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Best Hair Products of The Knot's 2020 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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by Shelley Brown
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Shelley Brown
Senior Fashion & Beauty Editor
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in fashion, beauty, jewelry and accessories
  • Shelley writes and edits articles for The Knot magazine, as well as styles the magazine’s fashion and cover shoots
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Shelley was a freelance Digital Editor at Conde Nast’s Lucky Magazine and freelanced for FLAUNT Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Backstage.com and Paste.com
Updated Apr 09, 2021
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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.

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Best Shampoo & Conditioner

Though conditioner tends to get all of the credit, using the best shampoo is actually just as important as using the best conditioner. The catch? The best shampoo and conditioner depend on your hair type, thickness and styling preference. Enter: Prose haircare. An Instagram darling, this bespoke brand creates clean, customized shampoo and conditioner (plus other products) based on your unique hair and styling needs. 

Prose shampoo and conditioner, $25 each, Prose.com

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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. 

Bumble & bumble Bb Hairdresser's Invisible Oil hair oil, $40, Ulta.com

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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. An oldie but a goodie, an effective blend of silk protein and seaweed extract 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.

John Freida Frizz Ease Extra Strength hair serum, $12, Ulta.com

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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, an herbal-scented cream makes strands look defined and shiny without feeling crunchy, and it works whether you're blow-drying with a diffuser, curling or air-drying your strands.

Aveda Be Curly curl enhancer, $26, Nordstrom.com

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Best Leave-In Conditioner

Naturalistas with tighter curls and coils, this one's for you. This leave-in with rice water and avocado oil was made for more porous hair types. It seals in moisture, keeping the frizzies away.

Nancy's Kitchen Miracle Leave-In conditioner, $18, NancysKitchenProducts.co

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Best Hair Mask

Our pick for best hair mask is more intense than your average. This high-tech treatment actually strengthens and relinks the disulfide bonds within your hair, repairing structural damage from heat styling and color processing.

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, $28, Sephora.com

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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 best volumizing hair prodcut. This gravity-defying spray that lifts at the roots and doesn't feel stiff to the touch.

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast styling spray, $29, Ulta.com

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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. And, unlike most other dry shampoos, this one uses natural rice starch and contains zero talc or aluminum (which can be toxic). The best part? It volumizes while absorbing oil.

Amika Perk Up talc-free dry shampoo, $25, Sephora.com

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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—or totally change up— your 'do throughout the day.

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin extra strong hold hairspray, $15, Ulta.com

Alterna My Hair My Canvas Soaring High blowout mist

Best Heat Protectant

This heat protectant and blowout spray hybrid has everything: It shields hair up to 450 degrees, is humidity resistant and adds body. 

Alterna My Hair My Canvas Soaring High blowout mist, $28, Ulta.com


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Best Blow Dryer

To-be-weds 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

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Best Curling Iron

If volume in the form of more traditional curls is your thing, allow us to introduce you to your new BFF. Our pick for best curling iron offers a custom-blend ceramic clip barrel, which creates polished curls or waves in just one pass.

T3 Singlepass Curl 1" curling iron, $160, Sephora.com

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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 dryer and round brush combo will give you "just left the salon" hair in minutes.

Hot Tools Black Gold Charcoal Infused One-Step Blowout hair dryer, $80, Ulta.com

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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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Best Hair Supplement

Real talk: Stress, hormones and poor nutrition affect your hair. Add this potent blend of 15 vitamins to your daily routine for a healthier mane.

Moon Juice SuperHair supplement, $60, Nordstrom.com


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