Over the past few months, thanks to fewer trips to the salon, many of us have reconsidered our haircare routines and the styling tools we use at home. Whether you want to step up your hair-styling skills as we go into the festive period or treat someone to a beauty gift, these latest formulas will help you achieve a salon-worthy finish that isn’t time-consuming or complicated…
Best for prepping and priming Philip Kingsley Perfecting Primer
It might feel like an unnecessary step, but a hair primer can make a huge difference to the end result. Whether you have fine, straight hair or coarse, curly hair, this feather-light mist preps your hair and ensures your style lasts throughout the day. We’d go so far as to say that spritzing this through damp hair is as important as the styling formula you reach for afterwards.
Best for adding weightless texture Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist
There’s a fine line between adding a hint of undone, tousled texture and looking like you’ve just rolled out of bed. This lightweight mist achieves the former with minimal effort required on your part. Gently tease roots and lengths with your fingers and you’re good to go.
Best for polishing ends Larry King A Social Life for Your Hair Finishing Cream
Whether you have naturally straight hair or rely on a flat iron, this velvety-smooth cream is perfect for achieving that polished salon finish. So much so, it’s our go-to when we’re in between appointments and need a quick fix to disguise split ends. A pea-size amount will smooth ends and tame flyaway hair.
Best for defining curls and coils Charlotte Mensah Manketti Hair Oil
When it comes to smoothing and defining curls and coils, there is one brilliant woman we trust implicitly – Charlotte Mensah. And the next best thing to an actual appointment with Mensah is her expertly formulated product line. This rich oil gives textured hair a dose of moisture that keeps it looking fabulously frizz-free, from your scalp to your ends.
Best for boosting volume Virtue Lifting Powder
For subtle, natural-looking, fuller hair, this powder is non-negotiable. Not only does it go incognito as soon as it’s massaged into your roots, it also absorbs any excess oil so that your hair feels fresher and lighter. The trick to maximizing the effect is to apply this to your roots along the sides and back of your head, rather than just focusing on the crown.
Best for smoothing unruly hair GHD Glide Professional Hot Brush
If frizz and fly-aways are your main concern, then GHD’s effortless Hot Brush is a tool you need in your styling arsenal. Heating up to 185 degrees, the bristle brush smooths hair and enhances shine as you comb through. It goes without saying that we recommend prepping hair with a heat protector beforehand.
Best for enhancing gloss and shine Oribe Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax
Don’t be perturbed by the word ‘wax’ – this finishing spray leaves even the finest of hair feeling light and looking glossy. While it takes just seconds to mist across your hair, the expensive-looking glossy finish lasts all day. Even day-old hair is given a new lease of life.
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