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The Best Pandemic Hair Products to Stop You From Cutting Your Own Hair

If your hair feels more like a pile of hay attached to your head than actual hair, these products can help.

Most likely, there’s a lot going on atop your head right now, and if you’re anything like me or anyone else I know, you don’t like one bit of it. If you’re staying safe and away from the hair salon during COVID times, it’s time to treat yourself (and your hair) to some TLC. We’re staying away from the salon and gritting our teeth for a few more months (hopefully that’s all it is) and waiting for it to be safe again; but until then, here are some products to give your head a makeover and stop you from cutting (or buzzing) your locks.

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Heat & UV Protective Primer

The heat is on…your head, that is. But make sure to protect yourself from the heat with this spray. Look, not all of us are blessed with hair that can look good without a blow dryer, but at least with this primer, you can feel better knowing that you’re not causing any (or as much) damage to your hair. It works great on thick hair, as well as color-treated hair, tames frizz, and smoothes your hair without being too oily or weighing it down.

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Ouai Scalp and Body Scrub

Over time, a lot of stuff builds up under all that hair, and that’s why you’re gonna need a scalp treatment to get the gunk out every once in a while. This particular scrub exfoliates without being too harsh on the head, removing the product buildup that might have been living on your scalp. It’s also free from sulfates and parabens and is made with coconut oil and sugar. All you gotta do is massage your little head using circular motions and rinse–your hair will feel moisturized and your scalp will be squeaky clean.

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Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Hair Care

It’s storytime: I discovered this product by chance when I walked into a Sephora one day. An employee walked up to me and said, “Can I help you find anything?” and I said, “My hair…” and she took one look at my dry, damaged locks and pointed at this product. She said, “This is what you need,” and I believed her–there was something in her eyes that made me know that I could trust her. This product instantly transforms dry, brittle hair into a softer, healthier version of itself, simply after one use. All you do is work a little bit of it into your dry hair after styling, and bam–an instant refresher.

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Intense Rescue Shots by Pantene

If the main adjective you use to describe your hair is “damaged,” then have I got the product for you. These little guys pack a punch of hydration and–great news–they’re actually affordable! All you have to do is put one of these bad boys into your hair after shampooing and conditioning, leave it in there for a little bit, rinse out, and, bam, your hair is instantly hydrated. They’re safe for chemically treated hair, as well as colored-treated hair, and deeply condition to help get rid of pesky split ends and frays.

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Living Proof No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream

Fight off humidity with this no-nonsense styling creme that–get this–actually works. Ideal for medium to thick hair, this styling creme can be applied generously before styling or blow-drying, from root to ends, without leaving hair heavy and weighed down or oily. And if you’d like to do the full system, the Living Proof mini transformation kit is available for you to test out not only the styling creme, but the accompanying shampoo, conditioner, and humidity shield.

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A Keratin-Infused Smoothing Treatment

It’s not so easy to make an appointment at a salon for a keratin treatment as of late, so those of us with thick, unruly hair need some at-home options to tame that mane. This keratin treatment by CHI is both affordable and effective, making it a great alternative for a salon keratin treatment (for now, anyway). It’s thermally activated, meaning it’s made for combined use with a hair straightener and helps to fight off humidity while also locking in moisture. It’s also safe to use with color-treated and chemically treated or bleached hair.

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Moroccanoil Treatment

This oil-infused treatment is a trustworthy classic. Composed of argan oil and a bunch of vitamins, this oil aids in nourishing the hair, leaving it shiny, manageable, and healthier overall. Plus, it speeds up blow-drying time and keeps the frizz away. It’s a one-stop-shop of an elixir that will transform your hair immediately from stressed-out-quarantine-mess to sleek and smooth, (almost) good as new locks. And for those with light-colored hair or thinner hair, there’s Moroccanoil Light.

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Amika Hair Blow Dryer Brush

Is your hair extremely frizzy and therefore takes quite a bit of time to blowdry? Is this even more annoying for you because perhaps you don’t have air conditioning, so the thought of blow-drying your hair when it’s still hot outside makes you want to cry, but you really want your hair to look nice because, seriously, what else do you have right now? Enter this blow-drying hairbrush by Amika. It helps to speed up drying time and therefore limits the amount of heat applied to your hair, resulting in less heat damage over time.

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Olaplex Bond Repair Shampoo and Conditioner

A good place to start with hair that’s crying out for help is with the basics–and that’s shampoo and conditioner. It’s time to relink those broken hair bonds, friends. No doubt, your hair is breaking apart (it can’t be just me). This shampoo helps to repair the damages your hair might’ve collected throughout the quarantine, including split ends, frizz, and breakages. And don’t forget about the conditioner–this pairing of extremely moisturizing shampoo and conditioner is the best thing for stopping your hairs from breaking the heck off your head.

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A Silicone Shampoo Brush

When it comes to hair care, it’s easy to forget about the scalp. But if you use a lot of hair products, you’re going to get a lot of build-up sticking to your head, and that’s where a shampoo brush comes in handy. Scrub your scalp clean with a little shampoo brush, and worry no more about any remnants of shampoo’s past remaining on that head of yours. Plus, it feels like a little massage, and you won’t have to worry about scratching your head with your nails.