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This Underarm Scrub is a Holy Grail Product for My Pits

This Underarm Scrub is a Holy Grail Product for My Pits

All my adult life, my armpits have been mystifyingly sensitive. No matter what products I used, they’d remain red, bumpy, and blotchy. But then I tried the Pacifica Underarm Detox on a total whim. Although the wonderfully coconut cream-scented Pacifica Beauty Coconut & Charcoal Underarm Detox Scrub is a relatively coarse, physical body scrub, it didn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all. In fact, it brought what I thought was an inescapable truth about my sad, red armpit skin to a sudden end. AmazonPacifica Beauty Coconut and Charcoal Underarm Detox ScrubHow It WorksI came across this scrub while researching vegan, cruelty-free skincare and makeup—Pacifica’s entire line of products qualifies as both. (The Underarm Detox Scrub isn’t just vegan and cruelty-free, but it’s also mineral oil, paraben, sulfate, phthalate, and aluminum-free, to boot.) Given the fact that it’s specifically a scrub for your armpits, it struck me as a really novel product. Come to think of it, I’d never seen a similar item to it, in all my scrolling on the skin-care corners of the internet. It’s actually marketed toward people looking to make the switch from standard deodorant to natural deodorant, meaning deodorants that are generally made without aluminum or other antiperspirants. Using a combination of coconut oil, green tea, apricot powder, and charcoal, the Pacifica Coconut & Charcoal Scrub is intended to cleanse, hydrate, unclog pores, and neutralize odors. And, the brand claims, these effects should help ease the transition and make your pit skin generally happier in the process. (Disclaimer: There’s no definitive research proving that aluminum in deodorant is dangerous, and it’s still possible to have an allergic reaction to natural deodorant).I was pretty unhappy with my deodorant at the time: a conventional antiperspirant for sensitive skin that managed to fail at preventing stink, sweat, and irritation. To top it off, it never felt like it completely rinsed away when I showered. So, even though I didn’t see much value in the scrub from a wellness standpoint (I wish I could scrub the tired word “Detox” from its label) and I wasn’t set on changing products, I felt compelled to try it just for the sake of calming—and thoroughly cleaning and exfoliating—my pits.How I Used It—And How It FeltIt bears mentioning, repeatedly, that a little goes a long way with this scrub. So, again, a little goes a really long way. I learned this lesson within two seconds of glomming a handful of it onto a single armpit only to find my whole upper arm covered in the stuff (luckily, it rinses away easily if you use it in the shower). Excess product aside, it worked its magic as soon as I massaged it into my skin. Where a regular soap or cleanser would leave my armpits feeling tacky and squeaky, undoubtedly thanks to the residue from my subpar deo, this scrub made my pits feel velvety smooth—a texture I didn’t even know they could attain. I was in disbelief.

This Sunscreen Has Been My Holy Grail for Dewy Skin This Summer

This Sunscreen Has Been My Holy Grail for Dewy Skin This Summer

With the recent record-breaking heat wave, it seems like a great time to bring up the best sunscreen I’ve added to my skin-care routine. Back in February, Korean beauty brand Glow Recipe launched its very first sunscreen product: the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50. The K-beauty brand is known for its buzzy, viral products (like its TikTok famous Dewy Duo) and innovative, lightweight formulations that help keep skin plump and dewy—and it did not disappoint with its latest launch. (Full disclosure: The brand initially gifted this product to me, but I’ve since gone out and bought it for myself and even gifted it to friends. It’s that good.) Here’s everything you need to know about the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50.How it worksThe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen is a hybrid chemical-mineral sunscreen, which means it’s made up of both chemical and mineral filters. It feels very serum-like compared to mineral sunscreens. (While I love mineral sunscreen for sun protection, it tends to feel heavy on the skin and sometimes I want something a little bit lighter, especially in extreme heat.) As with many chemical sunscreens, it contains homosalate, octisalate, and octocrylene. These chemical filters are combined with zinc oxide, the familiar mineral filter. Together, these ingredients provide broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that both sit on top of the skin (physical or mineral blockers) and absorb into the skin (chemical filters).What is niacinamide and why is it important?As its name suggests, niacinamide is the star ingredient in the Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen. Niacinamide (or ​​nicotinamide) is a form of vitamin B3 (niacin) that has a ton of benefits: It helps combat dark spots, pigmentation, and dullness, and may even help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also soothe some types of acne, mild to moderate rosacea, and redness.You can use niacinamide daily and it is generally safe to use on most skin types. That said, if you have sensitive skin and combine it with other serums like vitamin C (which we generally suggest you layer for a brighter, more even skin tone) it might cause some irritation, so be sure to test on a small patch of skin before putting it all over your face.Should you buy it?Left image: Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen applied; Right image: Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen with foundation coverage on top.

46 Stylish Sunglasses for the Summer—Under $100

46 Stylish Sunglasses for the Summer—Under $100

Beyond swimsuits, sandals, and summer dresses, there’s one crucial accessory for warm weather: a stylish pair of sunnies. Like a tree topper or cherry, the best sunglasses for women finish an outfit with flair while more practically providing sun protection on bright days. Finding the right new pair of sunglasses for you, however, can be a tricky task. Let’s deep-dive into the best sunglasses for your face shape, explain polarized sunglasses, and break down the best sunglasses you can shop now—all under $100.Jump to:What is your face shape?When it comes to face shapes, yours likely falls into one of these types: round, oval, heart, square, triangle, or diamond. You can determine yours by considering your forehead, cheekbones, and jaw and where they’re widest and narrowest. Most brands and retailers, such as Warby Parker, Nordstrom, and EyeBuyDirect have breakdowns and quizzes to help you determine your face shape.What are the best sunglasses for your face shape?The best sunglasses for round faces add angles to the softness of your shape—so look out for rectangle, square, geometric, cat-eye, browline, and D-shaped glasses. Oval faces (widest at the cheekbones with slight narrowing at the forehead and jaw) and rectangular faces (a similar shape with more square or angular jaw), on the other hand, can pretty much wear any frame that’s on the wider side to add balance to your face length.True to their name, square face shapes are fairly evenly balanced in cheek, forehead, and jaw width and are often more angular. You may want to balance out the strength of this shape with round, oval, and oversized glasses.Like hearts, those with heart-shaped faces are wider on the top and pointier on the bottom, so opt for sunglasses that are wider than your forehead and are perhaps rounded or curved on the bottom for softness. Round, oval, aviator and some cat-eye sunglasses work well for you.If you have a triangular face shape (broad jawline with a narrower forehead), look for wider frames that balance out your broad jawline and perhaps have fun detailing, including rectangle, D-shaped, browline, and cat-eye shapes. Those with diamond face shapes (wider across cheekbones, narrower in your forehead and jaw) are complemented by rounder, more even frames. Some options include cat-eye, browline, round, and oval.Ultimately, the best sunglasses for your face are the ones you feel good wearing (and there’s often overlap in styles). Many retailers offer at-home try-on sunglasses or have generous return policies, so don’t be afraid of trying a few pairs to find your favorites.What are polarized sunglasses?Polarized sunglasses (aka anti-glare sunglasses) have a special chemical in the lenses that cut down on glare reflected from roads, cars, snow, water, and more, allowing for less eyestrain and distraction. This is especially helpful if you’re looking for driving, beach, or running sunglasses. “Polarized lenses will give you the best quality vision by filtering out a lot of bright lights that can be annoying for your vision,” Tina Douroudian, O.D., a doctor of optometry in Sterling, Virginia, previously told SELF. 

The Best New Beauty Products to Try Out in July 2022

The Best New Beauty Products to Try Out in July 2022

A number of beauty brands are expanding their array of products for the summer.Bestselling lines such as Nudestix are adding to their range of blushes, while ColourPop Cosmetics is launching new lip products, including lipsticks in collaboration with Disney. Additionally, TikTok-viral sensation Youth to the People launched another moisturizing cream.
Celebrity beauty brands are also expanding their lines. DJ duo Simi and Haze Khadra, for one, launched an Eye Play product of jeweled stickers for the eyes.
Here, WWD rounds up some of the best new beauty products to try out in July 2022. Scroll on for more.
SimiHaze Beauty Eye Play Angel Pack
Purchase for $38 at Simihazebeauty.com

SimiHaze Beauty Eye Play Angel Pack

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In honor of the beauty brand’s one-year anniversary, Simi and Haze Khadra released another Eye Play. The pack features three exquisite crystal clusters in light pink and sky blue that can be placed anywhere on the eyelid and brow.

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Youth to the People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream
Purchase for $64 at Youthtothepeople.com and Sephora

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Youth to the People Polypeptide-121 Future Cream

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The first-of-its-kind moisture cream is formulated with polypeptide-121, ceramides, tetrapeptides and plant proteins, and aims to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and visibly firm and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier.
Mermade Hair Style Wand
Purchase for $125 at Mermadehair.com

Mermade Hair Style Wand

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The styling tool comes with three detachable heads, including a 25mm curling tong, the 32mm curling tong and the 28mm Waver, which allows for all kinds of curls and waves. Each attachment is made with ionic ceramic, protecting your hair from heat damage.
ColourPop Cosmetics x Disney’s ​​True Love’s Kiss Lip Vault
Purchase starting at $10

ColourPop Cosmetics x Disney’s ​​True Love’s Kiss Lip Vault

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The cosmetics line teamed with the media company to create a variety of lipsticks to celebrate iconic Disney Princesses and Heroines, such as Pocahontas, Aurora, Belle, Tiana, Moana and more. Each shade is formulated to emulate each character. The full vault is now available for purchase at $69.
Venn Skincare Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask
Purchase for $120 at Vennskincare.com

Venn Skincare Collagen Intensive Phyto-Retinol Resurfacing Mask

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The scientifically formulated mask will enhance the skin’s radiance and improve overall appearance, cleaning the surface of dead, dull and damaged cells. Its ingredients include fruit enzymes, xylitol and 17 amino acids that work together to gently exfoliate and resurface skin.
Pacifica Beauty Activist Volume Mascara
Purchase for $16 at Pacificabeauty.com

Pacifica Beauty Activist Volume Mascara

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Inspired by the brand’s mission to support an inclusive culture, the mascara uses 96 percent naturally derived ingredients and is packaged in a glass bottle for less plastic waste. Pacifica gives back to women’s and LGBTQ-focused shelters and supports voting rights and donating to animal-focused causes.
Nudestix Nudies Matte Lux Blush
Purchase for $34 at Nudestix.com

Nudestix Nudies Matte Lux Blush

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Adding to their already bestselling line of blushes, the company is launching a buttery-soft cream-to-powder color stick, complete with the brand’s dual-ended blending brush. Made in Korea and formulated with vegan-powered antioxidants from Vitamin E, the product will be available in five shades.
Beautyblender Dream
Purchase for $20 at Beautyblender.com and Sephora

Beautyblender Dream

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Made with the same exclusive material as the bestselling original Beautyblender makeup sponge, the limited-edition lavender sponge is a nod to the power of following your own dreams, inspired by the brand’s own chief executive officer Rea Ann Silva who created the product.
Obagi Clinical Dark Spot Disruptor Discoloration Correcting Serum
Purchase for $65 at Obagi.com

Obagi Clinical Dark Spot Disruptor Discoloration Correcting Serum

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The serum combines ingredients such as bakuchiol, polyglutamic acide and a blind of five different forms of hyaluronic acids that work together to improve the appearance of dark spots, discoloration and uneven skin tone.
Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum
Purchase for $80 at Kiehls.com

Kiehl’s Retinol Fast Release Wrinkle-Reducing Night Serum

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Kiehl’s new serum is described as having a “fast-release delivery system” that deposits a high concentration of retinol into the skin.
Humanrace The Ozone Face Protection Daily Moisturizer
Purchase for $58 at Humanrace.com

Humanrace The Ozone Face Protection Daily Moisturizer

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Formulated with non-nano zinc oxide and the company’s signature snow mushroom extract, the moisturizer both hydrates and protects the skin while also providing blue light protection, preventing damaging effects screens have on the skin.
Kylie Cosmetics Gloss Drip
Purchase for $16 at Kyliecosmetics.com

Kylie Cosmetics Gloss Drip

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The product provides a wet look without the stickiness and is easy to apply for a juicy, reflective and mirror-shine finish. The Gloss Drip is available in four colors.
Urban Decay Vice Lip Bond Liquid Lip Color
Purchase for $25

Urban Decay Vice Lip Bond Liquid Lip Color

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Available in 12 different shades, the lip product is smudge-, water- and transfer-resistant, with color lasting up to 16 hours. With a 100 percent vegan gel formula, its texture glides seamlessly on lips, leaving it with a shiny, glazed finish that won’t crease.
​​NassifMD Soft Focus Hydrating Day Cream
Purchase for $65 at Nassifmdskincare.com

​​NassifMD Soft Focus Hydrating Day Cream

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Meant for day use, the moisturizer will help reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and fine lines and wrinkles while helping it look more radiant and youthful, improving overall skin texture.
Sunnies Face ​​Lip Treat
Purchase for $16 Sunniesface.com

Sunnies Face ​​Lip Treat

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Infused with shea butter, Vitamin E, meadow foam seed oil and collagen, the Lip Treat gives enough color with one swipe for those days you don’t want full glam but can layer easily for more color. The product comes in seven different shades.

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Office Hours
Purchase for $20 at Tower28beauty.com and Sephora

Tower 28 BeachPlease Luminous Tinted Balm in Office Hours

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The multitasking tinted balm delivers long-lasting color, a luminous, second-skin finish and is made from a clean formula. The balm can be applied on the cheeks, eyes and lips.
Tower 28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly in Sesame
Purchase for $15 at Tower28beauty.com and Sephora

Tower 28 ShineOn Milky Lip Jelly in Sesame

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Its moisturizing formula features a unique blend of five nourishing oils to help soothe and protect the lips while also adding a layer of shine. It also follows the National Eczema Association guidelines, avoiding any potentially irritating ingredients.
Treslúce Beauty The Lips B Like Plumping Lip Gloss
Purchase for $18 at Treslucebeauty.com and Ulta Beauty

Treslúce Beauty The Lips B Like Plumping Lip Gloss

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The ultra-hydrating and plumping lip gloss is cruelty-free and vegan, keeping your lips soft and supple. Its formula is infused with collagen and hyaluronic acid. Currently available in eight shades: Delicioso, Luscious, Dulces, Besame, Juicy, Nena, Champagne Sips and Dazzling.
ITEM Beauty Hey Hi Halo Highlighter
Purchase for $18 at Itembeauty.com and Sephora

ITEM Beauty Hey Hi Halo Highlighter

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TikTok star Addison Rae is expanding her beauty line into highlighters, with a formula made from amino acid complex, Japanese cherry blossom extract and Schissandra Chinesis fruit extract. It is available in three shades: Electric, Bolt and Zap.
Herbivore Moon Dew Eye Cream
Purchase for $48 at Herbivorebotanicals.com and Sephora

Herbivore Moon Dew Eye Cream

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Formulated with plant peptides and one percent bakuchiol, the eye cream, ten years in the making, helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and provides intense hydration for the skin.
Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid
Purchase for $29 at Rhodeskin.com

Rhode Peptide Glazing Fluid

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Though Hailey Bieber’s best-selling, now-viral skincare line launched last month, it’s accrued a waiting list of over a 100,000 people, especially for its hybrid serum gel which is now back in stock. Made with niacinamide, peptides, hyaluronic acid, marula oil and more, it will reduce the appearance of fine lines and uneven texture, leaving your skin looking radiant.
Check this article for further updates on new beauty launches this June.

The Best Hyaluronic Acid Products for Weightless Hydration

The Best Hyaluronic Acid Products for Weightless Hydration

Looking for lightweight hydration with zero greasiness? It’s time to seek out the best hyaluronic acid products on the market. This dermatologist-approved ingredient not only works for basically all skin types, but it comes in a variety of formulations, from silky serums to nourishing creams. If you’re new to skin-care products containing hyaluronic acid, here’s what you need to know about this powerful hydration booster for thirsty skin.How does hyaluronic acid work?A relatively common skin-care ingredient, hyaluronic acid works as a humectant in topical products, meaning it draws water to the surface of the skin. As SELF previously reported, hyaluronic acid (sometimes listed as sodium hyaluronate or potassium hyaluronate on ingredient labels) is estimated to be able to hold 1,000 times its own weight in water, so it’s pretty darn effective as far as moisturizing goes. It’s also naturally found in our bodies, dermatologists have previously explained that hyaluronic acid benefits people with dry skin, oily skin, and even sensitive skin. They can use products containing hyaluronic acid without worrying too much about irritation or a negative reaction.What are the benefits of using hyaluronic acid products?Most people stand to benefit from using a skin-care acid product. Hyaluronic acid, in particular, replenishes moisture to the skin—and just about everyone needs to moisturize (even those with acne-prone skin) in order to maintain a healthy skin barrier. In addition to its hydrating properties, hyaluronic acid can also have some anti-aging effects: Hydrated skin tends to look plumper, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines. Then there’s the fact that hyaluronic acid is often accompanied by other beneficial ingredients like ceramides, peptides, and antioxidants like vitamin C, resulting in a veritable cocktail for healthier, happier skin.How should you use hyaluronic acid products as part of your skin-care routine?Dermatologists recommend applying hyaluronic acid products right after cleansing, while your face is still damp. Doing so helps you maximize the amount of moisture the product pulls and seals into your skin. Those with particularly dehydrated skin can follow up with an occlusive product like Vaseline to further lock in that moisture if they’d like (slugging, anyone?).Whether you’re curious about a face lotion or serum, there are all types of hyaluronic acid products you can try out. And here, we’ve highlighted some of the very best ones out there right now. Read on to find the best hyaluronic acid product for you and your skin-care needs.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The 20 Best Flat Irons for Every Hair Type, According to Experts

The 20 Best Flat Irons for Every Hair Type, According to Experts

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Good hair days can make a person feel prepped, poised, and polished. While we love natural hair textures and think messy-pretty hair is always in, the fact is that we all have moments when we long for a styled-looking hairdo. This is why heated hair tools are essential — especially on days when your locks misbehave. Maybe you fell asleep with your hair wet and want to tame some unruly waves, or you simply want to style your hair straight for added shine and uniformity. Perhaps achieving ultra-straightness will just be the first step in styling a sleek, slicked-back pony. With countless reasons why you might want to straighten your hair on a given day, the flat iron is an essential within the realm of the best hair-styling tools. These heated straighteners are more versatile than you think and can be used to achieve different looks from glossy straight down ‘dos to beachy waves — and beyond.

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What is a Flat Iron?
“A flat iron is a hot tool that is designed to smooth the hair and create straight or wavy textures,” says celebrity hair stylist Jess Elbaum. Similar to the best curling irons, explains that they come in different plate widths and materials that are designed to distribute heat and deliver it to the hair, with most popular materials being ceramic and titanium.
Plates typically come in 1″ widths, but wider widths and higher heats can be helpful for thicker, coarser hair types. Flat irons can provide a temporary straightening solution for all hair types, as well as providing an alternative to chemical straightening treatments that relax the hair but often contain irritating and questionable ingredients. In addition to straightening, they can be used to create waves and curls, all the while enhancing shine, de-frizzing, and making your strands more manageable.
Keep scrolling to check out the best flat irons for all hair types, as well as expert tips for how to use one.
Top Flat Irons for 2022
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Dyson Corrale Hair Straightener
Best Cordless Flat Iron
Weight: 1.23 pounds
Plate size: 1″
Max temperature: Up to 410° F
Plate material: Copper plates
Warranty: 2-year warranty
Devin Toth, a hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City, loves this straightener from Dyson because it has “the newest technology and most styling versatility.” The popular luxury brand’s straightening iron features copper plates that flex around your hair, requiring less heat to style for less heat damage and regulating its temperature 100 times per second. It can also be charged and used without the cord for up to thirty minutes, allowing you to take it with you when you are on-the-go. Notable features include its three heat settings for different hair types, a 10-minute shut off timer, a charging dock and a travel pouch.

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T3 Lucea ID 1″ Smart Flat Iron
Best Smart Flat Iron
Weight: 86 pounds
Plate size: 1″
Max temperature: Up to 410° F
Plate material: CeraGloss™ plates
Warranty: 2-year warranty
This flat iron offers nine different heat settings that you can customize to your hair’s needs using HeatID technology. Simply specify your hair type and texture on its touchscreen settings, and the tool does the rest. It features an ion generator to help reduce frizz and static while boosting shine, and boasts heat precision via their T3 Rapid HeatIQ® technology. This flat iron is a favorite for Laura Polko, a Los Angeles-based celebrity hair stylist, who shares: “It prompts you to put in your hair type (texture, length, and color treatment) and will give back the best heat setting, ensuring minimal damage and more consistent results.”

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Harry Josh Pro Tools Ceramic Flat Styling Iron
Best Flat Iron for Thick Hair
Weight: 1.7 pounds
Plate size: 1.25″
Max temperature: Up to 425° F
Plate material: Nano Ceramic Tourmaline plates
Warranty: 2-year warranty
Meet Harry Josh’s mint green wonder that is great for quickly straightening thick hair courtesy of its 1.25″ ceramic plates. The adjustable thermostat ranges from 235° F to 425° F to ensure that every hair type is covered, while smoothing and de-frizzing hair via the emission of negative ions. “This flat iron has changed my life,” writes one reviewer, who praises its adjustable thermostat, long cord, and even plates. “It doesn’t pull my hair like most other flat irons do.”

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Instyler Cerasilk Styling Iron
Plate size: 1″
Max temperature: Up to 440° F
Plate material: Ceramic
Warranty: 1-year warranty
This is Elbaum’s favorite flat iron from Instyler, crafted with ceramic plates that are interwoven with the brand’s protective Cerasilk technology. You can choose between four heat settings ranging from 300° to 440° F to suit your hair type, while the detachable comb aids with additional straightening. One reviewer says, “I’d definitely buy this product again and again. I’ve also been recommending it to everyone I know. I will never go back to my old ordinary styling iron.”

The Creative Minds Propelling Press-On Nails

The Creative Minds Propelling Press-On Nails

A new generation of nail artists is harnessing social media to independently commodify their talent, offering custom press-on nail sets in addition to traditional appointment bookings. For many of them, pandemic lockdowns were the catalyst that propelled them into nail artistry, and their social media savvy has since allowed them to primp the nails of clients around the world — often from the comfort of their own homes. Here, six nail artists who are breaking barriers to entry while playing by nobody’s rules but their own.

Emilio Pucci handbag-inspired set by Naji.

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Rayah Naji

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Rayah Naji, @frosteddtipss (Boston, Massachusetts)

Boston-based creative Rayah Naji made her first foray into nail art at the age of 10, following her family’s move to Lebanon, their motherland. “I was like, ‘Oh, I can’t move to a new country without starting a business,” recalls Naji, mid-laugh. Even as a fifth grader, Naji worked meticulously to perfect her craft, so it was par for the course when she later obtained her bachelor’s degree in graphic design, wielding her dexterity in both competencies for the inception of her business, Frosted Tips, in 2020. 

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A longtime lover of fashion and streetwear, Naji sources much of her inspiration from archival runway looks and accessories — but even the most unsuspecting sources can spark an idea. Says Naji, “Since I’ve been doing nails, my brain just sees things and thinks, ‘Ok, how can I put this on nails?”

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On average, Naji spends around four hours crafting each hand-painted set, which usually cost around $150 or more. Clients can book her via Instagram DM, or through her newly launched web site, frostedtips.com. 

Natali’s mussel shell set.

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Clémentine Natali

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2. Clémentine Natali, @badgirlsgoodnails (Paris, France)
When a bout of COVID-19-induced boredom prompted Paris-based Clémentine Natali to place an order for an at-home nail kit, it didn’t take long for her to realize nail art was precisely the creative outlet she had long been seeking.
Pivoting from her web design background, Natali began booking appointments at her apartment once lockdown measures eased in Paris, and her skills flourished from there.  
Now 18 years old, Natali only takes requests for what she describes as “complex” nail art, spending between three to six hours on average per set, which range in price from 80 to 180 euros. Upon being asked about her most fantastical creation, Natali replies with a grin, “They are all fantastical.” 
No request is too outlandish for the entrepreneur, who said one of her favorite creations is a set of decked-out mussel shells she devised in April, adorning each carapace with faux pearls and other embellishments at a client’s behest. 
While Natali is fully booked through August, clients can book her for September and onward through Instagram DM. 

Press-on set by Sabellico.

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Olivia Sabellico

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3. Olivia Sabellico, @nailedbyliv___ (Detroit, Michigan)
The daughter of an artist, it wasn’t until she was in college that Olivia Sabellico realized unlocking her creative prowess was merely a matter of finding the right canvas. “I always kind of knew something was in me, I just never really liked painting, drawing, charcoal — stuff like that,” says Sabellico. 

Shelling out for an Aprés Gel-X Nail Extension Kit that she stumbled upon during one fateful TikTok scroll, Sabellico began trying her hand (or, more accurately, her friends’ hands) at nail art in 2020. It was love at first polish swipe. 
Sourcing inspiration from album covers, paintings and sculptures, Sabellico describes her design style as “girly, edgy and kind of funky.” In addition to having a chair at Faness Nail Salon in Detroit, she also offers press-ons on a made-to-order basis. 
Sabellico spends between an hour and a half to two and a half hours per set, which cost between $40 to $120. She can be booked via the Acuity Scheduling link in her Instagram bio. 

Press-ons by Volbert.

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Camilla Inge Volbert

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4. Camilla Inge Volbert, @nailsvoninge (Berlin, Germany)
When her college closed its workshops once the pandemic hit, fashion design student Camilla Inge Volbert knew she’d need to find new stomping grounds to get her creative fix. 
Thankfully, she had just the persistent itch to indulge when the time came. “I always loved having long nails,” says Volbert. “At first, I didn’t have any intention behind that, but when I tried [nail art] for the first time, I immediately became obsessed.”  
As her own first client, Volbert describes her design M.O. as “organized chaos,” and says when it comes to just how much detail she’ll interpose onto a single nail — the limit does not exist. “My style is a little bit of everything mixed together,” Volbert says. “The more I do nails, the more layers I add to each design; there’s always a lot going on.”
On average, Volbert spends between three to five hours creating a set, which usually cost between 80 to 140 euros each. She can be booked via Instagram DM, or her email, nailsvoninge@gmail.com.

Sea-inspired press-ons by Sandoval.

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Eddie Sandoval

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5. Eddie Sandoval, @nailbb_ (West Covina, California)
When Eddie Sandoval first took up nail art as a hobby in 2020, he didn’t anticipate it would become the burgeoning passion of his that it is today. Practicing weekly on his best friend to cultivate his skills, Sandoval quickly began growing a client base by uploading photos of his extravagant sets to Instagram. 
“My style is very fun and crazy,” Sandoval says. “I like to think outside the box and always wow people.” 

While sparkles and gemstone-clad designs were his signature when he started out, the rising nail artist now produces sets ranging from hand-painted to 3D-embellished, adding his own flair to contemporary, Kawaii and space-age influences. 
On average, Sandoval spends between two to four hours per set, which range in price from $75 to $250 each. He can be booked via Instagram DM, and he uploads his monthly availability onto his Instagram Story Highlights.

Press-ons by Edwards.

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Katelyn Edwards

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6. Katelyn Edwards @nailsbykdxx (Fayetteville, Georgia)
Psycho Duckies, Bahama Mama, Cyber Fairy and Draculara — no, these aren’t comic book characters, but rather the names of Georgia-based nail artist Katelyn Edwards’ recent nail sets. 
Sourcing inspiration from anything from petri dishes to Kanye West’s “Graduation” album cover, Edwards’ designs turn the bare easels of her clients’ nail beds into multidimensional masterpieces. 
“I started the second week of quarantine, and it just really took off from there,” says Edwards. Most of her sets are a convergence of client recommendations and her own freestyling capabilities (she rarely creates the same set twice), and each takes between one-and-a-half to three hours to create. 
Edwards can be booked via the link in her Instagram bio, while clients can order press-ons from her through Instagram DM. Her creations range in cost from $55 and up for short sets, to $125 and up for extra-long sets. 

15 of the Best Socks for Sweaty Feet

15 of the Best Socks for Sweaty Feet

Here we are, at the height of the dog days of summer, with one thing on our mind: Where can we find the best socks for sweaty feet? While boob sweat season may get all the attention this time of year, it’s also peak sweaty feet season. And a good pair of socks—one that’s breathable, moisture-wicking, and, in a perfect world, anti-odor to boot—can help alleviate some of discomfort that comes with walking around all day with toasty, damp toes. The key is knowing what differentiates sweat-wicking socks from the rest.What type of sock keeps feet from sweating?First, there’s sock material: As SELF has reported previously, Merino wool, often found in hiking socks, naturally provides foot odor and moisture control. You can also look for regular old cotton socks or ones with mesh ventilation—both fabrics help reduce feet sweat and are common components in breathable socks. Not only will socks with these wicking properties help keep your feet on the drier side, but they’ll also feel comfy, too.But it isn’t just comfort that’s at risk when you wear sweaty socks: According to the Mayo Clinic, damp socks are a great environment for athlete’s foot if you don’t change them regularly. And if you deal with excessive sweating to the point that it impedes your everyday activities, that could be a sign of the condition hyperhidrosis—so, if you’re curious or if you have questions about how much you’re sweating, talk to your doctor.Whether you’re looking for running socks, no-show socks, or everyday lounging-around socks, we’ve found a pair that’ll provide not only the support, performance, and comfort you need but dry feet, as well. Here, we’ve highlighted some of the very best socks for sweaty feet you can find online right now.All products featured on SELF are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The 2022 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards

The 2022 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards

Welcome to the 2022 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards!
As always, we’re so glad you’re here—and this year especially. When the world feels so out of control, treating ourselves to creative means of self-expression—and giving our bodies the care and attention they deserve—can be soothing and reassuring, if only for a moment.
Here, you’ll find this year’s 182 best makeup, skin-care, body-care, hair-care, and oral-care products. And we’re especially excited to share a new badge system in which we denote which items are pregnancy-safe, vegan, or from Black-owned businesses. So sit back, relax, and shop away.

The 58 Best Drugstore Beauty Buys Under $20

The 58 Best Drugstore Beauty Buys Under $20

Nothing quite compares to the joy of finding a holy grail drugstore beauty buy. Discovering a new go-to feels like you’re being let into an elite club—one that knows the best skin-care and beauty items don’t necessarily have to come with sky-high price tags. Because we’re all about finding those stellar bargains, we’ve rounded up the 58 best items you can score at your local (IRL or digital) drugstore. Even better? All of these picks are under $20—so it’s perfectly understandable that you’d want to add more than one to your cart.Rest assured that these products all live up to their promises, since they’re all winners from the 2022 SELF Healthy Beauty Awards. That means they’ve met guidelines provided by dermatologists, and they’ve all been tested by SELF editors, skin-care pros, or makeup enthusiasts. Keep reading for our top picks, organized below by category, and go here to browse all of our winning items.Cleansers, Toners, Essences, and Skin-Care ToolsBest Makeup Removing Wipes: CeraVe Hydrating Makeup Removing Plant-Based WipesFormulated with ceramides and made especially for sensitive skin (read: fragrance free!) these wipes are perfect for easily swiping away the dirt, oil, grime, and makeup of the day. We especially like on the go for midday touch-ups, too.Best Micellar Water: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Hyaluronic Acid + Aloe)One of the best-kept secrets at any drugstore? Garnier micellar water. The go-to brand for this classic cleanser does it again with this new formula, that offers moisturizing hyaluronic acid and soothing aloe—so you won’t dry out your skin or irritate your eyes while removing your makeup and cleansing.Best Cleanser for Sensitive Skin: Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser Fragrance-FreeYour favorite sensitive skin facial cleanser just got an update: It’s now fragrance free. Made with hydrating glycerin, this is a cleanser that won’t leave you with that too-tight feeling on your skin. It’s gel-to-foam formula makes washing your face feel especially easy, and at this price point, it’s easy to make this purchase.Best Cleanser for Combination Skin: Thayers pH Balancing Daily CleanserSharing Thayer’s cleansers and toners feels like letting friends in on a well-kept secret. The old-school beauty brand that—as the label indicates—has been around for 175 years offers several fragrance free, oil free, and allergy-tested products, and this cleanser is no exception. Formulated with soothing aloe vera, this face wash is perfect for gently removing makeup and oil at the end of each day.Best Toner for Sensitive Skin: JOAH Heal Me CICA Toner PadsCentella asiatica, a.k.a. CICA, is purportedly great for calming inflammation, redness, and soothing acne-prone skin. The science is limited, but some findings have been shown to be “intriguing,” as SELF previously reported. So if removing impurities, while keeping your skin calm and free of redness sounds good, give these a shot.Best Toner for Dry Skin: Dickinson’s Hydrating Toner with RosewaterThis alcohol-free toner is formulated with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid—making it perfect for those cold, winter months when you need to remove your makeup and don’t want to strip your skin of every last bit of moisture in the process.Best Face Mist: Pixi Beauty Clarity MistSoothe, hydrate and instantly cool your skin with this face mist that sprays on easily and absorbs quickly. Pro tip: Throw this in your carry-on when traveling—face mists are perfect for keeping your skin hydrated during long flights.Moisturizers, Eye Creams, Serums, Oils, and MasksBest Soothing Sheet Mask: Holler + Glow Freeze To Feel Good Cryotherapy Sheet MaskWhile this mask may not actually be cryotherapy, Holler + Glow does recommend you throw it in the freezer for best results. The icy cold mask, coupled with energizing and cooling ingredients, like menthol, will instantly reduce puffiness on your skin—and probably wake you up a bit as well. Think of it as a perfect summertime treat.Best Sheet Mask for Dry Skin: INC.Redible Prep to Party Hydrating Face MaskThis gel mask is infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate and niacinamide to brighten and tone. Simply place it on, let it do its thing for 20 to 30 minutes, remove, and pat in the remaining essence. You’re good to party—or spend a pampered night in.Best Clay Mask: Boots Niacinamide Clay MaskNiacinamide, a form of vitamin B3, is one of those ingredients that can do it all: brighten, remove excess oil, and help fight acne. With that in mind, this vegan mask can be used two to three times per week to achieve optimal effects. Bonus: Niacinamide is one of the few pregnancy-safe acne-fighting ingredients you can use, making this mask perfect for expectant folks.Best Overnight Pimple Patches: HanHoo Extra Strength Blemish PatchThese vegan pimple patches are intended to go directly over your pimple and then stay there for six to eight hours. Formulated with salicylic acid, the patches turn white as they suck up impurities and oil. Use them each night and say goodbye to stubborn zits.Best Retinol Eye Cream: No7 Pure Retinol Eye CreamIt’s tough to find a drugstore retinol that will really do the trick, but this little tube defies expectation. Designed to minimize dark circles, puffiness, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, this eye cream delivers on all that and more, according to our testers.Best Dark Spot Corrector: The INKEY List Mandelic Acid TreatmentMandelic acid, which is derived from almonds, acts as a gentle chemical exfoliant, and can be perfect for sensitive skin, as SELF has previously reported. This little treatment is designed to help reduce hyperpigmentation and dark spots caused by breakouts and it’s perfect for use each evening.Shower, Bath, Body, and NailsBest Body Scrub: Hero Cosmetics Brave Body Deep ScrubSlather on this sugar scrub once per week to smooth out any rough spots from head to toe. Formulated with sugar, charcoal, and pumice, this is perfect for getting a freshly scrubbed glow.Best Body Bar Cleanser: CeraVe SA Cleanser Bar for Rough and Bumpy SkinThis soap-free bar is made with salicylic acid (for a chemical exfoliation) and jojoba beads (for a physical exfoliation). Combined, you’ve got the perfect shower item designed to slough away dead skin and bumpy spots over time with daily use.Best Body Wash: Method Hydrating Body WashKeep your skin feeling moisturized and soft by drinking plenty of water—and showering with a hydrating body wash. This drugstore steal is packed with glycerin, aloe, and notes of coconut milk. Think of it as a tropical escape in a bottle.Best Targeted Healing Balm: Aquaphor Healing Balm StickFor chapped, chafing skin, there’s probably no better or easier solution than Aquaphor. But if tubes or tubs of the goopy stuff isn’t quite your speed, now the classic healing balm comes in a stick. Translation: Zero mess! Glide it over your extra dry spots (elbows, knees, cuticles) and watch your skin transform.Best Antiperspirant Stick: Degree Advanced Lavender and Waterlily Antiperspirant DeodorantTake on your day—whatever it may bring—with this antiperspirant designed to last up to 72 hours. Delicate notes of lavender and waterlily will transport you to a warm spring day, no matter what the weather is like outside, while you can rest assured that Degree will keep the sweat at bay.Best Antiperspirant Spray: Secret Weightless Dry Spray, Wild RoseOur testers praised this product as “spray deodorant done right.” The antiperspirant has a weightless feel, fresh scent, and it did the job: Keeping everyone sweat free all day long.Best Natural Deodorant: Schmidt’s Vanilla & Oat Milk Sensitive Skin Deodorant StickNatural deodorants can get a bad rap: Whether they’re actually irritating to sensitive skin, wear off after just a few hours, or just don’t smell that great, it can be tough to make the switch. But this deodorant from Schmidt’s makes it easy. Their deodorant is scented with vanilla and oat milk, so it’s soothing to lots of skin types, plus the gentle fragrance really lasts for hours.Best Deodorant: Dove Care by Plants Eucalyptus DeodorantAluminum and baking soda free, this derm-approved deodorant also got high marks from our testers who said the pleasant—and not overpowering—scent stayed for hours, keeping them feeling fresh all day long.Best Hand Cream: Vaseline Hydra Hand CrèmeDrugstore darling brand, Vaseline, does it again with this hydrating hand cream that’s easy to throw in your bag and take on the go. If your hands have been taking a beating since the start of the pandemic with lots of extra hand-washing, this lotion, formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid and shea butter, is just the thing you need to make them feel soft again.Best Daily Hand Soap: Dr. Teal Prebiotic Lemon Balm & Sage Moisturizing Hand SoapMade with finely granulated pumice stone and epsom salt, this hand soap promises to gently exfoliate as it moisturizes with shea butter. Testers also described the scent as being fresh, clean, and not overly sweet smelling.Best Nail Polish: essie Swoon in the Lagoon CollectionIdeal for all of your summertime manicures, this new collection from Essie features nine fresh colors that have a glossy shine and solid coverage even after a single coat is applied. Choose from a pale pink, sky blue, and bright peach, among other shades.Best Top Coat: OPI Nature Strong Top CoatWe’re all about a strong finish, which is why we love this crystal clear, high-shine top coat from drugstore mainstay brand, OPI. Testers raved that this strong top coat allowed their manicures to last for over two weeks with barely any chips.Oral Care ProductsBest Whitening Toothpaste: Colgate Optic White Pro Series ToothpasteFormulated with 5% hydrogen peroxide, this whitening toothpaste is perfect for removing surface stains, polishing your enamel, and protecting against cavities. Testers said it left their teeth feeling as clean as when they come from the dentist and that they enjoyed the strong mint flavor.Best Toothpaste for Sensitive Teeth: Natean Clean + Sensitivity Relief with Fluoride Soothing MintIf whitening toothpastes irritate your teeth, allow us to introduce you to Natean. This fluoride toothpaste has all the same-cavity fighting power as other whitening versions, but is formulated without some of the ingredients those with teeth sensitivities might find irritating.All MakeupBest Foundation for Mature Skin: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Perfector 4-in-1 Matte MakeupPlenty of makeup artists agree: Some foundations—that settle into wrinkles or cake along smile creases—will just end up making you look older. But that’s not the case with this matte makeup from Maybelline. The extra light whipped texture allows you to apply a little, for minimal coverage, or layer on more product in areas where more coverage might be needed.Best Setting Powder: Wet N Wild Bare Focus Clarifying Finishing PowderIt’s tough to beat the price on this lightweight finishing powder that testers loved because it provided a little coverage, without weighing them down or clumping over any other makeup. The small compact was a bonus, too: It easily fits into the smallest clutch.Best Setting Spray: Hard Candy Stay ‘n Slay Setting SprayDrugstore mainstay brand Hard Candy is no stranger to creating great products that stand the test of time. So perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that their setting spray—designed to help your makeup last and last—was selected as one of this year’s winners. Infused with hyaluronic acid and agave nectar, the spray is moisturizing, while still providing a matte finish that testers said helped to keep their shimmery shadows perfectly in place.Best Primer: NYX Plump Right Back Primer + SerumMoisturize is the name of the game with this primer and serum combo that’s designed to pamper your skin ahead of foundation or other makeup application. Testers loved that it provided a good base—no pilling or clumping even with full-coverage foundation—while our derms loved that it’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and more.Best Liquid Blush: FLOWER Beauty Blush Bomb Color DropsFans of Drew Barrymore’s beauty line, FLOWER, might already know the brand offers great products at very affordable price points—and this latest offering is no exception. Testers loved the gorgeous range of eight colors and that a little product goes a long way.Best Brow Gel: e.l.f Cosmetics Brow LiftAs one tester put you, “You say ‘jump,’ this glue says ‘how high.’” This clear brow gel will help your brows stay put all day long—so whether you’re using it alone or on top of another pomade or pencil color, you’ve got a look that’s in for the long haul.Best Everyday Mascara: CoverGirl Exhibitionist Stretch & Strengthen MascaraFormulated with peptides and biotin, this mascara promises to give your lashes an extra lengthening effect and according to our testers, it definitely delivers. No flaking, smudging, or smearing as the day goes on, one tester said this would be her new “ride or die” mascara.Best Classic Lip Balm: eos The Hero Stick Lip BalmIntended to heal dry, chapped lips, this lip balm earned praise for smelling good, not feeling too waxy upon application, providing substantial moisture for hours, and of course, an unbeatable price point.Best Lip Crayon: Revlon ColorStay Matte Lite CrayonThis non-sticky, lightweight, intense pigmented lip crayon does exactly what it claims: stays put for hours and hours. With shades like neon pink, bright purple, and deep red, there’s something here to suit every mood and occasion.Sunscreens and Body LotionsBest Tanning Lotion: Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Moisturizer + BronzerConsider this your “drama-free” sunless tanner. A non-sticky formula makes application easy, while the gentle glow gives you a tan—with none of the orange hue sunless tanners often get a bad rap for leaving.Best Body Lotion for Dry Skin: Gold Bond Pure Moisture Daily Body & Face LotionFree of parabens, dyes, and fragrances, this body lotion—intended for daily use—earned praise for being quick absorbing and not in the least bit greasy. In addition to earning top scores with our testers, the lotion also received bonus points from our derms for containing hyaluronic acid.Best Body Lotion for Sensitive Skin: NIVEA Sensitive & Radiant Body LotionThis hydrating lotion was perfect for repairing dry, parched skin, our testers said. A hypoallergenic formula, tested by dermatologists, means that it’s great for all skin types, and the pump bottle design means that daily application is a total cinch.Best Treatment for Dry or Cracked Feet: Dr. Scholl’s Ultra Hydrating Foot MaskGive your feet the extra TLC they deserve—without the pedicure spa pricing. Testers loved this foot mask because it was easy to use and really delivered the results they were looking for: Soft, moisturized, sandal-ready feet.Best Chemical Sunscreen for Body: Bare Republic Clearscreen SPF 100 Sunscreen LotionThis water-resistant, reef-friendly formula is easy to rub in and has a truly invisible finish. One of our testers—who noted she has sensitive skin—said that this lotion is truly non-irritating and easy to apply.Best Sunscreen Powder: Hawaiian Tropic Mineral Translucent Sunscreen Powder Brush SPF 30Think a sunscreen powder isn’t for you? Think again. This mineral translucent powder is perfect for a matte finish application on top of your makeup or for a quick dusting all over your shoulders and arms. Bonus: Testers loved the subtle, floral fragrance.Best Sunscreen Spray: Coppertone Complete Sunscreen SprayCoppertone has been in the sunscreen game since the start—and all that experience has clearly paid off with this latest offering. The SPF 50, water-resistant formula offers plenty of protection and won’t leave a white cast after application.Shampoos and ConditionersBest Shampoo for Dry or Damaged Hair: Aveeno Hair Plant Protein Blend ShampooUsing the colloidal oatmeal that made the brand name a household mainstay, this moisturizing shampoo has a floral scent that our tester loved. That, plus soft, bouncy hair made this product an instant winner in our books.Best Shampoo for Color-Treated Hair: John Frieda Vibrant Shine Color Shine ShampooOur tester said their hair was left shiny and “easy to style” after using this color-protective shampoo that adds moisture and helps to keep dyed hair looking vibrant and fresh—never dull.Best Dandruff Shampoo for Natural Hair: Cantu Guava & Ginger Anti-Dandruff ShampooInfused with guava, ginger, apple cider vinegar, tea tree oil, and menthol, this anti-dandruff shampoo checked all the boxes from both our dermatologists and the testers who used it. Bonus: This shampoo is also formulated with salicylic acid.Best Dandruff Shampoo: Neutrogena Scalp Therapy Anti-Dandruff Itchy ScalpOur tester noted they felt an “instant cooling” sensation upon application of this shampoo. Those with a dry scalp will also enjoy that this product is packed with moisturizing ingredients that will help solve dandruff problems stat.Best Daily Conditioner: Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal ConditionerLifeless strands get a much-needed wake-up call with this moisturizing conditioner that is designed to bring life back to dull hair. Our testers loved the floral scent and that the product left their hair feeling instantly silky.Best Conditioner for Oily Hair: Head & Shoulders Supreme Detox & Hydrate Shampoo and ConditionerThis sulfate-free shampoo is formulated with coconut water and designed to leave hair feeling refreshed and moisture-rich.Best Conditioner for Dry or Sensitive Scalp: Canviiy ScalpBliss Moisture + Repair Organic-Based Daily Conditioner with Aloe Vera & Vitamin EThough not everyone was a fan of the sweet vanilla scent of this conditioner—not to worry, the scent fades after rinsing and styling—the results of the product speak for themselves. Hair felt softer to the touch and detangling was a breeze.Best Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair: Mielle Organics Oats & Honey Soothing ConditionerThis creamy balm dissolved effortlessly into hair and left a subtle, sweet, honey scent that lasted for hours. The conditioner is gentle on hair and scalp, making it perfect for a variety of needs.Best Detangling Conditioner: Creme of Nature Butter Blend & Flaxseed Double Duty Detangle & Slip Rinse-Out and Leave-in ConditionerAdding elasticity, softness, and great slip, this conditioner was made for anyone who struggles to get their hair successfully detangled after every wash. Formulated without sulfates, mineral oil, and petroleum, it’s also perfect for those who are ingredient minimalists.Best Conditioner for Natural Hair: Dark & Lovely Blowout Moisture Treat Deep ConditionerIf your hair is in need of some moisture repair, this might just become your new go-to. Made for all curl types, this conditioner left our testers’ hair feeling soft and bouncy.Best Co-Wash: Function of Beauty Coily Hair Co-Wash Base with Shea ButterOur testers said the shea butter in this co-wash truly made it feel moisturizing and also a great option for those with coily hair. Testers also loved that the mild scent was fresh, without being overpowering.Hair Styling Products and ToolsBest Paddle Brush: Goody Go Gentle Infusion Paddle BrushPerfect for anyone who is prone to frizzy hair, our tester also noted this brush was great at providing a little scalp massage while detangling. With a mix of vegan boar and ball-tipped bristles, the brush also offers the best of both worlds, delivering shine and smoothness.Best Detangler for Natural Hair: NOU No Damage DetanglerThis detangler is designed to provide extra slip for those who need it most—without causing any damage to hair. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or dyes, you can skip the rinse, and simply use a wide-tooth comb to brush and then style.Best Cream for Twist-Outs, Braids, and Protective Styles: TWIST by Ouidad Stretch Seeker 3-in-1 Curl Stretching CreamDelivering a light hold, so your coils and curls stay defined without being weighed down, testers said this stretching cream delivered on its promise of zero crunch and no white residue.Best Mask for Natural or Curly Hair: Carol’s Daughter Goddess Strength Cocoon Hydrating Hair MaskThis hydrating hair mask is designed to repair existing damage, lock in moisture, and help protect your locks from future breakage. If you’re looking for a new addition to your “self-care Sunday” ritual, we highly recommend this one—which you’ll let sit for five minutes after shampooing and conditioning.

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