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The 2009 Beauty Awards: The Best Products for Your Hair

Our picks for the best hair care products for healthy, gorgeous hair.

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Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths 5-Minute Strengthening Mask
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Best Deep Treatment

Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths 5-Minute Strengthening Mask ($3.99, drugstores)

Supercharged with cuticle-smoothing dimethicone, this fast-acting treatment turns strawlike strands into silk and prevents breakage. "It's so hydrating, I use it in place of my regular conditioner," says Carisa Tierney of Lincroft, New Jersey.

Runners-Up
Arrojo Hair Repair Masque, $15, arrojoproduct.com
Philip B. Botanicals Katira Hair Masque, $40, philipb.com

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Best Conditioner

Neutrogena Triple Renewal Weightless Conditioner ($5.99, drugstores)

This lightweight formula strengthens strands with wheat proteins. "It left my dry hair shiny, soft, and manageable," says Julie Schoenholz of Greenville, South Carolina.

Runners-Up
Aveeno Nourish+ Moisturize Conditioner, $7.49, drugstore.com
Goldwell Dualsenses Color Conditioner, $14, amazon.com

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Best Hairspray

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray ($13.99, drugstores)

Before it was available stateside this year, hairstylist tester Louise O'Connor ordered caseloads of this spray from Europe. "It sets hair in place without any stiffness," says O'Connor. "I even use it as a texturizer by spraying it on my hands and scrunching it through strands."

Runners-U
Garnier Fructis Style Full Control Anti-Humidity Hairspray, $4.11, drugstore.com
Kerastase Double Force Controle Ultime, $36, kerastase-usa.com

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Best Frizz Fighter

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Creme ($6.49, drugstores)

Silicone stylers can sometimes be too slick. But this creamy one, made with conditioning sweet-almond oil and frizz-taming milk proteins, isn't greasy. "It locked in my straight hair without weighing down my style," says Andrea Pohlman of Houston.

Runners-Up
Kerastase Creme Oleo-Relax Slim, $38, kerastase-usa.com
Living Proof No Frizz Straight Making Styling Cream, $24, sephora.com

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Best Volumizer

Garnier Fructis Style Body Boost Root Booster spray ($4.11, drugstores)

This adds oomph to just-washed strands, but you don't need to style from scratch. "It worked when I applied it to my dry hair, too," says Jamie Ross of Halifax, Massachusetts.

Runners-Up
L'Oreal Paris VIVE Pro Glossy Style Glossy Volume Mousse, $4.99, drugstore.com
Neil George Volumizing Spray, $24, beauty.com

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Best Shampoo

Nexxus Dualiste Color Protection + Volume Shampoo ($11.99, nexxus.com for info)

This wash coats hair with shine-inducing ginseng and flaxseed oil. And its hydrophobic formula prevents water from sinking into the shaft and washing away dye. "It also removed all traces of styling product," says Caron Gross of Hagerstown, Maryland.

Runners-Up
Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo, $2.99, drugstore.com
Pureology EssentialRepair Shampoo, $26, pureology.com

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, October 2009.

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ckolb72 wrote:

I get good results with Pantene products, even though they arn't my favorites. That would be Aveeno Volume and Nourish.

11/20/2009 05:14:10 PM Report Abuse
mrsjoycesherman wrote:

Pantene's Deep Treatment is excellent. I too have been told by my stylist that Pantene is "the worst". However, I have never had the results I get from Pantene with any other conditioning product regardless of its price or its ingredients

11/19/2009 06:02:54 PM Report Abuse
wegwoman wrote:

Ok lets get real, Pantene Really, This gives me the impression that you print what someone pays you and not the truth. Try Pureology Shampoo / Conditioner they make, Real SULFATE FREE, guaranteed to make your hair feel like silky heaven. And that cost $$$ The Shampoo is around $26.00 and depending what conditioner U get it could for anywhere from $25 to $100.00 & worth every penny. Found at Ulta and online

11/19/2009 02:15:32 PM Report Abuse
peggy66d wrote:

Pantene has paraffin in it,which has your hair feeling nice because its putting a wax buildup on it.I will stick to my Aveda which is all natural and washes out of my hair easily.

11/19/2009 06:58:43 AM Report Abuse
marcela4msu wrote:

The stylists tell you that so you buy their $30-something Redken products or others. I've used Pantene for years and nothing compares, it's a wonderful line; But it really all depends on each individual.

11/18/2009 12:18:32 PM Report Abuse
sfoster1021 wrote:

garringer.5 is correct.Every single stylist I have ever been too have told me that Pantene, no matter how much you like it or how it makes your hair feel, is one of the WORST on the market.

11/18/2009 11:55:58 AM Report Abuse
maryannonsilk wrote:

I alternate between using the mask and the usual conditioner and then use a clarifying shampoo once a month to prevent product buildup ...really works for me

11/18/2009 10:28:30 AM Report Abuse
garringer.5 wrote:

I have heard from several hairstylists to not use Pantene products because they build up on each strand of hair, weigh it down, and cause it to break.

11/12/2009 09:38:18 AM Report Abuse
BEAUTIFULANDCRUEL wrote:

i love pantene!!

10/30/2009 06:15:49 PM Report Abuse
valerie.lus_86 wrote:

I disagree, I dislike how Pantene products make my hair feel.

10/26/2009 05:48:53 PM Report Abuse
suzalv wrote:

nice

10/26/2009 10:39:36 AM Report Abuse

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