We are impatient and love to test hair products for Best of Beauty. Why? Because results don’t take long. Wave sprays, deep conditioners and purple shampoos are great because you can see results in as little time as it takes to style and care for your hair.
The Anomaly Bonding Treatment Mask was all it took to make us realize it was a winner. We loved the soft, but strong feeling it left in our hair. Our scalps felt instantly clean and refreshed by the DpHue ACV Daily Scalp Cream Serum. Playa’s Wave Spray instantly revealed our beautiful natural waves in just seconds.
However, the results don’t necessarily last as long as they are quick. Although we have had to go through tens, if not hundreds, of hair-care products over the years, many of these products are so good that they make it into our personal stashes.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Damaged hair): Dove Hair Therapy Rescue & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner
Dove Hair Therapy Rescue & Protect Shampoo and Conditioner contain ceramides and propeptides that repair damage and help strengthen hair over the long-term.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Dry hair)
Pantene ProV Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo and Conditioner
Don’t ask what your hair can do, but rather what you can do to your hair. If your hair feels dry or strawy, you can use Pantene ProV Daily Moisture Renew Shampoo and Conditioner. These products are made with replenishing oils.
Best Clarifying Shampoo
Olaplex Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo
It won because product buildup, dirt and oil all go “poof!” When you wash your hair with Olaplex No.4C bond maintenance clarifying shampoo. The same hair-repairing bond makers that helped to put Olaplex No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo on the map also help to strengthen.
Best Shampoo and Conditioner (Fine)
Andrew Fitzsimons Body Volume-Boosting Shampoo & Conditioner
Andrew Fitzsimons Body volume boosting Shampoo and Conditioner is for you if you can hear your hair falling apart at midday. The hair will appear longer and fuller due to the addition of follicle-stimulating caffeine, which temporarily thickens the strands.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Color-Treated)
Pureology Strength Cure Sulfate Free Shampoo and Conditioner Conditioner
You don’t need to spend four hours in the salon every six week just to forget about appointments. The Pureology Strength Cure Shampoo & Conditioner are gentle cleansers that include UV filters. They also help to keep colors vibrant.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Curly hair)
Hair Food Hair Food Mango & Aloe Curl Definition Shampoo
Hair Food Mango and its tropical scent will make you fall in love with this shampoo. Aloe Curl Definition Shampoo is light enough to not cause hair damage, but you won’t need it if you do.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Kinky hair)
Pantene Gold Series: New Lengths, Root Stimulating Shampoo and Root Rejuvenating Conditioner
Hydration is the key to healthy, happy coils. Pantene Gold Series Root Stimulating Shampoo & Root Rejuvenating Conditioning are infused with moisturizing green tea and apricot oils.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Dandruff)
Head and Shoulders Clinical Dandruff Defense Sensitive Shampoo
Head and Shoulders Clinical Dandruff Defence Sensitive Scalp shampoo pairs antifungal selenium sulfide and calming aloe verde, so that even sensitive people can enjoy its dandruff-fighting properties.
Best Shampoo & Conditioner (Bar)
Tangie Shampoo and Tangie Conditioner Bars
Tangie Shampoo & Conditioner Bars are way less packaged than average shampoo & conditioners, but they can compete with the best when it comes down to cleaning, detangling and moisturizing.
Jihan Forbes, staff editor, says that Shaeri Cowash made my hair look great for a week. It’s not bragging, if it’s true.
Best Scalp Treatment (Scrub)
Reverie Suna Exfoliating Shampoo
Reverie Suna exfoliating shampoo was awarded our prize for both what it has (purifying rhassoul cla clay and moisturizing the hibiscus extract) and what isn’t: it’s a tough-and-tough physical exfoliant.
Best Scalp Treatment (Mask)
Briogeo Charcoal and Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Scalp Masque
Briogeo Scalp Revision Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Skin Scalp Mask offers instant relief for itchy scalps. Ahh, that’s better.
Best Scalp Treatment (Tonic)
dpHUE ACV Daily Scalp Cream Serum
If we consider that scalp care is skincare, then it makes sense to use dpHUE Daily Scalp Serum every night. The oil-free formula hydrates and gently exfoliates while keeping our scalp in harmony.
Best Leave-In Conditioner (Light Spray)
LolaVie Perfecting Leave in
LolaVie Perfecting leave-in won the award because it is light and hydrating. Our fine-haired testers confirmed this.
Best Leave-In Conditioner (Thick in a Tub)
SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Leave-In Conditioner
It won because it had a scoop of SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydrotherapy Leave-In Milk nourishes thick strands with a combination of shea butter and honey.
Best Hair Mask for Curly and Kinky Hair
Anomaly Bonding Treatment Masque
We’d love to have a personal stylist who would make sure that every hair on our heads is softened and shines. We have hair masks back here on Earth. The Anomaly Haircare Bonding Therapy Mask contains quinoa and vegetable protein to smoothen frizz and give curls their bounce.
Best Hair Mask for Fine Hair
ColorWow x Chris Appleton money mascara (for fine hair)
Chris Appleton x ColourWow Money Masque makes our hair look so shiny and healthy that we almost forget we need a trim.
Best Curl Cream for Tight Curls
TPH By Taraji Curls 4 Days
Our hair is softer and more defined if we use TPH By Taraji curls 4 Days cream on freshly washed hair.
Looser Curls: Best Curl Cream
Skimdo Original Curl Styling Cream
Skimdo Original curl styling cream is great for adding volume and texture to layers of curls. She adds that if applied when your curls have a little moisture, it won’t weigh your hair down at all.
Best Curl Refresher
Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Touch-Up Gel Cream
Extreme temperature changes, humidity, windstorms: It can feel like the whole world is trying to ruin our curls. Ouidad Advanced Climate Control Featherlight Topping Gel Cream combines the holding power of a gel and the moisturizing benefits from a cream to wrap each one of our spirals in a much-needed hug.
Living Proof Full Dry Volume and Texturizing Spray
Living Proof Volume and Texture Spray gives hair a little something extra. It can be described as “bleh,” blah, and meh.” For a lift that lasts throughout the day, a patented molecule increases space between hair fibers.