Hair Awards: The 58 Best Hair Products of 2024

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Bouncy blowouts, slick buns, and curl hacks have been everywhere lately—and for good reason. “We spent the last few years really focused on hair and scalp health,” says celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan. “But women are ready for higher-maintenance styling routines.” Today’s trending hair looks bridge the gap between healthy and stylized hair. “The products of today can block out frizz and give strands mirrorlike shine, but without weighing down the hair or compromising hair quality,” says celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton. Here, we’ve gathered the innovative products and tools that make styling a breeze, all while nourishing strands along the way.


a woman in a blue dress

Armando Grillo – Gianluca Carraro

The bouncy blowout trend is still going strong, as seen at Retrofête’s fall 2024 show

Irons and wands get a lot of credit, but it’s styling products that take your hair looks to the next level. “I personally could not do my job without hairspray,” Marjan says. “It is so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to give the hair hold and texture.” To keep hair healthy, one of the most important stylers you should never go without is a heat protectant. “If you go in the sun and don’t put sunscreen on, you’ll burn. The same goes for your hair,” Appleton adds.


Best Smoothing Spray

Frizz Shield Spray
Moroccanoil Frizz Shield Spray

The perfect combination of frizz-fighting protection and high-shine payoff, this spray is heat activated and contains the brand’s signature argan oil to leave hair feeling silky.

Best Drugstore Hairspray

Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray
TRESemme Ultra Fine Mist Hairspray

TRESemme’s Ultra Fine Hairspray has a flexible nonsticky formula that’s also humidity-resistant, making it a staple at New York Fashion Week. Plus, we love the upgraded fragrance.

Best for Slick Styles

Angelstick

You can apply Emi Jay Angelstick with your fingertips or straight from the tube for seamless flyaway control. The twist-up smoothing balm is ideal for tight buns, edges, and even your brows (when applied with a spoolie).

Best Styling Cream

Palo Santo Styling Cream
Pattern Palo Santo Styling Cream

Ultra-hydrating Pattern Palo Santo Styling Cream, a new scented take on the brand’s bestselling cream, makes twist-outs, braid-outs, wash-and-go styles, and sleek buns a breeze.

Best for Shine and Heat Styling

Extra Strength Dream Coat
Color Wow Extra Strength Dream Coat

Now 56% Off

Color Wow Extra Strength Dream Coat treatment prevents frizz for up to four shampoos. Best used on damp hair, it requires blow-drying with tension to activate its formula, which also nicely guards against heat damage.

Best Texture Spray

Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray Light
Bumble and bumble Thickening Dryspun Texture Spray Light

This lighter version of Bumble and Bumble’s beloved Dryspun Texture Spray adds soft hold and translucent grit to medium and thick hair with just a few spritzes.

Best Luxe Hairspray

The Invisible Hold Hair Spray
Hair Rituel by Sisley The Invisible Hold Hair Spray

This hairspray is expensive, but with good reason: we’ve never used a formula quite so luxurious. Lightweight, non-sticky, and infused with vitamins and antioxidants, this hairspray helps secure our waves and curls for days.

Best Curl Cream

Enchanted Island Vegan Curl Butter
Rahua Enchanted Island Vegan Curl Butter

Rahua’s oil-based Enchanted Island Vegan Curl Butter makes it easy to keep curls strong, hydrated, and frizz-free while enhancing their definition. We also love its guava and coconut scent, which mentally transports us to a dreamy island getaway.

Best Hair Gloss

Hair Gloss

Hair glosses are the fastest way to breathe new life into hair. Ouai’s version uses hyaluronic acid to add shine and reduce frizz, and rice water to create a glass hair effect.

Best Styling Oil

HYDR-8 Weightless Repair Hair Oil
Vegamour HYDR-8 Weightless Repair Hair Oil

This featherweight, silicone-free favorite smooths and strengthens hair with a combination of oils, including shine-boosting chia seed, frizz fighting vitamin C, and hydrating marula.

Best Hair Oil

Lightweight Hair Oil
Lolavie Lightweight Hair Oil

Lolavie has done it again—this lightweight hair oil has become a staple in our routines this year. It can be applied from midlengths to ends while hair is still wet for heat protection, or on dry, styled hair to boost shine and quell frizz.

Best Bon Building Treatment

Botanical Repair™ Bond-Building Flash Treatment
Aveda Botanical Repair™ Bond-Building Flash Treatment

Have 10 seconds? Great—you have just enough time to work this bond-building in-shower rinse through your hair. Just one use helps reseal the hair’s cuticle and leave it looking (and feeling!) noticeably shinier and softer.

Best Frizz Tool

Fructis Sleek & Shine Frizz Tamer
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Frizz Tamer

This genius little tube looks like a mascara, but it’s actually a frizz-fighting serum that can be swiped over errant flyaways for a truly flawless, slicked-back finish.

Best Bond Building Serum

Doux Drops

This versatile serum guards against temperatures of up to 420 degrees Fareinheit. It also uses vitamin E, jojoba oil, and baobab oil to keep textured hair shiny and strong before, during, and after the use of hot tools.

Best Thickening Spray

Scalp + Hair Therapy Hair Thickening Spray Density Boost Root Lift Thickening Spray
Dove Scalp + Hair Therapy Hair Thickening Spray Density Boost Root Lift Thickening Spray

Give your roots an instant boost with this dermatologist-approved thickening spray from Dove. Specially created for fine hair, its vitamin B3 and E, zinc and peptide formula nourishes the scalp and lays the perfect foundation for long-term hair growth.

Best Hair Serum

Damage Reverse™ Serum
Virtue Damage Reverse™ Serum

This targeted serum contains a split-end mending trifecta of pea protein, hydrolysed quinoa, and baobab seed oil, alongside the brand’s proprietary Alpha Keratin 60ku to nourish and condition hair.

Best Volume Styler

Root Lift Spray

Most volume sprays are meant to be used on dry hair, but this root lifter from celebrity hairstylist Mara Rozak is designed to be used pre-blow dry as a heat protectant and volumizer. An added bonus: Sandalwood extract keeps oil at bay, so styles will last longer instead of falling flat between washes.

Best Hair Gel

The Flexible Hold Finishing Hair Gel
Crown Affair The Flexible Hold Finishing Hair Gel

With ingredients like jojoba milk and tsubaki seed oil, this gel-cream goes above and beyond just adding hold for hair. The unique formula is buildable but never flaky, and can be brushed through at the end of the day.

tresemme x laquan smith

Dave Kotinsky//Getty Images

The humble pencil was the hair tool we never expected to see at LaQuan Smith


Once you lay down the foundation for sleek, shiny strands with product, innovative tools can make the difference between basic hair and Instagram-worthy results. These stylers work faster and smarter and include devices that swap high heat for airflow technology and irons that expertly curl your hair with the click of a button.


BEST HAIR DRYER ATTACHMENTS

Supersonic hair dryer and attachments
Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and attachments

The cult-favorite Dyson Supersonic got a major upgrade with new attachments, including one to help control flyaway hairs, a wide-tooth comb to detangle curls and lift roots, and a gentle air nozzle for sensitive scalps.

BEST NEW HAIR DRYER

Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer
Zuvi Zuvi Halo Hair Dryer

Drying without the damage? Sign us up. Zuvi’s patented LightCare technology swaps heat for light to dry water droplets on the surface of hair. The result: less damage to the strands–and scalp–and zero stripping of hair’s moisture.

BEST MULTISTYLER

On Sale

FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System

Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System

Now 17% Off

The Shark FlexStyle Air Styling & Drying System uses airflow technology to channel high-speed air to simultaneously dry and shape hair. Choose from five attachments, including curling barrels that automatically attach hair to the device for foolproof curls.

BEST CURLING IRON

CurlWrap 1.25
T3 CurlWrap 1.25″ Automatic Rotating Curling Iron

The T3 CurlWrap takes the guesswork out of creating curls. With the flip of a switch, the auto-rotating barrel wraps hair around the iron and softly vibrates once it’s time to release the clamp.

BEST FLAT IRON

Chronos Styler

Marjan loves the Ghd Chronos flat iron because it has new sensor technology that quickly delivers heat to the hair to smooth or bend in one pass. Plus, the iron is automatically set at 365 degrees, the optimal temperature for heat styling, so you never have to worry about frying your hair.

BEST DRYING BRUSH

Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush
KRISTIN ESS HAIR Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush

Allow us to introduce you to your newest at-home hair hack: Kristen Ess’ top-rated Soft Volume Blow Dry Brush. The powerful tool has three wind speeds and three heat settings to smooth and volumize wet or dry hair in minutes, and even includes a handy style guide.

BEST PADDLE BRUSH

Hair Rituel The Radiance Brush
Sisley Paris Hair Rituel The Radiance Brush

Hair Rituel by Sisley the Radiance Brush softly detangles strands, removes impurities, and stimulates the scalp to promote blood flow. (The latter is a key component in keeping hair follicles healthy.) The result: shinier, softer hair that maintains its style and shape.

BEST PADDLE BRUSH

Bamboo Paddle Brush in Leche
Bamboo Paddle Brush in Leche

We couldn’t pick just one favorite paddle brush. EmiJay’s version is made of bamboo, which gentle detangles and distributes oils from root to tip so hair appears softer and shiner. The acetate design is also so gorgeous.

BEST HAIR GROWTH PATCHES

Thickening Hairpatches

Like eye patches but for hair loss, these genius little peptide and antioxidant-infused stickers adhere to your hairline to help hair become thicker, fuller, and denser in just 12 weeks.

BEST HAIR GROWTH DEVICE

CurrentBody Skin LED Hair Regrowth Device
CurrentBody Skin LED Hair Regrowth Device

This helmet makes harnessing the hair regrowth power of light therapy super easy. It’s proven to increase hair count by 33 percent in 16 weeks—with each daily treatment lasting just ten minutes. Couple it with your favorite supplement or scalp serum for even better results.

BEST HAIR TOWEL

The Hair Towel
Crown Affair The Hair Towel

Instead of reaching for your body towel to dry hair on wash day, consider this elevated towel from Crown Affair instead that Bazaar editors are raving about. It uses a special microfiber blend to absorb water while minimizing frizz and breakage, and even has a built-in elastic band to help keep it secure as you wear it.

backstage at batsheva

Luisa Lanza

Backstage at Batsheva fall 2024, models of all ages showed off the beauty of their natural hair


“Everything you do to care for your hair and scalp prior to styling really builds the foundation of any style, so it’s important to keep the end result in mind from the very start,” says Marjan. The right shampoo, conditioner, and hydrating mask can save precious time when styling and keep your hair looking and feeling lustrous. After all, “healthy hair begins in the shower,” Los Angeles hairstylist Mara Roszak says.


Best Clean Shampoo

Foundation Shampoo

The shampoo in Roszak’s Rōz the Foundation Duo uses coconut-based cleansers to gently purify hair and scalp.

Best Clean Conditioner

Foundation Conditioner
Rōz Foundation Conditioner

Rōz’s expert-approved conditioner douses hair with peptides and ceramides to create a smooth base for styling.

Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

Curl Define Shampoo
Herbal Essences Curl Define Shampoo

The Herbal Essences Curl Define Shampoo uses lightweight camellia oil and aloe vera to gently cleanse and nourish hair for bouncier curls.

Best Conditioner for Curly Hair

Curl Define Conditioner
Herbal Essences Curl Define Conditioner

Just like its partnering shampoo, the formula of Herbal Essences’s Curl Define Conditioner aims to leave hair supremely nourished once it’s rinsed away, and is free of sulfates, parabens, and dyes.

Best Mask for Damaged Hair

Bonding Hair Mask
Redken Bonding Hair Mask
Credit: Amazon

Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate five-minute Liquid Mask helps reverse damage from hot tools and chemical treat­ments by combining citric acid that strengthens and emollients that seal the cuticle of the hair.

Best Hair Oil

The Oil
Crown Affair The Oil
Credit: Crown Affair

This hair essential from Crown Affair feels light as a feather
yet packs a punch with hydrating tsubaki-seed oil and meadowfoam-seed oil, a natural heat protectant.

Best Dry Shampoo Powder

Serene Scalp Oil Control Dry Shampoo Powder
Oribe Serene Scalp Oil Control Dry Shampoo Powder

This dry shampoo powder not only refreshes oily hair with a starch
blend and kaolin clay, it also protects the scalp’s microbiome with mango-leaf extract.

Best Clarifying Shampoo

Clarifying Detox Shampoo
Living Proof Clarifying Detox Shampoo

Any good clarifying shampoo will remove oil, this one from the hair health experts at at Living Proof also removes copper from hard water and stubborn product buildup to improve your hair’s overall health and feel.

Best Dry Shampoo

Restore And Refresh Clean Dry Shampoo
Alo Glow Systems Restore And Refresh Clean Dry Shampoo

This dry shampoo smells amazing, but it’s also become our new essential for refreshing hair after a workout. It doesn’t leave a white residue, and we feel comfortable knowing the ingredients are clean and eco-conscious.

Best Fragrance-Free Shampoo

The Shampoo
Augustinus Bader The Shampoo

Augustinus Bader is bringing its patented TFC8 formula directly to your shower. The brand’s newly launched fragrance-free shampoo aims to increase hair volume and body while locking in moisture.

Best Conditioner

The Conditioner
Augustinus Bader The Conditioner

And as a plus for your hair care rotation, Augustinus Bader’s salon-ready conditioner can also be used as a hair mask (just leave it on a little longer).

Best Restorative Hair Mask

Mascarilla de Guava
Ceremonia Mascarilla de Guava

This mask plays double duty, repairing damaged hair and split ends with blue agave and maracuja oil, while protecting color-treated hair from fade with guava, a potent source of vitamin C that creates a natural UV barrier.

Best Clarifying Shampoo for Curly and Coily Hair

Clear-Wash
Bread Beauty Supply Clear-Wash

There’s a good reason Bazaar editors named Bread Beauty Supply’s Clear Wash Detox Clarifying Shampoo among the best products of 2023. Its amino acid-rich, anti-bacterial formula thoroughly cleanses hair and scalp while regulating oil production, and also happens to be color-safe.

Best Bond Repair Hair Mask

The Kure Intense Bond Repair Mask
Amika The Kure Intense Bond Repair Mask
Credit: Amazon

Just like your favorite night cream, this reparative mask from Amika has a rich, creamy texture that delivers on hydration. It features a blend of borage oil, mango and shea butters, along with the brand’s signature sea buckthorn as main ingredients to combat breakage and deeply condition.

Best Volumizing Dry Shampoo

No. 4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo
Olaplex No. 4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo
Credit: Amazon

Any good dry shampoo will tackle oil, but most leave product build-up on the scalp that can exacerbate hair issues. Olaplex’s take is clinically proven not to clog pores or leave a white, powdery residue—and it’s infused with the same bond-building technology as the brand’s other products, so you’re left with nothing but healthy hair.

Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair

On Sale

Miracle Rescue Deep Conditioner

Pantene Miracle Rescue Deep Conditioner
Credit: Amazon

Pantene’s Miracle Rescue Deep Repair Conditioner makes it simple to treat dry, damaged hair with supreme hydration. The formula, which is worked through wet hair from mid-lengths to ends, features melting pearls of the brand’s famous Pro-V blend to restore hair’s health.

Best Sulfate-Free Shampoo

EverPure Clarify Sulfate-Free Shampoo
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Clarify Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Credit: Amazon

Protect color from fading while getting rid of excess oil and build-up thanks to this gentle and effective clarifying shampoo from L’Oréal Paris. The supercharged vitamin C and glycine formula is perfect for combatting hard water exposure, and cleanses hair without stripping it of much needed moisture.

Best Conditioner for Curly and Coily Hair

Palo Santo Medium Conditioner
Pattern by Tracee Ellis Ross Palo Santo Medium Conditioner

Curly hair always needs more moisture. Opt for this conditioner, which contains a nourishing blend of oils, including jojoba and olive, to hydrate curls and coils without weighing them down.

Best Shampoo for Fine Hair

Ultrafiller+ Thickening Shampoo
John Frieda Ultrafiller+ Thickening Shampoo
Credit: Amazon

Strengthening biotin and plumping hyaluronic acid combine in this shampoo from John Frieda to get hair looking super-thick after your first wash. Plus, its vegan formula doesn’t contain any sulfates or silicones.

Best All-Around Shampoo

All Day Everyday Shampoo
Arkive Headcare All Day Everyday Shampoo
Credit: Bloomingdale’s

This shampoo from British hair stylist Adam Reed is dosed with both a Baobab protein to moisturize and an oil version to condition the scalp and add shine.

Best All-Around Conditioner

Headcare All Day Everyday Conditioner
Arkive Headcare Headcare All Day Everyday Conditioner
Credit: Bloomingdale’s

We also love Arkive Headcare’s signature shampoo and conditioner scent, Future Bloom, an in-house blend of notes like vanilla, white musk and mandarin. Plus, their conditioner formula also happens to be B Corp-certified.

Best Protective Conditioner

DAMAGE SHIELD Protective Conditioner
K18 Biomimetic Hairscience DAMAGE SHIELD Protective Conditioner

A pH-optimized conditioner that helps soften and detangle hair, increase shine, and protect against UV damage? Count us in.

lapointe runway february 2024 new york fashion week

John Nacion//Getty Images

Long braids hit the runway at Lapointe’s fall 2024 show


Styling products can leave a layer of buildup behind, leading to a host of hair issues. Roszak stresses the importance of clarifying the scalp, which can be done with all of these excellent scrubs, detoxing sprays, and lightweight treatments.


BEST SCALP CONDITIONER

Scalp Revitalizing Solution Miracle in Shower Treatment
Dr. Groot Scalp Revitalizing Solution Miracle in Shower Treatment

The ultralightweight Dr. Groot Scalp Revitalizing Solution Miracle In Shower Treatment delivers arginine, panthenol, niacinamide, and salicylic acid straight to the scalp and leaves even the driest hair noticeably softer and smoother in seconds, not minutes.

BEST DETOX SPRAY

Scalp Revival Buildup Detox Spray
Briogeo Scalp Revival Buildup Detox Spray

About 15 minutes before you shower, spray and massage Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Buildup Detox Spray ($26; ) over your scalp. The blend of skincare acids helps eat away at buildup from styling products like dry shampoo that can contribute to dull, dry hair.

BEST SCALP SERUM FOR HAIR GROWTH

Enhancing Serum
GrandeHair Enhancing Serum

Like a multivitamin for your scalp, Grande Cosmetics GrandeHair Hair Enhancing Serum deposits peptides and amino acids right where you need them most to support healthy hair growth. Use it nightly to see an improvement in thickness and texture in eight weeks.

BEST PRESHOWER TREATMENT

HoliRoots Pre-wash Hair Treatment Oil
Fable & Mane HoliRoots Pre-wash Hair Treatment Oil

Fable & Mane HoliRoots Hair Oil has gone viral on TikTok for its ability to deliver healthier, shinier hair and a soothed scalp, thanks to the lightweight blend of castor oil, dashmool, and ashwagandha. Just be sure to give it a good rinse before shampooing.

BEST SCALP TREATMENT

Clarifying & Exfoliating Scalp Treatment
Virtue Clarifying & Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

Virtue Exfoliating Scalp Treatment has a delightful whipped texture and is packed with ingredients like keratin and jojoba oil that leave your hair healthier with each use.

BEST DENSITY SERUM

Density Preserving Scalp Drops
Density Preserving Scalp Drops

Maintaining hair density is key when addressing hair loss. Philip Kingsley Density Serum has caffeine to stimulate the scalp and promote thicker, fuller strands, plus an anti- hair loss active to prevent shedding.

BEST NEW DANDRUFF SHAMPOO

BARE Dandruff Shampoo
Head & Shoulders BARE Dandruff Shampoo

This dandruff shampoo does more with less. It has only nine ingredients—but still delivers that flake-fighting power that we all expect from Head and Shoulders in a new eco-friendly bottle.

ABOUT THE HAIR AWARDS

Meet the Experts

Justine Marjan is a celebrity hairstylist based in California
Chris Appleton is a celebrity hairstylist based in California
Mara Roszak is a Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist

Why Trust Harper’s BAZAAR?

For more than 150 years, Harper’s BAZAAR has been the preeminent fashion and beauty resource for women at every age. We cover what’s new and what’s next in beauty by working with the world’s leading authorities in dermatology, plastic surgery, cosmetics, skincare, haircare, and fragrance. Every story we publish has been thoroughly researched and vetted by our team of beauty editors and industry experts.

Award Methodology

The 2024 Harper’s BAZAAR Hair Awards winners were selected by our team of expert beauty editors in collaboration with hair stylists. We tested hundreds of products over the last year for our sixth annual awards.