24 Hair Products That’ll Do A Whole Lot In Only A Few Minutes

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Because sometimes you don’t have the patience (or time) to keep your arm elevated for 30 minutes, trying to curl your hair just the right way.

We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

1. A ~surreal~ iridescent mermaid scrunchie to elevate your daily (read: boring) ponytail or bun in a totally dreamy way. Leave it on your wrist as a pretty accessory too!

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ZeroZoneDesign is a small biz making cute scrunchies, hair accessories, and more.

Get it from ZeroZoneDesign on Etsy for $6.40+ (available in two sizes). 

2. Or these bow knot hair scrunchies when you want a flirty touch to your fits. When you don’t know which way to go, cute’s the way!

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Promising review: “I love feminine/girly style, but I have a LOT of lazy hair days, and these are a dream!! Makes your basic ponytail or messy bun look cute and intentional. When I take my hair down and put these on my wrist it’s like another cute accessory. Win-win-wiiiiin.” —MJ

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $6.85.

3. A breathable and adjustable satin-lined sleeping cap so you can protect your natural hair without any discomfort. It’s cute enough to wear out and about too if you just don’t feel like doing your hair that day.

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Promising review: “Satin caps are wonderful for eliminating frizzy hair and breakage, the problem is that they slide off when you sleep and are not appealing to wear outside of the home… until this. It stays on my head, it’s slouchy with a beanie cap fabric on the outside, satin on the inside, and a drawstring to adjustable the size. I love this it.” —Alisha R. Ezell

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 25 patterns).

4. A L’Oreal hair treatment that works its magic in eight seconds to give you shinier, more hydrated locks — no matter your hair type. Magic indeed!

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Apply this directly to wet hair avoiding the roots, massage it in for eight seconds, then rinse. Effort required = practically zero. You can use one dose for fine to medium textured hair, two to three doses for thick to curly textured hair, and add one more dose if you have long hair.

Promising review: “This is the holy grail of hair products. Seriously I need gallons of this stuff! I put it on my hair for 10 seconds and could feel while still in the shower that my hair felt amazing! I usually have stringy ends and after using this, my hair was soft and silky!” —Sky T Block

Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

5. A Revlon hot air brush because it dries your hair, imparts volume and shine, and makes it look like you totally went and got a professional blowout — in MINUTES.

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Promising review: “Just wow! I was skeptical at first. I wish I would have bought this sooner! After showering I get all the moisture I can out of my hair. And leave it to kind of air dry while I’m getting ready, having coffee, or whatever I’m doing that morning. It takes me about seven minutes to dry my hair if that! I have very thick naturally curly hair. It’s is a fabulous tool to have in your arsenal! May be the only one I have to use. No flat iron needed as of yet! Would buy again in a heartbeat!” —D.K

Get it from Amazon for $34.97+ (available in eight colors).

6. A set of large matte hair claw clips as they’re really in right now and also super efficient! They’re strong enough to hold thick hair, hold thin hair easily, and even if your hair’s in a messy bun, the design instantly makes your hairdo look chic.

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Promising review: “Best hair clips ever!!! I even use them to hold my hair up when I’m running and they stay the entire time! Highly recommend!” —Savanna Reyes

Get a set of five from Amazon for $9.99.

7. These razor-sharp hair cutting shears that use Japanese stainless steel to trim your ends evenly, neatly, and quickly with just a snip-snip. Trimming every few months is absolutely key to hair health, preventing split ends and promoting hair growth. It’s simple enough to do yourself but your dull kitchen scissors aren’t gonna do the job!

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I invested in a pair after months of quarantine and not getting my hair cut left me with terrible split ends and lots of alarming breakage. I didn’t want to ruin my hair further by using old scissors. I could tell the difference right away; these trimmed my ends so quickly and smoothly that I didn’t even have to snap the scissors closed all the way — that’s how sharp they were! I was able to control how much I trimmed and fix any uneven strands and jagged edges calmly and with confidence since the scissors cut so cleanly.

This comes coated with lubricating oil. Before first use, wash with soap and lukewarm water, then dry with a cloth.

Get it from Amazon for $19.97 (available in three colors).

8. A shine serum or argan oil essence for taking your locks from rough to silky! They’re lightweight and versatile, using nutrients to boost hair health, soften strands, hydrate, and provide shine. It’s your hair’s new best friends!

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The Skinfood Hair Essence is my absolute fave. My hair gets weighed down easily by thick serums so I usually shy away from them. This one though is incredibly light, all but disappears into my strands, and leaves them soft, hydrated, and touchable. I like massaging it into my strands starting from mid-length and down to my ends after showers. Avoid the scalp, especially if you’re prone to oiliness.   

Promising review (for Etude House): “I’m usually pretty skeptical about hair products. I have very oily straight hair so not many hair products work well with it. However, I was pleasantly surprised that this spray didn’t weigh my hair down; it just made my hair very soft and feel wonderful. I would recommend this for anyone with oily hair.” —Daniel Smith

Get them from Amazon: the Etude House Silk Serum for $9.30 (available in two styles) and the Skinfood Hair Essence for $14.

9. Some clip-in hair extensions to change up your look in minutes and look just fab. Plus, they seem so real, even you might be fooled!

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Promising review: “This was the best nine dollars I’ve spent in a long time! The color is a perfect match to my hair. The hair is very long — I cut at least 12 inches off. It stays in place very well. This is a fun addition to my going out look.” —SBonert

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six lengths and a variety of colors).

Find out more in my colleague’s Reecho hair extensions deep dive!

10. OR a cute INH Hair messy bun because it literally takes your hair to new heights and is a quick way to instantly transform your look (and your IG grid). It adds so much volume, especially if you have thin hair. And if you want to take it a step further, these space buns will make everyone do a double take!

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These are made out of vegan synthetic fiber from Japan. Make sure to read their tips on styling and care!

INH Hair is a woman-owned small biz based in Los Angeles. They aim to get you the best quality and trendiest styles and boost your confidence.

Promising review (for messy bun): “My bun game has gone to a new level! Very easy to apply and the feel is very realistic, it doesn’t feel like a synthetic hair! The color match was to a tee. I have quite fine hair so my usual buns look very odd (like a round pot handle vibe) but with Sammy, I feel so confident and put together. The application was super easy and unlike some of the ponies that make you feel weighted, there was no issues with feeling tightened or restricted on my scalp.” —Jia

Get them from INH Hair: the messy bun for $38 and the space buns for $54 (both available in a variety of colors).

11. A bottle of Fanola No Yellow shampoo for washing those brassy orange undertones down the drain! They are not welcome in your hair! The violet pigment will easily and effortlessly get rid of those unwanted hues on gray, platinum, blonde or highlighted hair.

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Promising review: “YOU GUYS!!!! My hair went straight to silvery white from a extremely brassy blonde with only a five minute application. My hair dresser recommended this product and I had to text her to tell her thank you because I am so obsessed with the results.” —Madison Horsley 

Get it from Amazon for $9.82+ (available in three sizes).

Read more about this purple shampoo in our Fanola No Yellow Shampoo deep dive!

12. A hair oil to save your hair texture with a lightweight moringa oil and bamboo formula that strengthens, smooths frizz, detangles, and moisturizes. It’s designed as a daily restorative oil, meaning it won’t weigh hair down. Your dry, frizzy strands will become a ~ghost~ of the past.

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I use this after showers and it always makes my hair easy to comb. It also makes my ends look nice! It’s so lightweight that it pretty much vanishes as soon as I put it in my hair, so my hair isn’t oily and there’s no residue left behind (love that). It also has a light citrus scent that’s so lovely you’ll be sad when it disappears.

This is free of parabens and mineral oil. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

Promising review: “I have very fine, dry, and damaged hair from years of bleaching and dyeing. I’m trying to go natural so I’ve been looking for anything to help soften and prevent breakage. I usually hate hair oils, and feel they make my hair sticky or greasy even only using a few drops. With this, I never have any issues! I use two drops when my hair is damp and spread it through, then one more drop mostly on the ends after styling. My hair looks glossy and is super soft. Never a greasy residue! Very lightweight, and I love the scent. Really can’t recommend it enough for fine hair. It seems like you can never use too much!” —tempestrune

Get it from Sephora for $18.

13. A Maxsoft hair scalp massager that pampers you with a salon-worthy hair massage and really gets your blood circulating. Plus, it removes the oily buildup that clogs your follicles and your shampoos and serums will get in that much deeper.

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Promising review: “I am obsessed with this! I thought it was a big gimmick but it is amazing! My scalp feels so much cleaner and my hair feels less heavy on the roots. Especially someone like myself who uses hair dye and colored shampoos and conditioners, this scrubber is perfect for getting rid of buildup. Even when I use dry shampoo and wash my hair I normally don’t feel like I get it all out, but this thing gets it all!” —Brittany Smith

Get it from Amazon from $6.98+ (available in three colors).

14. A microfiber hair towel you can throw up wet hair in so it’s smooth and dry in no time. This is also lightweight and gentler on damaged hair than cotton towels. Plus, no frizz!

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Promising review: “This towel is amazing! I have thick, long hair that takes forever to blow-dry. This towel removes so much moisture from my hair in such a short amount of time! Within about five minutes of wrapping my hair up, I can remove the towel, use a spray-in conditioner, and be on my way without having to worry about my hair leaving wet spots on my shirt! I love this so much I’ve been reluctant to bring it with me anyone for fear of losing it. Seriously, I love this!” —Stephanie M Garcia

Get it from Amazon for $20.99.

Read our full Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel review!

15. This cute Etude House headband for holding back your hair and bangs while you cleanse, do your skincare routine, or apply makeup. That way, your hair and bangs don’t keep getting in the way, don’t get wet and messed up, and don’t catch product. If you see influencers using this all the time, now you can join them.

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Promising review: “I usually just pull my hair back when I do anything skincare-related, but this makes skincare more fun. The thing I love most about it is how soft it is. It’s not just cute and affordable; it’s also super soft. After showers, I wear this to bed, and in the morning I wake up with tamed hair. Otherwise after I brush my hair and go to bed, I wake up with my hair all over the place. The white gives it a fresh look. It will fit on anyone’s head, because of the rubber band. To be honest, I keep mine close to my bed at all times. It’s just so comfortable to walk around my house with it on even when I’m not doing my skincare. It just keeps my hair out of my face for every task I am doing.”dragonflymemento

Get it from Amazon for $5.80.

16. A bottle of water-resistant L’Oréal root cover-up spray if you just don’t have the desire to shell out $$$ at the salon every single time to get your roots redone. Spray this and welcome seamless coverage with no residue in a jiffy.

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Promising review: “My hair grows somewhat fast so I find myself coloring my roots at minimum every two weeks, which I think is bad for my hair. This product has been a lifesaver in allowing me to extend that time frame some. I wish I had found it sooner!” —Mmandkcs

Get it from Amazon for $8.50+ (available in 10 colors).

17. A hair finishing stick to neaten and smooth those annoying flyaways and baby hairs in seconds so you won’t have to deal with them sticking up, out, or doing their own wild thing. It applies like mascara but for your hair.

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This is safe for color-treated hair and uses natural plant ingredients. It’s also small so you can carry it with you on the go.

Promising review: “This product is amazing. Buy it right now. If you have flyaways, stop what you are doing and order this. I struggle with fine hairs sticking straight up no matter where I part my hair. This little miracle product makes them lay down and stay down. A tiny bit goes a long way; using too much has the hardening effect similar to using too much hairspray. It’s a small mascara-sized tube and wand. Easy to keep in your bag, but honestly my morning application lasts all day. I love this.” —Patrick McKenna

Get it from Amazon for $6.98.

18. OR an edge control gel for doing the same thing for your edges and baby hairs — no flaking, no residue, all sleek.

19. A detangling brush so you look forward to brushing your hair. This will get through the knots and tangles your regular brush can’t solve. And it has over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because yeah, it’s that good. People swear by it for detangling fast without damaging hair. You won’t have to invest in three different combs hoping one of ’em does the trick!

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This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2c through 4c hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don’t have to time out your brushing.

Promising review: “I have really long, thick, fine hair. I get tangles and hair matts really easily. In my life, I have never had a brush get tangles and matts out with such ease. It makes hair brushing enjoyable and painless. It gets out the knots within seconds and without the pain I used to experience with other types of brushes. I hardly lose any hair using this brush because it is so gentle. The bristles are soft and flexible. It has made hair brushing something to look forward to. It truly has changed my hair and has become a holy grail essential for me. YOU NEED THIS IN YOUR LIFE no matter what kind of hair you have!” —Matthew Sisley

Get it from Amazon for $11.88 (available in six colors).

20. These adorable mini wave barrettes for a retro pop of color to your hairstyles, even when your hair is just down! These’ll photograph really well too, as you can see!

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Chunks is a woman-owned small biz founded in 2019 as a one-woman operation! How cool is that? They are now a team of five and are committed to responsible manufacturing, using durable, plant-based materials to make their clips, and recycling instead of throwing away product.

Get it from Chunks for $6.75 (available in six colors). 

21. A bucket hat as it’s time to show everyone that it’s totally easy to pull one off and you’ll look like the cool kid. It’s great for bad hair days too!

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Promising review: “This is my first bucket hat. It’s a leap from my typical baseball caps, but now I’m sold. It is so darn cute. It’s going to be my go-to head gear for all seasons. I particularly like that I don’t get so much ‘hat hair’ with the roomy bucket hat, like with my baseball caps; there’s some breathing room. My hat appears very well-constructed with rich colors. And the price is right to stock up. Everyone who has seen it voices approval.” —Shiloh True

Get it from Amazon for $7.95+ (available in two sizes and 30+ colors).

22. A lemongrass leave-in conditioner spray with natural ingredients and essential oils for locking in moisture, smoothness, and soothing without weighing down your mane. And it has an invigorating lemony scent to boot!

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Alikay Naturals is a Black woman-owned biz that uses Caribbean-inspired ingredients to create not only natural hair products, but vulva care products, baby products, candles, and more.

Promising review: “This leave-in smells amazing and feels cooling and pleasant on the scalp. I’m going natural with my hair, and it’s been a difficult journey so far, but I am very pleased with the effect of this product. My curls are defined, moisturized, soft, and my scalp feels much better than it has in a while. It’s a large bottle and it doesn’t take much to distribute throughout my hair, so I feel like the bottle will last for a long time, which makes it a much better value, and I love that the ingredients are very natural.” —Lynn M

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

23. A Davines leave-in hair milk because it helps control and protects against frizz, hydrates and detangles, and fights UV damage and free radicals. Ingredients like roucou oil and amino acids stimulate hair growth.

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Promising review: Can’t live without this hair product — doesn’t weigh your hair down, makes hair super soft and can let your hair air-dry or blow-dry out; either way, it has the same great smoothing effect without any oiliness or weight. SMELLS AMAZING! People always comment on the smell of my hair even after it is dry. You won’t regret the purchase. Tip: spray in hands first then work into hair. You will save a lot of product this way.” —Michelle R. Heil

Get it from Amazon for $18+ (available in two sizes).

24. A Pattern hydrating mist to breathe life back into dry, thirsty curls and coils, and protects them from environmental stressors with aloe vera, avocado oil, and other essential nutrients. Plus, it helps you go longer between wash days!

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This is Tracee Ellis Ross’ haircare line btw!! Pattern supports and donates to organizations that empower women and people of color, and is involved in Black communities.

Learn more about the mist here and check out Pattern’s in-depth curl guide and how to care for your hair texture.

Promising review: “My absolute favorite hydrating mist for my curls. Keeps them fresh and springy all day. The smell is wonderful and feels light on my hair. My hubby says it smells very nice.” —Suzanne

Get it from Pattern for $7+ (available in two sizes).

You feeling your new, undamaged hair:

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Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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