The 2020 Shape Beauty Awards: Hair

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The Shape Squad—a group of fitness- and beauty-minded staffers, pros, and dermatologists—tested and approved 77 products that not only work with but also enhance your physical and mental states. Here, their picks for the best hair products on the market right now.

Best Hair Spray: OGX Argan Oil of Morocco Multi-Benefit Hair Spray

OGX Extra Strength Shine and Revitalize + Argan Oil of Morocco Multi-Benefit

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Ulta

OGX Extra Strength Shine & Revitalize + Argan Oil of Morocco Multi-Benefit Hairspray is lightweight and touchable, but it gives your style hold and shine while preventing heat damage, frizz, and flyaways.

Best Shampoo & Conditioner: Hair Food Coconut Milk & Chai Spice

Hair Food Coconut Milk and Chai Spice Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

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Amazon

Hair Food Coconut Milk & Chai Spice Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner are sulfate-free, yet "the shampoo lathers so well," one ShapeSquad tester says. "Plus, they both smell comforting and leave hair soft."

Best Co-Wash: Flawless by Gabrielle Union Hydrating Co-Wash

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Hydrating Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner

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Amazon

Flawless by Gabrielle Union Hydrating Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner keeps all textures and styles (including coils and braids) healthy as it gently removes product buildup.

Best Mask: Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask

Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask

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Amazon

AmikaFlash Instant Shine Mask takes just one minute to hydrate and seal off strands. Proof from the Squad: "My color is vibrant." (Or get crafty with one of these DIY hair masks.)

Best Brush: Conair Detangle & Go Shower Massage Brush

Conair Detangle and Go Shower Massage Brush

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CVS

Conair Detangle & Go Shower Massage Brush has flexible nubs that make it easy to reach your scalp ("especially if you have thick, heavy hair," one tester says) and then remove knots gently. (

Best Curl Enhancer: The Mane ChoiceProceed With Caution Look Both Ways Hair & Edge Gel

The Mane Choice Caution Killer Curls & Brutal Bounce Look Both Ways Hair & Edge Gel

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The Mane ChoiceProceed With Caution Look Both Ways Hair & Edge Gel has two kick-ass formulas: One "gives tight curls a strong hold," and the other "keeps my hairline clean," says a Shape Squader.

Best Mousse: Kristin EssSea Salt Air Dry Mousse

Kristin Ess Sea Salt Air Dry Mousse

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Target

Kristin EssSea Salt Air Dry Mousse, ideal for fine to medium hair, "coaxes out texture you didn't know you had."

Best Hair Oil: Herbal EssencesHemp Seed Oil & Aloe Hair Oil Mist

Herbal Essences Hemp Seed Oil and Aloe Hair Oil Mist

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Target

Herbal EssencesHemp Seed Oil & Aloe Hair Oil Mist is the "ideal frizz tamer after a sweaty run" and "leaves hair noticeably softer too," testers say.

Best Leave-In: TresemméPro Pure Detangle & Smooth Leave-In Conditioner

Tresemmé Pro Pure Detangle and Smooth Leave-In Conditioner

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Target

TresemméPro Pure Detangle & Smooth Leave-In Conditioner is lightweight but still hydrating enough to "make dry strands so much more manageable." (See more leave-in conditioner options right here.)

Best Dry Shampoo: Bumble and BumblePrêt-à-powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist

Bumble and Bumble Prêt-à-powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist

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Sephora

Bumble and BumblePrêt-à-powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist soaks up sweat without leaving the powdery clumps that some other formulas do.

Best Dry Conditioner: DoveGo Active Dry Conditioner

Dove Go Active Dry Conditioner

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Walmart

DoveGo Active Dry Conditioner "completely counteracts that chalky effect of dry shampoo," one tester says.

Best Volumizer: Pantene Silicone-Free Thickness Multiplier Leave-In Treatment

Pantene Silicone-Free Thickness Multiplier Leave-In Treatment

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Pantene

PanteneSilicone-Free Thickness Multiplier Leave-In Treatment gives fine hair a welcome root boost.

Best Smoother: Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate Combing Cream

Maui Moisture Heal and Hydrate Shea Butter Combing Cream

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Amazon

Maui MoistureHeal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Combing Cream moisturizes post-shower curls so that "detangling is way easier." (Maui also makes one of the best curl creams out there.)

Best Color Enhancer: Garnier Nutrisse Color Reviver

Garnier Nutrisse Color Reviver 5-Minute Nourishing Color Mask

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Target

Garnier Nutrisse Color Reviver has been a quarantine savior: "This really improved my faded hue when salons closed," a tester says. (Here's more on how to refresh your hair color at home.)

Best Tool: Dyson Corrale

Dyson Corrale

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Sephora

DysonCorrale "transforms my naturally textured hair with minimal heat damage—I'm obsessed," one Squad member says.

Best Scalp Treatment: Head & ShouldersSupreme Hydrating Scalp Serum

Head and Shoulders Supreme Hydrating Scalp Serum

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Amazon

Head & ShouldersSupreme Hydrating Scalp Serum lets you spot treat dryness and dandruff without washing your hair. So smart!

Best Dry Texturizer: Sun BumDry Texture Spray

Sun Bum Dry Texture Spray

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Ulta

Sun BumDry Texture Spray adds sexy, slightly tousled body to straight or wavy hair, the Squad says. (Here are even more texture sprays that won't leave hair crunchy or sticky.)

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