2014 Big Day Beauty Awards: Haircare We Love
Aveda Air Control Hairspray
Cheers rolled in for the light hold and “non-helmet feeling” this gives hair, including updos ($25, aveda.com).
“A life-saver,” this warrior’s golden drops prevent heat-styling damage, frizz, flyways, and dryness ($43, moroccanoil.com).
Chi G2 Ceramic Iron
“My curly hair has a mind of its own; this was my savior on my wedding day,” gushed a fan. The iron is easy to wield and has a fast, 40-second heat-up time ($129.95, ulta.com).
Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
This miracle liquid speeds blow-drying time and, according to one of its many fans, it also "keeps split ends and flyaways from showing, detangles, and makes hair look shiny but not greasy" ($19, paulmitchell.com for salons).
John Frieda Frizz Ease 6 Effects
Flyaways behaved “even in high humidity during my beach ceremony,” raved a bride ($10 at drugstores).
Pantene Pro-V Triple Action Volume Mousse
This airy whip (see it decanted below) is not the sticky, crunchy stuff of yore. It delivers body and hold while keeping hair soft and shiny ($4 at drugstores).
Bumble and Bumble Tonic Lotion
Combing out wet hair is easier with a quick spritz of this, say fans, even if you skip conditioner ($20, bumbleandbumble.com).
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Extra Strong Hold
Pros and brides agree: This spritz offers superior (but never stiff) staying power. “I could brush though my hair without losing the style,” offered one ($15 at drugstores).
Frédéric Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Crème
Fans love the grapeseed extract that allows this cream to "provide moisture and shine while taming frizz." ($20, fekkai.com)
Matrix Biolage Hydrathérapie Shampoo & Conditioner
One reader said, “My hair felt like silk” after using this gentle wash, which contains nurturing aloe and sage. The conditioner also scored high marks (from $15, matrix.com for salons).
Astounding Shine Enhancer
BioSilk Silk Therapy
A serum that contains real silk, it adds gloss without weighing hair down ($25, farouk.com for salons).
WEN Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner
Raves poured in for both the performance—and convenience—of this dual shampoo and conditioner ($32, sephora.com).
TRESemmé Curl Hydration Lotion Crème
It's lightweight, yet deeply moisturizes curls, keeping them bouncy and frizz-free from first look through last dance ($5 at drugstores).
Redken Extreme Anti-Snap Leave-In Conditioner
Brides said this “all-time favorite” keeps strands shiny even post- blow-drying and “smells wonderful.” ($16.50, redken.com for salons)
Kérastase Masque Oléo-Relax Slim
This moisturizing treatment is not just a wedding-day wonder. "Each time I use it, I'm guaranteed a fantastic, glassy finish to my hair without it feeling weighed down or sticky," said one Martha bride. "Plus, it smells like heaven" ($61, kerastase-usa.com)
Divine Deep Conditioner
Philip B Russian Amber Imperial Conditioning Crème (6 fl. oz.)
Like a spa treatment in your shower, this deep conditioner smooths coarse hair with nutrient-rich amber oil ($150, philipb.com).
Living Proof Full Root Lifting Spray
"Absolutely stands up to its claims," said a faithful user ($26, livingproof.com)
Aussie Mega Hair Spray
Not just for brides, "it's the one hair product that my fiancé and I share," reports a devotee. "I use it to finish [my style] everyday, from buns, braids, bouncy curls to bone straight" ($5 at drugstores).
Mason Pearson Handy Bristle
Though “it’s an investment,” this cult classic won once again for leaving hair glossy and manageable ($230, neimanmarcus.com).
Best Hair Thickener
Sexy Hair Big Sexy Hair Dense Thickening Hair Spray
"I love the volume it gives me without the sticky buildup," said one reader of this gem in a wildly popular product line ($18, sexyhair.com).
Sweet Hair Saver
Philip Kingsley One More Day Dry Shampoo
“My second-day hair held my style perfectly in place” thanks to this oil-absorbing spray, said a bride ($25, philipkingsley.com).