Sick of juggling a bunch of styling tools? The John Frieda Salon Shape Hot Air Brush will blow you away. Air flows through the vents so you can dry and style with one hand (no hair dryer necessary). Or use it on dry hair for a hot-curler effect.
Those prone to knots will want to snag a comb from the Cricket Ultra Smooth Comb Collection (available in four sizes). The teeth are infused with argan and olive oils, which detangle and smooth without tearing hair. Use the hole in the handle to hang it from the shower caddy.
Whether you want to camouflage grays temporarily or just try some highlights, Alterna Stylist 1 Night Highlights is your stylist in a can. Press the button near the base of the brush to dispense a moderate amount of colored mousse, which you brush onto your hair. It comes out with your next shampoo. In blond, caramel, red, and pink.
Bad hair days, begone! Dove Nourishing Oil Care Detangler does more than simply work out the kinks. Enriched with argan oil, the smoothing ingredient du jour, this featherweight spritz hydrates and makes all hair types (yes, even fine or greasy) more manageable. Use on damp or dry hair.
To buy: $4.75 at drugstores.
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Have you tried an ocean of products but still can’t re-create the rippled look of beachy waves? Goody Heat Wave Creator has a grooved barrel that produces soft, undone curls with next to no effort. Simply wrap small sections of hair around the barrel for about 10 seconds.
If your scalp is greasy, by 4 p.m. you may wish you could wash your wilted hair and start over. Jonathan Product Green Rootine Dry Shampoo is the next best thing. The portable brush-on applicator is packed with oil-absorbing powder for freshening on the go.
You love your freshly colored locks, but after a few days they start to look a hair off: dull, orangey, or not blond enough. Rita Hazan Foaming Color Gloss can fix that. First pick the foam that suits your needs. (The yellow formula boosts gold tones, the clear one enhances shine, and the violet cuts brassiness.) Then apply a pouf’s worth after shampooing in the weeks following a dye job to keep the shade truer longer.
If you want gorgeous curls but can’t wrap your mind around wrestling with a curling iron, check out T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers. They warm up in three minutes and retain heat for up to 20, so you can put them in and go about your business while your style sets—the nonslip clips ensure they stay in place. And they come with a tiny tote for tidy storage.
Shampooing daily may sound like a good habit, but it can sap moisture and make hair dull. It’s best to lather up every other day. Between washes, use Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Dry Shampoo to soak up excess oil, add lift to roots, and give your strands a warm, spicy scent. It sprays on clear, so no powdered-wig effect.
Most flat irons lose heat, and therefore flattening power, with every pass through your hair. Not so with the John Frieda Sleek Finish 1-Inch Straightener. Its frizz-busting ion-infused plates heat to a whopping 455 degrees Fahrenheit in 15 seconds and stay hot until every last strand is in place.
Dread those 45-minute blow-dries? Spray KMS California Free Shape Quick Blow Dry on towel-dried hair and cut your manual labor in half. (Really.) The formula, which includes water-repelling silicone, also softens strands.
If you’re all (burned) thumbs when it comes to using a curling iron, consider the Beachwaver by Sarah Potempa. Just clip the end of a one-inch section of hair, hold the iron vertically, push the Go button, and watch your hair wind into a wave.
Extensions used to be the exclusive domain of salons—or home stylists skilled enough to manage clip-in pieces. Until now. Effortless Extensions, which are available in 26 shades to match most hair colors, come on an invisible band that slides around your crown so you can reach new lengths in seconds.