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        Best For Dry Hair 2016

        Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1/Lait Vital

        Best For Dry Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Kérastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1/Lait Vital

        Your strands are rough and dry, but your roots seem to collect oil faster than a Bounty sheet. Sound familiar? If so, this super-hydrating pair could be your winning compromise. Packed with amino acids, they’ll keep strands clean and strong without robbing them of moisture. “It’s like instant gratification in a bottle,” raves N.Y.C. stylist Chris Lospalluto, who works with Lana Del Rey. “Even after just one wash, my clients with curly or very dry hair can see and feel a difference.”

        $40, $42
        Best For Frizzy Hair 2016

        Living Proof No Frizz

        Best For Frizzy Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Living Proof No Frizz

        These humidity blockers can help fend off frizz right out of the shower—before you’ve loaded up on serums and smoothing spritzers. And unlike some silicone-based tamers, “the formulas won’t build up and leave a residue,” says hair pro Chris Lospalluto. To all of you fine-haired friends, fear not: The word “flat” won’t spring to mind after you lather, rinse, and blow-dry. 

        $25
        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 Root Touch Up 2016

        Clairol Nice N’ Easy Root Coverage

        Best Root Touch Up 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Clairol Nice N’ Easy Root Coverage

        Just like the company’s winning single-process dye, this roots-only fix adheres to gray and white strands, and leaves hair glossy and moisturized. Most important, it does the cover-up operation with a thorough blending of old and new, so you don’t get telltale demarcation lines, says stylist Christopher Lospalluto. “It’s almost impossible to mess up and lets you go longer between dye jobs at the salon.”

        $8
        Best For Normal Hair 2016

        Oribe Signature

        Best For Normal Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Oribe Signature

        We love how chic these shiny, sculptural containers look perched in our showers—but it’s what’s on the inside that
        counts, right? In that case, the formulas are equally magical, says N.Y.C. stylist Nathaniel Hawkins, noting that the duo targets problems from dryness to frizz on a range of textures. It’s got gentle coconut and cornderived cleansers and keratin-based strengtheners, but as the suds build, the only thing you’ll likely notice is the woodsy, citrus-tinged fragrance. It’s sublime. 

        $39
        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Frizz Product 2016

        Giovanni Frizz Be Gone

        Best Eco-Friendly Anti-Frizz Product 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Giovanni Frizz Be Gone

        If it looks (and sounds) more like a fancy salon-only product than an all-organic option you pick up at Whole Foods, well, appearances can be deceiving. Just a spritz of this paraben- and sulfate-free spray (on wet or dry hair) tames flyaways and keeps hair “shiny and smooth,” says celebrity stylist Lacy Redway. Use it as a lighter option to the pure argan oil it shares a shelf with.

        $9
        Best Heat Protectant 2016

        Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

        Best Heat Protectant 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

        Most people crank up the temperature too high on their hot tools (looking at you, straight-iron queen!), so it’s “important to incorporate a protector into your regimen,” says Lacy Redway, who adds that this bargain spritz makes a great substitute for $40 versions. Using silicone-laced versions, the spray leaves hair “shinier, smoother, and softer”—in part by creating “glide” that lets hot tools pass over the hair shaft more easily, causing less damage, Nathaniel Hawkins says. Used liberally on wet or dry hair, he says, “it won’t weigh down your strands.” 

        $5
        Best For Brittle Hair 2016

        Carol's Daughter Monoi

        Best For Brittle Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Carol's Daughter Monoi

        N.Y.C. stylist Chuck Amos is most convincing about the strand-formative powers of this shampoo and conditioner when he talks about the strengthening miracles they’ve performed on one of his VIP clients: his mom. “She had so much breakage before using these two,” he says. “Now, after a year, her hair is so much fuller and thicker.” The key ingredient is monoi oil, but the highly moisturizing formulas also “rinse out clean and don’t leave hair greasy.

        $20, $22
        Best For Curly Hair 2016

        DevaCurl No-Poo

        Best For Curly Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2013

        DevaCurl No-Poo

        Whether you consider your curls practically self-sufficient or somewhat highmaintenance, this all-in-one cleanser and conditioner can make coaxing them to bendy perfection so much easier. Just massage in the non-lathering formula, then rinse; the sulfate- and silicone-free product cleanses and hydrates (with grape-seed and peppermint oils) without riling up cuticles. “It doesn’t strip natural oils from the hair, making strands less likely to frizz,” says L.A. stylist Christophe Saluzzo, who works with Connie Britton and Kate Walsh. Try it on fine or coarse textures, says L.A. pro Michael Dueñas, who’s been known to use it as a styling product too. 

        $20
        Best For Fine Hair 2016

        Oribe Magnificent Volume

        Best For Fine Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016

        Oribe Magnificent Volume

        While the sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner do wonders to beef up strands, they won’t make them straw-like in the process (a danger with volumizing cleansers, in particular). “If a client is looking for body, I always prep with these before a blowout,” says pro Michael Dueñas, who works with Padma Lakshmi. “They’re liquid miracles that leave hair shiny and supple but not weighed down.”

        $39 each
        Best Eco-Friendly Line: Aveda Shampure

        Aveda Shampure

        Best Eco-Friendly Line: Aveda Shampure
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Aveda Shampure

        We’ve long loved the comforting, herbaceous aroma of these two lock stars. “It’s what I imagine the most beautiful place on earth would smell like,” says N.Y.C. stylist Nathaniel Hawkins. But these proteinpacked, rosemary-spiked classics also deliver strength and body, feats other eco-blends don’t always pull off so well, says Hawkins, who works with Adele and Uma Thurman. 

        $14 each
        Best Wave Enhancer 2016

        Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

        Best Wave Enhancer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

        Short of a sunset cruise on a catamaran, nothing speeds up the hunt for beach waves like this ocean spray. It adds just the right briny texture with its “perfect balance of salt and water,” says hairstylist Christophe Saluzzo. Start slow and build up to your desired look. And since it can be used on wet or dry hair, you may want to stock up two bottles at a time.

        $27
        Hall of Fame
        Best Hairspray 2016

        L’Oréal Elnett Satin

        Best Hairspray 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        L’Oréal Elnett Satin

        While it’s set many a red-carpet chignon, this spray is also essential for things like Kate Bosworth’s boho waves, says her hairstylist, L.A.’s Bridget Brager. “The nozzle releases a really fine, even mist,” she says. “And it never gets crunchy. You can apply it, then brush through strands and your hair will still have amazing hold.”

        $15
        Best For Color-Treated Hair 2016

        Oribe Beautiful Color

        Best For Color-Treated Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014

        Oribe Beautiful Color

        Just like you wouldn’t throw your pleated midiskirt into the spin cycle, you’d never shampoo pricey highlights with anything but a color-preserving shampoo. (Right?) The only problem is, brands that score well on the colorpreservation meter might sometimes get lower marks in other areas, like cleansing or strengthening. Not with this luxe pair: The formulas fight fading with edelweiss extract and battle oxidation with watermelon extract, they wash clean away, and “when you rinse these out, the hair doesn’t feel brittle—it feels flexible and healthy,” N.Y.C. stylist Chuck Amos says.

        $42, $44
        Best Curl Definer 2016

        Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold

        Best Curl Definer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015

        Oribe Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold

        Boosting hydration and beating frizz, this gel-like shaper avoids the bane of every spiral glosser: the crunch factor.
        “It defines curls but keeps them soft,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Gregorio Ruggeri. If you have fine strands, apply no more than a quarter-size amount before blow-drying with a diffuser. Then shake strands (never run your fingers through them) for the perkiest results.

        $37
        Hall of Fame
        Best Volumizer 2016

        Phyto PhytoVolume Actif

        Best Volumizer 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Phyto PhytoVolume Actif

        With their traditionally high alcohol content, many volumizers can leave hair stiff (or worse, contribute to dryness and flaking). Not this instant root lifter. When applied to two-day-old hair, L.A. hairstylist Bridget Brager says, it’s the world’s easiest shortcut to a “disheveled cool-girl style.” For a bouncier blowout, spritz it onto damp strands: “Don’t just get it onto your roots but all over since it won’t make hair piecey or limp,” says pro Michael Dueñas.

        $30
        Best Round Brush 2016

        Ibiza G4

        Best Round Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011

        Ibiza G4

        Trying to style hair with the wrong brush is like trying to cut steak with a butter knife: It doesn’t work. This round brush—a stylist-decreed top tool—expertly lifts up hair at the roots to build in volume. “I use this every day to deliver my
        blowouts,” says L.A. pro Craig Gangi, who works with Anna Kendrick. “Its boar bristles help get rid of frizz,” and with a feel-good easy-grip handle, it creates tension in the hair, which is key for smoothing, as well as curling the ends, during a blow-dry. 

        $42
        Best Eco-Friendly Round Brush 2016

        Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Large Paddle

        Best Eco-Friendly Round Brush 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2015, 2013

        Olivia Garden Healthy Hair Large Paddle

        With this vanity-worthy brush, what’s good for the environment turns out to be bliss for your hair: The tool is made
        of bamboo (a renewable resource) and is light and comfortable to maneuver. And if you feel like taking on an extra five minutes to brush your hair, the roundtipped bristles can deliver a stimulating scalp massage while they easily “slide through strands and detangle,” says hair guru Chuck Amos, who has worked with Uzo Aduba. Use it on damp hair to comb through strands while you blow-dry (it’ll speed up the job). 

        $22
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