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        Best Dandruff Shampoo 2016

        Neutrogena T-Gel 

        Best Dandruff Shampoo 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2005

        Neutrogena T-Gel 

        While this may not be our sexiest category, this winning anti-dandruff shampoo is an essential if you're battling flakes. Formulated with tar and salicylic acid, it helps balance the scalp and removes any sebum and buildup. And while "it effectively treats scalp concerns, your hair is still shinny and manageable so you do not need to sacrifice the way your hair looks," says stylist Nathaniel Hawkins. But best of all, you do't have to give up your favorite suds, you only need to use T-Gel once a week to prevent flaking.

        $7
        Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair 2015

        Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl/OléoRelax Masque

        Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2009

        Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl/OléoRelax Masque

        Instead of leaving tight ringlets shellacked, crispy, or greasy, these crystal-clear liquids lay down frizz with shorea and palm oils, says N.Y.C. stylist Gabrielle Corney. “If you’re going to straighten your hair, you’ll get an easier blow-dry.” If not, curls are left light and springy and parched ends are quenched.

        $39/$63
        Best Inexpensive Blow-Dryer 2015

        Infinity Pro by Conair, 1875 Watt

        Best Inexpensive Blow-Dryer 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2013

        Infinity Pro by Conair, 1875 Watt

        This tough-as-nails must-have (which lasts three times longer than other standard models) makes quick work of even the thickest hair and is perfect for travel, says Rihanna’s hairstylist, Ursula Stephen. All at a price that looks like it should be adjusted for inflation.

        $35
        Best Single-Process Color 2015

        L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

        Best Single-Process Color 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2006

        L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

        This kit is "every bit as good as professional color," says Frank Galasso, an L.A. stylist who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow. New York City hairstylist Danilo, who works with Cate Blanchett, praises the "long-lasting, bright color."

        $10
        Best Eco-Friendly Hair Product Line 2015

        Rahua

        Best Eco-Friendly Hair Product Line 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

        Rahua

        Some oil-based products can leave hair with a greasy hangover, says Jennifer Garner’s hairstylist Adir Abergel, who swears that’s not the case with this organic shampoo and conditioner. He says the hero ingredient-a hand-harvested oil from the Amazonian rahua nut-breathes “luxurious” new life into tired tresses. Rahua

        $32/$34
        Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine Hair 2015

         René Furterer Volumea Volumizing

        Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Fine Hair 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2014

         René Furterer Volumea Volumizing

        Pumping up the volume on vulnerable strands can have consequences. Alcohol-based lifting and thickening agents degrade fine hair, says L.A. hairstylist Alex Polillo. But this shampoo and conditioner pair prizes natural ingredients, like hair-shaft-coating carob extract, so results are dramatic-not destructive.

        $28 and $30
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2015

        Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

        Spinning electronic devices near the hair sounds like trouble, no? That’s what you might think until you try this self-rotating barrel. Hair smoothly wraps around the ceramic wand, making defined curls or loose waves. Two speeds, an adjustable temperature gauge, and arrows to control direction eliminate burns and impatience.

         

         

        $129
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2015

        Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy

        Hair always looks happiest the day it gets colored, mostly because stylists break out the big-gun conditioners to minimize the damage of dyes. This duo—a cuticle-opening blend, allowing for deeper penetration of hydrators, followed by amoisturizing rice protein—replicates that same effect,only at home on a weekly basis.

         

        $42

         

        Best Shampoo and Conditioner for African-American Hair 2015

        Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing

        Best Shampoo and Conditioner for African-American Hair 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing

        “Breathes life” into lackluster spirals, kinks, and coils with Tahitian manoi oil and coconut extract, says L.A. stylist Charles Dujic. For strands that have been run-down by chemical treatments or straightening, “it’s healing and reparative” after one wash. It also smells good enough to garnish with a little umbrella.

        $20-$22
        Best Heat-Protecting Spray 2015

        Paul Mitchell

        Best Heat-Protecting Spray 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Paul Mitchell

        Being reminded to use thermal spray on damp hair is a little like being told to floss. You know you should, but sometimes you don’t. This goes on dry hair, so no need to plan ahead. Rice- hull extract insulates strands from flatirons and curling rods, says L.A. stylist Kylee Heath.

        $18
        Best Curling Wand 2015

        Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

        Best Curling Wand 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

        Channel your inner Michael Jackson, pull-on the heatproof glove, and get prepped to really like the (wo)man in the mirror. “You can do so many different looks without any technical expertise,” says hairstylist Domingo Quintero, who has used it on Blake Lively and Katie Holmes. Wrap a strand around once or twice for “Alexa Chung bends” or go Victoria’s Secret sexy with a headful of waves.

        $120
        Editor’s Pick
        Editors' Pick 2015

        Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray

        Like a push-up bra for lackluster strands, this translucent blend of polymers and white lupine protein lifts, plumps, and perks. Even better, unlike most volumizers that have to go on sopping strands, this one is meant for dry ones.

        $25
        Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair

        Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Shampoo and Conditioner

        Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Dry Hair
        WINNER 2015

        Shu Uemura Art of Hair Moisture Velvet Shampoo and Conditioner

        Camellia oil—an extract the company says geishas used to smooth and soften their hair—fortify brittle strands. We just know it works ($48-$58; shuuemuraartofhair.com). Hairstylist Racquel Martuscelli, who has “very damaged, thick hair” lets it “air dry with minimal product” when she lathers with this. “It gives you those really polished, glassy strands.” Konnichiwa, good hair days.

        $48-$58
        Best Pomade 2015

        Bumble and Bumble Semisumo

        Best Pomade 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Bumble and Bumble Semisumo

        L.A. hairstylist Charles Dujic likes to warm this honey-scented balm between his hands and rake

        it through damp strands. Afterward, “it takes on whatever shape you want”: pompadour, beehive, or a Betty Draper bouffant.

        $29
        Best Flat Iron 2015

        Harry Josh Pro Tools

        Best Flat Iron 2015
        WINNER 2015

        Harry Josh Pro Tools

        Fact: A flatiron is actually the most versatile tool in your kit. Abergel uses this one, with its beveled edges, 45-second heat-up time, and ceramic plates, to smooth and “create great angles and waves.” The “edge-to-edge” heat means fewer passes for sleek strands.

        $250
        Best Inexpensive Line 2015

        L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring

        Best Inexpensive Line 2015
        WINNER 2015

        L’Oréal Paris Total Repair 5 Restoring

        Raise your hand if you color your hair, dry it, or style it. That’s what we thought. “Most of my clients need to target a few different concerns—dryness, heat damage, split ends,” says Hawkins. This oil-and-silicone blend works to moisturize smooth cuticles in one nourishing formula.

        $5 each
        Editor’s Pick
        Editor's Pick 2015

        Remington 3-in-1 Styler

        Editor’s Pick
        WINNER 2015

        Remington 3-in-1 Styler

        The cords of your flatiron, curler, and dryer shouldn’t resemble Clark Griswold’s Christmas lights. This multitasker can help you declutter. Two detachable sleeves—one rounded, one studded with spikes—transform this straightener into a curler and a volumizer. But here’s the thing: All three functions actually work, meaning you can be Gisele one day and Ariana Grande the next.

         

        $33
        Best Inexpensive Hair Styling Line 2015

        TRESemmé Naturals

        Best Inexpensive Hair Styling Line 2015
        WINNER 2015, 2011

        TRESemmé Naturals

        You can match your hair type to the right formula, says L.A. stylist Frankie Payne, who uses this mousse on Kim Kardashian. Loaded with natural ingredients to protect strands against environmental and styling damage, these products will keep your hair and your bank account in tip-top shape.

        $5 for all products
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