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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 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

        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 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 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
        Best 2014 For Normal Hair

        Davines Naturaltech Well-Being

        Best 2014 For Normal Hair
        WINNER 2014

        Davines Naturaltech Well-Being

        Your quest for the perfect cleanser-conditioner combo is officially over. This heavenly scented, sulfate-free duo leaves hair feeling just right—silky, not stripped or weighed down. Though formulated for normal hair, it’s just as gentle on color-treated Brazilian blowouts, says L.A. hairstylist Jen Blanchard.

        Davines

        $26 each
        Best 2014 For Curly Hair

        Keratase Bain Oleo-Curl/Oleo-Relax Masque

        Best 2014 For Curly Hair
        WINNER 2014

        Keratase Bain Oleo-Curl/Oleo-Relax Masque

        Like a nutrient-packed smoothie for your hair, this shine-enhancing shampoo contains soluble silicone, which moisturizes even the unruliest curls for maximum bounce, says N.Y.C. hairstylist Chris Lospalluto. The replenishing mask is as rich as it sounds but still weight less enough for daily use.

        $39 and $63
        Best 2014 For Coarse, Fragile Hair

        Moroccanoil Hydrating

        Best 2014 For Coarse, Fragile Hair
        WINNER 2014

        Moroccanoil Hydrating

        Both the paraben-free shampoo and the conditioner are as flexible as a lifelong yogi: They amp up elasticity for hair that is relaxed, curly, kinky, or wavy. The conditioner can be rinsed out or left in. And it offers serious shine, “whether you’re wearing your hair curly or styling it straight,” says N.Y.C. hair colorist Melissa Bridgers.

        $22 and $23
        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner

        Aveda Shampure

        Best 2013 Eco-Friendly Shampoo & Conditioner
        WINNER 2013

        Aveda Shampure

        These herbaceous formulas “truly work for all types,” says Nathaniel Hawkins. Natural proteins and Brazilian oils “make hair stronger, shinier, and healthier in just one use.”

        $12 each
        Best 2013 Shampoo/Conditioner for Coarse, Fragile Hair

        Kera Care Hydrating Detangling/ Humecto

        Best 2013 Shampoo/Conditioner for Coarse, Fragile Hair
        WINNER 2013

        Kera Care Hydrating Detangling/ Humecto

        After just one sudsing, you’ll notice a difference, says L.A. hairstylist Larry Sims. The sulfate-free shampoo cleanses without stripping, while the conditioner seals hair and prevents breakage for “a satin-like finish.”

        $10 and $14
        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Coarse, Fragile Hair

        Creme of Nature Argan Oil

        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Coarse, Fragile Hair
        WINNER 2012

        Creme of Nature Argan Oil

        Consider it bargain therapy for breakage-prone tresses. "It conditions and helps restore hair that has breakage or damage," says N.Y.C. hairstylist Jennifer Johnson. Sulfate-free, it also seals in moisture and shine.

        $6 each
        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Curly/Coarse Hair

        Davines Love Lovely Curl Enhancing

        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Curly/Coarse Hair
        WINNER 2012

        Davines Love Lovely Curl Enhancing

        When hair has commitment issues (does it want to be curly or straight?), this dream team laced with olive oil and myrtle extract helps it settle down. "I’ve never met anyone with curls who didn’t like it," says L.A. hairstylist Michael Sparks.

        $23 and $26
        Best 2012 Inexpensive Shampoo/Conditioner

        Garnier Fructis Daily Care

        Best 2012 Inexpensive Shampoo/Conditioner
        WINNER 2012

        Garnier Fructis Daily Care

        Even normal, healthy, untreated hair could stand to be stronger, shinier, and softer. Enter this impressive tag team, which contains strengthening soy proteins and grapefruit extract, "leaving hair shiny and lustrous," says N.Y.C. hairstylist Alejandra Nerizagal. That citrusy ingredient also makes it smell pretty amazing.

        $4 each
        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Fine Hair

        Kérastase Volumactive

        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Fine Hair
        WINNER 2012

        Kérastase Volumactive

        N.Y.C. hairstylist Dana Gibbs, who has worked with Rihanna, uses this power pair on clients "who want big, sex-kitten hair." Unlike some other volumizing shampoos and conditioners that superficially coat locks, these nonsticky formulas contain polymers that help strengthen fine, fragile strands. "I especially love it for blondes," says Beverly Hills hair pro Jennifer J. "It has incredible shine that makes their hair look more vibrant.

        $36 and $39
        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

        Pureology Hydrate

        Best 2012 Shampoo/Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair
        WINNER 2012

        Pureology Hydrate

        If you don’t want to wash pricey color down the drain, invest in this gentle, moisturizing combo. Sunflower helps protect hair color from fading, so it’s "perfect for keeping it as fresh as possible between touch-ups," says Evan Rachel Wood’s L.A. hairstylist Marcus Francis. Plus, the scent "makes me want to light candles and get into a big bubble bath," says Chicago hairstylist Michelle Forst.

        $27 each
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