The world of haircare is a surprisingly complicated and diverse industry. There are products out there to cater to every hair type, whether you've got curly, wavy, or straight locks. Heads of hair with different amounts of natural oil have to be treated very differently, and you have to be especially careful to use the right products if your hair has been dyed or bleached. There are literally thousands of items out there to wash, style, and nourish your hair, and when you're searching for a new product to use, it can be pretty daunting!
Don't worry, though - trying to find the best shampoo for your hair or a gel that works well for your style isn't a totally impossible task! A good benchmark for figuring out whether a product is worth trying or not is whether or not it gets a good review online. The Sephora website is a great place to find out whether your fellow consumers have approved of a product or not! To give you a taste of what real customers have been saying about some of the biggest haircare products out there, we've found 25 examples of reviews ranging from five-star to one-star. Which products have been a total hit, and which should you avoid at all costs? Read on to find out!
25 FIVE STARS: The Rossano Ferretti Parma Dolce 16 Protective And Detangling Spray Is A Holy Grail Product
While not everybody has the finances to consistently purchase designer hair care products, if there's one expensive item you're going to splurge on, it should be the Rossano Ferretti Parma Dolce 16 Protective and Detangling Spray.
Sure, it'll set you back $46, but it sounds like it's worth it!
This product is basically the holy grail of detangling sprays. It gets a solid five-star rating on Sephora's website, and apparently has the power to make you have a good hair day every day. Well, that's according to one very happy customer, anyway!
24 FIVE STARS: The Sephora Festival Hair Favorites Pack Is Seriously Good Value For Money
Every now and again, Sephora will release a themed "pack" that's full of products to suit a certain occasion. One of these packs, the Festival Hair set, is a total sensation amongst consumers! For one, it's amazing value for money: for $25, you get $53 worth of products. Who can say no to that? Plus, the products that are included in the set are all pretty amazing. You get dry shampoos, hair styling sprays, coconut oil, hair foams... Everything you need to keep your locks looking fresh and stylish during festival season!
23 FIVE STARS: All Hair Types Will Benefit From The Effects Of The Rahua Freestyle Texturizer
No matter whether you have straight, wavy, or curly hair, the Rahua Freestyle Texturizer is a hair styling product that you need to get your hands on.
This serum will add texture and volume to your hair without making it feel overly sticky or heavy, and its effects are long-lasting too.
It contains natural ingredients that won't irritate the scalp or clog up your pores and contains Palo Santo oil to give it a gorgeous fragrance. All in all, this texturizer is definitely worth its $34 price tag.
22 FIVE STARS: Drybar's Texas Tease Brush Is Great For Teasing And Backcombing Your Hair
If you're in the market for a brush that'll help you to tease or even backcomb your hair, you should definitely consider investing in Drybar's Texas Tease Brush. As you'd expect from its name, this brush is specifically designed for teasing and styling all hair types. It adds plenty of volume to your hair, is gentle on your locks, and doesn't create frizz during the teasing process. One customer called it the best teasing brush they've ever bought, while another claimed it gave them salon-level results. The hype is real!
21 FIVE STARS: The Alterna Haircare CAVIAR Infinite Color Hold Vibrancy Serum Does Its Job Incredibly Well
As anyone who's dyed or bleached their hair will now, getting your artificial color to remain vibrant for more than a few washes can be a bit of an uphill struggle.
However, that's where the CAVIAR Infinite Color Hold Vibrancy Serum comes in.
A few pumps of this can be used either as a leave-in treatment or a wash-out hair mask, and the results are apparently impressive. Not only does this product leave your hair feeling smooth and silky, it helps to effectively preserve your color too.
20 FOUR STARS: The Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask Apparently Works Wonders
At $43, the Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask is the kind of product that you really don't want to pay for unless you're absolutely certain it works. Luckily, according to various Sephora customers, it's definitely worth buying - it apparently works wonders! If you've got dry or damaged hair, just one use of this mask will be enough for your hair to be noticeably healthier. It's suitable for use with all hair types and is pretty much guaranteed to add moisture and shine to your locks.
19 FOUR STARS: The Verb Detangling Brush Is Great For People Who Have Super-Thick Hair
As anyone with thick hair knows, finding a hairbrush that can actually deal with the extreme tangles and knots you have to deal with is often pretty difficult.
Luckily, it sounds like Verb has created the brush of our dreams!
According to various Sephora customers, their Detangling Brush helps to smooth out your hair without any of the usual pain or stress. There's no tugging, frizziness is kept to a minimum, and the bristles are super soft. For only $12, it's an absolute steal!
18 FOUR STARS: IGK's Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil Only Narrowly Misses Out On Being A Five-Star Product
IGK's Smoke & Mirrors Conditioning Cleansing Oil may technically only be a four-star product, but it has a whole lot of passionate fans on the Sephora website. This oil has made a lot of people's hair feel softer, look shinier, and appear healthier.
It smells wonderful, is easy to apply, and has a genuinely moisturizing effect!
While a few customers felt that this oil made their hair feel dirty or greasy, these criticisms are totally outweighed by literally hundreds of positive reviews.
17 FOUR STARS: The Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Tint Effortlessly Diffuses Into Your Hair
If you're looking for a high-quality dry shampoo that won't leave a dusty residue in your hair, the Klorane Dry Shampoo With Oat Milk Natural Tint is the product for you! In general, Sephora customers have reported that this product makes their hair feel much cleaner - and it has a pleasant smell to boot! You can't say that about all dry shampoos. As long as you brush your hair thoroughly after using this spray, no residue will be left behind. Ideal!
16 FOUR STARS: Bumble And Bumble's Brilliantine Is A Top-Rated Oil-Based Styling Cream
Bumble and Bumble claim that their Brillantine is difficult to define, but one thing's for sure: a lot of customers absolutely love it! It's an oil-based styling cream that's perfect for making your hair look effortlessly tousled and stylish.
It's not greasy, which is a plus from an oil-based product, and a little of it goes a long way.
It can tame frizz, add definition, and gives your hair some natural-looking shine. All of this in one simple-to-use product! What more could you ask for?
15 THREE STARS: Alterna Haircare's Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray Works, But Is Smelly And Messy
A three-star rating is a bit of a tricky label for a product to have. It suggests that while it's not the worst thing to purchase in the world, it has some kind of flaw that compromises its effectiveness. In the case of the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray, it's the smell and messiness of the product that lets it down. It can make your hair look shiny and healthy, but if you apply just a little bit too much spray you risk your hair becoming more greasy than glorious.
14 THREE STARS: Some Consumers Have Had Issues With The Quality Of The Verb Round Brush
The Verb Round Brush has had pretty polarized reviews on the Sephora website. Some shoppers have truly loved it, claiming that it avoids tangling the hair and adds a lot of volume to your locks.
However, other customers have had a more negative experience with the brush. It can cause a lot of frizz and is a bit too lightweight for thick hair.
Plus, some products have been pretty low-quality: a lot of bristles have been missing even when the brush is brand new! Not great.
13 THREE STARS: Bumble And Bumble's Seaweed Conditioner Is Polarizing, To Say The Least
Another totally polarizing product listed on the Sephora website is the Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Conditioner. A lot of customers love this product thanks to its light formula and pleasant smell. However, others have found it to be a total disappointment that's had no effect on their hair! Either that, or it's made people's hair more greasy than prior to their hair wash. It sounds like the effectiveness of this product vastly differs depending on your hair type, scalp sensitivity, and natural oil level.
12 THREE STARS: The Earth's Nectar Hair Gloss Made A Lot Of People's Hair Oily And Heavy
The Earth's Nectar Hair Gloss is a conditioning spray that's supposed to enhance your hair's moisture levels and shine. However, a lot of reviewers on the Sephora website have found that it has a very different effect!
The spray apparently smells bad, adds grease to your hair, and makes your locks feel uncomfortably heavy.
Then again, other reviewers claimed that the product wasn't greasy at all and is surprisingly light! Again, perhaps this spray's effectiveness depends on your hair type. You'll have to try it and see!
11 THREE STARS: The Ouai Curl Jelly Does Work On Some People's Hair, But Leaves Others' Feeling Frizzy
Our final divisive product - for now, at least - is the Ouai Curl Jelly. On the one hand, a lot of five-star reviews suggest that this product helps to keep curls feeling fresh and secure without adding any stiffness or dryness. However, other customers have reported that the jelly did nothing except add a pleasant fragrance to their hair! They saw no difference in the staying power of their curls, and some people felt that the jelly made their locks feel greasy. Interesting! The jury is definitely still out on this product.
10 TWO STARS: Madison Reed's Root Reboot Range Often Doesn't Actually Do Its Job
Anyone whose roots are a significantly different color to the main body of their hair will know that root top-up products can be a bit of a lifesaver.
However, if you're looking for something new to cover up any errant roots, perhaps pass on the Madison Reed Root Reboot range.
According to Sephora customers, it frequently doesn't do its job very well! It gave one user's roots a red tint and actually made another reviewer's grey roots look more pronounced. This product had one job to complete, and it did the exact opposite!
9 TWO STARS: The Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse Is Frequently Compared To Glue By Dissatisfied Customers
In general, Moroccanoil's range of haircare products gets stellar reviews. However, the company's Beach Wave Mousse seems to be a bit of a miss amongst Sephora customers. In the online reviews of the product, a common theme is that it has the consistency and stickiness of glue! It apparently makes your hair crunchy and greasy rather than effortlessly wavy and smells bad to boot. People have tried only using a tiny amount in their hair to see if this makes a difference, but the results are pretty much the same: disappointing, in a word!
8 TWO STARS: Tangle Teezer's Small Blow-Styling Round Tool Only Works Well If You're Using It On Someone Else
The Tangle Teezer Small Blow-Styling Round Tool isn't a total write-off of a product, despite its low rating on the Sephora website.
Apparently, it's great to use on other people! If you're a hair stylist, it might well be a good investment.
However, if you're looking to use this tool on yourself, you might end up a bit disappointed - and in pain. It apparently tugs on your hair to a ridiculous extent thanks to its hard bristles and round shape. Uncomfortable to use is an understatement!
7 TWO STARS: The Vernon Francois Leave~In Conditioner Generally Makes People's Hair Feel Worse
If you're thinking about spending $28 on the Vernon Francois Leave~In Conditioner, perhaps it's time to think again. According to the reviews on Sephora's website, this product actually makes people's hair feel way worse after it's been used than beforehand!
It leaves an oily film on the hair that only tangles it and adds a lot of extra grease.
Plus, it makes a lot of people's hair feel dry, crusty and damaged. All in all, it's a pretty pricey product that doesn't seem to have any positive effects!
6 TWO STARS: Christophe Robin's Regenerating Hair Finish Lotion Has A Dreadful Smell And Few Visible Benefits
The Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Finish Lotion is another pretty expensive product that definitely doesn't live up to the expectations its price tag creates. For $40, you can use a product that, according to reviews, has no tangible effects aside from making your hair smell bad. Yep, really. Specifically, the scent of the product is said to be similar to a super-strong version of your grandma's perfume. On top of that, some consumers did report that this lotion made their hair feel greasier than previously. Oh dear!
5 ONE STAR: Alterna Haircare's CAVIAR Anti-Aging Anti-Frizz Shampoo Is Incredibly Drying
While one of Alterna Haircare's CAVIAR products made it into the five-star section of this list, this Anti-Aging and Anti-Frizz version of the shampoo finds itself in a very different position.
It gets just one star from Sephora customers for one major reason: it's got an incredibly drying formula that is unhealthy for a lot of hair types.
Nobody had anything good to say about this shampoo, in fact! It definitely compares very unfavorably to other products in the CAVIAR range.
4 ONE STAR: The Sachajuan Colour Protect Shampoo Allegedly Caused One Customer's Color To Wash Out
Out of all of the reasons for giving a shampoo a one-star rating, the fact that it does the exact opposite of what it says on the label is a pretty strong one! According to reviewers, the Sachajuan Colour Protect Shampoo not only fails to actually protect anyone's artificial hair color but can actually end up eroding it altogether! One angry customer stated that after using the shampoo just once, their hair color completely washed out. Talk about getting disappointing results!
3 ONE STAR: The GHD Style And Seal Set Isn't Up To The Brand's Usual High Standard
In general, GHD's products have an amazingly positive reputation. Their straighteners are usually the stuff of legend! However, the GHD Style and Seal Set has just a one-star rating on the Sephora rating.
According to customers, the straighteners included in the set are disappointing in comparison to the brand's usual high standard.
It takes a lot longer for them to make hair totally straight. Plus, some customers have had issues with these straighteners breaking after just a few months of use. Are they worth spending $249 on? Perhaps not.
2 ONE STAR: The Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach 1 Minute Recovery Masque Made People's Hair Feel Worse
Remember the Alterna Haircare Bamboo Beach Sunshine Spray that left people's hair feeling smelly and strange? Well, it turns out that another product in the same range, the 1-Minute Recovery Masque, is actually even worse! Rather than making people's hair feel "recovered" and healthy, this masque had the opposite effect. It actually made some customers' hair feel tangled and dry, which isn't exactly much of a recovery - more like a deterioration! It doesn't sound like this masque is worth its $22 price tag.
1 ONE STAR: The Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo Doesn't Lather At All
Using a gentle shampoo free of harsh chemicals can be a beneficial choice for anyone who's got severely dry or damaged hair.
However, it sounds like the Christophe Robin Color Fixator Wheat Germ Shampoo has taken gentleness a little bit too far!
According to customer reviews, the shampoo barely lathers at all and is too light to make much of a difference to anyone's hair. It leaves your locks limp and lifeless and doesn't even add any shine. Ultimately, this shampoo isn't strong enough to effectively wash most hair types.