The Best Products for Your Hair Type

Whether it's thick and curly or fine and damaged, we've got the top products to style your tresses.

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April 19, 2010 8:00 AM
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Fine Hair

"Fine hair is made up of half the proteins of thicker textures," says Jeni Thomas, Ph.D. and senior scientist for Pantene. But in the quest for added oomph, most fine-haired women overdo it with styling aids, causing their slight strands to fall flat under the added weight.

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Fine Hair

Pantene Pro-V Flat to Volume Shampoo, $3.99
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Fine Hair

Pantene Pro-V Flat to Volume Conditioner, $3.99
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Neutrogena Triple Renewal Body Boosting Foam, $6.99
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L'Oréal Paris Glossy Style Volume Gel, $4.99
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Blow Blow Out Hair Spray, $19.75
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Fine Hair

Denman Squargonomics Brush, $15
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Fine Hair

T3 Twirl 1 1/4" Curling Iron, $119
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Medium to Thick Hair

"Medium and thick hair absorb 40 percent more water than other types," says Thomas. This means frizz in humid climates and scorched ends in dry ones.

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Medium to Thick Hair

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Shampoo, $5.49
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Medium to Thick Hair

Frizz-Ease Smooth Start Conditioner, $5.49
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Medium to Thick Hair

Nourish + Style Smoothing Crème, $6.49
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Medium to Thick Hair

Aveda Light Elements Texturizing Creme, $24
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Medium to Thick Hair

Coppola Curved Vent Brush, $30
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Medium to Thick Hair

Remington Frizz Therapy Iron, $50
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Damaged Hair

"More than 60 percent of women in the U.S. color their hair," says Thomas. "This strips the hair's protective layers." Translation: Dyed locks need lots of TLC.

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Damaged Hair

Dove Intensive Repair Shampoo, $3.76
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Damaged Hair

Dove Intensive Repair Conditioner, $3.76
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Damaged Hair

Kérastase Chronologiste Kit, $145
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Damaged Hair

Kérastase Chronologiste Kit, $145
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Damaged Hair

Samy Heat Guard Protection Spray, $4.99
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Damaged Hair

Goody Tourmaline Brush, $6.99
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Damaged Hair

Conair Infiniti Tourmaline Ceramic Ionic Hair Styler, $34.99

Curly Hair

"Every turn in a curl is a potential point of breakage," says Thomas. Protect ringlets in these tight spots, and you'll prevent coarser textures in the future.

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Curly Hair

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Shampoo, $35
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Curly Hair

Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Conditioner, $35
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Curly Hair

Revolution In Cut Curl Me Curl Defining Gel, $21
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Curly Hair

Pantene Pro-V Deep Moisturizing Treatment for Curly Hair, $5.99
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Curly Hair

HairArt H-3000 Ionic Comb, $7.50
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Curly Hair

Brazilian Heat 1 1/2" Flat Iron, $80
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Coarse & Curly Hair

"Coarse, curly hair can have 12 times as many twists as regular curly hair," says Thomas, meaning that much more breakage. Thicker hair fibers and tight curls also trap oils at the roots, leaving some scalps dry and itchy.

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Coarse & Curly Hair

Hair Rules Daily Cleansing Cream, $32
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Hair Rules Leave-In Conditioner, $20
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Softsheen-Carson Roots of Nature Healing Thickening Cream, $6.99
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Motions Foaming Wrap Lotion, $3.99
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Miss Jessie's Quick Curls, $32
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Macadamia Natural Oil Comb, $12
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Coarse & Curly Hair

Sultra Half-Inch Iron, $225