling cream to complete my look. I absolutely recommend the shower brush." —Dives

    Get it from Pattern for $17.

    22. A breathable and adjustable satin-lined sleeping cap so you can protect your natural hair while sleeping or lounging, without any discomfort. It's cute enough to wear out and about too if you just don't feel like doing your hair that day.

    model wearing the cotton cap in dark gray

    Promising review: "Satin caps are wonderful for eliminating frizzy hair and breakage, the problem is that they slide off when you sleep and are not appealing to wear outside of the home... until this. It stays on my head, it’s slouchy with a beanie cap fabric on the outside, satin on the inside, and a drawstring to adjustable the size. No had hair days here. I love this it." —Alisha R. Ezell

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    23. These adorable mini wave barrettes for a retro and summery pop of color to your hairstyles, even when your hair is just down! These'll photograph really well too, as you can see!

    three clips in different colors clipping back model's bangs

    Chunks is a woman-owned small biz founded in 2019 as a one-woman operation! How cool is that? They are now a team of five and are committed to responsible manufacturing, using durable, plant-based materials to make their clips, and recycling instead of throwing away product.

    Get it from Chunks for $6.75 (available in six colors). 

    24. A bucket hat as it's time to show everyone that it's totally easy to pull one off and you'll look like the cool kid. It's great for bad hair days too!

    Promising review: "This is my first bucket hat. It's a leap from my typical baseball caps, but now I'm sold. It is so darn cute. It's going to be my go-to head gear for all seasons. I particularly like that I don't get so much 'hat hair' with the roomy bucket hat, like with my baseball caps; there's some breathing room. My hat appears very well-constructed with rich colors. And the price is right to stock up. Everyone who has seen it voices approval." —Shiloh True

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in two sizes and 30+ colors).

    25. A cold-processed Scalp Renew hair treatment that uses salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and encourage cellular turnover, and peppermint oil to provide relief from inflammation, stimulate blood flow and scalp microcirculation, and support healthy hair growth. It's a hard-working product you'll def keep in your arsenal permanently.

    before and after of a person with long hair that looks frizzy and damaged in the before, then sleek and shiny in after
    Act + Acre

    Promising review: "Total game changer + new holy grail. I have some kind of dermatitis/dandruff that I'm don't care about enough to go to the dermatologist for. This is a TOTAL game changer. My favorite aspect is definitely how good the peppermint feels while I let it sit. It's a close tie with the actual product performance, my scalp probably hasn't felt this clean or light since I was a kid. I didn't expect to see any changes, but it's actually made my roots look healthier too. The texture is also really good, it's thick enough that it stays where you put it without dripping, but thin enough that you can easily work it into the area. I do wish more product came in the tube, or there was a value size option. I love that the tube is metal (and not plastic!!) but it does make it harder to squeeze out the last bit of the product. I will absolutely be repurchasing this regularly, and keeping an eye out for a bigger tube." —Amelia 

    Get it from Act + Acre for $32.

    26. A lemongrass leave-in conditioner spray with natural ingredients and essential oils for locking in moisture, smoothness, and soothing without weighing down your mane. 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
    @alikaynaturals / Via

    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." —Lynn M

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    27. 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.

    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." —Melissa

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    28. A Pattern hydrating mist to breathe life back into dry, thirsty curls and coils, and protects them from environmental stressors with aloe vera, avocado oil, and other essential nutrients. Plus, it helps you go longer between wash days!

    the mist

    Learn more about the mist here and check out Pattern's in-depth curl guide and how to care for your hair texture.

    Promising review: "My absolute favorite hydrating mist for my curls. Keeps them fresh and springy all day. The smell is wonderful and feels light on my hair. My hubby says it smells very nice." —Suzanne

    Get it from Pattern for $7+ (available in two sizes).

    29. A bottle of Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 because it reduces breakage, keeps your locks from losing moisture, and repairs and protects the bonds that make up your hair structure so you'll stop seeing your precious strands go down the shower drain., LookFantastic

    We've tried this for ourselves and seen the results! Read our review of Olaplex Hair Perfector here.

    Promising review: "This is my new hair super hero. I have really curly hair that I torture with bleach and heat tools. Even with conditioning treatments its a bit sad. After a friend recommended this, my hair has been so much better! I wet it slightly, and leave as a leave in treatment for an hour or so. After my hair has a noticeably smoother texture and looks SO much better. My hair stylist has noted my strands look significantly less damaged. I only wish it came in a bigger size!" —DZ

    Get it from LookFantastic for $28.

    You @ your new, smooth, moisturized, hair:

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