As much as we love getting product recommendations from celebrity hairstylists and our friends, there are few hair aficionados we trust to come through with the best-kept secrets more than a fellow beauty editor. After all, it's our job as beauty reporters to keep up-to-date on the hair care market—to sniff out firsthand which products (both new and legacy) are worth suggesting that our dear readers (and each other) spend our hard-earned time and cash on.
The following 10 products are those that have made the cut—hair oils, masks, shampoos, texture sprays and more that, over the years, we Byrdie editors have genuinely recommended to each other, tried and loved. If you're in the market for haircare, this list is for you. Read on to discover the best hair products we have tried thanks to fellow editors.
Byrdie U.S. senior editor Hallie had been raving about this iconic French oil for years before I finally gave it a try—now I have a serious product crush that just won't quit. My hair is really colour-damaged, so I've come to slicking it back in a ponytail with this 100% plant-based, cruelty-free blend of botanical oils and leaving it like that all day. It creates a chic style that always yields me compliments while hydrating and reviving my damaged hair. When I shampoo at the end of the day, my hair always turns out infinitely softer and shinier. (Warning: It smells divine but sort of strong, so use sparingly if you're prone to scent-induced headaches.)
Byrdie U.S.'s Amanda Montell and The Thirty's Victoria Hoff
"Hallie sealed the deal on me getting Olaplex's new Shampoo and Conditioner," Erin Jahns, another Byrdie U.S. editor, told me. "I was going to anyway, but her five-star review hurried up the process." Like the rest of its standout product line, Olaplex's restorative shampoo and conditioner, which just launched, make her dry, colour-treated hair look worlds healthier.
Beauty editors aren't the only fans of Olaplex's new launch—Sephora reviewers love it, too. "Another home run by Olaplex," writes one user. "I'm not sure I can accurately convey my love for Olaplex No 5, but I'll try! As a hairstylist, I use a lot of different products on a daily basis and it takes a lot to impress me. Most conditioners smell great but don't 'do it all.' Olaplex No 5 DOES IT ALL! Fights frizz, great for curly hair, straight hair, done hair, thick hair. It really works on all hair types and textures!"
Erin and I are in this bleached-blonde struggle together, so when I mentioned the other week that my hair was feeling super crunchy from a recent dye job, she basically forced me to use this mask. I applied it to wet hair, left it on for several hours one day, and when I rinsed, it was like I had a new head of hair. The proteins in the mask are a little intense to use all the time, or else your hair texture might get a little brittle, but if you're dealing with damage and breakage, this intensely reconstructing formula will save you.
U.S. Byrdie editorial director, Faith Xue, became acquainted with this dry shampoo thanks to one of PopSugar's beauty editors and has basically turned the entire Byrdie team onto it since. The product simply does what a dry shampoo is supposed to do: refreshes dirty hair without leaving a white residue, adds volume and smells lovely but not overpowering.
This is our U.S. managing editor Lindsey's favourite brush thanks to a recommendation from Hallie. "Its compact size makes it the perfect travel brush, but even when I'm at home, it separates my frequently knotted hair without damaging in the slightest," Lindsey says. "Plus, it comes in a wide range of fun colours and patterns, which always makes using a product infinitely more enjoyable."
Two years ago, Byrdie's U.S. and Australia editors did a fun international beauty product swap, and Ouai's Wave Spray is one of the American picks our Australian colleagues loved best. As our Australian editor Lisa wrote, "We're now lucky enough to have access to the Ouai range via Sephora, but when I received my care package, that wasn't the case. ... The days I have misted this into my damp hair before rough drying have resulted in some of the best natural-looking texture (and hair compliments) I've ever had."
This is one of my go-to hair masks, and our wavy-haired wellness editor Victoria Hoff became a fan of it too after she and I tried each other's entire beauty routines for a week last year. According to Victoria, the mask "smells exactly like Bath & Body Works' Warm Vanilla Sugar and, for me, functioned like an ultra-conditioning styling paste: I used it to slick back my hair (one of Amanda's signature looks) for a night out and fell asleep with it in. When I woke up, my strands weren't at all greasy or sticky—just hydrated and smooth."
It's hard to find a shampoo that actively repairs the hair while cleansing it, but that's exactly what this stuff does (a glowing review by Faith led Hallie to fall in love with the product as well—read the whole thing for more details).
Another product Victoria tried and loved thanks to our beauty product swap was this legendary hair oil, which she now swears is "worth the hype." She wrote, "My hair drank it right up, and it added the perfect amount of sheen."
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