NewBeauty 2019 Award Winners: Best Hair Products

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From shampoo paste to a pre-wash we never knew we needed, these are the year’s best.

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Best Scalp Detox

amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil ($25)

A weekly pre-shampoo treatment that acts like a magnet for product buildup, amika Reset Pink Charcoal Scalp Cleansing Oil banishes grime without stripping hair of its natural oils.


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Best Pre-Wash 

AQUIS Water Defense Prewash ($29)

Surprisingly, water isn’t great for our hair—it causes strands to swell, making them more prone to damage. Apply AQUIS Water Defense Prewash before stepping into the shower for stronger, healthier hair.


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Best Volumizing Shampoo

Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste ($53)

In a league of its own when it comes to volume, Christophe Robin Cleansing Volumizing Paste adds the same fullness as texture spray and dry shampoo, but with scalp-friendly clay.


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Best Shine-Boosting Shampoo

HASK Cucumber Aloe Water Weightless Shine Shampoo ($6)

An everyday shampoo that kicks oil to the curb but doesn’t weigh hair down? HASK Cucumber Aloe Water Weightless Shine Shampoo gets our vote—the spa-like scent is a bonus.


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Best Split End Mender

Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster ($58)

A little bit of Oribe Power Drops Damage Repair Booster goes a long way—add it to styling products or apply it solo for a hefty dose of biotin that helps strengthen and mend brittle ends.


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Best Conditioning Mask

Kérastase Aura Botanica Masque Fondamental Riche ($59)

The natural antidote for dry hair, Kérastase Aura Botanica Masque Fondamental Riche coats strands with Thai rice bran oil and Amazonian Brazil nut oil for a silky-smooth feel but no extra weight.


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Best Rinse-Out Conditioner 

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver for Damaged Hair ($6)

From L’Oréal Paris’s most potent line of conditioners comes Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver for Damaged Hair, a rich blend of serum, oil and protein that keeps breakage at bay without any greasy residue.


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Best Scalp Soother

Leonor Greyl Huile Apaisante ($48)

Whatever the scalp issue—irritation, itchiness, excess oil—Leonor Greyl Huile Apaisante works to treat it, and the roll-on applicator makes it easy to target sensitive areas for instant soothing.


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Best Leave-In Conditioner

Philip B Weightless Conditioning Water ($38)

A global best-seller that’s beloved by all hair types, Philip B. Weightless Conditioning Water not only softens and detangles, but also leaves hair smelling like magnolia flowers.


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Best Blowout Cream

SEEN Blow-Out Creme ($24)

Dermatologist-created SEEN Blow-Out Creme uses natural ingredients to prolong blowouts and prevent breakouts on the skin where the hair touches it.


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Best Curl Protector

Color Wow Dream Coat for Curly Hair ($24)

A spin off of the original—Hoda Kotb is a huge fan—Color Wow Dream Coat for Curly Hair protects curls with a waterproof shield for long-lasting style.


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Best Curl Mousse

Ouidad VitalCurl+ Soft Defining Mousse ($26)

Whipped Ouidad VitalCurl+ Soft Defining Mousse leaves curls soft to the touch—never crunchy—thanks to natural botanicals like Japanese camellia.


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Best Curl Cream

Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter ($14)

A must to keep curls hydrated and bouncy, Carol’s Daughter Coco Crème Coil Enhancing Moisture Butter adds shiny definition and serious softness.


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Best Frizz Fighter

Garnier Fructis Sleek Shot In Shower Styler ($7)

Equal parts shampoo and Garnier Fructis Sleek Shot In Shower Styler make for a smooth, hassle-free style that spares us our time and sanity.


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Best Texturizer

OUAI Dry Texture Foam ($28)

OUAI Dry Texture Foam delivers all of the volume and grit we crave from a styling paste without any of the greasy or sticky feeling. 


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Best Hairspray

TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Boost Hold Level 3 ($7)

The slim TRESemmé Compressed Micro Mist Hair Spray Boost Hold Level 3 houses the same number of sprays as their larger cans, but with half the gas.


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Best Treatment For Gray Hair

Phyto RE30 Anti-Grey Hair Treatment ($58)

The revolutionary RE30 peptide allows Phyto RE30 Anti-Grey Hair Treatment to increase hair’s natural pigment production without the use of any artificial color—a first in the gray-hair space.


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Best At-Home Color

eSalon At-Home Color

Thanks to eSalon At-Home Color, there’s finally a DIY product that takes the guesswork out of box color by delivering a customized, made-to-order kit straight to your door.


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Best Brass Buster For Blond Hair

Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Toning Spray ($19)

Keep cool with Paul Mitchell Platinum Blonde Toning Spray, a lavender-toned leave-in conditioner made for blond, gray or white hair.


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Best Salon Color

Goldwell @Pure Pigments

Six direct-dye additives make up Goldwell @Pure Pigments, a lineup of in-salon hues that, when mixed with base hair colors, create dreamy, prismatic shades.


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Best Root Cover-Up

L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen ($11)

Like a Sharpie for roots, L’Oréal Paris Magic Root Precision Pen lets us stave off that color appointment for little bit longer.


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Best Color-Safe Shampoo & Conditioner

Moroccanoil Color Continue Shampoo & Conditioner ($26 each)

A one-two punch of luster-locking power, Moroccanoil Color Continue Shampoo and Conditioner work to improve both color retention and vibrancy.


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Best Thickening Spray

ColorProof BioRepair-8 Thickening Blow Dry Spray ($32)

Heat-activated ColorProof BioRepair-8 Thickening Blow Dry Spray bulks up fine and thinning hair, while also doubling as a heat protectant.


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Best Supplement For Thinning Hair

Nutrafol Core for Women ($79)

Derm-favorite Nutrafol Core for Women bottles the good stuff—a mix of marine-derived collagen, stress adaptogens and antioxidants—to tackle hair loss head-on.


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Best Thickening Fibers

Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibers ($25)

An instant solution that temporarily fills in sparse patches of hair, Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibers come in 10 shades and bind to individual strands for need-it-now density.


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Best Shampoo For Thinning Hair

René Furterer Triphasic Strengthening Shampoo ($32)

Suspended in scalp-stimulating actives, the essential oil microbeads in René Furterer Triphasic Strengthening Shampoo help fortify thinning, weak hair.


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Best Eyebrow Booster

Talika Liposourcils Platinum ($119)

An around-the-clock fix for overplucked, patchy or aging brows, Talika Liposourcils Platinum features two formulas—day and night—for faster results.


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Best Flat Iron

ghd platinum+ styler ($249)

Temps are monitored 250 times per second across both plates on the ghd platinum+ styler, a smart tool that predicts the heat output different hair types need and adapts accordingly.


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Best Straightening Brush

Drybar Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush ($145)

Every pass of Drybar Brush Crush Heated Straightening Brush—a flat iron and paddle brush hybrid—polishes all hair types for a frizz-free finish.


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Best Curling Iron

NEURO Neuro Angle Rod Curling Iron ($135)

The push of a button pivots the one-inch NEURO Angle Rod Curling Iron from 90 to 180 degrees. Lock it at one of the four positions to easily curl without straining shoulders or wrists.


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Best Blowdryer

T3 Cura Luxe ($285)

Five heat settings, a “volume booster” switch and an auto pause sensor that stops the dryer when it gets set down—the T3 Cura Luxe is the new Rolls-Royce of hair dryers.


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