THE BEST VOLUMIZING MOUSSE
Nothing like the crunchy formulas from the ‘80s, ColorProof SuperPlump Whipped Bodifying Mousse ($28) is rich and concentrated yet ultra-light so lifeless hair gets a major volume boost.
THE BEST HEAT PROTECTANT
Living Proof Perfect hair Day Heat Styling Spray’s ($28) sheer, silicone-free mist feels super light but acts like a hefty coat of armor on hair, shielding it from 450-degree hot tools.
THE BEST TEXTURE SPRAY
Infused with collagen for even more bodifying benefits, Big Sexy Hair Fun Raiser Volumizing Dry Texture Spray ($22) revives dull, do-nothing strands in seconds for an effortlessly tousled look.
THE BEST CURL DEFINER
Those with Type 3B to 4C hair will especially love the no-crunch hold of SheaMoisture Coconut Custard Make It Last Wash N’ Go Defining Gel-Oil ($12), which defines and conditions curls with shea butter and coconut oil.
THE BEST AIR-DRY STYLER
Whether you’re running late to work or just want to give your hair a break from hot styling tools, work Odele Air Dry Styler ($12) through towel-dried strands for frizz-free shine and a controlled finish.
THE BEST HAIRSPRAY
Go-to TRESemmé TRES TWO Extra Hold Hair Spray ($5) now comes in an Unscented version for those who aren’t fans of that classic hairspray smell, but its nonsticky feel and all-day hold haven’t changed a bit.
THE BEST FRIZZ FIGHTER
Three things we love about The One by Frederic Fekkai The Tamed One Anti-Frizz Balm ($28): a little goes a long way, it tames frizz without a greasy residue and it smells incredible (like all Fekkai products do).
THE BEST SALT SPRAY
The mineral-rich pink Himalayan salt in Innersense Organic Beauty I Create Waves ($26) gives hair vacationquality texture without drying it out. Our only complaint is that we want it in a bigger size!
THE BEST THICKENING SPRAY
When fine hair falls flat, Better Not Younger Lift Me Up Hair Thickener ($34) lives up to its name, lifting at the root for a denser look. Just spray on damp hair where your hair naturally parts and style as usual.
THE BEST CURLING IRON
Now we can finally jet-set with our favorite automatic rotating curler. Beachwaver Co. S1 Dual Voltage ($129) delivers the same effortless beach waves as the original, but finally has the bonus of functioning abroad.
THE BEST STRAIGHTENING BRUSH
A flat iron and gentle brush in one convenient, seriously smoothing step? A single styling sesh with amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush 2.0 ($120) and your hair game will never be the same.
THE BEST BLOWDRYER
The Aeroprecis technology inside high-tech ghd Helios ($249) speeds up dry-time and the uniquely contoured nozzle focuses airflow like no other dryer has before. The result is more precise styling and remarkably smooth strands.
THE BEST FLAT IRON
If we could dream up our ideal straightener, T3 Lucea ID Flat Iron ($235) would be it. Enter your hair thickness, length and color status on the screen, and it chooses one of nine heat settings that best suit them.