21 Best Hair Styling Products, According to Experts

Robert Hundley

Amazon

Strong, shiny, and healthy-looking hair is one of the most sought-after goals when it comes to haircare. The fastest way to achieve that? By using the best hair styling products, of course.

Since consistent heat application, dyeing, and everyday styling can take a toll on your strands, it’s important to have the right hair products on hand to keep your locks in tip-top shape.

“When I work with clients, I’m always grateful to see the investment each person makes to have healthy and gorgeous hair,” says Martin-Christopher Harper, celebrity hairstylist and texture expert for Nature Lab. Tokyo.“It really reflects on the care and commitment of not only the client but as their stylist. And they say health is wealth and frankly, good hair is like having the best accessory.”

Fortunately, there are tons of hair styling products available for pretty much every hair concern. Looking to amp up volume for thin hair? There’s a dry shampoo for that. Want to bring your dyed, dry, dull-looking strands back to life? There’s a deep hydration treatment that will work wonders. In need of a product that will nourish and keep your hairstyle in place? There’s a hairspray for that, too.

To help you figure out the best styling products to use, we reached out to a few haircare professionals to learn about their favorite picks. From leave-in conditioners to holding sprays, serums to dry shampoos, these various hair styling products will help you get the gorgeous hair you’ve been dreaming of in no time.

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1

BEST DRY SHAMPOO

Refresh Revitalize Extra Strength Dry Shampoo

“Dry shampoo works great for weave wearers, silk presses, bangs, and short cuts,” says Angela C. Stevens, Emmy award-winning celebrity hairstylist and founder of Conscious Curls. “It works to absorb excess oil,” which can often weigh down your strands. And this pick is an Amazon customer favorite, formulated with nutrient-rich ingredients like argan oil and silk proteins. 

2

BEST HAIR RINSE

Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse

“Apple cider vinegar rinses work to clean debris and buildup,” says Stevens. “It’s a good pre-treatment and can work well for kids.” This rinse also works to soothe the scalp and detox the hair, while repairing damaged follicles. The brand recommends using it twice a week to also help reduce breakage and split ends. 

3

BEST FOR ADDING TEXTURE

Un.done volume & matte texture spray

Amika
www.amazon.com

$25.00

“When it comes to styling fine hair types—a root lifter/volumizer is a must,” says Stevens. Customers also love this spray because it creates body in the hair without feeling sticky or stiff. This dry finishing spray is also crafted for all hair types and creates instant volume and texture for a sexy bedhead look. 

4

Best Leave-In Conditioner

Haircare Miracle Leave-In Product

It’s a 10 Haircare
amazon.com

$14.80

This leave-in conditioner spray has received a 4.7-star rating and over 6,000 rave reviews from Amazon customers. It’s crafted to add shine, detangle, and prevent breakage. Its formula also works to minimize frizz and lock in moisture by sealing the cuticles. “Nothing else untangled my processed aging hair better than this—I’m seeing barely any hair left on my brush, which is a massive plus for me. 

5

BEST FOR COVERING UP ROOTS

Magic Root Cover Up Gray Concealer Spray

L’Oreal Paris
amazon.com

$9.77

Tinted color sprays are quick and easy to use, especially when you’re in need of a root touch-up. This best-selling magic root spray will become your new go-to! It’s designed to cover up gray roots in seconds and its lightweight formula won’t leave behind any sticky residue. Choose the shade that best matches your hair color from the 11 options available. 

6

BEST FOR VOLUME

Vicious Travel Hairspray

Listed as one of Steven’s favorite hairsprays, this pick is another great option to have on hand when styling your hair. Its formula provides a great hold that won’t leave your strands feeling crunchy. Its formula includes amp copolymer, an ingredient that provides heat protection, and pro-vitamin B5, which helps to thicken and build volume in the hair. 

7

BEST FOR HUMIDITY PROTECTION

Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray

“This is a must-have for all hair types,” says Harper. “It creates a barrier between the environment and the style,” he explains. This spray works to combat frizz and humidity, meaning your hair will be protected throughout any climate (cold or high temps). It also includes vitamin E, which nourishes the strands and helps make the hair stronger.  

8

BEST FOR SHINE

Perfect Shine Oil Mist

NatureLab. Tokyo
ulta.com

$17.00

“​​This is my go-to for so many of the textured styles I work with,” says Harper. “I love that this product gives off a brilliance without the weight.” Its key ingredient is platinum fiber, which coats the hair with a platinum-like shine without adding extra weight. It also works to lift the hair’s natural reflective properties to the surface, leaving behind a glossy finish. 

9

BEST FOR DRY SCALPS

Shea Butter Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil

If you frequently wear your hair in protective styles (braids, weaves, wigs), it’s important to oil your strands from time to time, since it becomes harder for the scalp’s natural oils to reach the tucked away hair. This pick is perfect for keeping your scalp and locks nourished. Crafted with shea butter, tea tree, and jojoba oil, it encourages healthy hair growth while conditioning the scalp.

10

BEST HAIRSPRAY

Professional Shaper Plus

Sebastian
amazon.com

$21.00

“One of my favorite hairsprays to work with is this one,” says Dorsey. “I like it because it gives you a billowy and soft finish.” The formula provides 24-hour control that can hold up in high humidity. It also won’t ever leave your hair feeling stiff or crunchy. The brand recommends spraying it on damp hair to build extra body.

11

Blowout Moisture Hair Mask & Deep Treatment Conditioner

Softsheen-Carson
walmart.com

$6.97

“Sometimes, I use this conditioner as a styling agent,” says Dorsey. “It’s great to use in-between washes to add moisture and hydration back into the hair.” The formula is infused with a blend of silk proteins, shea butter, and castor oil. It’s also designed to help strengthen the hair while preventing damage and breakage when using hot tools. 

12

Curl Gloss Hydration & Hold

“This curl gloss is amazing,” says Kendall Dorsey, celebrity hairstylist whose clients include Alicia Keys. “It’s a gloss, but it has a jelly consistency and is super light,” he explains. Formulated with a blend of Brazilian extracts, including passion flower, jicama, and cupuacu, all the ingredients work together to fight humidity and deeply condition for soft and defined curls that hold all day. 

13

Big Powder Play Lite Soft Volumizing & Texturizing Powder

SexyHair
amazon.com

$18.95

This thickening powder can be used on dry hair to give fine, flat hair types a mega boost. You can apply it to the roots or sprinkle it throughout your hair to add body and texture. The formula is also colorless, odorless, and residue-free, making it safe to use on all hair types and colors.

14

Advanced Climate Control Heat and Humidity Gel

“I really like this humidity control gel because you can use it on all textures and in all climates,” says Dorsey. Ouidad upgraded their best-selling gel formula by adding in anti-frizz nano technology to prevent the strands from frizzing up while outside. According to the brand, the gel is designed for curly hair textures and works to seal every strand, lock in moisture, and lockout humidity.

15

Professional Glider

HSI PROFESSIONAL
amazon.com

$46.95

This flat iron is a best seller on Amazon and has over 51,000 5-star ratings. It’s designed with high-quality ceramic plates that feature tourmaline crystal ions that help create a shinier and silky finish. The one-inch plate is also great for straightening bangs and targeting hard-to-reach areas at the back of the head. 

16

Scalp & Body Scrub

Amazon customers love this product for its versatility. You can use it on both your body and scalp to gently exfoliate dead skin cells and debris. It’s formulated with sugar, coconut oil, and a lovely-smelling rose fragrance. “I bought this scrub as a replacement for my very expensive scalp scrub,” wrote one reviewer. “And I might not ever go back. I like the rich texture, gentle fragrance, and it’s a great value in price per oz.”

17

Dream Coat Supernatural Spray

COLOR WOW
amazon.com

$28.00

Designed to treat all types of hair ranging from straight to coily, this spray works like a mini keratin treatment to transform damaged strands. Its ingredients include a unique proprietary anti-humidity complex that helps prevent frizz, add mirror-like shine, and provide heat protection.

18

No 6 Bond Smoother

Olaplex
amazon.com

$28.00

With over 25,000 5-star global ratings, this top-rated hair product deserves a spot in your bathroom cabinet. It’s a leave-in styling cream that reduces frizz (up to 72 hours), hydrates, and protects all hair types. “This bond smoother is my secret weapon,” wrote one satisfied Amazon customer. I have bleached over-processed blonde hair, which is thin and prone to breakage and split ends. This product eliminates all frizz, has strengthened my hair, and prevented breakage from styling.”

19

Nano Tourmaline Ceramic Curling Iron

You read that correctly: This curling iron costs only $21, and you can get it at the drugstore! “This iron has been in my kit for years, and has held up to a ton of abuse,” said Hope Russo, a hairstylist in Mobile, Alabama in a previous interview for Prevention.com. “I love the variable heat settings and the 30-second warm-up time. It’s a steal at the price.”

20

Original Detangler Hair Brush

Wet Brush
amazon.com

$8.98

When it comes to styling your hair, a detangler brush is necessary. And Amazon customers can’t stop writing about this pick, giving it a 4.8-star rating. This brush is designed to gently untangle knots, thanks to its unique soft IntelliFlex bristles. Not only do the bristles glide through the hair easily, but it also massages the scalp while stimulating blood flow, helping to encourage hair growth. The best part? It’s only $8. 

21

Defy Anti-Frizz

These innovative, handy hair wipes from Nexxus are infused with argan oil for instant frizz taming anytime. Customers loved that they were “so small, they could be tucked in a pocket” and “discreetly tamed flyaways during the day.”

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