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SARAH POTEMPA WRAP-UP
Zoë Ruderman, Deputy Style & Beauty Director: Since I wear buns more frequently than Jennifer Lopez and Lauren Conrad combined, I’m a sucker for anything that ups my updo game. I mastered this little thing in just a few tries and it gives me buns even J.Lo would be jealous of (well, not those buns).
Buy It! joyus.com, $12
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Zoë: Ah, Pantene, the conditioner against which I’ll always measure all other conditioners. It gets even the gnarliest tangles out, doesn’t weigh down my fine hair and is affordable. I first tried the conditioner in middle school and the two of us are still going strong – it’ll probably be the longest hair product relationship I ever have.
Buy It! amazon.com, $7.53
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THE WET BRUSH
Brittany Talarico, Associate Style Editor: If I don’t brush my hair as soon as I get out of the shower, it turns into a total knot fest (the drawback to having really, really long hair). I’d been using a basic comb until this magic detangling tool came into my life. Thanks to the thin flexible bristles, it takes less than 20 seconds (I’m not exaggerating) to brush out my entire head. Plus, it works wonders on salty, right-out-of-the-ocean strands, so you might want to get one for your beach bag too.
Buy It! hairenvy.com $8.98
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SALLY HERSHBERGER 3-IN-1 VOLUMIZING SPRAY
Brittany: I originally learned about this stuff straight from the source, at the Sally Hershberger salon, and by the time they finished telling me it’s a volumizer, light-hold hair spray and a dry shampoo, I already had my credit card out. The secret ingredient is caffeine, which apparently is a pick-me-up for your hair, too. I love that it’s not powdery so you won’t get that chalky feeling some sprays leave behind.
Buy It! sallyhershberger.com, $12.99
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PHYLIA DE M.
Andrea Lavinthal, Style & Beauty Director: I first read about this new organic haircare line in Vogue, where it was called “nothing short of transformative.” Intrigued, I got my hands on the three-step regimen – Clean, Condition and Connect, the MVP leave-in treatment – and was floored by how soft and shiny my hair felt after just one use. I’ve been using the trio faithfully for three months and I swear there’s less hair in the shower drain.
Buy It! phylia.com, $130
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DOVE PURE CARE DRY OIL
Andrea: Between my highlight addiction and constant curling iron usage, my ends split faster than I can trim them off. A few drops of this lightweight oil hides the damage and tames all those annoying frizzy flyaway pieces.
Buy It! drugstore.com, $11.19
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MIZANI SUPREME OIL SHAMPOO
Jackie Fields, Writer-Reporter: True story: I once got beauty advice from Nicki Minaj. (No, it wasn’t about which bubble-gum-pink lipstick to try.) While Nicki famously wears wigs, she told me, “I don’t neglect my real hair, I take care of it the same way a normal woman does.” And this is what she uses to make her hair “really, really soft – and on top of that it smells like heaven.” Having listened to Miss Minaj’s gospel, I can attest personally to both.
Buy It! ulta.com, $16.50
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LEA JOURNO OIL
Jackie: While everyone’s obsessing over coconut oil, I’m over here getting into another kind of oil: French plum seed. I was initially hesitant to invest in this tiny bottle, but I’m glad I splurged because it’s done wonders for moisturizing and dealing with my curls. And since a little of this luxe oil (applied with an eye dropper) goes a very long way, I don’t have to feel guilty about my purchase.
Buy It! sephora.com, $65
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KéRASTASE CRISTALLISTE LUMIÈRE LIQUIDE
Bronwyn Barnes, Senior Editor: In the past I was never faithful to any one stylist, but I swore allegiance to Gregory at the Mark Garrison Salon after he introduced me to this shine serum. It smoothes and moisturizes without weighing down my fine hair or making my roots look greasy, which is nothing short of a miracle. Sure it’s pricey, but it only takes a few drops to get the desired effect so I figure it’s a very cost-effective product.
Buy It! kerastase-usa.com, $42
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SUAVE PROFESSIONALS DRY SHAMPOO SPRAY
Bronwyn: This isn’t just for dirty hair. Not only does the spray refresh my second- (and – fine, I’ll admit it – third-) day hair with oil-absorbing mineral clay and a fruity scent, but it also adds volume and texture right after a wash. Plus, it sprays on clear and, unlike dry shampoos from other (way more expensive) brands, doesn’t leave an icky build-up on my scalp.
Buy It! soap.com, $3.99
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Alex Apatoff, Style News Editor: As style editors, we get to sample tons of fancy-schmancy beauty products. So the true test is whether I’d buy something when the sample runs out. I’ve got a very short list, but on it is this awesome shampoo. It’s free of parabens and sulfates, so it doesn’t damage my curls, but it’s incredibly rich, lathers like crazy and my hair feels clean (but not stripped and squeaky) when I’m done. I’ll be shelling out for this until the end of time.
Buy It! beautycounter.com, $20
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BIG SEXY HAIR WEATHER PROOF SPRAY
Alex: Humidity is the enemy of any curly-haired girl, and short of moving to the desert, there’s not much I can do about it. But I do have one secret weapon in my arsenal: this miracle-working hair spray that isn’t sticky, crunchy or flaky but still fights frizz like no other. It smells like hair spray, so I don’t use it every day, but when I look at the weather forecast and see anything above a 20% chance of rain, I reach for this and know I’m covered.
Buy It! sexyhair.com, $18.95