Best Hair Products of The Knot's 2019 Beauty Awards

Whether you’re rocking your natural texture or going for an elaborate updo, these are the best hair products and the best hair tools you can trust to give you the best hair day ever.
by Shelley Brown
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No matter your wedding vision, getting the gorgeous wedding hair you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest or Instagram requires love and devotion—as well as a little bit of help from the best hair products for your hair type. We all know that washing, blow-drying, and heat-styling on a daily basis can make for a head full of split ends, lifeless strands and annoying "wispies" (those little broken pieces of hair that stick up from your scalp). Similar to sticking with a solid pre-wedding skin care routine in the months leading up to your day, investing in an arsenal of the best hair products for your hair type can help repair damage, revive dull color and enhance your natural hair texture, leaving you with more luscious-looking locks for your nuptials and all of the events surrounding it. Below, our editor-approved products for every hair type and budget—and the best hair tools for DIY ‘dos.

  1. Best Shampoo

    Best Shampoo

    Though conditioner tends to get all of the credit, using the best shampoo is actually just as important as using the best conditioner. This one is a total steal, works for most hair types and leaves your scalp feeling clean and hydrated.

    Dove Beauty Intensive Repair twin pack shampoo and conditioner, $6, Target.com

  2. Best Conditioner

    Best Conditioner

    Finding the best conditioner is all about balance: It should moisturize your mane without leaving behind a greasy residue or weighing it down. This drugstore gem is under $5 a bottle and leaves your hair  feeling soft and looking gorgeous and glossy— what’s not to love?

    Dove Beauty Intensive Repair twin pack shampoo and conditioner, $6, Target.com

  3. Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

    Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

    Attention: We found the curly hair holy grail. The best shampoo for curly hair our beauty editors have ever used, this combo of avocado and almond-based ingredients detangles curls without stripping your hair of its natural oils.

    Design Essentials natural almond & avocado moisturizing & detangling sulfate-free shampoo, $12, Ulta.com;

  4. Best Conditioner for Curly Hair

    Best Conditioner for Curly Hair

    Bottom line: The best conditioner for curly hair is has to be super moisturizing. Why? Curly hair requires more moisture than other textures because the coil structure of the strand doesn'’t properly allow the scalp’s natural oil to penetrate the hair shaft. This luxurious conditioner uses the hydrating power of almond, avocado and shea butter to leave hair free of frizz and breakage.

    Design Essentials almond & avocado moisturizing & detangling conditioner, $13, Ulta.com

  5. Best Hair Oil

    Best Hair Oil

    If you have coarse hair, curly hair or dry hair, our choice for best hair oil is a must-try. Work one to two drops of this liquid gold through towel-dried hair to add intense moisture and condition split ends. Another plus? It won’t weigh down curly hair or make it feel greasy to the touch.

    Moroccanoil treatment, $34, Sephora.com

  6. Best Frizz Control

    Best Frizz Control 

    Even if you don’t have curly hair, it’s a good idea to have the best frizz control product on hand to protect your hairstyle from humidity and sweat. Just a dab tames unruly locks, smooths flyaways and gives subtle texture whether you blow dry or air dry your hair. The best part? It’s versatile enough to work for the guys too.

    Bumble and Bumble grooming creme, $31, Sephora.com

  7. Best Curly Hair Product

    Best Curly Hair Product

    You can’t go au naturel for your nuptials without the best curly hair product to show off your curls to the fullest extent. Whether your have kinky hair, curly hair or wavy hair, this cream will stave off frizz and give your ’do voluminous oomph and shine.

    SheaMoisture coconut & hibiscus curl enhancing Smoothie, $8, Ulta.com 

  8. Best Hair Mask

    Best Hair Mask

    Our pick for best hair mask is also the first one ever invented. This treatment was developed for none other than Audrey Hepburn in 1974—and it remains a best-seller for good reason. Apply before shampooing to restore color treated or otherwise damaged hair.

    Philip Kingsley Elasticizer pre-shampoo treatment, $42, NET-A-PORTER.com

  9. Best Volumizing Hair Product

    Best Volumizing Hair Product

    Forget everything you think you know about mousse—because the best volumizing hair product just happens to be one. Work a dollop of this lightweight formula from roots to ends to give fine hair a bouncy boost without leaving it crunchy.

    Drybar Southern Belle volume-boosting mousse, $26, Sephora.com

  10. Best Dry Shampoo

    Best Dry Shampoo

    Your wedding is no time for oily hair, so having the best dry shampoo on hand is essential. Spray on roots to absorb oils and product buildup, and keep hair looking fresh from your first look to your morning- after brunch—sans any white residue.

    SPACE.NK.apothecary Oribe Gold Lust dry shampoo, from $22, Nordstrom.com  

  11. Best Hairspray

    Best Hairspray

    The best hairspray for your wedding day (and the events surrounding it) should lock your hairstyle into place without making your hair feel stiff or sticky. If you feel like switching up your look midway through your celebration, this hairspray has strong hold that will last for hours, but is flexible enough to allow you to adjust your ’do throughout the day.

    Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Spray & Stay intense hold hairspray, $19, Ulta.com

  12. Best Blow Dryer

    Best Blow Dryer

    Brides with thick hair, rejoice. Our pick for the best hair dryer is pricey, but worth every darn penny. It’s super powerful, light as a feather, never singes your scalp and will dramatically cut down your drying time.

    Dyson Supersonic hair dryer, $399, Sephora.com

  13. Best Curling Iron

    Best Curling Iron

    Say goodbye to overworked arms— the best curling iron for more traditional curls does the heavy-lifting for you. With the push of a button, this curling iron rotates either clockwise or counter- clockwise for perfectly even curls.

    Beachwaver Co. Beachwaver Pro adorned with Swarovski crystals, $239, Beachwaver.com

  14. Best Curling Wand

    Best Curling Wand

    This trio of pretty barrels makes up the best curling wand for defined waves. It comes with interchangeable curling wands for tight, medium and loose waves and is made of tourmaline and ceramic, so it won’t damage your hair,

    T3 Whirl Trio interchangeable styling wand set, $300, Sephora.com

  15. Best Blow Dry Brush

    Best Blow Dry Brush

    The best blow dry brush gives you the best of both worlds: faster drying time and volume. Even if your at-home blowout game isn’t on point—don’t stress. This easy-to-use dryer and round brush combo will give you “just left the salon” hair in minutes.

    Revlon one-step volumizer hair dryer, $60, Ulta.com

  16. Best Flat Iron

    Best Flat Iron

    One of the smartest hair tools we’ve ever met, our pick for best flat iron uses sensors to gauge your hair’s thickness and the speed at which you’re styling, and adjusts its heat settings accordingly. Our minds are blown.

    GHD Platinum+ Professional Performance 1" Styler Festival Collection, $249, Sephora.com

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