College Beauty Awards: Shampoo, Conditioner, Masks & More Essential Hair Treatments

Trying to narrow down the best hair products is essentially opening up a can of worms. Every person’s hair texture is so unique — frizzy, fluffy, limp, fine, thick, wiry — then throw color treatments and all different cuts on top of it and we’ve got a nearly impossible task. Our solution was to ask college women about the products they have an intense loyalty to, and then test all of them (and many more). Believe it or not, we actually found hair care that lives up to its promises, and after reading through our list, your hair routine will never be the same.

Below are the winners you’ll want to drown your split ends in, slather on when you need a little extra oomph, and soak up to banish dry scalps. These are loved by a range of college women with all different hair types, washing preferences and styling routines — so whatever your hair goal, we’re here for you.

Fingers crossed that all these picks give you the confidence and assurance that only a good hair day can!

  1. 1. Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo

    OGX, target.com, $6; shop now

    Make this your regular shampoo, and just wait for the compliments to pour in about how healthy your hair looks. The formula brings damaged hair back to life, and it smells like a tropical paradise every time you shampoo in the shower. 

  2. 2. Hella Drenched Hydration Cream Co-Wash

    Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture, sephora.com, $20; shop now

    You deserve hair that's soft, touchable, and easy to manage. This is the first co-wash so many college women fell in love with, and they've stayed loyal since first use. 

  3. 3. Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie

    Shea Moisture, target.com, $10; shop now

    Even the thickest curls benefit from this smoothie, enriched with all kinds of good ingredients that makes hair soft and shiny. If you're not into heat styling, this is a great product for creating beach waves and ringlets! 

  4. 4. Miracle Moist 3 Minute Miracle with Avocado for Dry Hair Repair

    Aussie, target.com, $3; shop now

    Trust us, you can spare three minutes when it comes to this treatment. Use it the suggested amount of time for instant hair restoration, but our students say to leave it on overnight as a deep conditioner on dry hair and dead ends. 

  5. 5. Rose Hair & Body Oil

    OUAI, sephora.com, $32; shop now

    If you're a regular hair oil user, you've likely had issues in the past with residue getting on your pillow or clogging your pores — but no such issues with this product. It's pure luxury, and even the tiniest drop adds ultra-moisture and glow. 

  6. 6. Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo

    Living Proof, sephora.com, $24; shop now

    This dry shampoo completely owns our souls, and we're totally okay with it. It's heavy-duty for serious oil and grease absorbtion, so much that you can extend the length of your wash by at least two days. Cheers to lookin' cute with dirty hair! 

  7. 7. Style Reviving Dry Conditioner

    Kristen Ess, target.com, $14; shop now

    Where dry shampoo is amazing for oil absorbtion, dry conditioner is great to revive your style. Spray this all over before you re-style your hair with hot tools, and your 'do will like like it's the first day post-wash. 

  8. 8. Conair Velvet Touch Dryer

    Conair, target.com, $20; shop now

    This dryer is lighter than most, and it comes with a diffuser and direct hit accessory. Whether you want a salon quality blowout or just need to dry your strands before rushing off to class, this dryer is so reliable and will carry you through all your college years. 

  9. 9. Curlipops 1'' Tourmaline Ceramic Styling Iron

    Bed Head, ulta.com, $30; shop now

    We love a bouncy curl, and even college women with thick hair see results with this curling wand. And if you're convinced your hair can't hold a curl, this iron will change your mind! Additionally, this hot tool comes with a protective glove so you won't burn your fingers and or hands while styling.

  10. 10. Remington 1" Flat Iron

    Remington, target.com, $20; shop now

    This flat iron is the perfect size to store in a small dorm or apartment bathroom, it's got great heating levels, and it quickly straightens your hair without frying. Yes, we're super into it. 

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