Good hair days are, well, good days.
With a gazillion beauty hair products out there, it’s impossible to find ones that do a fine job without being overly oily, drying, or leaving you with flakes behind. In today’s awards, we give the best hair products some love while also giving some shout outs to our favorite body products. Hair and body go hand in hand in the bathroom, so we thought we ought to lump them together.
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As your trusted source, we took the Lightning Awards very seriously***. We went through all of the potions out there, testing concoctions for four entire months to see if their claims were real. The results? We’ve never had better, glistening, healthy skin from using the products we’ve deemed Best Of. We’ve named these products below and hope they work for you as much as they have for us. Now get going! Good skin can be yours – in a flash!
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***It goes without saying, these are honest reviews and our opinions were not based on any relationship, monetary gain, or a pay for play situation. AKA we weren’t paid to write any of these we simply are obsessed over these products and hope you love them too.
BEST HAIR MOUSSE: R+Co Pomade Mousse
Remember Justin Timberlake’s *NSYNC ramen hair? He can thank bad hair gel. Lucky for you, gel technology has come a long way. R+Co Pomade Mousse gives you the support and control of a gel with the flexibility and shine of a wax. The lightweight formula provides great hold without the crunch factor. Read: No ramen hair for you.
BEST AFTER SHAVE: Kiehl’s Razor Bump Relief
This after shave is a bestseller, what’s been a favorite for guys for a long time. That’s because its Ginger root extract soothes and absorbs excess oil, Willow herb wards of bacteria, while its no-fuss formula just works. For those who want to say goodbye to razor bump, get this.
BEST BODY OIL: Grown Alchemist Body Treatment Oil
This oil quickly absorbs into the skin to hydrate and soften without feeling greasy. Sandalwood and bergamot ingredients create a rich fragrance that’s more “refreshing stroll through the forest” than “sunburnt in South Beach.”
BUY HERE, $41
BEST BAR SOAP: Baxter of California Vitamin Cleansing Bar
This pumice infused soap bar provides the smoothing results of a traditional body scrub without the mess. That means you won’t have to clean tiny beads from your shower stall after use. Both a cleanser and scrubber, the product is convenient and effective with a sexy cedar wood and oak moss scent.
BUY HERE, $17
BEST SHAMPOO: Ouai by Jen Atkin
Free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, the Clean line by Ouai is our absolute favorite. It gently cleanses your scalp without over-drying, has a fresh, rose fragrance, while hydrating. After testing this for a week alone, we saw shinier, healthy, less damaged hair. The best hair you’ve ever had, just one shower away? Ouai not?
BUY HERE, $41
BEST RAZOR BRAND: Harry’s
There are many razor brands out there, which do a decent job at shaving your stubble. But Harry’s razors (Truman and Winston models), aren’t only affordable ($9 and $12, respectively), but sharply made. That’s because they’re manufactured at a German factory that’s been making razors for the past few decades. Not only will you have less strokes, these razors will last you a longer time. Meaning, a faster, cleaner shave that will save you major $$$$ in the long run.
BUY HERE, $9
BEST BLOWDRYER: Hot Tools 2100 Turbo Ionic Dryer
Look, guys need to blow dry their hair too, ok? It helps straighten, de-frizz and lay down the foundation for easier styling. Our pick? Hot Tools Tourmaline Tools 2100 Turbo Ionic Dryer. The ultralight, weighs-less-than-a-water-
BUY HERE, $43.95
BEST DEODORANT SPRAY: Dove Men+Care
This antiperspirant and deodorant spray seems to absorb almost instantly, leaving skin lightly moisturized but not wet. The invisible formula won’t cause chalky clumps to gather in your armpits or on you shirts, but it will keep you feeling and smelling fresh from AM to PM.
BUY HERE, $9
BEST BODY WASH: Lab Series Pro LS All-In-One Shower Gel
There are all-in-one products that seem to be decent at best at their functions. There there’s Lab Series’ Pro LS All-In-One Shower Gel, which does a superb job at cleansing your body, hair and face without over drying. The best part of this gel is that’s it’s really innovative. You can actually make a makeshift bar of soap in the palm of your hands. The gel won’t break its solid form unless you rub it with water. It’s this cool innovation that makes it extremely versatile and for your every need.
BUY HERE, $24
BEST MATTE POMADE: Rudy’s
Rudy’s matte pomade goes in like butter and washes out like water. The gentle, paraben-free formula has beeswax for moisture while Carnauba wax makes the entire application process smooth. The hold lasts you all day and easily recreates that “just out of bed” look, one that will have your friends guessing if you woke up like that or if you spent hours on end perfecting your look. Keep them guessing.
BUY HERE, $22
BEST BODY SCRUB: Tata Harper
Open the jar and you’ll swear you’re staring into a juicy acai bowl instead of a body scrub. The product looks good enough to eat but you won’t find a sweet or savory fragrance to match. Formulated with 100% natural ingredients the scent is light but earthy. The scrubbing particles gently polish and hydrate, with most of them absorbing directly into the skin and the rest dissolving easily under water. Both your body and your tub will be glowing afterward.
BUY HERE, $75
BEST FRAGRANCE: Maison Louie Marie No. 4 Boi de Balincourt
Oh, Maison Louis Marie, let me count the ways I love you. The brand’s No. 4 Boi de Balincourt fragrance bests any fragrance out there. With top notes including: sandalwood, cedarwood and midnotes of vetiver, nutmeg and cinnamon, base note of amberwood, it’s fresh, sensual, and completely sexy. Roll on the fragrance on your pulse points for a lasting smell that will keep up all day.
BUY HERE, $57
BEST SHAVING CREAM: Cremo
The closest shave you’ll get is a catchphrase we’ve heard in shaving for a long time. But Cremo’s shave cream really gets your razor there. That’s because its uniquely thin, foam-free formula is concentrated against your skin, giving it an incredibly slick feel. Meaning, your razor will give you a super smooth, comfortable shave that not only moisturizes, but fights off razor burn and overall irritation.
BUY HERE, $6.99
BEST WET POMADE: Baxter of California Hard Water Pomade
For your best hair ever, try this Baxter of California pomade. First off, it’s completely water-based, meaning you won’t have that all-day greasy feel. It’ll also come right off with water – no shampoo needed. But while other water-based pomades may fall flat when holding your hair together, this formula’s elastic fibers keep your ‘do looking its best all day, without any stiffness.
BUY HERE, $22
BEST DEODORANT: Old Spice Lasting Legend
There may be deodorant snobs who don’t shop drugstore brands. That’s cool. But they’d be remiss if they didn’t at least stop and smell Old Spice’s Lasting Legend. It’s really ~that~ good. The refreshing fragrance is like walking into a forests and breathing in a rainbow waterfall’s mist, where a unicorn is bathing. In all seriousness, this odor-blocker/anti-perspirant duo will keep you fresh your entire day and is the best smelling deodorant we’ve come across.
BUY HERE, $8
BEST LEAVE-IN CONDITIONER: Kevin Murphy Untangled
Coarse kinks? Naughty knots? This leave-in conditioner is awesome at detangling and softening even the most unruliest of hairs. Just a tiny spritz eliminates pulling, breaking and snagging on strands. Bonus: It provides added heat protection!
BEST SALT SPRAY: Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray
When you want surfer hair, but can’t hang ten, reach for Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray. The unique salt and sugar combination formula won’t dry out your hair or leave a gritty residue. Spritz on for soft waves, extreme texture and breezy volume. It’s the next best thing to having the ocean right in your backyard.
BEST HAIRSPRAY: Bumble and bumble Strong Finish Firm Hold Hairspray
Looking for a stay-put hold that lasts without making your hair hard, crunchy, sticky or clumpy? This high-performance hairspray creates a firm, no-slip hold to keep your style in place until the party’s over.
BODY LOTION- bliss lemon + sage body butter
Ultra moisturizing, this lotion brings parched feet and elbows back to life without being thick or greasy. Your skin will be quenched but the refreshing lemon fragrance will make you thirsty for a cold cup of citrus spa water.