Health's 2012 Beauty Awards: Hair
Love your locks
It's easy to see how hair is susceptible to breakages and frizz (hello, flat irons, daily blow drying), but that doesn't mean your tresses are damaged goods. Use these products and you'll feel like an undiscovered shampoo-commercial model.
"This cleanser uses conditioning polymers, instead of heavy silicones, so there's no oily residue left behind," says Toye.
Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light Shampoo ($4; drugstores)
Thanks to argan oil and strengthening protein, "after just one wash, even color-damaged hair looks better," says Toye.
Redken All Soft Conditioner ($15; redken.com for salons)
Most blow-dryers come with a diffuser for curls, but this winner's attachment helps straighten hair as well. It's also super light and so quiet.
Conair Infiniti Pro Volume Boost AC Motor Dryer 2-in-1 Styler ($40; mass retailers)
Hair color (most moisturizing)
"This product is loaded with olive and avocado oils, leaving hair shiny and healthy looking," raves hairstylist Eugene Toye.
Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Color Creme ($7; mass retailers)
Hair color (easiest application)
The no-drip foam color "soaks through every strand, so hair dyes evenly," Toye says. Simply apply to dry hair and leave on for 25 minutes.
Clairol Nice 'n Easy Color Blend Foam ($8; mass retailers)
This two-in-one (it's a cleanser and deep conditioner) works without sudsing, "so it won't strip moisture or color," Toye says.
L'Oreal Paris EverCreme Cleansing Conditioner($7; mass retailers)
It feels like a styling cream, but offers the shine of a serum. Apply for "zero frizz and a non-sticky finish," Toye says.
Dove Style+Care Frizz-Free Shine Cream Serum ($4; mass retailers)