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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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John Frieda Frizz-Ease Straight Fixation Smoothing Crème
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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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deedenton wrote:

I found the best frizz fighter: Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave In Conditioning Cream. No flat iron or hairdryer needed. Amazing. I live in Florida and have been looking for a product like this for six months and it's only $3.50 in the drugstore

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marcela4msu wrote:

I want it.

11/18/2009 12:21:09 PM Report Abuse
kphillips43 wrote:

Works very well on curly hair.

11/18/2009 11:23:10 AM Report Abuse

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