HAIR

You, the readers, cast votes for your beloved hair products in March to determine the Readers' Choice winners below. A second type of award for each category -- Rising Star Editors' Pick -- was based on months of testing done by our editors on new-to-the-market products. And now, on to the winners ...

Other award categories:
Makeup | Face & Body

 

Blow Dryer

Infiniti by Conair Professional Tourmaline Ionic Styler

"One of my very favorite hair dryers, it lives up to its claims and is a very good value for the money." -- smokeysmom

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Remington T|Studio Pearl Ceramic Professional AC Hair Dryer

Adios poufy hair. With its multiple speed and heat settings, this dryer truly adds shine as you blow dry for sleek, frizz-free hair. 

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Conditioner

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Conditioner

"If you want highly conditioned hair without the weight, if you crave shine and gloss … this is the product for you." -- Woostergraph

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Bed Head Styleshots Hi-Def Curls Conditioner

Pair a yummy candy scent with rich, yet lightweight hydrating ingredients and you've got a genius conditioner that produces tight, frizz-free curls. See ya, fro.

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Curling Tool

Conair Instant Heat 3/4" Curling Iron

"I have used this curling iron for years and LOVE it! Heats up quickly and you can change the setting easily, which makes styling 10 [times] faster." -- DancenDiva

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Remington T Studio Pearl Ceramic Professional Styling Wand

This quick-to-heat-up iron creates perfectly smooth curls that last. The ceramic wand prevents frizz and leaves your hair feeling healthy -- not fried.

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Deep Conditioner

Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner

"This conditioner is really thick and great at getting the tangles out. I love that it only needs to sit on your hair for three minutes." -- ladyboarder9669

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Shu Uemura Shusu Sleek Smoothing Treatment

This softened and tamed our seriously unruly hair and the smell was … amazing. It succeeded where so many others in the saturated "sleek" category have failed.

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Gel

Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Root Lifter Spray Gel

"This is the perfect hair product for every day use. It gives me lift when I blow dry my hair and gives just enough body if I straighten or add a slight curl." -- Thome

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Matrix Design Pulse Rock 'N Hold Hard Hold Gel

Going for a trendy slicked-back look? This should be your styling weapon of choice. Doesn't flake. Holds for days.

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Hair Color

Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme

"The color is very nourishing and leaves your hair absolutely perfect. It's so easy to use and the aftercare conditioner is the best." -- Bon_Bon

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L'Oreal Paris Sublime Mousse by Healthy Look

2011, the year of foaming hair color. This formula evenly distributes color by way of a micro-aerated technology and doesn't require aggressive shaking thanks to the foaming bottle that's a snap to use.

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Hair Tool

Goody Ouchless Elastics

"I like these hair bands more than any other brand. [They don't] get caught in my hair and they're extremely durable." -- volta

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Bombshell Small Foundation

Instant red-carpet updo with no need for a second pair of hands. Look like a celebrity with this simply brilliant accessory.

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Hair/Scalp Treatment

Biosilk Silk Therapy

"If you apply it to damp hair, it smells great all day and maintains shine until your next shampoo. [And] it smoothes down flyaways." -- connie_marie

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Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment

This miracle-in-a-tube instantly hydrates straw-like hair in five minutes. The transformation is comparable to going to a salon -- if not better.

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Hairspray

Tresemmé Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray

"I spray this in my hair before I attack it with a straightening iron and it delivers every time. It makes my hair shiny and soft and cuts down on damage." -- Isis04

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Pureology Colour Stylist Fortifying Heat Spray

Have a love/hate relationship with hot styling tools? This thermo-protective spray provides up to 400 degrees of protection and plays well with other products.

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Mousse

Tresemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse

"It made my fine hair feel twice as thick! The volume lasted nearly all day -- a major feat for my hair. I'll continue to buy this product." -- amygab1126

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John Frieda Full Repair Protecting Root Lift Foam

Though it initially felt like I was covering my head with foaming hand soap, I loved how my hair looked and felt after blow drying. Plenty of volume and -- gasp! -- extra softness, not something you normally get with mousse.

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Pomade/Wax

Sebastian Microweb Fiber

"After rubbing this product through my pixie cut, I was able to mold, stretch, and otherwise arrange my hair, bringing it to life." -- teshie

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L'Oreal Professionnel Texture Expert Lumi Controle

The new and improved formula is perfect for frizz-free sculpting. It also packs a punch of shine and doesn't feel like glue -- always a bonus.

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Shampoo

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo

"This makes your scalp and hair feel SO clean, and it leaves your hair feeling just right, with no over-drying." -- 1955Nurse

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Got2b Rockin' It Dry Shampoo

No other drugstore dry shampoo has worked as effectively as this one for getting rid of oily roots -- and keeping them away. Works on dark hair too -- bonus!

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Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair

Redken Color Extend Shampoo

"Not only do I recommend this to my clients with colored hair, I use it myself. It changes dull, muddy-looking color into a shinier and more vibrant shade." -- lesa6353

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Aveeno Living Color Color Preserving Shampoo for Medium-Thick Hair

Cleanses hair without stripping color while smoothing frizz-prone medium-thick hair -- all for well under $10. Yes, it lathers and no, it doesn't contain parabens.

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Shine Serum/Spray

Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum

"All silicone serums totally wish they were super skinny. It makes your hair shine, keeps it smooth, and makes blow drying and flat ironing a total breeze!" -- corizotti

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CHI Farouk Royal Treatment Rapid Shine

This lightweight spray pumps life into washed-two-days-ago dull hair without weighing it down. The nice scent helps, too.

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Straightening Iron

CHI Turbo Digital Microchip Ceramic Hairstyling Iron

"It lasts a long time, won't damage your hair as much because of the ceramic [plates], and boy does it straighten your hair." -- RavenLoudspeakr

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Cricket Friction Free Mini Flat Iron

This iron is fantastic for traveling; it's teeny and heats up super-quick. Ideal for straightening small sections of hair, like bangs and face-framing layers.

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Styling Cream

TIGI Bed Head After-PartySmoothing Cream

"It adds life to my dry hair and is great when I am having a bad hair day. This formula adds texture to hair and reduces frizz." -- Stef42678

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Tigi Rockaholic Rock My World Stellar Smoothing Cream

A dime-sized dollop of this cream can smooth a whole head of thick, frizzy hair while protecting it from heat-styling damage. A multitasker, indeed.

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