AND THE OFFICIAL 7TH ANNUAL TOTALBEAUTY.COM WINNERS ARE...
We tried and tested thousands of beauty products to bring you our Editors' Picks – the holy-grail items that really work. And we asked you, our readers, to weigh in with your must-haves for our Readers' Choice Awards. Here, we bring you the 2016 TotalBeauty Award winners – the best of the best beauty products that are sure to give you your best selfie yet. No filters necessary, because these products are that good.
EDITORS' PICKDevaCurl DevaDryer & DevaFuser
This powerful dryer blew away editors (pun intended) with its record-breaking drying time of five minutes or less. The included diffuser features a unique shape that makes it easy to dry your hair right at the roots.
READERS' CHOICEConair Infiniti Nano Silver Tourmaline Ceramic Hair Styler
My hair feels so much softer and healthier because of this dryer. I had so much shine in my hair after using this dryer, and my drying time significantly decreased. Plus, I love the multiple heat settings.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBabylissPro Rapido Professional Dryer
This dryer weighs around a pound or less and packs a huge punch in terms of dry time. It takes about 5 minutes to completely dry my long hair and it's not very loud at all.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBabyliss Pro TT Tourmaline Titanium 5000 Dryer
Thanks to this hair dryer, it takes me ten minutes to do my hair, and I don't even need to use a flat iron afterwards (and I have coil curls). Plus, this made my strands healthier and shiner.
EDITORS' PICKTangle Teezer Blow-Styling Tool
Get a Drybar-worthy sleek blowout with this paddle brush. The unique teeth easily comb through medium-to-long hair, whisking away excess water and reducing drying time.
READERS' CHOICEThe Wet Brush
This brush makes my hair smoother, manageable and shinier -- and cuts down on my dry time. I had a lot of trouble with my hair tangling and knotting up, but this brush keeps my strands frizz- and tangle-free.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONThe Wet Brush Speed Dry
The superflexible bristles on this curved brush resist heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. And it gently molds to the shape of your scalp to detangle hair from root to tip and cut down drying time.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAveda Wooden Paddle Brush
I use this brush every day to get knots and tangles out after the shower. It also dries large portions of your hair at once while you blow-dry, cutting down on drying time. Plus, its natural bristles leave hair silky-smooth.
EDITORS' PICKHairArt Moisture Healing Conditioner 7-in-1
The sleek packaging, delicious smell and superb detangling abilities of this sulfate- and paraben-free conditioner will have you convinced it costs more than a mere $10. It leaves hair soft, shiny and nourished.
READERS' CHOICEPantene Pro-V Ice Shine Conditioner
This conditioner's formula always leaves my hair feeling smooth and manageable, and the scent is just lovely, I always walk out with a glossy mane after using this stuff.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONHerbal Essences Naked Smooth and Soft Conditioner
A paraben-free drugstore gem that leaves hair supersoft and smooth. The invigorating sweet almond and mint scent subtly lingers throughout the day.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONAussie Mega Moist Conditioner
Smells fantastic and the scent lasts all day. My hair felt so soft after the first time I used it — this is definitely at the top of my list now.
EDITORS' PICKDevaCurl SuperCream Coconut Curl Styler
This is one of my most favorite curly hair products I have ever tried. I adore the coconut scent and the fact that this does not make my hair greasy or weighed down. I got more definition out of my wavy/curly/straight/confused hair than any other product before and the style made it through 2 days.
READERS' CHOICESheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie
I love that it's made with lots of natural ingredients and without a bunch of unnecessary additives. It keeps my curls soft, bouncy and tame. It's definitely a new staple for me.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBumble and Bumble Bb. Curl Pre-Style/Re-Style Primer
Use this multipurpose product on damp hair to detangle, define and condition curls. Then, use it the next day on dry hair to reshape your style sans crunchiness.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONHerbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel
I have very curly, very dry and very big hair, and this gel keeps my hair in check. It smells amazing, eliminates frizz and defines curls. It's amazing, especially for the price.
EDITORS' PICKNuance Salma Hayek Blue Agave Curls & Waves Hair Mask
Jojoba, meadowfoam and shea butter are the superstar ingredients in this seriously moisturizing (and delicious-smelling) hair mask. It doesn't weigh hair down, and it leaves strands silky smooth and touchable.
READERS' CHOICEAussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
This product works wonders. Not only does it smell fabulous, it really conditions and repairs damaged hair without weighing it down. It always leaves my hair feeling silky and hydrated.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONPai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask
This mask uses the brand's signature Exotic Tea Complex (a blend of potent, concentrated steeped teas) to condition hair. In addition to making hair soft and frizz-free, it adds volume -- pretty much unheard of in a hair mask.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONL'Oreal Paris Hair Expert Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm
My hair feels like satin after rinsing, and it doesn't feel heavy or greasy. Dead ends and fly-aways are less visible, and hair is shiny. One of the best deep conditioners I've used in ages.
EDITORS' PICKLiving Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
This stuff is incredible. It makes even sweaty, greasy hair look and smell fresh and clean. It's unlike any dry shampoo I've tried before (and I'm a connoisseur).
READERS' CHOICEDove Refresh + Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo
Mmmm... the smell is heavenly! And this works like a charm to soak up grease. The affordable price is just the icing on the cake. Probably my favorite drugstore dry shampoo.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONElizabeth and James Nirvana Dry Shampoo
Greasy roots and stinky hair are two dead giveaways that you haven't shampooed recently. This dry shampoo takes care of both with a rice starch-based formula that absorbs oil, adds volume and is delicately scented with one of the brand's two fragrances: Nirvana Black or Nirvana White.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBatiste Dry Shampoo
This dry shampoo smells amazing and really freshens my hair when it's dirty and starting to get greasy. Unlike other dry shampoos, this doesn't leave a white residue.
EDITORS' PICKMoroccanoil Dry Texture Spray
Give your hair some oomph with this argan-oil infused texture spray. A few quick sprays make hair look effortlessly piecey, tousled and sexy. (Bonus: It smells amazing.)
READERS' CHOICEGarnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray
A little goes a long way with this shine spray. All you need are a couple spritzes to add noticeable shine to hair without looking greasy. It's a great price for a perfect finish.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONKevin Murphy Doo.Over Dry Powder Finishing Hairspray
Lifeless strands are a thing of the past thanks to this multitasking volumizer, dry shampoo, texturizer hybrid. The signature Kevin Murphy scent is the only fragrance you need to wear.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONBumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish
I have fine hair that is pretty thick, so trying to create volume and make it last beyond five minutes has never happened for me before. Using this, my hair has volume and it stays. It's amazing and supereasy to use.
EDITORS' PICKStriVectin Hair Color Care Vibrancy Booster
Revive dull hair color in just three minutes with this in-shower treatment. In addition to breathing life back into your color, it deep conditions and makes hair impossibly glossy.
READERS' CHOICEL'Oreal Paris Excellence Creme
This hair color covers thoroughly -- even wiry gray hairs -- and has a beautiful multi-tonal effect on color.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONClairol Nice 'n Easy Born Red
Red hair is notoriously difficult to maintain. That's where Clairol comes in. It blends together three different red tones -- in one step -- for ultra-natural, ultra-pretty results.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONJohn Frieda Precision Foam Colour
This foaming hair color is so easy to apply, doesn't drip and colors hair evenly. It gives me natural-looking and long-lasting color with a ton of shine. It also does a great job at covering pesky grays.
EDITORS' PICKDove Regenerative Nourishment Serum-In-Oil
Smooth this hair-strengthening serum-oil hybrid onto dry hair to control pesky frizz; apply it before blow-drying for a soft and full blowout. Either way, hair is left shiny, healthy and soft.
READERS' CHOICEJohn Frieda Frizz Ease Expert Finish Polishing Serum
This serum is a powerhouse at shielding strands against the heat of blow-dryers, curling or straightening tools and UV damage. It extends the life of color, and makes hair frizz-free and radiant.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONMarula Light Hair Treatment & Styling Oil
Step up your hair game with this marula plant stem cell-infused hair oil that actually works to repair hair while protecting it from heat and the environment. Hello, shiny hair that would make Karlie Kloss jealous.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPaul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
This product is my must-have for blow-drying my hair. It reduces the frizziness and the time it takes to dry. It makes it shiny and soft and doesn't weigh it down and you only need a dollop. It's great!
EDITORS' PICKPantene Pro-V Airspray Flexible Hold Hairspray
This innovative hairspray edges out the competition with an alcohol-free formula that provides touchable, non-crunchy hold.
READERS' CHOICEMoroccanoil Luminous Hairspray
This hairspray adds a lot of shine, makes your hair feel good and it smells good, too.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONVerb Ghost Hairspray
Buh-bye, telltale hairspray smell and sticky residue. This invisible hairspray sets your style but still allows movement. It also contains a blend of moringa oil and glycerin to keep hair from turning dry and crunchy.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONFekkai Sheer Hold Hairspray
If you're battling humid weather, this hairspray will hold your rebellious hair in place. It keeps hair intact while leaving strands soft and adding some shine.
EDITORS' PICKRemington UV-Baked Ceramic Straightener
This straightener has got the kind of lovin' that can be so smooth -- for your hair, that is. It heats up in about 30 seconds and straightens each section of hair with a single swipe. The adjustable heat and ceramic plates effectively banish all traces of frizz.
READERS' CHOICECHI Original 1" Ceramic Hairstyling Iron
The price is 100 percent worth it -- the flat iron straightens hair fast and leaves hair shiny and smooth. I also love that it can function as a curling iron, and my hair holds the style all day.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONGHD Platinum Styler
Protect your hair from heat damage with this high-tech straightener, which stays at a steady 365 degrees -- the optimal temperature for straightening every hair type. Hair is left sleek and shiny, not dry or fried.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONConair Infiniti Pro Professional Nano Tourmaline Ceramic 1-1/4" Curling Iron
This curling iron was built to last -- I've had mine for years and it still makes my hair shiny and my curls defined for days. The barrel is smooth and coated with ceramic so it doesn't tug hair either.
EDITORS' PICKDrybar Mr. Incredible The Ultimate Leave-In Conditioner
This leaves hair soft and smells soooo nice. Also, the aerosol-like spray nozzle makes it easy to mist your entire head with it — instead of just a couple of patches.
READERS' CHOICEIt's a 10 Miracle Leave-In Product
It says it does 10 things AND ACTUALLY DOES THEM!! The smell is so good I get compliments all day long and it makes your hair so silky and smooth you can't stop touching it!
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONWhite Sands Spray Leave In Conditioner
Treat your hair to some serious TLC with this reparative leave-in spray. Ingredients like green tea leaf and silk proteins leave hair luxuriously soft and tangle-free.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONGarnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Intensely Smooth Leave-In Conditioning Cream
If you have dry, unmanageable hair, this cream will add noticeable shine while making your strands smooth and sleek. A little goes a long way, and the scent is refreshing and light.
EDITORS' PICKKérastase Résistance Bain Thérapiste
An ultra-creamy formula and delicate scent make this damage-repairing shampoo feel exceptionally luxurious. It contains a sap sourced from a plant that can come back to life after 10 years near death -- so just imagine what it can do for your color-treated hair.
READERS' CHOICEPaul Mitchell Tea Tree Special Shampoo
I love the invigorating scent and feeling of this tingling shampoo on my scalp, and that it really deeply cleans and removes residue.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONBriogeo Blossom & Bloom Ginseng + Biotin Volumizing Shampoo
Flat hair sufferers, rejoice: You'll find a savior in this organic, sulfate-free shampoo. It makes hair full, soft, bouncy and generally shampoo commercial-worthy. Plus, the zesty orange scent is divine.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONDove Intensive Repair Shampoo
It's very rich and you don't need a lot for a nice, thick lather. It rinses clean and leaves hair surprisingly untangled. My thin, weak hair really does feel softer and stronger after using this.
EDITORS' PICKPureology Nano Works Gold Shampoo
Faded hair color? Not on this shampoo's watch. A blend of marula oil, shea butter and vitamin E repair strands and protect them from color-ruining UVA/UVB rays.
READERS' CHOICEL'Oréal Paris EverPure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo
This sulfate-free shampoo seems to strengthen my hair and mend my split ends. I like that it also adds shine and softness, and my color lasts much longer paired with this.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONColorProof SignatureBlonde Violet Shampoo
Brassy hair is every blonde's worst nightmare. The latest in violet shampoo uses sulfate-free, salt-free surfactants to gently and thoroughly clean hair. It neutralizes any hint of brassiness and protects hair from heat up to 450 degrees.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONPureology Hydrate Shampoo
I have never used shampoo that makes my hair this soft and moisturized before. My hair is bouncy and full of life, and the spa scent of the shampoo is amazing.
EDITORS' PICKOribe Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Creme
This gives hair all kinds of sexy texture and life, while making it soft and smooth for that freshly blown-out look. If that weren't enough to make us fall in love, it's also softly scented with Oribe's signature, swoon-worthy fragrance.
READERS' CHOICERedken Satinwear 02 Prepping Blow-Dry Lotion
This is a great blow-dry lotion that also provides great heat protection. Hair feels silky after applying the lightweight lotion, and it doesn't leave behind any flaky residue.
EDITORS' PICK HONORABLE MENTIONShu Uemura Straightforward Time-Saving Blow Dry Oil Spray
Cut drying time in half with this there-must-be-magic-involved elixir. Spray the omega 3, 6 and 9-rich formula evenly on damp hair and blow-dry section by section for a sleek, shiny blowout in minutes.
READERS' CHOICE HONORABLE MENTIONTigi Catwalk Root Boost
Catwalk Root Boost totally put the va-va-voom back in my hair. I've tried other root-boosting products and this is the only one that didn't leave my roots stiff or crunchy. It gives great volume for a night out.