Every year, members of More’s Reader Panel scrub and spritz their way through hundreds of new fall beauty launches. The result: A shopping list of the season’s must-haves. Here, the winners in the hair category
This styler/treatment ($24; Click to Buy) claims instant results (shinier, less-frizz-prone strands) as well as long-term benefits like fewer split ends and less breakage. Testers didn’t weigh in on the latter, but most liked the styling results. “On wet hair, this gloss boosted shine and manageability. On dry hair, it added texture,” said one. Another heralded it for colored-treated tresses: “The texture of my hair is pretty awful these days, thanks to years of coloring. But this product made my hair look better than it has in a while.” Thicker-haired testers liked the gloss but said it wasn’t quite strong enough to tame their hair on very humid days. “After about four hours my thick hair did start to frizz up a bit,” said one.
Living Proof, whose technology is developed by MIT scientists, has once again found a new way to combat an age-old problem. Historically, damaged hair has been treated with oil and silicone, which seek to weigh down strands and make them appear smoother. But these tactics are Band-Aids, concealing the problem rather than truly solving it. The new Restore line uses something called a Polyfluoro Ester to coat each strand, making it look and act more as it did when it was still virgin. And testers say this mask ($42; Click to Buy) is a game changer. “My hair just drank this mask in, and it didn’t end up greasy. My strands have not felt this silky in a long time,” said one.
The Ojon hair-care line was built on the moisturiz-ing properties of the Honduran Ojon tree nut. The newest styler ($25; Click to Buy) uses the nut oil, plus pulp from the fruit around the nut, to make hair healthier and more robust. Testers were mostly pleased, though quite a few said they used more than the three drops prescribed on the package. “With my long, curly hair, I doubled the dosage,” said one.
Pureology’s new Perfect4Platinum line was created for hair that has been bleached four levels or more. The shampoo and conditioner moisturize and strengthen, while this Miracle Filler ($24; Click to Buy), a leave-in treatment, adds a vegetable-derived protein called Keravis to your hair, filling in gaps in the strands where you should have keratin (your body’s natural protein)—but you don’t because it’s been stripped away as a result of bleaching. Most blonde testers were pleased, even after one use. “Pure heaven! This spray made my hair silky smooth,” said one. Another summarized, “I have struggled with my hair looking dry and brittle—and this product really helped.”
Unless you wear your hair in a pixie, you’re vulnerable to split ends. And left unchecked, splits can travel up your strands, weakening them. So Phyto’s new serum ($28; Click to Buy) was designed to act as a split end “bandage,” sealing the ends with a silk peptide and preventing upward travel. Most testers thought it delivered. “This serum did make an immediate differ-ence—one that lasted about 24 hours, then you have to reapply,” said one. Another found an extra benefit: “I don’t have split ends, but my curly hair does have rough ends. This product made them look softer and more polished.”
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