Hair & Makeup

The Pre-Party Hair Transformers You Need Right Now

Great hair comes from good products and some prep work. Discover your new non-negotiables this party season

Clockwise from left: Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss; Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Shampoo; Ceremonia Aceite de Moska Heritage Scalp Remedy Oil; Virtue Volumizing Primer; Oribe Run-Through Detangling Shampoo; Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask; Philip Kingsley Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment

The supercharged shampoo: Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Shampoo

As most hairdressers know, it’s impossible to achieve a great party style (such as a voluminous blow-out or glossy up-do) if you start with a shampoo that leaves a residue, as it will mess with your styling results. The good news is that Dr. Barbara Sturm has a shampoo to suit all hair types and hair issues. The Super Anti-Aging Shampoo, which contains gentle ingredients such as sand oat and purslane, gently removes embedded styling products and gives the scalp a proper cleanse – making it the perfect canvas for any hairstyle this holiday season.

The sleek finishing oil: Ceremonia Aceite de Moska Heritage Scalp Remedy Oil

Great hair starts with a good scalp, but chemical treatments, styling, stress and even our diets can make the scalp sensitive, dehydrated, tight and uncomfortable. So, investing in a scalp oil makes sense – and Ceremonia’s is an excellent soother to restore balance. Massaging it in weekly helps to boost hydration, which, in turn, reduces that uncomfortable tight and itchy feeling many of us experience. This oil is a fast favorite because it uses acai oil to hydrate the hair and scalp overnight. Our top tip? Apply just a drop to smooth flyaways and add sleekness to your style.

The root booster: Virtue Volumizing Primer

The holidays often call for celebratory styles that tend to be more voluminous. This can be a problem for anyone whose hair has become thinner and sparser after a period of sickness, post-pregnancy or if you have deficiencies in your diet. So, just like using a serum for the face, this Virtue booster should be applied to the scalp every other day as part of the hair’s recovery program. It contains proteins, vitamins and minerals that have been shown to improve hair density and health, while slowing hair loss.

The salon-style hydrator: Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask

Don’t underestimate the importance of hydration – hair needs to be hydrated all year round, not just pre-party. And extra attention needs to be paid to colored hair, too, according to the experts. It’s best to start prepping your hair before any event or party with regular applications of leave-in conditioner and lightweight finishing oils. Olaplex No. 8 is a fantastic repairing treatment that adds shine, smoothness and body while intensely moisturizing to treat any damage.

The shampoo you never knew you needed: Oribe Run-Through Detangling Shampoo

Once tried, this shampoo can be quite the game changer, as it transforms something as mundane as washing your hair into a tangle-free, problem-free daily task. Adding instant slip and lightweight moisture for effortless and more manageable styling before a party or event, this Oribe shampoo is perfect for fine, curly and even kinky hair. Nourishing shea butter, softening sunflower extract and vitamin-rich red algae leaves hair with the most beautiful shine.

The instant hair brightener: Philip Kingsley Vitamin C Jelly Detoxifying Hair and Scalp Treatment

We know that vitamin C is the most powerful addition to any skincare regime, but here’s why you need to try it in your haircare, too. Just as vitamin C lifts and brightens the skin, it does exactly the same for your hair. This Philip Kingsley treatment puts the sparkle back into strands without changing your color. This genius ritual can be done the night before and even the morning of an event – it intelligently picks out pollution, dissolves product build-up and cleanses the hair from the follicle. The result? Hair that looks and feels incredible.

The professional gloss: Rita Hazan True Color Ultimate Shine Gloss

Renowned colorist Rita Hazan’s shine glosses help to revive your color, restore its vibrancy and neutralize off-tones in between appointments with your colorist. It’s super-easy to use, too: just work 8-10 pumps through wet hair after shampooing, while still in the shower. Allow three minutes before rinsing out, then follow with conditioner – hair is left with a lovely mirror-like shine.