From bleached bangs to rice water for hair growth, there’s always a hair care bandwagon to hop on. After all, it’s human nature to follow a fad. If you like to stay on trend, you’re probably also tempted to click “add to cart” when you see something top the list on Amazon’s Best Sellers page. Before you hit buy on whatever is in vogue right now, get to know the most popular hair products on Amazon, and find out whether they are worth your hard-earned money.
1. Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil
Mielle Organics was created following founder Monique Rodriguez’s success on social media with her hair care regimen for her tailbone-length hair. Mielle Organics Rosemary Mint Scalp & Hair Strengthening Oil is the company’s best seller on Amazon and the number one product in hair care, but does it actually work? Infused with biotin, this product is designed to “nourish hair follicles, smooth split ends, and help with dry scalp.” The good news is it’s a natural product that’s formulated without parabens, or sulfates, and isn’t tested on animals, just like Lu’s range of hair care products, which have also earned rave reviews on Amazon. It can also be used on protective styles like braids and weaves. Mielle has gotten more than 11,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, with customers raving about its effects on thinning hair and dry hair. However, some users have complained about the size of the bottle, how oily or greasy it is, while a few have reported that it doesn't work for them.
2. Conair 1875 Watt Double Ceramic Hair Dryer
The Conair 1875 Watt Double Ceramic Hair Dryer is an affordable ceramic hair dryer from the leaders in the field, Conair. With more than 100,000 reviews, it's clearly one of Amazon's top hair tools. Most reviewers tout the effectiveness of the curling iron. The more critical comments were about the product design, heat settings, and heat damage. As anyone with curly hair knows, using a hair dryer regularly causes more harm than good, including zapping your hair’s moisture and leading to frizz. For best results, try air drying instead, or invest in a microfiber hair towel. The Youlertex microfiber hair towel wrap is a top seller that we would also recommend. People who don’t have that kind of time may want to choose a hair dryer with a diffuser instead. Diffusers attach to blow dryers and disperse the hair, rather than heating hair like a regular blow dryer, which means hair cuticles remain protected and hair dries in a natural way. If you are a serial heat tool user, consider incorporating Lu's Rescue Collection to your hair care routine. Its restorative properties promote hair health by locking in moisture, preventing frizz, and bringing back your natural shine.
3. Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water
Can 5,000+ five-star reviews be wrong? Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Glass Hair Water is the third most popular hair care product on Amazon’s Best Sellers page. This might be due to its low price and household name, but does this product work with your hair or against it? Designed with argan oil and plant protein, this lamellar wash out sounds like a great way to add shine to dull hair. It's made from a 99% biodegradable formula that's cruelty free and has no silicones, sulfates, parabens, DMDM Hydantoin, or phthalates. Users have praised the water's scent and effectiveness. Critics, however, claim that the product's effectiveness wears off after the first use, while others said it led to brittle hair, hair loss, and breakage.
4. REVLON One-Step Volumizer
The REVLON One-Step Volumizer is one of the best products in Amazon's hair care range. This hot air brush is designed to add volume to your hair when you brush with it to get salon-like results, but there’s a reason why people don’t spend hours under flip-top hair dryers in salons anymore. Heat can cause the keratin strands in hair to change shape and weaken over time. Reviewers praised the Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer for drying and straightening hair without having to use a flat iron. Quite a few users complained about defects in the manufacturing. If you want thicker hair, try Lu's Freedom Collection, which is designed to give you voluminous, bouncy curls every time.
5. Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
With almost 75,000 reviews on Amazon, the Nizoral Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is another popular product designed to fight flaky scalp and reduce itching. While the product might get rid of some flakes, it may be doing damage to your hair follicles in the long run, because one of the ingredients is sodium laureth sulfate. Surfactants are the detergent-like component of shampoos that create the soapy lather on wet hair in the shower. Sulfates are the most popular surfactants and can be found on the ingredient lists of many popular brands. Unfortunately, sulfates can remove too much natural oil from your hair and can leave it dry and lifeless. The best hair products are sulfate-free.
6. Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner is a repairing conditioner that makes the bold claim that it can repair broken bonds in hair with one patented single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. More than 80% of its 61,000 reviews are five stars, with customers swearing by its reparative properties. While it largely satisfies customers, some users and experts have pointed out that the conditioner contains Butylphenyl Methylpropional, an ingredient that may do damage to your hair in the long run and has recently been banned by the EU. An alternative that will restore your locks without the use of any harmful ingredients is Lu’s Rescue Conditioner.
7. L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up
L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up is a popular product on Amazon that is designed to conceal gray hair roots, and more than 43,000 five-star reviews will tell you that it does the job. But why do you want to cover up your beautiful gray hair? There’s an empowering movement that encourages us to celebrate our natural hair color, rather than dyeing it and dealing with color-treated hair damage afterwards. Just look at Salma Hayek’s incredible natural hair for inspiration. We say, embrace the gray!
There are thousands of products that practically guarantee a good hair day, but not all of them work as advertised. For the most part, these best sellers tend to live up to their claims. Which of them have you tried, and which do you swear by? Let us know in the comments!