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SHAPE of Beauty Awards 2010: Hair

Best single process: Garnier Herbashine Color Créme with Bamboo Extract

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($8; at drugstores)

This ammonia-free formula contains avocado and shea butter that actually condition hair. "It easily covered my grays without an icky odor," said a staffer.

Clairol Natural Instincts Rich Color Crème

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($8; at drugstores)
Even first-timers were able to achieve sophisticated color with this vitamin-infused formula. "It wasn't messy and the color I ended up with was exactly what was pictured on the box," said one.

Best highlighting kit: L'Oréal Paris Touch-On Highlights

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($13; at drugstores)

Since the dye is applied with a tiny brush that fits over your finger, control is, literally, at your fingertips. "I loved how easy it was to direct the formula exactly where I wanted it," said a tester, who was thrilled with her new honey-hued strands.

Garnier Fructis Flexible Control Anti-Humidity Strong Hold Hairspray

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($4; at drugstores)

Strong hold is not usually synonymous with touchable texture—unless of course you're using this spray. "The bamboo extract ensures your style still has movement," says spa expert Mary Bemis. And, it has fruit waxes to seal out humidity and boost shine.

Infusion Glossing Straightener

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($21; aveda.com)

Get long-lasting smoothness with this serum—a blend of aloe, wheat protein, and guar bean that flattens the cuticle and adds shine. And testers loved its texture: "Straightening products often feel heavy or greasy on my fine hair, but this didn't," said one.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo

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($7; at drugstores)

This latest addition to the Frizz-Ease line gives those with dry, damaged hair another weapon in their arsenal. Packed with moisturizing essential oils and proteins, this formula keeps fuzz at bay. "My dry, over-worked ends often look fried and frayed, but this left my hair feeling silky smooth," said a tester.

Aveda Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair

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($24; aveda.com)

Rich in repairing proteins and hydrating essential oils, this leave-in treatment helps negate any damage from hot tools or UV rays. "I was afraid it would be too greasy to leave in, but this smoothed my strands without flattening my do," reported a tester.

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