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  • Living Proof Prime Style Extender

    Living Proof Prime Style Extender

    Double the life of your day-to-day hairstyle with Living Proof’s Prime Style Extender. This hair miracle harnesses the power of OFPMA, which weightlessly smooths hair and improves texture. Prime Style Extender can be worn alone—it also detangles and helps correct the texture of the hair cuticle—or you can layer it under your favorite styling products. It not only leaves hair soft to the touch, but it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, GMOs, phthalates and triclosan. Expect to shampoo less since Prime Style Extender keeps hair looking good longer. $12-20

     

  • Living Proof Satin Hair Serum

    Living Proof Satin Hair Serum

    This new oil- and silicone-free serum from Living Proof (Jennifer Aniston is a fan) improves smoothness and manageability while cutting down styling time, all without adding weight to your locks. Even though it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthlates, it eliminates frizz for the ultimate sleek look sans build-up. Hair remains grease-free, plus the serum’s effects are long-lasting. $29

  • Mason Pearson Brush

    Mason Pearson Brushes

    Handmade since 1885, Mason Pearson brushes are still a cult favorite. Its boar bristles (the best for your hair) massage your scalp and distribute natural oils down the length of your hair, creating healthier, stronger and even shinier hair. The brushes come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and bristle combinations. Pure boar is great for normal to fine hair, a combo of boar and nylon is better for normal and short thick hair, and all nylon is best for very thick hair. They even make a version for sensitive scalps. The design has been the same, “not bettered,” since the 1920s, so even though these are an investment, they last a long time. $99-$170

  • Neil George Volumizing Spray

    Neil George Volumizing Spray

    Created for fine or thin hair, Neil George Volumizing Spray gives roots the lift they need without the parabens. Infused with lime flower and orange blossom, the lightweight spray is easy on the scalp as well. Use on roots when hair is wet, then style as usual, although blowing it dry will give it extra oomph. $24

  • No.4 Lumiere d'hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect

    No.4 Lumiere d’hiver Super Comb Prep & Protect

    Several factors will quickly hook anyone on this post-shower leave-in conditioning treatment that’s 100 percent vegan and sulfate-, paraben- and gluten-free. First, there’s the nostalgic scent, something slightly reminiscent of an island-y blend of vanilla, spice and rum. But it’s the light spray’s superior detangling and nourishing powers along with its unmatched UV polar shield and vegetable protein strengthening attributes that makes it truly addictive. $32

  • Rita Hazan Pop Color Spray

    Rita Hazan Pop Color Temporary Color Spray for Hair

    Created by New York-based master hair colorist Rita Hazan, these easy-to-use aerosol Pop Color sprays let you indulge in the season’s hottest trend—playful colored hair (a look she helped spark with her A-list clients!)—without the commitment… or the tint, bleach or peroxide. The paraben- and sulfate-free formula comes in three runway-ready hues: pink, purple and blue. Plus, they work on all hair types. Hazan’s added edge? She worked with a graffiti artist to amp up the street-cred packaging. $18

  • Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Conditioning Cleanser

    Salon Grafix Healthy Hair Nutrition Conditioning Cleanser

    An alternative to the traditional shampoo and condition routine, this affordable formula by Salon Grafix pretty much does it all, acting as a five-in-one shampoo and detangler plus regular, deep and leave-in conditioners. Without sulfates and thus lather, which strips hair of essential oils, the citrusy cream boosts shine, body and overall mane health. $6.99
  • Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment

    Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment

    If lush, high-gloss hair is the goal, legendary hair stylist Serge Normant’s rich treatment stuffed with exotic active ingredients—nopal (cactus) extract, lava clay from Morocco and Atlas Mountains-sourced cedar bark extract clarify and boost shine—is the answer. And the trademarked Keravis vegetable protein blend ensures strong, silken hair, cuticle to un-split end. $60