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

    Including an automatic hair curler, a comb-out cream, and a holy grail treatment if you bleach your hair.

    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 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.

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    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 hairspray." —Jill Stilfield

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    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.

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    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 42 rods from Amazon for $10.99.

    3. A collagen-coating hair treatment to revitalize a mane that's dry, damaged, and overprocessed as a result of your endless hair-styling attempts.

    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    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."

    4. A detangling spray if you've 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!

    the spray bottle
    amazon.com

    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. A hot air brush for straightening 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.

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    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 $39.99.

    6. A scalp massager because 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.

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    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 nonmotorized scalp massager." —BunnyLove2

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59+ (available in three colors).

    7. A DreamGirls comb-out treatment that'll put an end to the pain and frustration of detangling natural hair. With its botanical-infused formula, brushing your kinks and coils will finally — finally! — be something you look forward to.

    The bottle
    DreamGirls

    DreamGirls is a Black-owned, female-founded, *and* family-run haircare brand founded by Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson.

    Promising review: "This TLC Comb-Out is the best product EVER!! It leaves my hair feeling so soft with no tangles. It even brought out my natural curls. And the best part about the TLC Comb-Out is that a little goes a long way for me!" —Kam

    Get it from DreamGirls for $29.99.

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

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    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 brush...it'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 $9.88.

    9. 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.

    The spray bottle
    amazon.com

    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.

    10. A Briogeo exfoliating shampoo if you need help preventing flakes and buildup. It penetrates deeply, lifting dead skin and leftover products. Plus, the cooling formula soothes itching with a combination of anti-fungal oils, as well as moisturizing coconut oil that prevents future flakes.

    Model with beautiful natural hair holding a tub of the shampoo
    Briogeo

    Briogeo is a Black- and female-owned hair care brand founded by Nancy Twine.

    Promising review: "The best shampoo I've ever used! I use this with the conditioner and my hair feels so amazing instantly. My hair has been falling out and thinning since I gave birth so I gave this a try as a free sample and bought the real thing instantly. My hair's getting thicker again and my split is back to normal again. I love this stuff!" —dramacitaa

    Get it from Sephora for $42.

    11. Or 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.

    Reviewer showing off their natural hair and defined curls after using the mask
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    Promising review: "This has been a staple in my facial regimen for years. Recently I incorporated it in my hair routine. I have fine 3a/b/c hair and it is soooo fragile; a strong gust of wind can break the ends. I use this in a 1:1 ratio with apple cider vinegar (on dry hair), leave it on at least 45 minutes, and rinse it off with really warm water. My curls are sooooo defined at this point. I squeeze my hair off in a cotton T-shirt and apply a homemade hair mask (half an avocado, 3 tablespoons of mayonnaise, EVOO, two eggs, a little flaxseed oil). I put a shower cap in for about 40–50 minutes and rinse with cool/cold water. Dry hair again with a cotton T-shirt and style. I do the LOC method. It may seem like my results could be attributed to any one of the steps in the process but when I remove the clay mask from the process my curls are nowhere near as defined, soft, and bouncy. This is the thing that my hair routine needed!" —Alessandra Finn

    Get it from Amazon for $12.79.

    12. 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.

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    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 $10.65+ (available in three sizes).

    13. 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

    Before and after of BuzzFeed editor who used the treatment showing it made her damaged, frizzy bleached blonde hair look smoother, shinier, and healthier
    Elena Garcia / BuzzFeed

    I went from very dark brown/almost black Asian hair to platinum blonde, a color I've maintained for almost four years. I truly believe the only reason I still have hair on my head is because 1. my colorist is amazing and 2. Olaplex. Despite having pretty strong hair, I remember globs of it breaking off in the shower right after I bleached my mane. In a panic, I bought a bottle of Olaplex and my hair has been thanking me ever since. I hate how expensive a single small bottle is, but I truly can't be without this. It's reduced breakage and brittleness, minimized frizziness, and just generally helped my hair look healthy.

    Get it from Skinstore for $28 (and get 15% off your first order if you're a new customer with the promo code OLAPLEX15).

    My colleague (pictured above) also swears by this stuff. Check out her Olaplex review here for more deets and some before and afters that'll make you buy this in bulk.

    14. 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.

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    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).

    15. 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.

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    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.

    16. SwirlyCurly hairpins if you're tired of ripping out hair every time you remove your bobby pins. These are specially designed with a completely smooth surface to minimize snagging and breakage. So genius! They're amazing for natural hair but can work with all hair types and styles.

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    SwirlyCurly is a Black-owned hair accessories brand founded by Keziah Dhamma.

    Promising review: "I like the look of decorative pins but avoid them due to fear of breakage. These were designed specifically for curly hair so there are no worries. They glide smoothly onto hair and can be removed without causing damage. They're also really cute." —Antoinette

    Get them from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in 11 styles).

    17. 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.

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    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 $19.90+ (available in two sizes).

    18. 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.

    amazon.com

    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 $69.99+ (available in five colors).

    19. A Nuele serum that'll grant you the soft, smooth, moisturized, tangle-free hair you've always wished for. Made of five nourishing oils — jojoba, argan, moringa, rosemary, and clary sage — this potent formula is your all-in-one, easy-to-use lightweight hair treatment.

    Credo, Nuele

    NUELE is a small Black-owned, woman-run hair care company started by scientists Anne Cheatham and Dr. Christine Martey-Ochola. The brand supports local economies in Africa by using natural and organic ingredients harvested by female farmers.

    Promising review: "I started using this product a few weeks ago, and my hair couldn't be happier! I bleach and color my curly hair fairly regularly, and while I try to give it as much moisture as possible, it always wants more. That's where this serum comes in. It's lightweight enough to use every day, but potent enough that I notice a huge difference in how my hair looks and feels. I'm very happy to include this serum as part of my daily routine!" —Maddie

    Get it from for $34 from Credo or Nuele (score 20% off your first order with the promo code NUELE20).

    20. A Moroccanoil curl cream so you can embrace your kinks. It enhances your beautiful curls with its rich leave-in formula made with argan oil (makes your ringlets soft and bouncy), vitamin E (fights free radical damage and helps hair growth), and antistatic agents.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    My curly-haired coworker Maitland Quitmeyer raves about this. In her own words:

    "There are many hairs on my head, and they all seem to be different textures — some corkscrew spirals, some frizzy zigzags, and some that defy a category altogether. The mane as a whole is dry AF and entirely unruly. (Fun fact: Due to its size and dryness, my hair has actually caught on fire on three separate occasions.) During the summer after my sophomore year of college, I decided to cut my long hair into a lob to try to make it lower-maintenance. Once the chop occurred, my hairdresser (bless you, Andrea) told me to try Moroccanoil Intense Curl Cream. And boy can I tell you, it is my DESERT ISLAND. HOLY GRAIL. hair product. It actually helps my hair dry in its natural curl formation and stay moisturized for daysssss. It smells amazing and doesn't leave a greasy or sticky residue — it's just a miracle, guys."

    Get it for $34 from Amazon or Sephora.

    21. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is a great hydrating mask for hair! It leaves hair soft and shiny but not limp. I use it as directed (once or twice a week) but I bet you could use it more often if you felt the need. When I go in the shower, I wash my hair first then open shower door and towel dry my hair with the towel I placed nearby. Then, I slather on the mask and comb it through and continue with my shower routine. I rinse off the mask at the end of my shower. Very easy to use and incorporate in my busy schedule!" —SAS

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    22. A Verb hair oil if you'd like a good hair day in a bottle. How? Its weightless blend of moringa seed oil, bamboo extract, and argan oil simultaneously moisturizes, strengthens, and adds shine while leaving behind a light, fresh scent (because no one needs to know this is third-day hair).

    Alice Prendergast / BuzzFeed

    My colleague Alice Prendergast (pictured above) loves this bad boy. In her own words:

    "When I bleached my hair, it was completely busted. It broke every time I brushed it and basically looked like one of those tumbleweeds you see in an old western movie every time I blow-dried it — until I found this. It's thicker than most oils (a bit lighter than the consistency of gel) and combs through hair like a dream. It packs in moisture like nobody's business and also smells freaking amazing."

    Get it from Sephora for $18.

    Not convinced? Check out another BuzzFeed writer's Verb Ghost Oil review (#5) for more deets!

    23. A Cee Cee's Closet head wrap for protecting your hair from environmental stressors, like heat, humidity, and the sun in summer and dry air in the winter, and pulling your look together when you 1,000% cannot be bothered to wash your hair. The prints are so beautiful that you'll look fabulous no matter which way you tie it.

    Model wearing a bright orange head wrap with pops of blue, brown, and gray
    Cee Cee's Closet

    Cee Cee's Closet is a Black-owned hair accessories brand founded by Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo. Their designs are handmade by artisans in Nigeria.

    Promising review: "Exactly how I thought it would feel! 😍 I love everything about it. Thank youuuu again!" —Michael D.

    Get it from Cee Cee's Closet $26.

    24. 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.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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.

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

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    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 it from Amazon for $9.38.

    26. 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!

    Reviewer's before and after showing the serum added shine and reduced frizziness
    amazon.com

    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 $11.99.

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

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    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).

    28. A set of satin pillowcases if you'd prefer to 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.

    Reviewer before and after showing their hair was less frizzy when they woke up after sleeping on the silk pillowcase
    amazon.com

    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 $8.99+ (available in three sizes and 24 colors).

    Just one hair god sharing tips on how to have equally amazing hair:

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    Nic Cage is the hair god if that wasn't clear...not me.

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