NewBeauty Award Winners: Life Is Too Short to Have Bad Hair

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We all want hair that smells good, radiates shine, is easy to style and feels healthy. Stock your beauty arsenal with these high-performance hair care products that are loved by stylists and editors alike.

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The “How Did I Ever Live Without This” Texture Spray

Part dry shampoo, part hairspray, OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray ($26) gives strands serious volume that won’t fall flat. An undeniable necessity for second-day hair and messy beach waves, it also soaks up oily spots in a flash.

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Ultimate Curl Tamer

Boasting the brand’s signature scent and ingredient, argan oil, Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream ($34) gives curly hair the ability to stave off frizz so curls stay in place all day. 

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The Modern-Day Flat Iron

A next-level straightening iron of sorts, InStyler Glossie Ceramic Styling Brush ($80) creates pin-straight strands in a healthier way because heat is consistent throughout the surface of the ionic bristles as you brush the tool through your hair.

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Save Your Strands

Any stylist will tell you not to expose your hair to heat without prepping it with a heat protector. Wella EIMI Thermal Image Heat Protection Spray ($18) creates a shield of sorts between your locks and your trusted iron or dryer to prevent split ends and dry hair.

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The Best-Kept Secret for a Healthy Scalp

Briogeo Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment ($32) seriously detoxifies your scalp and reduces irritation for unlimited good hair days ahead. 

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Light-As-Air Hair Oil

Too many hair oils leave a thick residue on the hair and give it a weighed-down look, but not VERB Ghost Oil ($16). Apply it from root to tip and watch your hair transform into sleek strands without any sign of frizz, and of course, no evidence of oil left behind. 

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Easy Fix for Brightening Up Brown Hair

Faster than you can even make an appointment at the salon, John Frieda Brilliant Brunette Visibly Brighter In-Shower Lightening Treatment ($10) lifts brunettes one shade lighter thanks to a special formula that removes melanin for a naturally highlighted, yet never orangey, look. 

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Won’t Weigh Your Hair Down Leave-In Conditioner

Miracle Leave-In Product ($19) is like a cure-all of sorts for consistently dull, dry locks that crave serious moisture. Besides leaving hair soft and glossy, it also adds a layer of nourishment to strengthen strands long-term. 

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Bombshell-Status Strands

Oribe Swept Up Volume Powder Spray ($42) converts limp, do-nothing locks into perfectly heightened hair by adding lift at the roots for a megawatt style that won’t fall flat. Bonus: The nonaerosol spray pump dispenses the perfect amount of product right where you need it most. 

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Must-Have Shampoo for Colored Strands

If you’ve spent hundreds on attaining perfect color, it’s worth it to splurge on a sulfate-free shampoo that safeguards your color—especially from the sun—like Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold Shampoo ($34).

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Can’t-Live-Without-Co-Wash

When time is of the essence, reach for a co-cleanser that does the job of a shampoo and conditioner in a single step. We’re partial to SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Co-Wash Conditioning Cleanser ($12), a natural-based one that lends itself to serious cleansing without stripping much-needed oil from your hair. 

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For a Salon-Worthy Blowout

Like a BB cream for your hair, Shu Uemura Art of Hair Blow Dry Beautifier BB Hair Serum ($39) makes bouncy, shiny strands possible. Simply smooth it on wet hair and blow-dry (you can reactivate it with heat) for hair that looks flawless but not overloaded with product. 

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