If we’ve learned anything from the pandemic, it’s that taking care of ourselves is more important than ever.

Self-care looked a little different for everyone — for some of us, it meant taking care of our mental health. For others, that meant nourishing our bodies. But for many of us, that meant taking skincare and haircare more seriously.

Everyone became obsessed with hair masks, scalp scrubs, and more products that could help us detox our hair and try to fix all the damage we’ve done to it over the years.

On top of that, we also learned how to do our own hair, since most of us couldn’t make it to the hair salon or the blowout bar. That meant buying blowdry brushes and hair wavers to get our hair just right for all those Zoom meetings.

So, we found all the best products to help you care for your tresses and get the most gorgeous hair possible.

Best Hair Mask Overall: Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Reparative Hair Pak ($45)

If you need a nourishing hair mask then Kiehl’s is pretty much the holy grail. Users of all hair types, including those with natural hair, boast about how incredibly hydrating it is.

What the reviews say:

“Your hair will feel amazing after this. I don’t use it as much as I should but when I do my hair always feels super bouncy and silky”

Best Hair Mask For Natural Hair: Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner ($18)

If you’re looking for some seriously deep hydration, the Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner is the only choice. Users are obsessed with how soft it gets their hair and say it works much better than the competition.

What the reviews say:

“Like most naturals I have tried an unthinkable amount of products and this is one of my favorites for deep conditioning. I keep it stocked!”

Best Purple Hair Mask: Bold Uniq Purple Hair Most ($29)


If you’re looking to lighten and brighten up your blonde hair, then the Bold Uniq Purple Hair Mask is going to be the way to go. The mask has over 14K five-star reviews and customers say the mask gets all the brassiness out of their hair. The mask is also sulfate-free and cruelty-free.

What the reviews say:

“I put this on my hair for 5 minutes and not only did it remove almost all of the brassiness and rust, but it also nourished my hair in the process instead of drying it out like other purple shampoos/masks that I have tried beforehand. Definitely worth the purchase!”

Best Affordable Hair Mask: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner ($6)


There’s a reason that Aussie’s 3 Minute Miracle hair mask has stuck around so long: it actually works! Regardless of whether you have fine, straight hair, or thick curly hair, this mask promises to do it all. 76% of users gave it a five-star review on Amazon so it’s fair to say that it’s pretty beloved.

What the reviews say:

“I have thick curly hair that tangles! This works like a charm to untangle, control frizz and condition dry hair. It’s a well-kept secret! And the smell brings you to the beach”

Best Scalp Scrub: R+Co Crown Scalp Scrub ($38)


R+Co’s Crown Scalp Scrub is pretty much universally adored. The scrub has ingredients like salicylic acid to remove loose dandruff and kaolin to absorb excess oil. The scrub is also free of all those yuck ingredients that your hair hates like parabens, sulfate, and petrolatum.

What the reviews say:

“I love this scalp scrub! I have an oily, itchy scalp and color-processed hair that tends to be dry on the ends. This scrub does it all, cleans my scalp, doesn’t strip my color and leaves my hair soft, clean and easily styled.”

Best Affordable Scalp Scrub: Nexxus Clean & Pure Sulfate-Free Scalp Scrub ($15)


Users of all hair types were wowed by how much Nexxus’ Scalp Scrub helped to calm their itchy, dry scalps and hydrated their hair. The scrub is free of all silicone, sulfates, dyes, and parabens and is meant to give your scalp a deep detox.

What the reviews say:

“This scalp scrub is wonderful. If nothing else, the delicious scent keeps me massaging and massaging my scalp and has really helped with summertime irritation from heat and sweat. Sometimes I wash my hair first and then use the Nexxus afterward and just rinse it out as the last step. Sometimes I use it alone. I have very fine hair, and this does not leave anything behind except silky strands… nothing to weigh my hair down!”

Best Blowdry Brush: Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer Hot Air Brush ($45)


You’ve probably heard of the Revlon One-Step by now — it’s been a cult favorite for years and recently made a comeback thanks to TikTok. But if you’re wondering if it’s actually worth the hype, I can assure you, it is!

What the reviews say:

“Unbelievable easy and I didn’t even have to go back over it with a flat iron! Dry in record time and looks naturally straight! (None of those odd bumps) I can’t wait to dry my girls hair after a nighttime bath too. I almost never write reviews but thanks to this magical thing I had the time!”

Best Hair Waver: Bed Head Wave Artist Ceramic Deep Hair Waver ($30)


If you’re looking for those perfect beach waves, then the Bed Head Artist Hair Waver is your go-to. The hair waver has over 25K 5-star reviews on Amazon and it’s clear from the pictures that results are amazing.

What the reviews say:

“Where has this been all my life! I’m in love! I have long, fine hair that doesn’t hold curl very well. It tends to be very straight and I always have it back in a pony or up in a messy bun because it has no volume. This wave iron gives it tons of body and volume. It’s like magic!

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