27 Products To Help You Break Your Bad Hair Habits

27 Products To Help You Break Your Bad Hair Habits

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An absorbent microfiber hair towel wrap so you can dry your hair gently (instead of aggressively rubbing it with your bath towel, which can lead to frizz and breakage). The microfiber material creates less friction on your hair and won’t smush your curls. Plus, it dries you hair so fast that you can spend less time blow-drying your mane…which means less heat damage.


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Promising review: “I have thick, wavy long hair and this is the FIRST wrap I have found that stays in place and is big enough after I twist it. It stays put. I have even slept in and and it stayed (I use a satin pillowcase). Great way to slowly dry your hair and keep it healthy. I found that is made my curls non frizzy after sleeping with it and I was able to go to work with my hair wavy, which is something I have not done in a LONG time! Buying more for daughters!” —Felicia

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.96 (available in seven styles).

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A leave-in conditioner with UV protection because why would you put sunscreen on your face and body but forget your scalp and hair? The sun’s rays can damage your hair’s cuticle, causing discoloration, dryness, brittleness, split ends, thinness, and frizziness.


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Promising review: “I like using this knowing I’m going to be at the beach or in a swimming pool all day. I have really thin hair and that means less protection on my scalp from the sun. This makes it so much more easier to have sun protection on my scalp instead of rubbing in a lot of sunscreen. My scalp felt so nice after a day at the beach and wasn’t dry like it normally gets. Great buy!” —M.S.

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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A pack of scrunchies to get your hair up and out of your face without straining your strands. In general you should avoid wearing your hair up or in tight hairstyles for long periods of time as this can lead to traction alopecia, aka hair loss caused by a pulling force being applied to your hair.


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Promising review: “I love these scrunchies. I wear them at night because they are soft on my scalp and don’t pull my hair too much. I have very thin hair and a sensitive scalp due to a disease. Theses hair ties are so comfortable and I don’t notice a lot of hair loss like I did with other types of hair bands. I would highly recommend.” —BookishJenn

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $4.15+ (available in two styles).

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Or a pack of snap-off hair ties for anyone who’s tired of seeing a lot of loose hair on their elastics when they take their hair down.


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These are machine-washable and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Promising review:I brought it for the single reason of not having my hair get caught up in the hair tie and pulling it out. Check check check. It can be worn loose or tight with enough stability. I brought the mocha and the black, both colors are nice.” —Mi_Rock32

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in two colors).

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A pack of Swirly Curly hairpins that are designed to not snag because bobby pins are notorious for causing breakage. These pins are amazing for natural hair but can work with all hair types and styles.


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Promising review: “I like the look of decorative pins but avoid them due to fear of breakage. These were designed specifically for curly hair so there are no worries. They glide smoothly onto hair and can be removed without causing damage. They’re also really cute.” —Antoinette

Get them from Amazon for $10+ (available in 11 styles).

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A set of hair clips from Shark Tank for getting rid of split ends ASAP and for cheap. Salons are great but expensive so we don’t blame you for waiting as long as possible between trips. However, split ends need to be snipped or your hair can eventually fracture to the root.


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Promising review: “The clip is very easy to use and gives great layers. My hair is fairly long and very straight. I haven’t used it on hair of different lengths/textures. It’s so nice to be able to give myself a quick trim when I start seeing split ends. Keeps my hair healthier and longer while helping me save a bunch of money. Just try to avoid using it under the influence of wine or it can be tempting to do something drastic!” —Virginia

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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A sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner if your hair is dry and brittle. That said, sulfates don’t need to be canceled; they do an excellent job removing dirt and oils from your scalp…but sometimes they do too good of a job and carry away too much oil (a little bit keeps your scalp moisturized). If you want the cleaning benefits of sulfates without risking the dryness, try a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner every other wash.


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Promising review: “Great shampoos and conditioner. Doesn’t foam up or have that feel of regular shampoos. I have found that I no longer have to wash my hair every day or even every other day. My hair stays clean feeling and not oily for days. I don’t think it ever looks dirty anymore! This is amazing. And I have noticed a significant decrease in frizz!!! I highly recommend!” —ODH

Get the shampoo and conditioner from Amazon for $19.99.

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A scalp massager that’ll transform your shower into a five-star salon. A relaxing scalp massage is great for getting that blood flowing to your head while simultaneously breaking down buildup (hello hairspray and dry shampoo) that’s making your hair oily.


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Promising review: “This is just what I wanted! Great for scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don’t have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager.” —BunnyLove2

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

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A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo because not using one could mean you’re unknowingly weighing your hair down with hairsprays, dry shampoo, oils, and whatever else is gunking up your scalp. Clarifying shampoos can dry out your skin if you use them too often, so we recommend using it once a week.


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Promising review:This shampoo removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn’t even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed less styling products to achieve the same results. But be careful not to use this too often as it can dry out your hair. I have long, dark fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes.” —Kat

Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

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Or, an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to do basically everything a clarifying shampoo does while being a bit more gentle on your hair. ACV is actually a superstar ingredient for your hair because it washes away buildup, helps restore your scalp’s pH (ACV is mildly acidic), has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, and closes your hair’s cuticle so your mane is soft, shiny, and smooth.


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Promising review: “This stuff is fantastic. I have very fine hair and use this for two days between shampoos. It washes away any hair products and rinses with no smell. Best hair product I’ve found in a very long time.” —Rosie Larson

Get it from Amazon for $10+ (available in two sizes).

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And don’t forget an ACV and tea tree oil rinse for keeping your braids, locs, extensions, or weaves fresh without having to shampoo your hair.


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Promising review: “I wear braids and weaves and this is great for keeping my scalp clean and flake-free. This is so much easier than using shampoo (which can build up) between weave tracks and braids. It does have a strong scent of vinegar and tea tree oil but once your hair is dry, there is no scent and no buildup. Great price and bottle makes it easy to apply. Also very good after swimming to rinse out the chlorine smell.” —stephie

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

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A dandruff shampoo with ketoconazole 1%, an antifungal ingredient, so you can *finally* put an end to the itching. Did you know that constantly scratching your hair can erode the cuticle and weaken your strands? It also triggers an autoimmune response that can make your scalp less effective at keeping out environmental irritants.


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Promising review: “MIRACLE PRODUCT! If you have a flaky scalp from dandruff, 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 of 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+ (also available in a two-pack).

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A shower filter if hard water is causing your hair to become dry and brittle. Hard water isn’t dangerous but it can keep your hair from looking its best. Thankfully, this filter helps reduce the amount of minerals in your water so you hair has a chance to shine — literally!


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Promising review: “Wow! This little shower filter changed the life of my hair as well as my daughter’s hair. I just thought I had horrible hair. I bought so many products over the years to tame the frizz and dryness. On a recent trip to Virginia I used my aunt’s shower. She is on well water. My hair was so soft and manageable. I couldn’t believe the difference in my hair. I started researching and learned that chlorine and other hard metals can wreck your hair. I decided to give this filter a try. After the first use, and not putting any smoothing product in my hair, my hair was so soft and manageable. What’s so great about it too is that it literally took less than one minute to install. You can even take this with you and use on trips, it’s that easy! I am thrilled that this product literally changed my hair from frizzy brittle hair to soft and manageable. I will never go without this filter! You won’t be disappointed!!! Best product I have ever purchased!” —jennifer richardson

Get it from Amazon for $34.86.

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A wide-tooth comb to brush out your hair — and I cannot stress this enough — in the shower. Wet hair is more susceptible to damage than dry hair so you’re kinda shooting yourself in the foot if you use fancy shampoos and conditioner and then whack your hair with a brush as soon as you step out of the shower. Instead, brush it gently with a wide tooth comb while you’re *in* the shower so there’s less resistance and less chance of breakage.


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Promising review: “I use this both on my hair and my toddler’s hair. We are both African American with long textured hair. Detangling in the shower is a must-do, prior utilizing a deep conditioner and styling. This comb cuts through the tangles, and it hasn’t cracked or broken in any way in its six months of use (so far). It’s a very stiff comb, which I do not mind. Recommended for hair with lots of curly, kinky texture.” —S. Thompson

Get it from Amazon for $5.89.

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An argan oil hair mask for anyone whose hair is in need of the royal treatment: a concentrated dose of nutrients to repair their hair’s elasticity and make it soft and shiny. If you’re not using hair masks, you’re seriously missing out!


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Promising review: “I have been using Arvazallia for the last three years and I have found nothing else that works as well as this. My hair was damaged very badly from years of dyeing and bleaching. My hair was very thin and brittle to the point that running a brush through my hair was causing it to break. Me and my fiancé had spent hundreds of dollars at salons and purchasing countless products to try and repair my hair but they all failed. After using Arvazallia the first time I noticed that it had already started helping. After about five treatments my hair was silky smooth, thick, hydrated and had volume I had not seen since I was a teenager. I would recommend this product for anyone at least give it a try. This is the only moisturizing product that I have bought in the past three years.” —dave

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

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A heat protector spray because no duh! You should always be using some kind of heat protector on your precious strands before subjecting them to heat-styling tools.


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Promising review: “I’ve used a couple of heat protectors when doing my hair but nothing big. BUT…this stuff is A-MA-ZING! It not only leaves my hair super silky, but it also gets all those stubborn little hairs in place. It also makes my hair look super healthy and makes the straightening job much easier.” —Karina

Get it from Amazon for $14.89.

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A L’Oréal blowout primer that’ll speed up the drying process while simultaneously protecting it from your heat-styling tools. It works with any and all hair textures, be they straight, curly, or something in between.


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Promising review: “I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don’t need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it.” —blackrose

Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

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A John Frieda hot air brush so you can dry *and* straighten your hair at the same time. This way you can save your strands the stress and damage of a blow dryer and then a flat iron.


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Promising review:This product is a game-changer. I have thin but very curly/kinky hair that has become very damaged due to years and years of flat ironing. With this product, I can style my hair in less time and WITHOUT a flat iron. It gives me beautiful, soft curls that I’ve gotten tons of compliments on. I do wish the air stream were slightly stronger, but it’s still an absolutely excellent product.” —S.G.

Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

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Or better yet, a set of flexible curling rods if you want perfect heatless curls. The best part: no heat damage.


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Promising review: “I can’t believe I waited so long to buy these beauties. These curlers are incredibly easy to use and they give you gorgeous curls that last for days. I have tried every heatless curling method there is — sleep styler, braiding, boho headband wrapping, and every other tutorial on YouTube — and this is the only one that ACTUALLY works.” —DW

Get a pack of 42 from Amazon for $12.99.

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A jersey headwrap if you’re having a bad hair day or if you want to give your hair a break from heat and styling tools. Overworking your hair — whether it means constantly straightening it or wearing it in tight styles — is a bad habit that can make your mane look damaged. So let it breathe every now and then!


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Promising review: “Perfect for several uses. Not thick, not thin, just right. I have 4C natural hair and have used it as a stand-alone headwrap. I have also used it as filling under an additional headwrap. I have washed it in the washing machine and dryer and it’s fine. It’s also very long which provides added security when wrapping.” —Brownnn

Get it from Amazon for $17.80+ (available in 13 colors and in multipacks).

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A John Frieda lightening spray to give you beachy highlights. This way you can avoid both the price tag and the inevitable damage of coloring your hair at a salon.


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Promising review: “Love this product! Pretty blonde highlights and so easy — just spray all over or target waves for a beachhead, summer blonde look. Gentle on hair. Great for touch-ups between highlighting. No dark roots!” —M Beth Miller

Get it from Amazon for $8.69.

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A curl cream for anyone blessed with a beautiful wavy mane. By embracing your natural kinks, you can skip the heat damage from the flat iron!


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Promising review: “I love this product. I apply a couple pumps of the curl cream when my hair is damp and let my hair air dry. It’s so low maintenance and my waves/curls easily hold all day without any other products or hairspray. The curl cream smells really good as well.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.89.

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A dry shampoo because some of us are guilty of washing ourr hair too often. (As for how often you should wash your hair, that depends on your specific hair type and texture. However, your shampoo routine shouldn’t be drying out your scalp.)


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Promising review: “I had used dry shampoo a few years ago out of curiosity. It went fine but I didn’t really think I needed it and never bought another can after that. I thought I would give it another shot after seeing these in a BuzzFeed post and reading rave reviews. They’re all correct! I love this stuff and have no idea why I didn’t keep using dry shampoo after that one experiment a few years ago. The spray comes out cool, so it’s super refreshing, and I love how much thicker my hair feels when it’s in. It also smells nice, and a can lasts a long time if you use it maybe once between hair washes (I wash my hair about every other day, but sometimes go a few days and will use this once or twice during those periods). I even bought a travel-size version of this for emergencies. Bless you, Batiste!!!” —Amanda Storey

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.90.

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A set of satin pillowcases so you’ll wake up with less frizz and breakage. Regular cotton pillowcases can actually be quite rough on your hair, absorbing precious oils from your hair (and stripping it of moisture) and causing friction that leads to frizz and breakage.


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Promising review: “I got tired of my curly hair being a wild untamed mass in the mornings. I’d have to go at it with a pitchfork, machete, and industrial detangler in the mornings. I’d always been skeptical that a pillowcase could make a big difference, but boy does it! The learning curve was that I had to start using a pillow to begin with because I wasn’t buying satin sheets (I’m a night sweater). But once I did, good hair mornings happen! I don’t have to approach the day ready for battle. My curls don’t become a tangled mush.I find them perfectly comfy but haven’t used pillows in so long prior to this, so I don’t even know what other pillowcases feel like.” —Christine

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three sizes and 15 colors).

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A satin bonnet for anyone who wants to maintain their natural hairstyle when they sleep. Satin bonnets work in the same way as satin pillowcases, keeping your hair moisturized (which helps you go longer between washes) and reducing breakage.


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Promising review: “I LOVE THIS BONNET! I’m African American and whenever I straighten and wrap my waist-length hair, keeping that straight look nice can always be a struggle, and who wants to sleep cute? (it hurts ya neck sis). Anyways, this bonnet is adjustable with a little drawstring in the back and fits literally any head size. My mom tried to steal it and I always know because her head is a melon so she always has to adjust it.” —K Matt

Get it from Amazon for $17.96 (available in 15 colors).

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642 Things to Draw, a guided art journal that’ll keep your hands from now until next year. Constantly touching and twirling your hair is actually a bad habit you should drop ASAP because it not only transfers dirt and oils from your hands to your hair, but it also adds stress to your strands and makes them more fragile and prone to breaking.


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Promising review: “I love this book so much that I bought two of them: one for me and one for my husband! It’s a perfect fast and easy creative outlet. At first we were tentative about our drawings but after a while it’s fun to just draw! I couldn’t imagine drawing 642 fun and ordinary things but after a while, I couldn’t imagine not drawing them! It’s a fun book…a great gift…tentative creative people will love it because you are told what to draw!” —That’s my Patty

Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

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The Big Activity Book For Anxious People to help you laugh *and* handle your anxiety in a productive way. Too much stress can actually lead to hair loss as well as anxious behaviors, such as playing with your hair, that make your mane worse.


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Promising review:This book: fantastic. I’ve bought so many workbooks and coloring books that were supposed to ease, distract from, or somehow manage my PTSD anxiety with no result. I thought how different could this one be? But I liked the reviews, so I gave it a try. I laughed until tears were rolling down while reading this. I was gasping for air so hard I could barely read it to my husband who was cracking up from the book as well as just watching me laugh. It’s great and at the same time, it’s reassuring because pretty much everything I’m afraid of is mentioned, and even a few things I’m not (elbows; I had no idea that was an official phobia, but if I ever make it onto Jeopardy, well, now I know.)” —Kindle Customer

Get it from Amazon for $10.31.

And now that you’re on your way to a fabulous head of hair, you get to join Jeff Goldblum in the hot tub.


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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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