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Fine or thick, straight or curly, color-treated or mature, there is thankfully a vast marketplace of the best hair care products to leave any hair type with a good hair day. It’s time to put your best mane forward!
Vogue editors know firsthand the power of a mood-boosting, confidence-evoking hairdo that leaves you ready to take on the day. Whether it’s that hair dryer that delivers a frizz-free blowout, those braids that make summertime hair care easy, or the thickening treatment that adds volume and fullness, discovering the right products for you makes all the difference. Like most other beauty topics, hair maintenance is insanely personal.
Alas, we tapped 15 editors to detail their holy-grail hair-care products. Read on to discover our must-haves and perhaps a new edition to your regimen.
Chioma Nnadi, Editor of Vogue.com
Hair type: My hair is curly and dense, with tightly wound curls that give quite a bit of volume. It tends dry and requires a lot of moisturizing to prevent breakage.
I live for a good curl cream since I wear my natural curls most of the time if my hair isn’t in braids. My hair tends to get very dry, especially at the ends, so I’m always on the hunt for products that moisturize quickly and effectively. Lately, I’ve also been on a quest to eliminate synthetic fragrances from my beauty routine, which is surprisingly hard when it comes to hair products. I recently discovered this brand called 2 Girls With Curls. It was founded by two friends who met while working at Whole Foods. All the product is made in small batches without toxins, synthetic fragrances, or chemicals. The hair lotion and styling cream both smell divine and are all naturally scented—I’m going to try their conditioners next. I also like Ouai’s fragrance-free curl cream formula. It’s light enough to use on a daily basis while still getting the job done.
2 Girls with Curls Styling Bundle, Hair Lotion and Styling Cream
Ouai Curl Crème Fragrance Free
Clarissa Schmidt, Commerce Producer
Hair type: My hair is thin, straight with a subtle wave.
Over the years, my natural waves have fallen and thinned quite quickly, so I’m left with straight hair that swings on the thin, finer end of the spectrum. I’ve put many products to the test in hopes that I achieve a fuller, thicker head, and Living Proof’s Full shampoo has never led me astray. I love the way my hair feels, smells, and looks after every shower—I receive compliments nearly every time I rush out the door! For finishing touches, I swear by my favorite ceramic brush for a quick at-home blowout, and when I need to just toss it up at the end of the day, I’m always reaching for a damage-free silk scrunchie from Intimissimi. Crease and frizz, be gone!
Living Proof Full Shampoo
Osensia Professional Ceramic Round Brush
Intimissimi Silk Scrunchie Hair Elastic
Lauren Valenti, Senior Beauty Editor
Hair type: I have a thick, dirty blonde mane of 3B curls that are color-treated and must be handled with care.
Look, I’m a broken record at this point, but using the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer with its diffuser attachment is a game-changer for volume and curl pattern definition. Trust me on this! Ever since I began overhauling my scalp health with Act and Acre’s Scalp Detox oil treatment, my scalp has become smoother and more supple. What’s more: My mane of curls is noticeably thicker and springier. To ensure my curls are sprightly and never weighed down, I take a less-is-more approach to styling products always. That’s one reason I’ve loved Oribe’s curl control cream for years. The littlest bit goes a long way for keeping my curls hydrated, defined (yes, even on a humid summer’s day), and silky to the touch.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox
Oribe Curl Control Silkening Crème
Lilah Ramzi, Commerce Editor
Hair type: My hair is incredibly thick, wavy, pouf-prone, Middle Eastern hair.
I curl my hair with a straightener. Let me explain: I’m half Middle Eastern, Lebanese to be exact, and I inherited a thick head of unrelenting, wavy hair. I’ve been told by several stylists that there’s enough hair on my head for four people. I say this to emphasize how out of the question blow drying my hair is. Even the most beloved dryers will take half an hour—and that’s just to dry; styling is a whole other matter. I don’t own a blow dryer. What I do own is a hair straightener, the Dyson Corrale. I wash my hair at night and let my hair air dry for about 12 hours before taking the Corrale to my hair and twisting it down locks to create a shiny, frizz-free, bouncy curl. The beauty of the tool is that I only pass through my hair once, and within 25 minutes, I have a head full of luscious curls that last me until my next wash. I discovered this straightener-as-a-curler-hack in high school and will likely be doing my hair this way for the long run. Any straightener will do, but Dyson offers a battery/cordless tool that has improved the experience significantly.
Dyson Corrale Straightener
Michella Oré, Associate Producer
Hair type: My hair is curly, fine, and recently dyed a fiery red; it makes me wonder if I was really born to be a ginger.
After bleaching and coloring my hair last month, I swapped in the Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Shampoo for a gentle cleanse that hydrates and restores the bounce to my curls. My new hair color was whipped up at the Moroccanoil Academy on 57th Street. To keep it looking fresh weeks later, I use the [the brand’s] Color Depositing Mask (which doubles as an ultra-hydrating conditioner to smooth out frizz) in shades Coral and Bordeaux. If I’m wearing my curls out, I’ll add a generous amount of the Oribe Hair Alchemy Treatment Serum to semi-damp hair and work into the strands, scrunching at the ends. The serum is infused with hyaluronic acid and plant-based protein to bump up my curl definition while keeping it sleek against the city’s intense humidity.
Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Shampoo
Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Treatment Serum
Moroccanoil Color Depositing Mask
Sarah Spellings, Fashion News Editor
Hair type: I have color-treated fine hair and a lot of it.
Every time I see a beauty product over $50, my skepticism alarm bells start going off. There’s no way this is really worth it, right? In the case of the purifying scalp scrub by Christophe Robin, the answer is a resounding yes. Whenever I need my hair to feel clean—like, really clean—I give it a salty scrub. My hair is left soft and buildup free. Though I have no idea if the processes are similar, it feels like I’m exfoliating my hair and scalp, sloughing away dead skin, and God knows what else, to leave only the smooth and shiny.
Christophe Robin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt
Kiana Murden, Beauty Commerce Writer
Hair type: I have very thick, dry, coarse, color-treated hair with 4B curls.
While I do feel blessed to have such thick hair, it has taken me years to truly embrace it rather than hiding it under extensions, braids, or any other protective style. But I’m making it my goal to really learn what works for me—a process that began after a fab honey blonde balayage (thank you, IGK & hairstylist Jennifer Quita!). Either way, retaining moisture and softness and combating humidity while protecting against heat and color-related damage are my biggest concerns. Experts say the key to healthy hair starts at the scalp, so I’m really leaning into scalp serums—notably Ouai’s recent launch that targets dryness, thinning, and irritation. For my weekly washes, I rely on the Olaplex No. 3 to reduce breakage and strengthen strands. My hair absolutely adores Virtue’s Curl Shampoo, which leaves my hair cleansed without stripping off its natural oils. Lastly, my favorite leave-in conditioner is Mizani’s Miracle Milk for its versatility and lightweight wear.
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
Mizani 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner
Christian Allaire, Fashion and Style Writer
Hair type: My hair is thick and wavy, but with the right products, the curls come out to play.
I only started embracing my natural curls last year, so I’ve been on a real hair-care journey. This shampoo and conditioner from Pattern—that’s Tracee Ellis Ross’s brand—has been a total game-changer for me. They leave the strands feeling clean without stripping them of their natural oils (with curls, it’s all about moisture, I’ve learned).
Pattern Hydration Shampoo
Pattern Heavy Conditioner
Atalie Gimmel, Senior Social Media Manager
Hair type: A mix between 3A to 3B. I have thin hair, but a lot of it.
I have run through just about every heat-styling trick and tip out there in search of the healthiest possible way to do and, more importantly, protect my 3A/B-ish hair when and if I want to heat-style it. The answer to my main concerns—lightweight protection and ease—lies with these essentials. While my hair is still damp, I like to apply Sally Hershberger’s nourishing oil to help protect my hair while not weighing it down. It also adds a bit of shine, heat-styling or not. And then comes the new Dyson Airwrap, which is indeed worth the hype purely due to the protection it offers my hair. The fact that blowing out my hair now takes half as long is simply a bonus. And when I’m not heat-styling, I’ll usually let my hair dry slightly more than damp before either applying a bit of Sally’s hair shaping balm or the K18 hair mask. The mask is a godsend tip I learned from hair whisperer Karen Miller!
Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete Long
K18 Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask
Naomi Elizée, Market Editor
Hair type: My hair is curly, but the texture varies! In the front, my curls are much looser and softer (and much more sensitive to hair products) and in the back, it is more coarse.
My hair has been the same length since I was in high school, so I am currently trying to grow my hair out and this Mielle Hair oil has worked wonders. Not to mention, it smells so good! I add a few drops to my scalp before wrapping my hair and allow it to work its magic overnight! Whenever I’m feeling lazy at night, I wrap my hair into the beloved pineapple hairstyle with a scarf of my choice. Loving the below scarf from Bien Abyé!
Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil
Bien Abyé Gelato Paisely Scarf
Liana Satenstein, Senior Fashion Writer
Hair type: My hair is wavy and thick…and sometimes explodes thanks to humidity!
I use Aussie Instant Freeze Mousse. This mousse is pretty basic, and you can get it at any drugstore! It helps my waves to be a little more defined, especially during summer.
Aussie Instant Freeze Mousse
Irene Kim, Production and Editorial Coordinator
Hair type: My hair is fine, but I have a lot of it.
Having fine hair, it’s hard finding hair oil that doesn’t weigh your hair down or make it look super greasy even though you’ve just washed it. I can’t skip out on using hair oil either, because while I do have relatively straight hair, I do have a lot of hair with a bit of a wavy texture that gets tangled/unruly when I come out of the shower. A hair oil is essential for me to make sure I can easily blow it out, and brush through it. The Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil soaks up into my hair super quickly and leaves my ends looking soft and sleek and especially more so when paired with Olaplex No.6 (which is not a necessary purchase unless you have super damaged hair). I will say though the Gisou hair perfume is one of my favorites even if the oil is not, and it smells so good!
Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
Laura Jackson, Commerce Writer
Hair type: Fine, blonde hair.
When my hair needs a little more care than usual, I always turn to Crown Affair. This scalp scrub leaves my hair feeling squeaky clean for days, and not to mention, the packaging is so luxurious.
Crown Affair The Cleansing Scalp Scrub Shampoo
Ella Riley-Adams, Senior Living and Beauty Editor
Hair type: My hair is fine with a texture that ranges from straight to wavy, depending on the day.
I’ve struggled with oily hair that seemed to retain product no matter how much I tried to wash it out, but I’ve finally found a routine that supports my waves and saves me from wearing a slicked-back ponytail every single day. (A shag cut from the wonderful Rubi Jones has done wonders too.) Innersense’s tangerine-scented Hairbath keeps my hair clean and balanced, and every couple of weeks, I’ll add their Detox Hair Mask into the mix. I also love Davines Salt Scrub Cleanser when I want a hair reset.
Innersense Pure Harmony Hairbath
Innersense Detox Hair Mask
Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser
Alexis Bennett, Commerce Writer
Hair type: My hair is very thick and coarse, but also dry and brittle. I think I’m 4B and definitely low porosity.
I’m a huge fan of quite a few Mielle products, but this little elixir has been a hair-thickening game changer in my routine.