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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 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 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 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
        Hall of Fame
        Best Inexpensive Shampoo & Conditioners For Normal Hair 2016

        Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal

        Best Inexpensive Shampoo & Conditioners For Normal Hair 2016
        WINNER 2016, 2013, 2010, 2009

        Pantene Pro-V Daily Moisture Renewal

        We’ve been known to alternate our pricey shampoo and conditioner combo with a great drugstore pairing, but this set is so good, you may just want to commit. The cleanser, says N.Y.C. stylist Lacy Redway, won’t dry out color—or chemically treated hair. Redway also loves how the conditioner moisturizes without making hair greasy. With silicones to bring softness and slip, these two are a no-brainer to help bring your frayed ends back from the brink. 

        $5 each
        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
        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 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 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
        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
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