It’s no secret, but writing about hair professionally offers quite the perks! We’re extremely fortunate in that we receive generous samplings of the hottest new products on the market. That said, hair products editors use regularly isn’t necessarily what you see overflowing out of our bathroom stash.
To provide a little insight into what we’re absolutely loving these days (gifted or not!), a few of our editors share their musts below! Please note, we didn’t include hot tools in this roundup.
I was sent this shampoo by the brand and was excited to try it, though I wasn’t expecting much. I mean, it’s shampoo and I’m not picky about my shampoo. After one wash, I knew I couldn’t use another shampoo ever again. The way it makes my scalp feel incredibly clean and nourished is unlike any shampoo out there. Not even scalp scrubs make my scalp feel this refreshed. — Ashley Locke, Digital Content Coordinator
Similar to the shampoo, I was also sent this by the brand and didn’t think much of it. But wow, my strands are silky soft after each wash. And they stay that soft in between wash days. So much so, that I’ve prolonged my time between washes. — Ashley
There’s nothing I love more than a multi-hyphenate hair product. And this one really does it all. I really got more into the leave-in conditioner game during quarantine, so when I was sent this product, I had high hopes. Of course, it delivers with every spritz. From protecting my strands against heat damage to adding moisture, I know I’m reaping the rewards of its 21 benefits each time I use it. — Ashley
I’m biased because I made it, but I cannot tell you how amazing the MARA hair claw is. We’ve sold so many claws (for reference: I make MARA skincare products), which really speaks volumes for how stylish, cool and functional this claw is. It goes with everything, and it’s sustainably made from plant pulp. At any given moment I have one on my desk, one clipped on my purse and one in my hair. — Allison McNamara, Editorial Director
I’ll say it once and I’ll say it again–this is my all-time favorite shampoo! My hair is thick, but dry and gets weighed down easily. This shampoo always gives my hair the perfect amount of lift while still keeping it hydrated. I can’t tell you how many bottles of this I’ve gone through! — Allison
This scrub from Ouai is simply the best, and it newly comes in their St. Barths fragrance, which is nothing short of a dream. While I do use this on my hair, I also love it as a body scrub, too. — Allison
I don’t use regular conditioner often. In fact, I actually don’t really use conditioner ever. Before you panic, hear me out. I still haven’t found a regular conditioner that doesn’t weigh my hair down, but ironically, this hair mask—which is much heavier than a regular conditioner—is perfect for my hair type. I use it once a week and leave on for 5-10 minutes in the shower and then rinse for soft strands. And yes, the other times I wash my hair I usually skip out on conditioner all together. Try it! — Allison
Like most people, the peak of the pandemic was when I really honed in on haircare that works for me. Among my revelations was this specific shampoo. I had (no joke) 15 different shampoos floating around in my shower at the time, and was used to grabbing whatever caught my eye in the moment. But once I gave this bad boy a go, I kissed the others goodbye. Because of my job, it is crucial that I try other shampoos, so I have taken temporary breaks. But my goodness, the moment I’m back at it, I remember why I love it so much. Made for damaged, color-treated hair, it makes my strands feel soft and nourished. Added bonus? It smells great, too! — Dahvi Shira, Writer
A roundup of hair products editors use wouldn’t be complete without a brush, amirite? I was just introduced to this little contraption, but already, it’s a mainstay in my haircare collection. I’ve tried flexible vented brushes in the past and actually hated them, but this one proved to be different. It quickly and effortlessly gets to my tangles and makes my hair feel long and luscious. I’ve gotta say, this beats the Tangle Teaser for me. — Dahvi
If you’re a regular Mane Addicts reader, you’ve definitely clicked on me raving about this magical hair mask so many times. The 40-minute mask—packed with lavender, cucumber, and eucalyptus herbal botanical waters, as well as the brand’s own blend of extracts, oils and amino acids—truly, truly revives. — Dahvi
When it comes to hair products editors use, it’s hard buying into claims of doing more than 10 things in one. But this magical spray truly does it all. When my hair was partially bleached earlier this year, I couldn’t find anything for the life of me that hydrated those colored strands, and this product saved the day. It’s become my absolute go-to every time I’m fresh out of the shower. — Dahvi
For more products we love, HERE are four that kept our strands sane during quarantine!