The Hair Products That Won Our 2021 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.
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Maddy Sims
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  • Maddy writes for The Knot, with a specialty in beauty, sustainability, mental health and inclusivity.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Maddy wrote for several different publications, including Insider, Bustle, Real Simple and Apartment Therapy.
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Updated Aug 31, 2021
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No matter your wedding vision, getting gorgeous wedding hair (like those styles you've been eyeing on Pinterest and 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 often can cause a head full of split ends, dull strands and annoying "wispies" (those little broken pieces of hair that stick up from your hairline). 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, find our editor-approved products for every hair type and budget—and the best hair tools for any DIY 'dos you'll be rocking at your prewedding parties.

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Best Shampoo & Conditioner

You don't have to spend a fortune for quality shampoo and conditioner. This smoothing duo contains nourishing ingredients like vitamin E (an antioxidant that helps protect your strands from free radicals) and shea butter (a plant extract that seals in moisture) to hydrate your hair and give it a glossy finish. After just one wash you'll notice your hair is silky smooth and unbelievably shiny.

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Best Curly Shampoo & Conditioner

If you have curly hair, we know wash day can be a bit of an ordeal. Get all the build-up off your scalp and strands with this dreamy duo. They're formulated with invigorating peppermint oil and calming lavender oil to cleanse hair while replenishing moisture and restoring shine. The best part? They work for all curl types, from wavy twos to coily fours.

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Best Scalp Treatment

Scalp care is the new skin care. This innovative serum contains peppermint oil and a patented blend of botanicals to soothe your scalp. The cooling, buildable formula can fix dryness and itchiness in just 15 minutes. And, when used consistently, it can promote a healthier, flake-free scalp in 28 days. But our favorite thing about this serum? It can be used with any hair type (fine, thick, straight or curly) and style (down styles, updos and protective hairstyles).

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Best Hair Oil

When it comes to hydrated, shiny locks, hair oil is your secret weapon. But you don't want one that's too heavy and weighs your hair down. We recommend Gisou's lightweight but nourishing formula, which is infused with Mirsalehi honey (harvested sustainably from founder Negin Mirsalehi's family bee farm). The powerhouse ingredient is rich in minerals, vitamins, amino acids and antioxidants to protect and repair your strands. Run some of this liquid gold through your hair for shiny, silky smooth (but never greasy) hair.

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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. Thanks to patented bond-building technology, this leave-in treatment instantly adds and locks in moisture and strengthens your strands to eliminate any unwanted frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours.

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Best Curl Enhancer

Curly hair is a huge category: It covers everything from level-two waves to level-four coils. And while most curl products work for certain textures but not others, Bread's curl cream is a dream for every kind of curl. The rich, buttery formula glides onto strands without weighing them down to create smooth, frizz-free curls that last (but don't feel crunchy). Plus, it smells amazing.

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Best Hair Treatment

Want to give your hair a quick boost right before your festivities? Pick up this 60-second treatment, which is packed with hero ingredients like flaxseed, amino acids and antioxidants. Together, they instantly seal your cuticles and deliver hydration to give you soft, glossy strands—no matter your hair type.

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Best Hair Mask

Given all the heat styling associated with weddings and prewedding parties, hydrating your hair is key. This rich deep-conditioning treatment restores elasticity, moisture and shine with its botanical-infused formula. It contains nourishing ingredients like cupuacu butter and pistachio oil in addition to cinnamon and turmeric, which help support scalp health and hair growth. The end result? Longer, stronger, healthier hair.

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Best Volumizing Hair Product

If your strands are fine or on the thinner side, we've got you covered with our pick for the best volumizing hair product. This gravity-defying spray that lifts at the roots, doesn't feel stiff to the touch and smells absolutely amazing.

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Best Dry Shampoo

Nobody wants oily hair at their wedding, so having the best dry shampoo on hand is essential. Applying this product onto your roots will absorb oils and sweat and keep your hair looking fresh from your first look to your morning-after brunch—sans any smelly aerosol. Unlike most other dry shampoos, this one uses natural rice and tapioca starches and contains zero talc or aluminum (which can be toxic). The best part? It volumizes while absorbing oil.

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Best Hairspray

Say goodbye to aerosol hairsprays of the past and hello to a brand new product. This non-aerosol hairspray is infused with vegan collagen and hemp seed oil to add hydration while also giving you medium to strong hold so your hair feels supported, soft and healthy—but never crunchy.

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Best Heat Protectant

This structure spray wins best heat protectant because it's an impressive multi-tasker. It primes your hair for any hot tools, adding structure and hold for long-lasting styles. Not only does the mist-to-mousse formula add volume, it also allows you to see exactly where you've applied so you know you're protected (don't worry—it dissolves with heat styling). The best part? Your delicate strands are fully protected up to 450 degrees, saving you from any dryness or breakage.

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Best Hair Brush

Get the best of both worlds with this hairbrush. It's made with flexible nylon bristles as well as vegan boar-style bristles to help gently detangle your tresses while evenly distributing your natural hair oil for soft, shiny hair.

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Best Blow Dryer

There's a reason this hot tool is a back-to-back winner. 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. Plus, it'll make your hair impossibly glossy.

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Best Curling Iron

If you've been dreaming of a curly hairstyle for your wedding or prewedding parties, allow us to introduce you to your new BFF. Our pick for best curling iron is a smart tool that's completely personalized. It has a high-tech smart-touch interface as well as HeadID technology, which adjusts heat settings to your unique needs based on hair texture, color and chemical treatments for smooth, long-lasting curls—without any of the damage. Our minds are blown.

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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 hot tool—with its volumizing oval barrel, adjustable heat setting and combination of detangling long bristles and short shine-inducing bristles—will give you just-left-the-salon hair in minutes.

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Best Flat Iron

Get ready for the ultimate game changer. Our pick for the best flat iron takes all of the work out of straightening your tresses. It's pre-set to 365 degrees, a safe but still incredibly efficient temperature to minimize any damage or breakage. Additionally, it has wide two-inch places that have sensors to ensure consistent heat distribution. With this powerhouse tool, you can get sleek, straight hair in just minutes.

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Best Hair Supplement

Real talk: Stress, hormones, genetics and nutrition affect your hair. We're fans of this plant-based, two-step system that's customized for your unique hair profile. The supplements use clinically-proven natural ingredients, are free of drug ingredients, hormone disruptors and synthetic additives. Plus, they're toxicologist- and dermatologist-approved.

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Best Hair Growth Stimulator

While no store-bought product will be able to produce results like those from a doctor's office, they can help. Our pick for best hair growth stimulator is developed by Danish hair loss clinic Harklinikken and contains a blend of plant-based extracts and proteins, fatty acids, and cow milk-derived elements (yes, really) that's custom made for you to promote a healthier scalp and longer, stronger, shinier hair.

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