2017 Beauty Awards: Hair

Whether you’re going with a chic chignon, boho braid or cascading curls, these are the products you can trust to lock in your best hair day ever.
by Katie Livanos
2017 Beauty Awards: Hair

Best Frizz Fighter 

The Knot's pick for best frizz fighter is the Bumble and bumble, Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV protective primer
photo by Bumble and bumble

Outdoor wedding? Humid honeymoon at the beach? This mighty mist infused with six lightweight oils works to detangle, de-frizz and protect even the wildest strands from the elements, making it your new best friend. 

Editor's Note: "This product feels very light (not oily at all), and kept my hair sleek and smooth. I used it before blow-drying my hair and it looked great for two days—no frizz at all." —Kelly Rowland, Assitant Managing Editor, The Studio @ XO 

Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV protective primer, $28,BumbleandBumble.com


Best Dry Shampoo

The Knot's pick for dry shampoo is the Verb Dry shampoo
photo by Verb

Most dry shampoos are aerosol sprays that can leave a sticky residue. This one is a fine, non-whitening powder dispensed through a narrow nozzle, which allows you to apply it right at your roots to absorb excess oil and add volume—without the mess. 

Editor's Note: "I've always been vary wary of dry shampoos that don't come in an aerosol can, but this was so easy to use, and not only did it get the oil out of my hair,  it also added volume (which I desperately need for my second-day hair!)." —Liz Smith, Project Manager, The Studio @ XO

Verb Dry shampoo, $14, VerbProducts.com


Best Shampoo + Conditioner 

The Knot's top pick for best shampoo and conditioner is Brilliance & Shine
photo by Brilliance & Shine
The Knot's pick for best shampoo and conditioner is Brilliance & Shine
photo by Brilliance & Shine

For that just-left-the-salon shine, this luxe duo delivers pearl proteins during cleansing and sunflower-seed extract when conditioning for a gorgeous, glossy sheen.

Editor's Note: "This luxe combo leaves hair silky and soft. I could go two days without washing my hair or using dry shampoo afterward and it stayed smooth and grease free."—Jessica Molinari, Social Editor

Oribe Brilliance & Shine shampoo, $49, conditioner, $52, Oribe.com 


Budget Pick: Best Volumizer

The Knot's pick for best volumizer is the Nexxus Comb Thru finishing mist
photo by Nexxus

If you’re not a huge fan of hair spray, this is a great alternative for providing a bit of hold while also boosting body. (And we’re talking real va-va-voom volume.) 

Editor's Note: "After spraying it, I combed my fingers in my hair to work it through, and I had noticeably more volume for the rest of the day." —Kristen Maxwell Cooper, Executive Editor

Nexxus Comb Thru finishing mist, $13, Nexxus.com


Best Texturizer 

The Knot pick for best texturizer is the Amika Un.Done texture spray
photo by Amika

There’s a reason hairstylists tell you not to have freshly washed hair when you want an updo: The texture of lived-in locks is more responsive to styling. This finishing spray gives you that same optimal grip, without the oily feel. 

Editor's Note: "I've never used texturizer before, but now I'm sold. I have a wavy texture to my hair that always falls flat, but using this really added volume and made my waves look touseled and fresh. Even a day after washing my hair, it didn't make it feel oily, which is what usually happens after loading my roots with product. Oh, and I love that the brand doesn't test on animals!"—Andie Fowler, Assistant Editor

Amika Un.Done texture spray, $24, LoveAmika.com


Readers' Choice: Best Hair Spray  

The Knot top pick for hairspray is the Pantene Airspray Flexible Hold hair spray
photo by Pantene

The alcohol-free formula of this aerosol hair spray sets your style in place, but is flexible enough to allow for adjustments, should you decide to change it up with a new ’do after your ceremony.

Pantene Airspray Flexible Hold hair spray, $7, Pantene.com 


Best Curling Iron

The Knot pick for best curler is the Beachwaver Pro
photo by Beachwaver

Perfect for wedding-related events where you don’t have a glam team on hand, this automatic curling iron rotates according to the side you’re styling to create polished waves. 

Beachwaver Pro 1.25, $199, Beachwaver.com


Best Hair Dryer

The Knot pick for the best hair dryer is the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer
photo by Dyson

The Rolls-Royce of hair dryers, this compact tool has a small but mighty motor that’s light enough to be housed inside its handle. Its innovative heat control and airflow settings mean even those of us with unruly manes get a faster, smoother blowout.

Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, $400, Dyson.com


Best Styling Wand

The Knot pick for best styling wand is the T3 Whirl Trio interchangeable styling wand
photo by T3

Spiral curls for the shower, beachy waves for the bachelorette and old-Hollywood hair for the rehearsal dinner—all created with this magic wand that comes with three interchangeable barrels of varying shapes and sizes. 

T3 Whirl Trio interchangeable styling wand, $270, T3Micro.com


Best Flat Iron

The Knot pick for best flat iron is the ghd Platinum styler
photo by ghd

This sleek styler can be used for both pin-straight strands and loose, undone waves. By spreading heat evenly across its plates at an optimal temperature (anything above 365 degrees is too hot), hair can be manipulated—with minimal damage in one quick, snag-free pass.

ghd Platinum styler, $249, GHDHair.com

Check out more of The Knot 2017 Beauty Awards winners here

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