11 Hair Products Our Editors Can’t Get Enough Of In Quarantine

Spending most of our time at home has given us a new approach to our beauty routines: What was once a full face painted on before 9 a.m. has become a swipe of blush and brows for a day of Zoom calls. (We call it loungewear for your face.) Skin care has become less of a chore and more of a ritual to wind down after a stress-filled day, or treat "maskne" until it's safe to get a facial again.

Our hair has been a little different, though: Unlike a hormonal chin zit, you can't hide your split ends under a mask while running errands, and going months without seeing our stylists — not to mention good old summer humidity — has forced us to take better care of our strands at home. Fortunately, many new and already-beloved hair products on shelves have done all the heavy lifting, and our summer hair is all the better for it.


Ahead, we asked Refinery29 editors to break down all the hair-care products they've been loving so far this summer.

At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.

OGX Pracaxi Oil Deeply Restoring Recovery Shampoo

"After a few days of working out and sweating, I thoroughly shampoo with this formula, which doesn't strip or dry out my curls. It creates a satisfying lather that leaves my hair feeling clean and soft, and gets bonus points for making my shower smell like a tropical vacation." — Aimee Simeon, senior beauty writer
OGX OGX Pracaxi Oil Deeply Restoring Recovery Shampoo, $8.99 Buy

Dove Amplified Textures Shaping Butter Cream

"Before quarantining, I straightened my naturally curly hair daily. Since staying home, I've ditched the flat iron and made a real effort to embrace my natural texture. I've been using this Dove curl-enhancing butter to define and hydrate my super dry hair, and it hasn't let me down. A generous scoop combed through damp hair leaves my heat-damaged curls defined and quenched without a visible crunch." — Simeon
Dove Dove Amplified Textures Shaping Butter Cream, $6.98 Buy

Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash

"Between shampoos, I've turned to a gentle co-wash when my strands need moisture. I love that this one comes in a large pump bottle that looks great in my shower caddy and holds enough formula to coat my curls." — Simeon
Briogeo Be Gentle, Be Kind Avocado + Quinoa Co-Wash, $32.00 Buy

Bread Beauty Supply Everyday Gloss

"This brand-new hair oil from Bread Beauty Supply, Sephora's latest Black-owned hair-care brand, is likened to 'lip gloss for your hair' for good reason: It adds a healthy sheen to the driest of strands and won't leave hair weighed down or greasy. A little also goes a long way, so the sleek bottle should last you all summer." — Simeon
BREAD BEAUTY SUPPLY Hair Oil Everyday Gloss, $24.00 Buy

Fable & Mane HoliRoots Shampoo & Conditioner Duo

"I’m not picky about shampoo and conditioner — I’ll use pretty much anything as long as it’s sulfate-free, smells good, and doesn’t weigh down my fine, wavy hair. (I recognize how irritating it is when people go on about how low-maintenance they are, but I am not in any other regard, so please let me have this.) This shampoo is super gentle but still provides a nice deep cleanse for those of us who wash our hair twice a week max; the conditioner makes detangling a breeze and smells like, I don’t know, heaven? Love. I use the Fable & Mane treatment oil and hair mask, too." — Rachel Krause, deputy beauty director
Fable And Mane HoliRoots Shampoo & Conditioner Duo, $53.00 Buy

Davines OI All In One Milk

"I've been using this stuff on and off for years, and every time I go back to it, I wonder why I ever stopped. Once I get out of the shower, I wrap my hair up in one of those Aquis turbans (a must-have for long hair) and doom-scroll through Twitter for 15-20 minutes until it's sufficiently towel-dried, then spritz this all over and comb through. The panthenol and roucou oil give my brittle ends a protein boost and make everything else beyond soft and shiny — and that's after air-drying, which historically leaves my hair looking frazzled and unruly, especially this time of year." — Krause
Davines OI All In One Milk, $35.00 Buy

Crown Affair The Brush No. 001

"At $62, this brush is roughly $50 more than I've ever spent on a brush before, but after using it for a few weeks I can see why people do things like throw down nearly $200 on a Mason Pearson. The combination of boar and nylon bristles feels like a scalp massage, and considering I've always associated brushes with frizz and split ends, the fact that my hair is actually sleeker and healthier-looking after use has truly blown my mind. It's expensive, but I'll be holding onto this brush (and safely stashing it in the adorable canvas bag it comes in) for a long, long time." — Krause
Crown Affair Crown Affair The Brush No. 001, $62.00 Buy

TRESemme Moisture Rich With Vitamin E Shampoo

“This shampoo is no-frills: The big black bottle is clunky, and from a user-experience standpoint, the lather is standard and the scent is nice but not particularly memorable — I honestly can’t even tell you what it smells like and I used it last night. But because it’s a ‘moisture-rich’ formula, it makes my long, thick but fine hair feel softer and less squeaky clean than most other drugstore shampoos, and my logic is that I rinse it down the drain in less than 30 seconds, so I don’t really need anything more than that.” — Megan Decker, beauty editor
TRESemmé TRESemme Moisture Rich With Vitamin E Shampoo, $3.99 Buy

Playa Monoi Milk Leave-in Conditioner

"Last week, my weather app told me the humidity was 100%, and my air-dried waves cosigned, frizzing as if I was electrocuted. I knew the frizz meant that my strands were probably dehydrated — much like the rest of me — and in need of an extra layer of moisture to repel the haze in the air, but I didn’t want a leave-in cream that would feel sticky or heavy. This fine mist by Playa was the solution, plus interest. I spritzed it all over my towel-dried hair sparingly, and once my waves had air-dried, they were softer to the touch, less all over the place with frizz, and smelled like a blend of musk and floral that reminded me of an expensive perfume I’m not wearing in quarantine.” — Decker
Playa Monoi Milk Leave-in Conditioner, $24.00 Buy

Bumble & Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

"This is my ride-or-die hair oil, and I’ve been relying on it heavily this summer now that I’ve cut back on heat styling during quarantine. My favorite way to use it is right out of the shower, on damp hair. Since my texture is wavy and thick, a few drops go a long way to seal in moisture and shine, in addition to helping my hair look healthy and defined after air-drying." — Karina Hoshikawa, beauty & wellness market writer
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil, $22.00 Buy

Nexxus Scalp Inergy Gentle Exfoliating Scrub

"I’ve been around the block when it comes to scalp scrubs, and this one might be my favorite so far. It has an almost fluffy, cushion-y texture that actually feels great when worked in my roots, and the sugar crystals are gentle enough that my scalp isn’t left feeling scrubbed raw. Plus, in addition to ridding flakes and buildup, it leaves my hair feeling tingly fresh." — Hoshikawa
Nexxus Nexxus Scalp Inergy Gentle Exfoliating Scrub, $19.99 Buy
Load more...