The Wow Factor: 10 Hair Must-Haves
Best Fragrance—For Your Hair
WOW! "I lathered up in the A.M., and my hair still smelled fresh and citrusy in the afternoon!"
HOW Who needs perfume? This aromatic shampoo -- infused with botanicals like rosemary, geranium, lime, and lavender -- lingers in your locks long after they're dry.
Minardi Luxury Color Care Weightless Wash No. 1, $26; minardicolor.com for salons.
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Best Curl Refresher
WOW! "It got rid of the greasies with no chalky residue -- and gave some much-needed volume."
HOW Designed for dry, coarse, or curly hair, this foam-based waterless cleanser (with aloe vera extract among its ingredients) goes on feeling wet, but once dry it leaves strands hydrated so they appear freshly washed.
Suave Professionals Waterless Foam shampoo, $3; at select drugstores.
WOW! "This removed every bit of buildup without making my fine hair feel like straw."
HOW Talk about a great one-two punch! A blend of oils, including avocado, strip dirt and grime from strands while adding moisture.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing oil shampoo, $55; shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.
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Best Quick-Dry Duo
WOW! "I was skeptical, but it worked. This shampoo and conditioner shaved 20 minutes off my usual 45-minute blowout."
HOW Credit the cool "vapor-boost system," which reduces the amount of water absorbed into hair shafts during a shower -- to cut drying time in half!
It Factor Quick Blowdry Shampoo and Conditioner for Medium to Coarse Hair, $45 for set; itfactorbeauty.com for salons.
Best Hairspray—That Just Got Better
WOW! "It gave my hair tons of hold -- with no stinky smell!"
HOW Thanks to a super-secret technology that minimizes the fragrance in its styling polymers, the barely detectable aroma in this spray disappears seconds after you spritz.
L'Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold hairspray, $15; at drugstores.
Best Do-It-All Gadget
Best Do-It-All Gadget
WOW! "After working this brush through my thick strands to smooth them out, my blowout lasted an extra day."
HOW With 500 watts of hot air blowing through the bristles, this styler glides over damp (or even dry) hair to create a sleek look with ease.
John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush by Conair, $40; amazon.com.
Best Speed Dryer
WOW! "Though it's lightweight, this device delivers a powerful blast of heat. My arms didn't ache after using it!"
HOW Weighing around 16 ounces (a bit more than a standard-size water bottle), this nimble dryer zaps moisture with an impressive 1,800 watts. Plus, infrared heat actually penetrates cuticles to dry strands from the inside.
Solano 3300 Xtralite dryer, $160; ulta.com.
Best New Brush
WOW! "It slid through my coarse waves -- no easy feat. Even better: It actually helped my hair dry faster."
HOW Not only is this paddle brush a great detangler, it also has tiny pieces of microfiber between bristles to help wick away excess moisture from damp strands.
Goody Quik Style paddle brush, $12; at Walmart.
Best Body Boosters
WOW! "How clever is this? Round brushes that can be used as hot curlers for mega volume!"
HOW A push of a button detaches the top from the handle. So you can dry a section of hair with the brush, then wrap strands around the barrel as you would with a roller; pop off the head and leave it in while you snap on another to continue styling.
Body Up Pro brush system, $150 for introductory kit; 800-613-3841.
WOW! "These funny-looking clips were an incredibly easy way to get pretty, romantic, and rippling waves."
HOW By clamping a few over a 1-inch section of damp hair, a curved shape is imprinted on strands. Blast with a blow-dryer and let cool before releasing. Voilà!
Kevin Murphy Wave clip, $4 each;kevinmurphy.com.au for salons.