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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 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 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
Best Curling Wand 2015

Sedu Revolution Clipless Curling Iron

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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
Editors' Pick 2015

Serge Normant Dream Big Instant Volumizing Spray

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Editors' Pick 2015
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.

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

$25
Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Frizzy Hair 2015

Living Proof No Frizz

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Best Shampoo and Conditioner for Frizzy Hair 2015
WINNER 2015

Living Proof No Frizz

There was a time when silicone had a monopoly on taming fuzz. Then this duo came along and took smoothing to another level with their ultralight OFPMA molecule, changing the game forever. Instead of feeling weighted into submission, strands are “light and soft” without that “greasy, limp” look says hairtylist Domingo Quintero.

$24 each
Best Curl Definer 2015

Oribe Curl Gloss

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Best Curl Definer 2015
WINNER 2015

Oribe Curl Gloss

This clear liquid slides onto ringlets, coaxing natural waves and curves from formerly unmanageable tangles. “Before, my curly haired clients had to use a cocktail of four products to achieve the same result,” says Beverly Hills stylist Amanda George.

$36
Best Pomade 2015

Bumble and Bumble Semisumo

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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 Wave Enhancer 2015

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

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Best Wave Enhancer 2015
WINNER 2015

Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray

Because a day spent snorkeling in Belize isn’t a reliable hair styling option, this matte, salt-based elixir is the next best thing. Mist it on towel-dried strands—being sure to dose underlayers, too—then let air do the rest. Hours later, you’ll have loose, piecey waves “that mimic the look of beachy day without wrecking your hair,” says hairstylist Charles Dujic.

$27
Best Styling Cream 2015

Leonor Greyl Paris Eclat Naturel

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Best Styling Cream 2015
WINNER 2015

Leonor Greyl Paris Eclat Naturel

Of course the French discovered second day hair perfection and bottled it in a non-descript white tube. Hairstylist Adir Abergel works a dime-sized dollop through Kristen Stewart’s clean, dry strands. “It takes away the puff of fresh hair and gives that broken-up coolness,” he says. (Not that K.Stew is ever lacking coolness.) It also boasts UV protection, so it’s très bon for color-treated strands.  

$46
Editor's Pick 2015

Remington 3-in-1 Styler

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Editor's Pick 2015
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.

20% off at remingtonproducts.com from 4/18 until 5/16; use code INSTYLE20

$33
Best Inexpensive Hair Styling Line 2015

TRESemmé Naturals

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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
Best 2014 Styling Cream

Bumble and Bumble

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Best 2014 Styling Cream
WINNER 2014

Bumble and Bumble

Since the goal is control, not gunkiness, N.Y.C. hairstylist David Evangelista praises this definer’s thinness. “It’s super-easy to distribute throughout the hair,” he says. Light enough for both fine and frizzy locks, it really steps up shine when mixed with a serum pre-blowout.

$26
Best Anti-Frizz Product 2015

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original

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Best Anti-Frizz Product 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Original

On towel-dried hair or flat-ironed flyaways, this silicone sealant delivers glassy shine and heat protection and “literally feels like liquid silk,” says N.Y.C. hairstylist Cynthia Alvarez.

$10
Best Dry Shampoo 2015

Klorane

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Best Dry Shampoo 2015
WINNER 2015, 2014

Klorane

Powdery white dry shampoo can leave you looking like the fifth Golden Girl. This invisible mist adsorbs grease and refreshes limp hair. "It disappears even on dark strands," says N.Y.C. colorist Melissa Bridgers.

$20
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