26 Hair Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

26 Hair Products You’ll Probably Wish You’d Bought Years Ago

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1.

An HSI Professional hair straightener with a six-foot, 360 degree swivel cord to straighten, flip, or curl your hair like you’ve dreamed of doing for years.


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The set includes a glove, pouch and travel size argan oil that you can use as a leave-in hair treatment to prevent heat damage.

Promising review: “This is the holy grail, guys. They’ve done it. They’ve made a flat iron that can control the beast. 10x better than my other iron, and I can get my hair done in about 20 minutes now!” —Tiffany

Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in six colors).

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An argan oil hair mask that’ll make your hair goals come to life by repairing it with 100% organic jojoba oil, aloe vera, and keratin for a smoother-than-ever look.


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Plus, it works on a wide variety of hair types.

Promising review: “Thank you argan oil for saving my hair!!! I live in AZ and the heat mixed with our hard water killed my hair. Literally I could run my fingers through it and pull chunks out. I’ve used this three times in the last week and it’s like I have brand new hair. I will forever buy this stuff!” —Amber

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

3.

A set of clip-on bangs, because you know you’ve wondered what you’d look like with them. We all have! Now’s your chance to see what you’d look like without making it permanent.


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Promising review: “I had very LOW expectations for this. I accidentally cut my bangs too short the other night because my puppy distracted me mid cut. I thought it would be funny to buy this and wear it one day. I got it for laughs mostly, not really expecting it to look normal. AND OMG I AM SHOCKED! First of all, it’s the exact same shade as my hair color. It was super easy to put on. The hair feels soft and realistic. I am so beyond amazed. So far, no one has been able to tell that the bangs are fake! I love them!” —Jrod

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in 23 colors).

4.

A John Frida frizz serum for anyone who is always dealing with frizzy hair, especially when it gets cold and staticky outside.


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Promising review: “I’m not sure what I’d do without my Frizz Ease. It smooths out my unruly hair leaving it manageable, but not heavy, sticky, or weighed down. My hair actually looks good when I use this product.” —dana

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in three styles).

5.

A bottle of hair-building fibers to help cover balding spots while you’re still trying to grow hair in.


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They’re sweat-, wind-, and rain-resistant, but come out in your next shampoo. Just shake into the thinning area, and pat your hair to disperse.

Promising review: “I was hesitant to try this, and I’m hoping my review will help someone else who feels the same way. I have alopecia areata, which causes circles or ovals of hair to fall out all at once. You can see in the pictures that a large patch is starting to grow in, but is still extremely sparse. The hair fibers are a Godsend. I use the dark brown with the spray applicator. You’d be able to see if you got up close to look, and it works better where there’s some hair than areas that are completely bare, but even on bare patches its much better. I would definitely recommend this for anyone, any age, with thinning hair or bald patches.” —Wilson

Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in four sizes and nine colors).

6.

An all-natural henna powder that’ll give you the pop of color you’ve always dreamed of without using damaging hair dyes.


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Seriously, you’re telling me this girl didn’t just come from a salon?!?

Promising review: “I can’t stress enough how much I LOVE henna. I use it for pretty much everything — hair, nails, and lips. This is the cheapest henna I’ve found that hasn’t lost its quality. I’ve been using henna for about a year and it leaves a gorgeous, natural-looking red that no chemical dye I’ve used could beat.” —Krista

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

7.

An anti-dandruff shampoo, because these aren’t the snow flakes we’re looking forward to this winter! The weather is getting dryer so pick up a bottle of this to help your scalp repair.


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This shampoo is made with ketoconazole 1%, which is an ingredient that adheres to your hair’s proteins to kill off any dandruff. Wow science, we owe you.

Promising review: “MIRACLE PRODUCT!!! If you have dandruff, flaky scalp, scabs, etc… BUY THIS! I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four to five times (over a month), and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it.” —chris

Get it from Amazon for $14.84.

8.

A Denman cushion brush with nylon bristles that’ll detangle your hair without pulling too hard on your roots like your current hairbrush has been doing since forever.


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Promising review: “This brush works wonders! I really think it works for all types of hair. I recommend! My hair is naturally curly, but this brush made the curls a lot more defined.” —Chrissy

Get it from Amazon for $21.95

9.

A Bed Head waver that’ll be like the opposite of your flat iron, giving you tousled, crimped, loose, or defined curls and waves. It’s made with adjustable tourmaline ceramic plates (that heat up to 400°F!) so you can get a variety of styles — all by using one tool.


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It comes on a swiveling cord so you can twist it to reach every strand of hair, without getting tangled up, *and* auto shuts off so you can leave the house for the day without panicking.

Promising review: “I love the speed with which I can do my hair with this waver. Using a traditional curling iron takes me much longer and often gives my hair that overstyled, helmet head look. This gives me loose beach waves that look just messy enough to come across as natural. I have short hair and it’s great for my length. I highly recommend.” —BeckyfromBama

Get it from Amazon for $38.99 .

10.

A set of clip-on hair extensions that’ll feel and look so much like the real deal, you might even forget you have them in.


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Promising review: “Omg! If I could rate this higher I would! Buy it now, you won’t regret it. Especially for such an incredible price! I bought it for a costume for Halloween, but it’s nice enough quality to use for date nights or whatever! And I have used clip in extensions for 10 years, and never gone synthetic until now and I am amazed.”—Amazon Customer

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in four sizes and 24 colors).

Find out more about this hair extension product in a more in-depth BuzzFeed post.

11.

An anti-dandruff shampoo formulated with Ketoconazole 1% to keep those pesky flakes and itchy scalp at bay.


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FWIW: This formula is safe to use on color-treated, chemically processed and gray hair.

Promising review: “Nothing else clears things up faster than Nizoral. When you have a flake emergency, more often than not, it’s a yeast overgrowth, so you have to make your head inhospitable for those suckers, by removing dead skin and oil, and killing the fungus. Ketoconazole is what you use when you don’t have time to screw around with Head & Shoulders, and in fact, in dire emergencies, your doctor or dermatologist can prescribe Nizoral in 2% prescription strength. But 1% helps for daily or weekly use — as long as you’ve got things mostly under control.”—Replicant

Get it from Amazon starting at $14.84.

12.

A bottle of It’s a 10 blowdry volumizer with tough, all-day hold so the time you spent perfecting your favorite hairstyle won’t be lost throughout the day.


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Promising review: “Wow I love this product! Even my husband noticed and said, ‘Your hair has more body!’ It keeps my style and adds body and volume. I spray it in my hair when damp, blow dry, and then put it in a bun overnight. It comes out curly and holds the curl all day! My hair is completely straight without it.” —Denise

Get it from Amazon for $13.29 (available in ten sizes).

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A fan-favorite Wet Brush that’ll detangle even the most unruly hair, and it won’t rip out your entire scalp while doing so! The flexible bristles glide through your hair, rather than pull at it.


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Promising review: “Oh praise all the spiritual beings because I have finally found a hairbrush that seems to work on my child’s unruly hair without her screaming that I’m ripping her scalp off every time I go to brush her hair. I don’t know what happens to this child while she sleeps, but every morning it’s as if she’s been headbanging in the middle of a tornado and I have to brush through that mess. Even with detangler it was a challenge before, but now it goes much more smoothly. Could not be more pleased with it. I use this on my own hair too and if there are any knots, I don’t even feel when they are brushed out. Seriously, love it.” —Lissa K.

Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.29 (available in three color combos).

14.

A curl cream-gel to define and hold moisture in your curls. The argan oil in the formula helps to prevent frizz, and you’ll wind up with the perfect curls every time.


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Promising review: “Like many of the people who have posted reviews, I’ve tried every curl cream in the book. High end to low end, I’ve tried them all. I can’t remember how I stumbled across this product but it was the reviews that made me want to give it a try. Thank goodness I did and that’s why I’m writing this review. This product is amazing. I have waist length wavy/curly red hair and I only have to use two pumps of the product to coat all my hair. My curls are wonderfully moisturized and shaped with absolutely ZERO greasy or crunchy feel. A little goes a long way. Highly recommend this!” —AmazonCustomer

Get it from Amazon for $22.

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A color-depositing shampoo so strong, you’re gonna forget your stylist’s name before you need to go back to get a touch-up.


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Promising review: “This shampoo is awesome. I used this wet and it gave my hair a slight pink tint. The next time I applied it to dry hair in pieces to see if it would be more vivid and it definitely turned those pieces a lot pinker. It lasts a few washes, just make sure you also use conditioner because this can feel drying. My hair is dark blonde with highlights and it shows better on the highlights. You can still see it on the dark blonde too, it’s just not as vibrant. I’m sold on this stuff and will be getting more of it!” —Jess

Get it on Amazon for $35 (available in 13 colors).

16.

A bottle of Fanola No Yellow shampoo for anyone with orange undertones they want out of their life. The violet pigment in this shampoo will get rid of unwanted yellow hues on grey, light blonde, or streaked hair.


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Promising review: “Stop searching and buy this! I purchased this purple shampoo on a whim after seeing it on a BuzzFeed article. THIS SHAMPOO, let me tell you, has pulled any and every unwanted orange color from my hair. The shampoo is PURPLE, almost black. It reeks to high heaven, but so do most toners and glazes a salon would put on, so it’s really not an issue to me. I use it once a week and leave it on for about five minutes while I shave in shower, and it does its job. Within two weeks it pulled all the orange brassiness from my hair and has left me with a wintery icy blonde that I never thought my hair could be. I love it so much and don’t know what state of pumpkin I would be without this shampoo.” —Lenna K.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in eight sizes).

Read more about this product in our closer look!

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A tapered, ceramic Remington Pro curling wand that might as well have come from Ollivander’s, because you can curl your hair so effortlessly — without the traditional curl clamp — and make it feel like straight-up magic.


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Promising review: “I’m one of those people that just sucks at curling my hair. I tried numerous times to curl my hair with a curling iron, but I can never get it right. I love this wand! I literally feel like a pro curling my hair and it took less than 10 minutes! It used to take forever with those darn curling irons. Never again! Seriously tho, this is a must have for all.” —em_b_sd

Get it from Amazon for $23.99

Learn more about the curling wand in our closer look!

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A John Frieda hot air brush perfect for anyone who loves a blown-out look, but doesn’t have time or $$$ for the salon. Drying your hair with a round brush + a blowdryer 👏is 👏a 👏myth. This tool does it all in one!


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One editor on my team who loves this brush wrote, “It has two heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. And it has ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair. I friggin’ love this brush. All you need to do is section your hair out, depending on how thick it is, and roll it under your hair like you would a regular round brush — but because it releases hot air, there’s NO NEED FOR A HAIR DRYER! Truly easy. And you get better results than with a flat iron, because you’re lifting and brushing out the hair rather than just pressing it flat.” Read her full review of the John Frieda Hot Air Brush for more!

Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in 1- and 1.5-inch sizes).

19.

A pack of 42 twist-flex rods for anyone trying to get curls in the easiest way possible. Just fall asleep with them in and wake up. It’s that easy!


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Promising review: “I left the largest rollers, the purple and grey ones, in for two hours to see how the curls would turn out. The results were great! The rollers are the perfect size and gave me the same look as my expensive digital perm. I’ve been getting digital perms for the last year to the tune of $200 every 3-4 months, so these rollers, at $12 a pack, are a steal.” —Hoyablue

Get it from Amazon for $11.86 (available in three sizes).

20.

A bottle of 100% pure, hexane-free castor oil made with rich vitamins and fatty-acids that’ll help repair, grow, and maintain damaged hair. It can also be used for skin, eyelash, and nail health!


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Promising review: “I had an allergy in my scalp 10 months ago that made the back of my head bald. I was really desperate to try a hair growing product to bring my hair back. I read online and found out castor oil is one of the greatest products for hair growth, but there are lots of castor oil brands. I tried this product because of the good reviews, and ingredients because my scalp was really sensitive. My hair became softer than before and thicker, and one bottle of this castor oil lasted almost a year!” —AmazonCustomer

Get it from Amazon for $13.94 .

21.

An apple cider vinegar shampoo and conditioner set to treat your scalp *as* you treat your hair. It’ll remove product buildup while strengthening your roots and hydrating them with coconut and avocado oils.


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Promising review: “I really was hesitant to try this but I decided I would take the plunge anyways and I have to say after using it for a few weeks now I’m pleasantly surprised! My hair is so soft and shiny and lightweight! I love how bouncy it is after using this plus it smells amazing. Not vinegar-y at all.

My daughter has been using this as well for her oily hair and dandruff (after trying tons of super expensive salon products) and so far this is the only thing that has been working for her! Her dandruff is gone and her hair is noticeable less oily by the end of the day. We will definitely be buying more.” —kindlemom1

Get it from Amazon for $29.94.

22.

A scalp-massaging shampoo brush to maximize your hair wash with two speed settings and two different sized bristles. Jonathan Van Ness is so proud.


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Promising review: “This is amazing! Who knew that such a simple product could help me with my seborrheic dermatitis? I used to use apple cider vinegar on my scalp and would put a shower cap on at night, and would be able to get rid of my dandruff just using regular shampoo/conditioner the next morning, but that method started to become less effective and anyone with this condition knows how heartbreaking it is when the scales come back on your scalp. I was stressing out wondering how else I was going to manage my horrible dandruff, when I saw this nifty product and figured I’d give it a shot. So glad I did! I can use my normal shampoo/conditioner still, and my scalp is SO much better! And I don’t have to wear an annoying shower cap at night anymore. So, so, so thankful!”—Jennifer

Get it from Amazon for $7.98 (available in three colors).

23.

A bottle of Honest Amish beard oil so you can hydrate, moisturize, and soften your facial hair with organic argan, jojoba, avocado, and sweet almond oils.


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Promising review: “If you have the snow raining on your shirt every day from your amazing manly beard then you need to buy this stuff. It really helped hydrate and get my beard to a place where there is no beard dandruff to speak of. Keep your beard happy. Your shirt will thank you.” —Colt and Missy

Get it from Amazon for $12.22.

24.

A molding wax for those stubborn hairs that need medium hold to lock them in all day. This formula has minimal shine and will give your hair some added fullness.


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Promising review: “I have very fine hair and its so hard to do anything with it because so. I ordered this based on the reviews and how it won’t weigh down or make my hair look greasy. This stuff is great! After I blow dry my hair, I add a small amount (about size of a nickel) into my hand and then begin to apply it. It gives my hair a nice shine but more importantly, it gives my hair the fullness and hold that I need. Overall great stuff!” —L. Avila

Get it from Amazon for $12.32

25.

A vegan, paraben-free semi-permanent conditioning hair color that’ll last up to 25 washes so you can rock your new look for a long time without having to pay a ton of $$$.


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Promising review: “This is the first hair color I’ve ever used back in 1995, Atlantic Blue on my unbleached natural medium brown hair and it took amazingly. Since then, I’ve tried everything I come across hoping for something that lasts longer, but this is the best I’ve found. It typically lasts 4-6 weeks on my hair. This is a vegetable dye and will not harm your hair if left on too long. Actually, it’s very conditioning and makes my hair soft and shiny after use. Always wash and rinse in cold water and use a mild shampoo made for colored hair!” —Kelrosner

Get it from Amazon for $7 (available in 21 colors).

26.

A beautiful L–part lace front wig, because it’s a super quick, easy, and affordable way to change up your look in minutes.


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Promising review: “Let me to start off saying I have been wearing wigs for at least 13 years. I do not wear weaves or extensions, and I have very thick hair and lots of edges! This is my favorite wig of all time! This wig is very natural-looking it does have that Brazilian texture and wave, plus good body and flow. It fits edge to edge and gave me a little room to put out a little edges which was a plus! I don’t want to take it off! It’s a win–win. You get a beautiful lace-front for 20 something dollars!” —Grace

Get it from Amazon for $29.89 (available in 12 colors).

For more, check out “19 Wigs You Can Get On Amazon That People Actually Swear By“.

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