The Best Hair Products, According to Our Editors
From shampoos to masks, the staples we swear by.
Published Sep 8, 2017 3:30 PM
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At Domino headquarters, we get the joy of testing out a lot of revolutionary hair products and tools—it’s a tough job, we know…
After a lot of spritzing and spraying, these products below are the hair items we couldn’t possibly live without. They’re all editor tested and editor (very much) approved.
“After years of perfecting it, I have engineered a heatless method for messy, textured curls, and I absolutely swear by sea salt spray. I like the Verb one ($8) right now, but have also sworn by R+Co and Captain Blankenship’s versions. The trick is to air dry clean hair, and then, when it’s about 85 to 90 percent dry, put in the sea salt spray. Don’t be shy—really spritz it around! Then, twist and don’t touch it until it’s totally dry.” —Kristin Limoges, Associate Lifestyle Editor
“My hair used to be a curly, frizzy mess, but just a few drops of this Shu Uemera Essenece Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil ($26), and it’s silky smooth, even after aggressive brushing and blow drying. It’s also an amazing overnight protective mask, and is great to give your hair some TLC.” —Nikhita Mahtani, Digital Editor
“Does a towel count? Because Aquis Essential Waffle Hair Towel ($35) was the best Christmas gift ever. It doesn’t weigh my hair down like normal towels and absorbs water faster, so my air dry time is significantly less.” —Tracy Cho, Executive Director of Marketing, Growth, and Analytics
“This R+Co Dry Shampoo Paste ($28) is my daily go-to hero in a jar—it’s an all-in-one dry shampoo, texturizer, volumizer, and styling paste. It gives you an instant boost, smells amazing, and keeps you looking and feeling good all day. Basically, it’s also a great boyfriend alternative.” —Elaina Sullivan, Style Editor
“Kuikui nut oil honestly changes my hair. I get so frizzy, but I don’t like to use products. I discovered it because my sister had a kuikui spray and I tried it once. But for someone who doesn’t like to use products, this shampoo ($9) honestly has people asking if I got my hair done after I use it.” —Rachel Besser, Market Editor
“These are the only two things I ever apply to my hair: Bumble & Bumble Surf Infusion ($17) for beachy waves, and Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer ($400) for a chic blowout. The Surf Infusion is a combination of oil and a salt spray, so it doesn’t dry out your hair (aka, no crunchiness). And Dyson’s dryer is the best of the best of the best—I never feel like I’m damaging my hair, which is super important.” —Alyssa Clough, Social Media Editor
“Loove Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo ($46) for sunny summer hair all year. Also, the pink bottle in my shower makes me happy.” —Jessica Romm Perez, Editor-in-Chief
“Bumble & Bumble Pret A Powder ($13) is the BFF of every lady with bangs. The powder lets you skip the not-so-eco-friendly aerosol route. It blends in well for brunettes too, and this travel size fits in my bag wherever I go.” —Alex Redgrave, Executive Editor
“This IGK hydrating conditioning balm ($29) is changing the game for me—it’s making my curls more defined, and my hair feeling silky smooth.” —Lahaina Alcantara, Digital Photo Editor
“I have used this Karite Intense Nourishing Mask ($48) for as long as I can remember. It seriously smells so good and leaves my hair looking amazing. When my husband and I went on our first date, we were driving down the CA coast, and I could smell the fresh sea air and the herbal scent of this product. It’s so good.” —Kate Berry, Style Director