10 Hair Products That *Actually* Work
We’ve all been there. Plunked in our hair salon chair at the end of our appointment while our stylist buzzes around us, attempting to upsell our shiny new tresses the latest smoothing, volumizing, dry-shampoo-ing miracle spray, cream, you-name-it.
Well, nothing against our beloved hairdressers, but sometimes you just want a product that works. So we turned to our legion of very well-coiffed SwearBy community members for their tips. Here, a few of the best, whether you need to get the brassiness out of your Marilyn-blonde hair or need a dry shampoo that can go the distance.
The Wet Brush
“The flexible bristles gently comb through wet or dry hair without a snag or tug. It does a number delicately brushing through tangles–even severe extension tangles–without ripping at your hair. The little balls also feel nice and massaging on the scalp as you brush roots to ends. The quick-dry base also prevents all that gunky fuzz from building up over time– although I must admit, I’m pretty OCD about cleaning my brush out after almost every use.”—Lindsay Colameo
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
“I have a lot of hair! The Dyson Hair Dryer helps me dry my hair faster and better. Also, this hair dryer lasts! I have had mine for a few years and it is like new (and easy to clean). Prior to buying the Dyson, I had to replace my hairdryer every year. Love how it makes my hair look AND feel. Like I just came from the salon!”—Cheryl Kaplan
Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
“With how much I work out, it is hard to sustain my blowouts and keep my hair healthy. This dry shampoo has been a total hair savor for me! It takes the grease, sweat, and stank out of my hair in seconds, whether I just finished a SoulCycle or Barry’s class where my hair is drenched, or I’m on day 3 of a blowout, it easily adds on two days before I have to wash my hair.”—Tatum Getty
Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
“Damage from styling, heat, and coloring can cause damage to the hair cuticle making it more porous and further susceptible to damage. While traditional conditioners can smooth the cuticle, Olaplex No. 3 treatment contains a unique ingredient called Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate which actually repairs broken bonds in the hair. I color my hair and heat style often, and this product really makes a difference. I also have fine hair and find this product does not weigh my hair down like traditional conditioners and this allows me to style for volume.”—Kelly Dobos
Plaine Products Refillable Shampoo
“During my search for sustainability, I came across this shampoo at a local store. The scent is fantastic and leaves my scalp and hair feeling clean and fresh. The icing on the cake is the ability to return the packaging for a refill. Zero-waste for the win!”—Karla Lint
Amika Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
“Heated paddle brushes have changed my beauty routine for good and this Amika one reigns supreme. You can crank it to 450 degrees, however, I find I get silky, smooth results with way less scorch keeping it around 380 degrees. It’s designed with negative ion technology which helps create that shiny, frizz-free finish with zero static– a problem I have experienced with most other heated brushes. The ceramic bristles gently comb through my waves and smooth them in the process leaving the shiniest, glossiest finish and softest texture. It also takes about 3 minutes total to smooth my entire head of long hair, and for that reason alone I am forever grateful.”—Lindsay Colameo
Kitsch Blush Microfiber Hair Towel
“The design of this hair turban is super convenient and easy to use. I have long, curly hair, and this dries it out fast and easy, and can keep it out of my face when I’m doing my makeup or getting dressed without feeling like I have a million pounds perched on top of my head.”—Caitlin Kimmet
It's A 10 Miracle Leave-in Product
“This one is a life-changer. It’s fairly expensive for a tiny bottle, but these little bottles last longer than you think. This is a de-tangler, hair repair, de-frizzer, protective spray, split end stopper, color enhancer, thermal defense, breakage reducer, silkiness encourager, conditioner all in ONE BOTTLE! It smells great and even helps my unruly hair dry looking less wind-blown/knotty and more beachy.”—Alana Kelly
IGK Mixed Feelings Leave-In Blonde Drops
“No purple shampoo or conditioner has ever come close to this stuff’s ability to keep my blonde light, bright, and not brassy. Even with hard water, all I need is a couple of drops and I’m good to go. I even turned all the platinum blondes at my salon on to it and now they love it too!”—Devon Slauenwhite
Hi! [Insert waving blonde emoji here] I'm a Colorado-based freelance writer, and I'm Niles Crane-level picky about everyyyyything.