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Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair 2015

Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl/OléoRelax Masque

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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 Paddle Brush 2015

Mason Pearson

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Best Paddle Brush 2015
WINNER 2015

Mason Pearson

Before shine spray, there was this mixed-bristle brush. Boar bristles— which resemble human hair’s structure, causing less tangles—pull oil from the scalp and rounded nylon spikes distribute it down to tips. Hair is left “smooth, glossy, and polished,” says Adir Abergel.

$205
Best Curling Iron 2015

Hot Tools

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Best Curling Iron 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Hot Tools

Available in seven widths, these irons with gold-plated prongs and extra-long safety tips (thank you! we’ve all been singed) are a must-have.“I use them day in and day out,” says NYC hair stylist Nathan Rosenkranz. “If a curling iron lasts a year and I don’t need to spend $400, I’m happy.” So are we.

$40
Best Round Brush 2015

Ibiza Boar Bristle

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Best Round Brush 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Ibiza Boar Bristle

The cork handle keeps it light, but the boar bristles mean serious business, firmly gripping sections to create “shine and volume,” says Lona Vigi. A gentler version of the brush was designed for blondes, whose finer strands need extra TLC, notes Vigi, who uses it on Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon.

$48
Best Inexpensive Blow-Dryer 2015

Infinity Pro by Conair, 1875 Watt

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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 Hairspray 2015

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin

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Best Hairspray 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin

There’s a reason this cult classic has long been a staple at fashion shows, where intricate updos become undone hippie hair in minutes. “It’s a superfine, brushable mist that still holds,” says Cameron Diaz’s stylist Lona Vigi. “It never looks stiff.”

$12
Best Single-Process Color 2015

L’Oréal Paris Superior Preference

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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 Brush 2015

Olivia Garden

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Best Eco-Friendly Hair Brush 2015
WINNER 2014

Olivia Garden

“They’re lightweight, they last, and they give me complete control, even on short cuts,” says L.A. hairstylist Troy Peppin of this line of bamboo brushes, which are strong enough to work through thick, unruly hair. Thanks to a ceramic-coating, some even offer antibacterial benefits. Ulta

$22
Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair 2015

Oribe Beautiful Color

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Best Shampoo & Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Oribe Beautiful Color

Hollywood hair guru Oribe preserves high- maintenance hues by turning to Mother Nature (edelweiss extract offers fade-proofing, while watermelon extract battles oxidation). We love that the packaging is as pretty as the protection. “These are the most elegant shampoo and conditioner bottles your shower will ever see,” says L.A. hairstylist Riawna Capri, who works with Julianne Hough.

$39/$42
Best Volumizer 2015

Phyto Phytovolume Actif

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Best Volumizer 2015
WINNER 2015, 2013

Phyto Phytovolume Actif

What good is voluminous hair if it feels stiff and tacky? With a dose of this spray, that might as well be a rhetorical question. “It provides volume without making your hair feel like cement,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist David Evangelista. Natural extracts lift roots, wheat protein builds body, and beetroot alcohol holds it all in place. DrugstoreUltaSephora

$29
Best Eco-Friendly Hair Product Line 2015

Rahua

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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

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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
Editors' Pick 2015

Sarah Potempa Beachwaver S1

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Editors' Pick 2015
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.

 

20% off at sarahpotempa.com from 4/17 until 5/15; use code INSTYLE20

$129
Editors' Pick 2015

Rita Hazan Weekly Remedy

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Editors' Pick 2015
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.

20% off at ritahazan.com from 4/17 until 5/15; use code INSTYLE20

$42

 

Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Afrian-American Hair 2015

Carol's Daughter Monoi Repairing

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Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Afrian-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 Shine Product 2015

Oribe Shine Light Reflecting

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Best Shine Product 2015
WINNER 2015

Oribe Shine Light Reflecting

Some days a coffee is enough. Other days call for an espresso shot (or two). This argan oil, sunflower and lemongrass extract mist has the same enlivening impact on your strands. A three-second spritz leaves behind a thin veil of twinkly light. “It’s the perfect finishing touch for blowouts or air dried hair,” says L.A. hairstylist Raquel Martuscelli, who also likes it “when curly hair looks dull.”

$39
Best Heat-Protecting Spray 2015

Paul Mitchell

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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 Eco-Friendly Line 2015

Aveda

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Best Eco-Friendly Line 2015
WINNER 2015

Aveda

Aveda doesn’t just slap eco labels on its bottles and call it a day. The company has deep commitments to every aspect of environmental responsibility. To name a few: sustainably sourced ingredients, plant-derived plastics, and recycled packaging.

$24
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