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    26 Products That'll Help Anyone Who's Bad At Doing Their Hair

    Including a collagen-coating treatment, color-depositing conditioner, and an automatic hair curler to save the day.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A collagen-coating hair treatment that's safe for all hair types and will revitalize a mane that's dry, damaged, and overprocessed as a result of your endless hair-styling attempts.

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    Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel dried it, worked about two quarter-sized dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

    Get it from Amazon for $7.50.

    Read our review of Elizavecca's CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment to learn more about why my colleague calls it, "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    2. A set of flexible curling rods so you don't have to spend three hours in the morning curling your hair. Use them on wet or dry hair and then sleep on them. The results: perfect heatless curls.

    Promising review: "I can't believe I waited so long to buy these beauties. These curlers are incredibly easy to use and they give you gorgeous curls that last for days. I have tried every heatless curling method there is — sleep styler, braiding, boho headband wrapping, and every other tutorial on YouTube — and this is the only one that ACTUALLY works." —DW

    Get them from Amazon for $12.99.

    3. Or! A set of Curlformers to speed up the curling process without heat. Each pack comes with clockwise curlers and counterclockwise curlers so you don't have to remember which direction to twist your hair.

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    There are different-sized curlers (short and narrow, long and narrow, long and wide, and extra long and wide) depending on how tight your like your waves and how long your hair is. Oh! And don't forget the Curlformer hook.

    Promising review: "I used to spiral perm hair. I have very thin hair that never easily accepts a curl. Easy to put Curlformers in hair, and they gave a very nice spiral curl. Very happy with results. The best perm I've had with nice curls." —Thincurl13

    Get a set of ten curlers from Sally Beauty for $15.99.

    4. A detangling spray that'll make you forget about all the other times you cried in frustration and pain because unknotting your hair is no joke. This one's made with argan oil, jojoba protein, quinoa extract, and shea butter so your comb will glide through your hair effortlessly. Also, it smells divine!

    Promising review: "The BEST detangler out there, and I have tried them all...even the expensive leave-in conditioners that say they detangle also. Bonus: your hair smells like those orange/vanilla popsicles that are so good. I have long, thick hair and I use a wide tooth comb after the shower. I spray this on all over and have zero trouble getting through my hair! So nice!" —Alyssa V

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    5. Or, a conditioning leave-in detangler for babies to dramatically reduce the number of times you ask yourself, "Should I just shave my head?" while brushing your hair. Your strands will be knot-free and smell ~amazing~.

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    Promising review: "I initially bought this for my niece who battles tangles all the time. I was so impressed by what it did for her hair that I started using this in mine. I have very long fine hair that easily tangles when brushing. This product is comparable to Aveda's leave-in damage control hair spray." —DeeAnna Tkach

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40+ (available in five scents).

    6. And don't forget a detangling brush so you can stop using the phrase "rat's nest" to describe your hair before brushing it. The Glide Thru Detangling Brush has flexible bristles that separate knots without pulling and breaking your strands.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews...ever...but I am 100% convinced that this was a product sent down from heaven to bless the souls of those suffering with obnoxiously tangled and unmanageable hair. Truly. It gave me literal tears of joy after just one use. I have long fine hair, but it is VERY thick. In a perfect world with perfect weather and perfect products, it looks glorious, voluminous and tangle-free — but that world is basically non-existent. But fear not my fellow tangled-mess ladies, for this product is here to make that world a very real possibility. Never before have I been able to brush through my hair without any snags. Never before has brushing my hair been a painless experience (including having tiny pieces of the brush break off into my hair, causing even further pain and tangles). Never before has it taken less than 30 seconds to brush my hair after it is wet (which, come on ladies, takes freaking FOREVER). Never before have I ever found a brush that I didn't loathe with every fiber in my being. This's pure magic. I plan on buying three more and replacing every brush I have stashed in various places (my car, my office, my oversized work tote, EVERYTHING). This brush is freaking amazing. Tell your kids, tell your wives, and tell your husbands, because this brush is detangling everybody up in here." —Lucy Mitchell

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

    7. A L'Oréal blowout primer to speed up the drying process while simultaneously protecting it from your heat-styling tools. It works with any and all hair textures, be they straight, curly, or something in between.

    Promising review: "I use this every time I blow dry my hair. Even with my thick hair I can have it completely dry in less than five minutes. Leaves the hair feeling smooth and soft. I even find that I don't need to restyle my hair the next day even after sleeping on it." —blackrose

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    8. A hair finishing stick that'll clean up all those random strands that escape from ponytails and buns. It's basically like a mascara wand coated in natural plant oils for your hair.

    Promising review: "I have super fine hair with lots of breakage. No matter how I put my hair up I have bad flyaways. This stuff is great! So easy and it stays better and looks smoother than stiff hair spray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    9. A tub of Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay for treating your scalp to a deep clean that'll break through buildup so everything you use after can really penetrate your scalp.

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    Promising review: "I have very very thick low-porosity, high density 4c hair and it felt like whenever I put products on my hair it would just sit on top of my strands. I've been natural for about four years and I never felt like my hair was ever soft or easy to manage, and I shed A LOT. I used this mask and all that has changed. Immediately after the mask my hair was incredibly soft, my curls (which I didn't know I had) were defined. I followed up with a deep condition that actually moisturized my hair. I mixed the powder with some apple cider vinegar (with the mother), added some olive oil (not necessary but a good moisture boost) and applied it from scalp to tip. My scalp tingled and pulsated in a way it never has before. I could literally feel the buildup being sucked out of my scalp. Now I have no build up, barely any dandruff, and my hair accepts moisture and doesn't excessively shed. I highly, highly highly recommend. I use it every time I take my hair out of a protective style and try to do it every four to six weeks. The bottle has lasted me about four deep conditions but I have a lot of hair so if you have a more 'normal' amount of strands, it'd last you longer. Worth every penny and I'll be buying this for life. It's completely changed my hair." —Wambui Gatheru

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. A Neutrogena clarifying shampoo to break through hairsprays, dry shampoo, oils, and whatever else is gunking up your scalp. This will make your mane so much easier to style. Clarifying shampoos can dry out your skin if you use them too often, so we recommend using it once a week.


    Promising review: "This shampoo removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn't even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed less styling products to achieve the same results. But be careful not to use this too often as it can dry out your hair. I have long, dark fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes." —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    11. A bottle of Fanola purple shampoo, because attempting to tone your hair is something you should probably just leave to the pros. This is good for between visits to your colorist, as it should remove just enough yellow tones from your hair that you can live without fretting about your color until your next salon appointment in a few weeks.,

    Promising review: "This is a dark blue shampoo, so I did not let it stay on my hair long because I was afraid it would turn the 'old lady blue.' My hair looked more silver, shiny, and had a 'clean' appearance. I am very happy with this shampoo, and will be reordering. My hair was soft and easy to manage, with no flyaways." —CharlieCub

    Get it from Amazon for $11.74+ (available in three sizes).

    12. A color-depositing conditioner so you can skip the hassle and mess of at-home box dyes or the hefty price tag of a salon visit. Each time you wash your hair using this conditioner, the color will become more vibrant.,

    Promising review: "I love this! Never using traditional home dye again. I ordered pastel pink. It was so easy; I hopped in the shower, got my hair wet, and added several pumps to my palm. Then I used my hands to work it through my strands like conditioner. I waited for the five minutes, finished showering, then it was time to rinse. That's it. From bleached blonde to pastel pink in less than 10 minutes total. Results were even better than expected. And I didn't need gloves; my hands didn't get dyed." —Tabatha Carpenter

    Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in 15 colors).

    13. A scalp massager that'll transform your shower into a five-star salon. A relaxing scalp massage is great for getting that blood flowing to your head while simultaneously breaking down buildup (hello hairspray and dry shampoo) that's making your hair oily and difficult to style. Starting with a clean slate can make working with your hair so much easier.

    Promising review: "This is just what I wanted! Great for a scalp massage. I wanted a product that would not pull my hair, and did not have hard, plastic seams, to pull or damage my hair. This is it! Very relaxing, to use. It is light, and comfortable to hold. I don't have to worry, about straining my hands, trying to grip this. I can control the amount of pressure perfectly without scratching my scalp. I bought one for my mom, and two for me! Love these. Great gift, for the natural hair enthusiast, or anyone looking for a non-motorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in three colors).

    14. An argan oil hair mask to repair your hair's elasticity and make it soft and shiny again. If you think you're awful at doing your hair, it could just be that split ends and dryness are making it hard to style your strands — and this deep conditioner can help with that. It's safe for all hair types and is paraben- and sulfate-free.,

    Promising review: "I have been using Arvazallia for the last three years and I have found nothing else that works as good as this. My hair was damaged very badly from years of dyeing and bleaching. My hair was very thin and brittle to the point that running a brush through my hair was causing it to break. Me and my fiancé had spent hundreds of dollars at salons and purchasing countless products to try and repair my hair but they all failed. After using Arvazallia the first time I noticed that it had already started helping. After about five treatments my hair was silky smooth, thick, hydrated and had volume I had not seen since I was a teenager. I would recommend this product for anyone at least give it a try. This is the only moisturizing product that I have bought in the past three years." —dave

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    15. A hair repair serum with hydrating argan oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E so you can literally just brush your mane in the morning and you're good to go. Hello, frizz-free hair!

    Promising review: "I found this product through a BuzzFeed article for those with frizzy hair and THIS PRODUCT DID NOT DISAPPOINT PEOPLE! I put this serum through the ringer; I got this to stand up to Bay Area fog AND the nasty, humid heat wave we got a couple weeks ago. No frizz, no extra curls. Nothing! On top of that, it made my hair super glossy. I'm very impressed. Heads up though, a little goes a long way. One pump is enough to cover my hair and I have medium-length hair. Also, it can make your hair look oily if you use too much. I do have oily hair so working on my ends first then working to my roots works for me." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    16. A bottle of Olaplex No. 3, a splurge-worthy repairing treatment that'll revive your dry, damaged, colored hair. As someone who spends four-plus hours bleaching my hair every six to eight weeks, I can 100% vouch for this miracle in a bottle that also tones my hair and gets rid of any brassiness.

    Promising review: "This is a must if you have dry, damaged hair! I have spent a fortune on products making empty promises...FINALLY ONE THAT DELIVERS! I was wearing wigs due to the condition of my hair. Got a good cut and am using only this line now...feel great about my hair now, and saving lots of $ saying goodbye to those wigs! Please give it a try." —Kerry

    Get it from Amazon for $28.

    17. A dry shampoo to sop up grease and oils so you can go longer between washes. If this isn't the epitome of a lazy girl beauty product, then I don't know what else is.,

    Promising review: "I had used dry shampoo a few years ago out of curiosity. It went fine but I didn't really think I needed it and never bought another can after that. I thought I would give it another shot after seeing these in a BuzzFeed post and reading rave reviews. They're all correct! I love this stuff and have no idea why I didn't keep using dry shampoo after that one experiment a few years ago. The spray comes out cool, so it's super refreshing, and I love how much thicker my hair feels when it's in. It also smells nice, and a can lasts a long time if you use it maybe once between hair washes (I wash my hair about every other day, but sometimes go a few days and will use this once or twice during those periods). I even bought a travel-size version of this for emergencies. Bless you, Batiste!!!" —Amanda Storey

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $15.15.

    18. A John Frieda hot air brush that'll help straighten your hair as it dries. This way you can ditch your round brush and hair dryer for an all-in-one tool and prevent the arm fatigue that inevitably happens halfway through your blow-dry.

    Promising review: "This product is a game changer. I have thin but very curly/kinky hair that has become very damaged due to years and years of flat ironing. With this product, I can style my hair in less time and WITHOUT a flat iron. It gives me beautiful, soft curls that I've gotten tons of compliments on. I do wish the air stream were slightly stronger, but it's still an absolutely excellent product." —S.G.

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99+ (available in two sizes).

    19. A Chi automatic curling iron, because you deserve perfect curls in mere minutes. All you do is insert your hair into the chamber and the curler will automatically wrap it around the heated rod. Then, just wait until it beeps to let you know that the curl has set. The best part: the barrel protects your fingers from getting burned. As a clumsy person who's prone to singeing her fingers and is also terrified of burning off her hair, this genius tool gives me hope that I, too, will one day be able to curl my hair again without sustaining bodily injuries.

    Promising review: "Love it!! I have fine textured hair — very straight hair. I have trouble not only curling it but keeping it curled. For example the other day I left rollers in my hair for 45 minutes and got a minor wave that fell out in 10 minutes. This tool is easy and fast to use, adds shine, and the curl stays." —Alexandria

    Get it from Amazon for $67.53+ (available in three colors).

    20. A Remington curling wand for anyone who needs convincing that curling their hair is something they could excel at. It has an LCD screen and 10 heat settings so you can pick the temperature that's right for you hair. And, there's also a swivel cord so you can hold the wand at any angle without worrying about the cord. But wait, there's more!! The ceramic coating means your curls will be shiny and frizz-free.,,

    Promising review: "OK, so this thing is seriously amazing! I bought the smaller barrel (1/2–1inch) and can't believe how easy it was to curl my hair! I have very frizzy curly hair and wanted something to smooth out the frizz while making my curls a little looser and polished looking, and this wand nailed it! Super easy to use with a little practice. Watch a lot of YouTube videos for tips and tricks. I'm in love!" —MamaMcGeez

    Get it from Amazon for $24.92 (available in two sizes).

    21. A curl cream so you can embrace your kinks. The lightweight formula helps define your curls and enhance waves without being too heavy on your hair. This is your excuse to skip the flat iron!

    Promising review: "I love this product. I apply a couple pumps of the curl cream when my hair is damp and let my hair air dry. It’s so low maintenance and my waves/curls easily hold all day without any other products or hairspray. The curl cream smells really good as well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    22. A texture spray to give your hair some grip so your curls don't fall flat. Simply spritz, tousle, and enjoy all-day waves and texture.,

    Promising review: "I have long, fine waving hair that tends to lose volume and curl a few hours after I wash them. I need volumizing products and hairspray that holds my style and 'keeps' all day or at least longer than usual. This product gives volume and lift without falling flat and adding weight after a few hours; holds well in wind and humidity, so far it's the best hair spray I've ever used. Highly recommend." —Rose H.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.

    23. A sea salt spray for when you want a little texture and some waves but you're too intimidated by your curling iron. This tropical banana-scented spray will do the job and make you smell like you're on vacation.

    Promising review: "My hair is really straight!! It looks like I ironed it when I don't do anything to it. So when I curl my hair, it NEVER holds!! So then I bought this thinking it would help, and OMG I am never going back. Not only did the curl last all day, It was still curled enough to work it the next day!! I LOVE THIS! and I like the smell." —Sarah Passafaro

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    24. A pack of cute headbands to get your tresses up and out of your face. Bad hair days, meet your new worst enemy.,

    Promising review: "These headbands are so cute and colorful! I love the diversity of patterns that comes in this pack. They are super soft and comfortable — easy to wear all day long!" —Brittany Smith

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three styles).

    25. A foolproof donut bun maker, because we all know the struggle of wrapping our hair into a bun only for random pieces to immediately fall out.,

    Promising review: "My hair is terribly thin, and I struggle to get a full bun. I used this for the first time today, and I love it! It took maybe six minutes for me to pull together, and I'm sure it'll get easier with practice. Can't wait to try different heights and styles!" —Ashley M.

    Get a seven-piece kit plus bobby pins and hair ties from Amazon $7.99.

    26. A John Frieda lightening spray to give you beachy highlights without, well, a beach. It's basically impossible to use it incorrectly; simply spritz your strands and then blow dry them. The result: salon-worthy results at a fraction of the price.,

    Promising review: "Love this product! Pretty blonde highlights and so easy — just spray all over or target waves for a beachhead, summer blonde look. Gentle on hair. Great for touch-ups between highlighting. No dark roots!" —M Beth Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $7.93.

    27. A set of satin pillowcases so you'll wake up with less frizz and breakage. If you seriously can't use anything else on this list, the one thing that's 100% doable is to switch to satin pillowcases.

    Promising review: "I got tired of my curly hair being a wild untamed mass in the mornings. I'd have to go at it with a pitchfork, machete, and industrial detangler in the mornings. I'd always been skeptical that a pillowcase could make a big difference, but boy does it! The learning curve was that I had to start using a pillow to begin with because I wasn't buying satin sheets (I'm a night sweater). But once I did, good hair mornings happen! I don't have to approach the day ready for battle. My curls don't become a tangled mush.I find them perfectly comfy but haven't used pillows in so long prior to this, so I don't even know what other pillowcases feel like." —Christine

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in three sizes and 15 colors).

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    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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