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NewBeauty Awards: Hair Stylers + Tools

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Photography by Cody Lidtke
This article first appeared in the Spring 2020 issue of New Beauty. Click here to subscribe
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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