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To guarantee good hair days, you need an arsenal of brilliant basics—so we've singled out the most hardworking shampoos, hydrating conditioners, nourishing treatments, and essential stylers for every hair type.


Straight and Fine: Pureology Fullfyl Shampoo
Plump stringy strands with this sulfate-free wash, which contains a protein that coats the hair, making it look fuller.
$28; for salons

Straight and Thick or Relaxed: Herbal Essences Naked Smooth & Soft Shampoo
This low-lather cleanser is the ultimate frizz fighter, and the silicone-free formula won’t weigh hair down.
$5; drugstores

Curly: Redken Curvaceous Low Foam Moisturizing Cleanser
The key to keeping your curls in check? Deep hydration— which this sulfate-free, oil-infused shampoo delivers.
$19; for salons

Coarse: Kérastase Nutritive Bain Magistral
Formulated with masterful moisturizers (glycerin and ceramides), this lush cleanser transforms coarse, depleted curls into soft, springy ringlets.

Colored: L'Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo
Ceramides and conditioning polymers in this sulfate-free wash repair brittle strands; a UV filter shields hair from harmful rays and heat styling.
$7; drugstores


Straight and Fine: Tresemmé Beauty-Full Volume Pre-Wash Conditioner
The latest body-building trick? Condition before you shampoo. Conditioning agents coat the cuticle, softening your hair without leaving it flat.
$6.50; drugstores

Straight and Thick or Relaxed: Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Conditioner
Dry, dehydrated hair soaks up the deep moisture from this coconut oil–based conditioner. Hello, bounce and shine!
$4; drugstores

Curly: Ouai Curl Conditioner
You’ll adore the gorgeous magnolia scent—and appreciate how the light formula smooths flyaways, adds shine, and defines curls.

Coarse: Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Restoring Conditioner
Indulge overprocessed hair with this combo of softening almond milk, strengthening vegetable protein, and hydrating shea oil.

Colored: Goldwell Kerasilk Color Conditioner
The best defense for your fresh-from-the-salon color: this powerful conditioner containing keratin (to repair) and tamanu oil (to keep your new shade vibrant).
$30; for salons


Straight and Fine: Wella Professionals Elements Hair Strengthening Serum

$22; for salons

Straight and Thick or Relaxed: John Frieda Frizz Ease 10 Day Tamer
Get to the root of flimsy, flat hair with this sulfate- and paraben-free treatment, which reinforces each strand.
$13; drugstores

Curly: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Curl Nourish
If your curls get you in a tangle, try this hydrating leave-in mix of coconut, macadamia seed, and jojoba seed oils.
$6; drugstores

Coarse: Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Length Retention S.O.S. Nourishing Scalp Elixir
A healthy scalp supports the hair follicles so they’ll produce thicker, stronger strands. Treat yours to this rich blend of peppermint, ceramides, and jojoba oil.

Colored: Color Wow Coconut Cocktail Bionic Tonic
Restore shine and silkiness with this leave-in serum, rich in fortifying fatty acids and hydrating coconut oil.


Straight and Fine: Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast
Elevate your style with this double-duty mist: One shot creates texture and boosts body for lasting volume.

Straight and Thick or Relaxed: Dove Refresh + Care Detox & Purify Dry Shampoo
Breathe new life into your blow-out with this weightless spray, which absorbs oil without leaving a chalky residue.
$5.50; drugstores

Curly: Pantene Pro-V Curl Defining Mousse
You’ll say goodbye to crunchy curls with this light foam, which eliminates frizz and defines spirals.
$6.50; drugstores

Coarse: Ouidad Curl Immersion Hi-Defining Custard
A combo of melon seed, coconut, and other oils in this gel smooths the cuticle; lightweight polymers give you soft hold.

Colored: Temptu Airbrush 24-Hour Root Touch-Up & Hair Color
Conceal regrowth with this genius touch-up. Pop your preferred color pod into the handheld airbrush device, and spray on the fine transfer- and water-resistant pigment.
$195 for Temptu Air and $35 for Airpod Root Touch-Up & Hair Color;