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Our Favorite Hair Stylers and Tools

Best Shampoo

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Winner: Fekkai Advanced Essential Shea Shampoo ($23;

Why it won: Sudsers with shea butter are typically heavy, but this one hydrates hair without weighing it down.

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Best Conditioner

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Winner: Aveeno Living Color Conditioner ($7; drugstores)

Why it won: UV filters and natural lupine seed botanicals work together to protect processed hair.

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Best At-Home Hair Color

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Winner: Clairol Nice ’n Easy Color Blend Foam ($10; drugstores)

Why it won: Our colorist loved the way this mousse-like dye coats strands evenly—no drips, no fuss.

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Best Hairspray

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Winner: Aveda Control Force Firm Hold Hair Spray ($26;

Why it won: A spritz that locks in your look without flaking or feeling crunchy to the touch? Yes, please!

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Best Mousse

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Winner: Tresemmé Climate Control Mousse ($4; drugstores)

Why it won: This styler offers a touchable, medium hold and keeps your mane frizz-free.

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Best Heat Protector/ Shine Spray

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Winner: Pantene Pro-V Fine Style Heat Protection & Shine Spray ($6; drugstores)

Why it won: A shot of this ultra-lightweight formula prevents hot-tool-induced damage—without making locks look limp.

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Best Strand Smoother

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Winner: John Frieda Full Repair Touch-Up Flyaway Tamer ($10; drugstores)

Why it won: The portable mascara-like wand covers errant hairs with an omega-3-rich gel that also amps up shine. It’s our pro stylist’s must-have product when he’s on location.

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Best Hot Tool

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Winner: Conair Infiniti Pro Folding Handle Dryer ($35;

Why it won: The frizz-fighting ionic technology helps straighten tresses with ease. Plus it folds up, so it’s great on-the-go.

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