In my opinion, hair is something that can make or break any look.
I’ve always believed that investing in (at least) a good shampoo, conditioner and regular trim by a good hairdresser are essentials for healthy hair – and recently, I’ve begun experimenting with a range of different tools and products.
These are my current favourites:
1) La Biosthetique Edition de Luxe – Wow, what can I say? This is is my most favourite shampoo/conditioner formula ever. It’s so incredibly luxurious and has left my hair feeling better than any shampoo/conditioner I’ve used previously. The shampoo leaves hair feeling soft and clean, but not stripped of moisture (no need for more than a spray of the leave in conditioner afterwards). Also, a little goes a long way – you only need a small drop for an amazing amount of lather – which is just as well, when you look at the price.
2) Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me.Wash & Hydrate.Me.Rinse – Coming in at a very close second place, I absolutely love everything about this shampoo/conditioner duo. This is what I use on a regular, day-to-day basis. The shampoo lathers so easily, and the conditioner is so hydrating (it also smells so sophisticated). It also gets my fiancé’s tick of approval – worked wonders on his long hair, which is naturally dry – and made it smoother and glossier.
3) Kevin Murphy Hydrate.Me.Masque – This is like the Hydrate.Me.Rinse on steroids! My fiancé and I love to use this once a month or so to pump our hair full of moisture and nourishment. It’s especially great in winter, when hair is more prone to drying out in the harsh weather.
4) Kevin Murphy Session.Spray – Definitely the best hairspray I’ve tried. It smells amazing and does a top job at keeping hair in place without making it crunchy.
5) Cloud Nine The Original Iron – I love how quickly this heats up, and how easy and effective it is at straightening, curling and making waves. The high quality ceramic plates are kind on hair, and leave a beautiful glossy finish.
6) Lush Big Solid Conditioner – It’s not very lathery, but Lush’s solid conditioner bars are so great for traveling (and smell so good)! No risk of exploding or confiscated shampoo bottles, and last for so long that it will be your companion on many an adventure.
7) Davroe Volume Senses Shampoo & Conditioner – My fiancé and I have recently been trialing a range of the Davroe duos, and so far have been liking the results. My favourite is their volumising duo, which leaves hair feeling squeeky clean after a double wash and conditioning.
8) Sebastian Trilliance Shampoo & Conditioner – I’ve used Sebastian products for many years (they’re the staple at my hairdressers, Halo Hair) and they have a very high quality formula. Their Trilliance range is very impressive – it’s designed to cleanse and polish the surface of each hair folicle, removing residue/build up for greater light reflection. Their Hydre and Volupt ranges are also fantastic. Since Sebastian is mainly a salon brand, they can be a bit hard to get hold of, but definitely well worth the search. I’m sure I’ll continue to use Sebastian shampoo and conditioner for a long time!
9) Toni&Guy Cleanse Shampoo & Conditioner – I have to admit that this duo probably isn’t my first choice, but if there is nothing else available, and I don’t have time to order any of my favourites, this is a great inexpensive shampoo/conditioner readily available at Coles.
10) Kardashian Beauty K-Body Volume Foam – In all honesty I’m not an avid follower of the Kardashians, but have to admit that Kardashian Beauty is high quality due to the amount that has been invested in product development. This is my favourite volumiser by far – it provides amazing and long lasting lift, and also adds elasticity and staying power to curls and waves. Not to mention it smells absolutely gorgeous.
11) Sebastian Cellophane Clear – Not too many people are aware of cellophane treatments and the benefits they can bring to hair. I’ve had several of these over the years at Halo Hair – it’s a semi-permanent treatment which coats the hair and results in high protection and gloss (especially good in winter). They also come in a range of tints for those who want some colour, but the clear cellophane is suitable for all. The treatment works by heating up active ingredients – you coat your hair with the cellophane gel, plaster your hair against your head and wrap glad-wrap around it. Then you sit under a hooded dryer (or use a regular hair dryer if you’re at home) for about 20-30 mins.
12) Lush Solid Shampoo Bars – Along with the Big Solid Conditioner, I love these shampoos for travelling. They lather easily and leave hair squeeky clean (maybe a little too stripping without a conditioner following). The Karma bar smells amazing and it a great all-rounder, and the Ultimate Shine bar leaves hair glossy.
13) OGX Biotin & Collagen Shampoo & Conditioner – Again most likely not my first choice, but another excellent duo readily available from most drugstores and supermarkets. This is actually one of my sister’s favourite shampoo/conditioners.
14) Anna Sui Beauty Bristle Brush – I have three of these brushes, and they are sooooo good – I actually prefer these over Mason & Pearson brushes. So comfortable to use, and do an effective job at stimulating blood flow in the scalp without being scratchy. The boar bristles are wonderful at keeping hair glossy and in condition. Plus the Anna Sui design is so pretty.
15) Redken Diamond Oil – A fairly new discovery, I love to rub a drop or two on my fingers and run them through wet hair, before blow drying. The result is incredibly glossy and soft hair!
16) Parlux 385 Light – I’ve owned a Parlux for about 3-4 years now, and it’s been one of the best beauty investments I’ve made. It’s far superior to pretty much any other hairdryer out there – it’s high powered enough to dry thick and long hair quickly, and leaves very smooth and glossy results. Parlux hairdryers also have a relatively small form factor, so I take mine on every trip – no way I want to resort to hotel hairdryers (or any other for that matter) after experiencing a Parlux!