We straighten, curl, blow-dry, spray, and tease our precious locks—nothing short of hair torture. So when our hairstylists tell us what products to use, they usually point straight towards their salon-endorsed shelf of expensive hair treatments and shampoos. It’s important to take care of your hair (especially if you subject it to constant heat damage) but which products and tools are actually worth the money?
These 5 products are worth their weight in gold:
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The Moroccanoil buzz is ongoing for a reason—it’s liquid magic. If you have frizzy or unruly hair, this Argan oil-based oil should already be stocked in your bathroom cupboard. It smoothes, hydrates, and nourishes, acting as both a regenerating treatment for heat-damaged hair, and as a heat protectant serum before you whip out the straightener. Well worth the price, Moroccan oil only requires a small amount so it will last an age.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime
Similar to Moroccan oil, this Kerastase serum is a multi-award winning product that generates spectacular word-of-mouth reviews. It works beautifully on towel dried hair before styling, but can be used on dry hair to smooth and shine also.
GHD products have long reigned over the field of straighteners, but for very good reason. Their higher prices are, unlike numerous other hair care tools, demonstrative of quality. The Eclipse uses a 185-degree heat; a cooler temperature than other straighteners, and one that GHD claims to be the perfect temperature to avoid heat damage.
Mason Pearson Paddle Brush
Do hairbrushes really matter? Yes! This award winning paddle brush is a celebrity favourite and the Mason Pearson brand of brushes has been circulating for almost a century. The brush is rumoured to be so brilliant because it combines boar bristles with nylon brushes. The nylon is used for detangling, whereas the boar bristles remove dandruff (or dry shampoo) from your scalp while distributing your naturally occurring oils through to the ends of your hair. This inevitably cuts down on the number of times you wash your hair every week, and your hair will look naturally healthy and shiny. Yes, it seems expensive for ‘just a hairbrush’, but the longevity and popularity of the Mason Pearson paddle brush is no coincidence.
Elchim 2001 Professional Hair Dryer
This little baby has multiple temperatures and speeds, so it truly is compatible with everybody’s hair. The drying time is one of its beloved features, and it creates a salon quality blow-dry in the comfort of your own home. Your wallet may struggle with the departure temporarily, but your hair (present and future) will thank you endlessly.
What hair product can you not live without?