American Salon readers have weighed in on their favorite and most trusted products, giving us the 2012 Professional’s Choice Award winners. —Brianna Keefe
Winner: Matrix Total Results Sleek Shampoo
About: Ceramide and shea butter combine to offer 24-hour protection against frizzy, heat-damaged hair.
Winner: Pureology Hydrate Condition
About: Pureology’s AntiFadeComplex retains color while jojoba and green tea hydrate for soft, vibrant hair.
Category: Conditioning Treatment/Mask
Winner: Aveda Damage Remedy
About: Weak and damaged hair is protected and repaired from the inside out with quinoa proteins and a multitude of essential oils.
Category: Color Care Line
Winner: ColorProof Evolved Color Care
About: Specifically designed for color-treated hair, ColorProof offers the most innovative technology for safe and gentle hair care.
Category: Men's Line
Winner: Mitch by Paul Mitchell
About: With a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner and six stylers and finishers, this line offers a product to achieve any look.
Category: Haircare Oil
Winner: Moroccanoil Treatment
About: Enriched with proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, this formula absorbs instantly for strength, shine and protection
Category: Curl Line
Winner: Organic Curl Systems by Organic Salon Systems
About: An ammonia- and thioglycolate-free formula for achieving natural-looking, pH-balanced permanent waves and curls.
Category: Thinning Haircare Regimen
Winner: Bosley Professional Strength
About: With solutions for fine, thinning and balding hair, Bosley Pro products encourage full, healthy hair for both male and female clients.
Category: Re-texturizing In-salon Treatment
Winner: Brazilian Blowout
About: Bonding technology coats hair in proteins, leaving strands shiny and smooth for up to 12 weeks.
Category: Demipermanent Haircolor
Winner: Redken Shades EQ
About: These no-lift, no-ammonia formulas safely enrich color, condition locks and add mega shine.
Category: Permanent Haircolor
Winner: Wella Koleston Perfect
About: The first cream haircolor, Koleston Perfect has years of experience perfecting haircolor. Formulas are available in a huge range of colors, each offering even coverage and conditioning.
Category: Heat Styler
Winner: Organic Connect Thermal 2 Twenty
About: Designed to protect hair from temperatures up to 428 degrees, Thermal 2 Twenty prevents heat damage and preserves hair’s original structure.
Winner: Sebastian Shaper
About: Shaper is a classic, reliable solution for flexible hold.
Category: Smoothing Styler
Winner: Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum
About: Paul Mitchell’s signature complex removes water and seals hair cuticles for sleek, quick-drying strands.
Category: Volumizing Styler
Winner: Aveda Volumizing Tonic
About: For weightless volume and shine, Aveda formulated this tonic with aloe and wheat amino acids, as well as their signature Pure-Fume aroma.
Category: Shine-enhancing Styler
Winner: Redken Shine Flash 02
About: Redken’s Shine-On Complex, a blend of camelina oil and vitamin B5, gives hair a silky-smooth feel and finish.
Category: Texturizing Styler
Winner: TIGI Bed Head Manipulator
About: This fibrous cream holds, mattifies and thickens any hairstyle.
Category: Salon Furniture Line
Winner: Pibbs Industries
About: With two salon lines—Salon Evolution for classic design and Salon Ambience for upscale luxury—Pibbs offers furniture for any salon’s style.
Winner: HairUWear Raquel Welch
About: These wigs offer a wealth of on-trend hair options in a variety of colors, lengths, styles and textures—from 100 percent human hair to heat-friendly Tru2Life synthetic fiber.
Winner: HairUWear Great Lengths
About: Made from 100 percent human hair from Indian temples and colorized without toxic chemicals, Great Lengths extensions look natural and are earth-friendly.
Winner: Farouk CHI Rocket Hair Dryer
About: This professional-strength, 1800-watt dryer is surprisingly quiet and lightweight.
Category: Flat Iron
Winner: Farouk CHI Ceramic Hairstyling Iron Original
About: This iron features 1-inch ceramic plates and will heat up to 405 degrees, all designed to run smoothly through hair, leaving strands pin-straight.
Category: Curling Iron
Winner: Hot Tools ¾” Professional Spring Iron
About: Featuring a 24-karat gold-plated barrel, temperatures up to 430 degrees and Hot Tools’ patented Pulse Technology, this iron makes curling easy.
Winner: Kamisori Damascus Emerald
About: Made of Damascus steel, these shears boast superior balance, precision and tension for wet and dry cuts.
Category: Manicure/Pedicure Line
Winner: Manicure-Pedicure by OPI
About: The Manicure/Pedicure line from OPI features scrubs, lotions, soaks and masks in eight different scents including lemon tonic, espresso and chamomile mint.
Category: Nail Enhancement System
Winner: CND Brisa Gel
About: Brisa Gel strengthens, extends and sculpts nails to perfection, while providing flexibility for everyday use.
Category: Nail Polish
About: Founded in 1981, OPI is a tried and true salon favorite. With President and CEO George Schaeffer and Executive Vice President and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, the brand was one of the first catered and sold exclusively to professionals.
Category: Nail Gel System
Winner: CND Shellac
About: CND’s Shellac revolutionized manicures by providing up to 14 days of chip-proof, high-shine nails.
Category: Salon Software
Winner: Salon Iris
About: This all-in-one software offers an intuitive interface, reliable support and tools to help your company grow, as well as an iPhone app for mobile bookkeeping.
Winner: TIGI Cosmetics
About: This cosmetics line contains a multitude of options for brightening the face, and bringing attention to the eyes and lips in long-lasting, high-pigment color.
Category: Skincare Line
About: For over 25 years, Dermalogica has been at the forefront of skincare research, promoting healthy skin with zone-by-zone analysis.