Best Hair Products of 2018-2019:
1. Garnier Whole Blends Replenishing Legendary Olive Leave-in Conditioner, $5, Amazon
Best Hair Products of 2018-“This is my absolute favorite conditioner when it comes to moisturizing hair and making it look shiny all day. The formula is extremely lightweight, yet jam packed with hydrating ingredients like virgin-pressed olive oil and olive leaf extracts. And it smells amazing — fresh and vibrant without being overwhelming,” says Michael Duenas, a celebrity stylist whose clients include Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey and Lea Michele.
2. Neutrogena Triple Moisture Silk Touch Leave-In Cream, $8, Jet
Best Hair Products of 2018 “I call this product my cure for hair abuse. It hydrates instantly by penetrating the hair shaft and leaving it smooth, frizz-free and manageable. For best results, apply to damp hair. Remember: It’s a leave-in treatment so it’s not to be rinsed out.
Best Hair Products of 2018“Place a small dollop into your hands, rub your palms together for even distribution, and apply to the ends working the product up your shaft until you reach the roots. If it absorbs before you’re finished, it’s a sign to add more,” says Juan Carlos Maciques, a stylist at the Rita Hazan Salon in New York City whose celebrity clients include Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy Teigen.
3. L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Nutri-Gloss High Shine Glossing Mist, $12, Amazon
“Shine is so important when it comes to creating a healthy glow to the hair. I love to spritz this lightweight spray all over once hair is dry and styled for a soft-looking sheen. I consider it a top coat for the hair!” says Mara Roszak, a stylist and owner of the Mare Salon in West Hollywood, California, whose celebrity clients include Emma Stone, Brie Larson and Zoe Saldana.
4. It’s A Ten Miracle Leave-In Product, $16, Amazon
“This product is truly a 10! It’s great for adding shine to dry, damaged hair with its moisturizing sunflower seed extract and silk amino acids. Just spray it on damp hair from mid-shaft to ends and let your hair air dry. I first used it on my daughter as a detangler and it made her hair so soft and manageable — now I’m hooked!” says Susanna Romano, a stylist and partner at Salon AKS, New York City, whose celebrity clients include Claire Danes, Christy Turlington and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
5. Dove Radiant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, $4, Amazon
“Shiny hair starts with healthy hair and the flatter the cuticle, the better it reflects light. This affordable smoothing shampoo and conditioner helps to replenish moisture — you’ll notice your hair is incredibly nourished after just one wash and conditioning treatment,” says David Lopez, a celebrity hairstylist in New York City whose clients include Ashley Graham, Hailey Baldwin and Daniela Braga.
6. Wella Professionals EIMI Perfect Me, $19, ULTA
“This lightweight beauty balm is my go-to product for taming frizz and creating beautiful, shiny hair. It works equally well on fine, straight hair as it does on course or curly hair. It can be used on damp or dry hair as well (a little goes a long way), and it’s an excellent heat protectant for when you’re using hot appliances,” says Julie Dickson, founder and head stylist at Pembley Hair Salon in New York City.
7. Lush Dirty Styling Cream, $30, Amazon Lush
“This hair cream creates great shine since it’s loaded with hydrating cocoa butter, coconut and sandalwood oils. I love how versatile it is — it can be used on straight or curly hair for a smooth blowout or even as a pomade with a pixie style. An added bonus: the spearmint and tarragon scent!” says Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Angelica Huston, Brooke Shields and Megan Hilty.
8. Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic, $24, Dermstore
“This is my go-to shine product, in fact, I won’t do a blowout without it. It moisturizes dry hair using coconut oil — your brush will slide through your hair with ease — leaving you with a smooth and soft finish. I just apply a quarter-size amount to my palms and work it through freshly shampooed and conditioned hair before blow drying as usual,” says Eugene Smith, a stylist at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Naomi Campbell, Hilary Duff and Kerry Washington.
9. Condition 3-in-1 Hairspray, $6, Amazon
“I was backstage at a runway show years ago when I witnessed this amazing hairspray being used by another hairdresser. It’s the perfect combo product: It holds your style in place, yet can be easily brushed without leaving residue thanks to the flexible polymers in the formula. Plus, it contains moisturizers and a built-in sunscreen to prevent hair from drying out in the sun,” says Sarah Potempa, a celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Lea Michele, Reese Witherspoon, and Emily Blunt.
10. PhytoVolume Volumizing Shampoo, $23, Amazon
“This shampoo adds fullness, body and shine to all hair types. It’s my go-to when I want a fuller blowout and is especially great in the summer when hair tends to fall flat. To apply, wet your hair and then shampoo twice — the first shampoo takes away dirt and oil, while the second adds volume. Because this shampoo doesn’t contain silicones, parabens or sulfates, it won’t build up on the hair and weigh it down,” says Janet St. Paul, owner of Janet St. Paul Studio for Hair in Austin, Texas, whose celebrity clients include Diane Sawyer, Martha Stewart and Sigourney Weaver.
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11. R+Co Palm Springs Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask, $29, Amazon
“I apply this mask before wrapping my hair up in a bun, and then let it sit overnight until I shampoo the next morning. It contains a mix of moisturizing oils and butters, leaving your hair feeling soft and looking shiny. If you don’t want to sleep in it, apply after shampooing and let it sit on your hair for as long as possible in the shower. It’s a little pricey but so worth it,” says Blair Masloski, a stylist at The Songbird Society salon in Dallas, Texas.
12. AB Hair Care Glosser Shine Drops, $24, Naturally Curly
“For go-to shine that screams healthy hair, I love these drops! Clients rave over the floral fragrance and the shiny results that never weigh down fine hair. Apply a few drops by spreading it in the palm of your hands and then pat it on from the mid-shaft through the ends,” says Marcia Jaquez, the salon director for Adam Broderick Salon and Spa in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
13. L’Oréal Professionnel Expert Nutrifier Dryness Defense Balm, $16, Amazon
“I like my ends to look shiny and feel smooth and this conditioning balm does the trick every time, thanks to ingredients like glycerol, which hydrates and acts as a barrier against dryness, and coconut oil, which adds shine and softness. I apply it to my ends throughout the day when my hair is feeling dry to keep it healthy and touchable,” says Jill Engelsen, a senior hairstylist and educator at Butterfly Studio Salon, New York City.
14. Ouai Finishing Crème $24, Nordstrom
“I discovered this cream during Miami Swim Week after using it to create beachy, goddess-inspired waves. I fell in love with how easily it adds shine and how well it controls frizz and flyaways. Simply run a dab throughout your hands and apply mid-shaft to ends before blow drying. The best part is, it never weighs hair down and leaves your hair with a great, floral-musky scent,” says Giovanni Vaccaro, creative director at GLAMSQUAD in New York City.
15. R+Co One Prep Spray, $20, Amazon
“There are many reasons to love this hair prep spray: it detangles and conditions, adds a layer of protection when heating styling and it works on all hair types and textures. Plus, it’s vegan, cruelty- and gluten-free, and contains no parabens or sulfates — making it pretty much the perfect product for healthy, shiny hair,” says Sal Malafronte, artistic director at the Mario Russo Salon in Boston, Massachusetts, whose celebrity clients include Bridget Moynahan, America Ferrera and Anna Camp.
16. Kérastase Nectar Thermique, $29, Amazon
“This is a great product for dry hair — it creates volume, shine and bounce simply by applying it to damp hair, combing through from root to end. It also protects the hair from heat damage caused by styling. I discovered it when I was on a photo shoot and now I can’t live without it!” says Patrick Ferrara, a senior stylist at Julien Farel Restore Salon and Spa in New York City, whose celebrity clients include Olivia Palermo, Michael Kors and Barbra Streisand.
17. IGK Instafamous Blonde Conditioner, $25, Sephora
“I discovered this product on Instagram and was hooked after using it just once. It’s a purple-toned conditioner, great for highlighted and bleached blonde hair, which oftentimes needs extra care. Apply it after shampooing to counter brassiness and add tons of moisture and shine to the hair,” says Adam Bogucki, a stylist and owner of Lumination Salon in Chicago, Illinois.
18. John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Formula Serum, $7, Amazon
“This is my favorite product for shine —it’s infused with silk proteins and literally transforms dry, brittle hair into healthy, shiny hair without adding unwanted weight. It’s magic!” says celebrity stylist Sascha Breuer, whose clients include Anne Hathaway, Gigi Hadid, Jaime King and Rose Byrne.
19. Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, $26, Amazon
“This product should be in everyone’s hair rotation. It’s a once-a-week treatment that helps prevent damage caused by chemical treatments. Over and over again, I have seen clients come in with healthier hair when using this on a regular basis at home — they can go longer between haircuts, go blonder without breakage and extend the life of keratin treatments,” says Laurel Berg, a stylist and owner of the Laurel Beauty Lab in San Francisco.
20. Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, $8, Amazon
“This product is the perfect deep conditioner for your hair, leaving it looking healthy and full of shine. It can be used as a regular conditioner after shampooing, but it’s also great to take to the beach to prevent dehydrated strands while in the sun or water. Simply apply it all over and head outdoors,” says Keith Ayotte, a senior stylist and creative director at Sean Donaldson Hair in Miami Beach, Florida, whose celebrity clients include Lauren Hutton and Richard Branson.
21. Kérastase L’Incroyable Blowdry, $21, Amazon
“This product is my everyday go-to for boosting shine, enhancing body, fighting frizz and protecting against heat damage. Apply just a small amount to clean, damp hair before blow drying. The best thing about it? It has a shape memory — the heat-sensitive microwax technology allows hair to restyle effortlessly — no reapplication of necessary. You can sport second or third day hair without worrying about creases,” says Bob Gartlan, a stylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago.
22. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum, $4, Amazon
“This product keeps hair looking smooth and feeling hydrated, while giving off a healthy looking sheen and taming frizz for hours! Simply apply 1-2 generous pumps to your hands, and work it throughout your hair from roots to ends. Apply a little more to the ends to keep them smooth,” says celebrity stylist John D., whose clients include Nicole, Scherzinger, Lea Michele and Evan Rachel Wood.
23. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream Travel Size, $19, Amazon
“I take this product everywhere I go because it keeps hair looking and feeling moisturized all day long. It can be used on wet or dry hair — simply put a dime-sized amount in your hand and apply it evenly throughout the mid-shaft to the ends before styling as usual. After your hair is dry, you can add a little more for extra shine and to reduce flyaways,” says Jack Panico, a stylist and owner of Panico Salon in Ridgewood, New Jersey.
24. Pureology Hydrate Shampoo, $30, Amazon
“Shiny hair starts with a good foundation, meaning the right shampoo. This cleanser deeply moisturizes with a rich lather and zero sulfates — your hair will never feel weighed down. It also contains anti-fade ingredients to protect color from dulling. I’ve seen it transform even the driest strands. It’s like a big drink of water for your hair!” says Ting Ying, a stylist at the Licari Cutler Salon in New York City.
25. Virtue One For All 6-in-1 Styler, $36, Virtue Labs
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Hair Styling Products Buying Guide 2018-2019
Types of Hair Styling Products
The many varieties of modern hair products each offer something slightly different in terms of the amount of shine added, the level of hold provided, and the degree of volume versus sleekness. The following table lists the most common hair products and describes what they are and how they are used.
|Clay||A thick, creamy product that provides extreme hold with a matte finish|
|Cream||Older hair creams were oily and similar to hair tonic; modern creams fall somewhere between a styling lotion and a wax and are less oily|
|Foam||Similar to a mousse|
|Gel||A thick, transparent, oil-free product with multiple uses: adding body, slicking hair down for a wet look, or creating stiff hold|
|Glue||An opaque liquid, similar to white school glue, with a formulation similar to wax, that provides extreme hold|
|Lotion||A light, water-based liquid|
|Mousse||A typically alcohol-based formula that foams up when dispensed from an aerosol can or aerating pump|
|Mud||Similar to clay|
|Oil||An oil may be sprayed on or rubbed in with the hands after dispensing from a pump or dropper|
|Paste||A variation of clay or wax|
|Pomade||A petroleum- or oil-based product, usually in a jar or tube, that adds shine, tames frizz, and creates a defined, piecey look|
|Putty||A variation of clay or wax|
|Serum||A silicone-based product that is dispensed from a pump or dropper|
|Spray||A liquid, typically water- or alcohol-based, formula that is dispensed from a pump or aerosol spray container|
|Thickener||Any product designed to coat the hair shaft (technically making it coarser, not thicker) and add body to the hair|
|Tonic||An oil-based liquid, used to add sheen|
|Volumizer||Similar to a thickener; may come in several forms (foam, spray, lotion) and is sometimes referred to as a “root lifter” or “root booster”|
|Wax||Hair wax is similar to clay, except that its oil content gives it a shiny finish; beeswax is commonly used|
|Whip||A variation of clay or wax, with a slightly lighter texture|
Most styles require one or two products. Using three or more may be required for extreme styles, but for everyday hair looks, that many products cost too much money and time. Styling products can build up on the hair after a period of regular use, and using many of them each day causes this build-up to appear more quickly. Build-up must be removed with special clarifying shampoos, which can dry hair out when used frequently. Overuse of hair styling products is usually an indication that a hairstyle is not appropriate for one’s hair type.
Hair Styling Products for Different Hair Types
With so many products available, it can be difficult to figure out which ones are appropriate for a specific haircut, style, or texture. Knowing what products work on specific hair types is a good way to start the shopping process.
Coarse or Thick Hair
Coarse hair refers to individual hairs that are wide in diameter. Thick hair is another way of saying that there is a lot of hair on the head (whether it be coarse or fine). Either way, the hair likely has plenty of body on its own and needs more control than lift. Serums and oils control frizz and give a sleek, shinier look to coarse, thick hair. Gel is better than mouse for heavier hair and holds it better. Clays and waxes are good for more extreme hold. Finishing hair sprays can impart extra shine to the hair as well.
Fine, Thin, and Oily Hair
Fine hair refers to individual hairs that are narrow in diameter. Thin hair is hair that is sparsely distributed on the scalp, either from birth or as a result of genetic coding (male or female pattern baldness), hormone changes, aging, or other causes. Some people have hair that is both fine and thin. In either case, the hair tends to be limp and lacking in body. It may appear oilier sooner than coarse, thick hair and usually needs to be washed frequently.
Fine, thin hair benefits from body-building and volumizing products. Ingredients to avoid include oils and petrolatum, both of which can feel greasy and weigh hair down. Alcohol-based products are good if the hair is not dry, damaged, or chemically processed. Mousse is perfect for hair that needs more lift, as are volumizing sprays and root lifters. Styling lotions and spray gels also work well on hair that tends to be flat.
Even though fine, thin hair is not always oily, the same hair styling products tend to work on oily hair as well, since they are typically light and oil-free.
Regardless of texture, density, or oiliness, short hair can stand up and reach extreme heights with the right products. Glues, clays, and stiff-hold styling gels, which would be unattractive (for the most part) on long hair, can be used to create spikes, stand-up mohawks, temporary dreads, and a host of other radical styles.
Ideal hair styling products for curly hair vary, depending on the desired look. If the hair is to be straightened, it can benefit from frizz-taming serums, oils, and shine sprays. Creams can be used to smooth the hair. Waves and curls can be maximized with a curl-enhancing spray or gel and proper styling by scrunching or using a diffuser hair dryer. Very dry, frizzy, or kinky curls may be tamed with a pomade.
Where to Find Hair Styling Products
Hair styling products are easy to find at almost any mass-market retailer or independent store, including
- Discount stores
- Convenience stores
- Department stores
- Beauty supply stores
- Hair salons
- Bargain, closeout, and overstock stores
- Grocery stores
- Natural foods stores
Hair products can also be purchased online, such as through Internet-based retailers, Internet storefronts for brick-and-mortar stores, or conglomerate websites and online auctions. Barely used hair products can sometimes be found in consignment stores and thrift shops and at yard sales, but you need to use your discretion when deciding whether the product is sanitary and still effective.
How to Buy Hair Styling Products on eBay
eBay makes it easy for you to find your favorite hair styling products, whether they are popular brands or more obscure ones that are difficult to find in your local area. You can find hair products one of two ways: keyword searches or category navigation.
To do a keyword search, simply go to eBay’s homepage and type in “hair products&” or “hair styling products&” and click Search or hit Enter. You can also search for specific products by name, such as “gel,” “mousse,” “pomade,” and so on. (You may find that some keyword phrases give you more results than others.) Use the category filters to narrow down the results to health and beauty aids, moving on to specific hair care items and then to styling products.
Another way to find hair styling products on eBay is to browse all categories and go to health and beauty aids, moving on to hair care and salon products, then to items such as gels, mousse and sprays.. You may even want to check out travel and trial sizes for smaller versions of your favorite items, or sets and kits for multi-packs.
The right hair styling products can take a very basic haircut to a whole other level. A good cut can be made to look amazing, while a bad cut can be completely rescued and transformed. Understanding the different products on the market and what they can do can help buyers know what to look for when purchasing products for their own hair. Lighter hair products include mousses, sprays, some gels and creams, lotions, whips, and all forms of volumizers. These work well for thin, fine, and oily hair. Heavier products, which work better on coarse, thick, and dry hair, include waxes, pomades, oils, serums, richer gels and creams, and stronger-holding hair sprays. The best way to know which products are needed for a particular style is to consult with a personal barber or hair stylist or to check out hair magazines, which usually give instructions on how to achieve the same looks at home. With a haircut that works with a person’s natural hair type and texture and a few well-chosen hair products, anyone can have photo-shoot hair.