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The 2012 Beauty Awards: The Best Hair Products

The best shampoos, conditioners, and hair-styling products.

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Best Shampoo

Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy Total Care Nourishing Shampoo ($6, drugstores). This cleanser contains a subtle fruity-floral scent (with apple, bergamot, and freesia notes) and has aloe vera and vitamins B5 and C. "It moisturizes without weighing my hair down," a volunteer said. $

Runner up:

Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo ($7, drugstores) $

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Best Conditioner

Aveda Invati Thickening Conditioner ($24, aveda.com). Amino acids in the rich cream add density to limp locks. "It gave my fine hair lots of body and even mended my split ends," a tester reported.

Runner up:

Garnier Fructis Fall Fight Fortifying Conditioner ($4, drugstores) $

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Best Leave-In Conditioner

René Furterer Okara Light Activating Leave-in Fluid ($26, beauty.com). A soy-derived extract in this lotion brightens highlights and gave a voter "bouncy and healthy hair."

Runner up:

Redken All Soft Supple Touch Softening Cream-Spray ($16, redken.com for salons)

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Best Deep Treatment

Tresemmé Nourishing Rituals Rejuvenating Mud Masque ($4, drugstores). A "nondrippy" texture makes this mask easy to apply during a shower. The sea minerals and honey it contains "leave my strands more shiny than usual," a reader said. $

Runner up:

Redken All Soft Heavy Cream ($17, redken.com for salons)

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Best Frizz Fighter

Moroccanoil Frizz Control ($32, moroccanoil.com for salons). "A few spritzes tame flyaways on even the most humid days for noticeably less fluff," a reviewer said.

Runner up:

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Sheer Solution ($10, drugstores) $

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Best Volumizer

Dove Style + Care Nourishing Amplifier Mousse ($4, drugstores). The lightweight foam protects strands, spreads easily and, a tester said, "gives my hair a boost after a tough workout without making it look stiff or feel crunchy." $

Runner up:

L'Oréal Paris EverStyle Volume Boosting Mousse ($7, drugstores) $

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Best Hair Spray

Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Hair Spray ($12, drugstores). This superfine mist contains zero water, so your style won't frizz. It kept one reviewer's blow out "sleek and fresh throughout the entire day."

Runner up:

Mizani Shyne Bodifying Sheen Spray ($14, mizani-usa.com for salons)

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Best Heat Protectant

John Frieda Full Repair Style Revival ($9, drugstores). This product's nourishing urea and vitamin E heal fried strands and prevent further damage from hot tools, so hair is manageable. "It looks as if I just went to the salon," one user said. $

Runner up:

Oscar Blandi Pronto Heat Protect Spray ($23, Ulta stores)

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Best Curl Enhancer

Sally Hershberger Curvaceous Elasto-Curl Daily Treatment ($13, sallyhershberger.com). There's no need to spend time blow-drying hair when you apply this keratin- and silk protein-laced shaper. "It gives my curls definition," a reader said.

Runner up:

Oribe Hair Care Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray ($35, oribe.com)

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Best Shine Booster

Kérastase Lumiere Liquide ($42, kerastase-usa.com). Give your style a mirrorlike shine with this silky liquid, which has polymers that smooth gaps in your hair's cuticles. The result is "instant sheen that lasts all day," a reviewer said.

Runner up:

Nexxus Promend Split End Binding Smoothing Shine Serum ($12, drugstores)

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2012.

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