The BIG Hair Styling Issue
I DIDN’T Wake up like this!
We’d all love to say we just “woke up like this” on a particularly good hair day, but we all know that’d be mostly untrue, and A LOT of work would have gone into making our hair look that effortlessly stylish! For that to happen however, we do need the best in hair styling products and devices out there. We’ve been talking plenty on what to do to care for your tresses but not so much on what to use to style them. Now we bring you some of our personal favourites to achieve those flowing, gorgeously styled locks, including some of the latest development in smart hair styling devices!
Fudge Blow Dry Aqua Primer, RRP £15.50, available at Beauty Bay
An absolute essential first step for the ultimate, long-lasting blow dry is a good primer. Much like you’d prep your skin with good skincare before makeup, using a good primer on your hair will ensure a longer lasting style. With heat protection up to 230°C, you should blow-dry the Aqua Primer in for loosely defined texture and hold with natural body and volume and a non-sticky, weightless feel. Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid is combined with their Weather-ShieldTM technology to create, as they say “a virtual umbrella for the hair”, delivering all day humidity resistance and frizz control, improved softness, smoothness and visible shine. Smooth through towel-dried hair and blow dry. Remember not to over-dry your hair in the wet weather (even though it really feels like you should) as that will leave it dehydrated and more prone to frizz and damage.
KMS ThermaShape Quick Blow Dry Spray, RRP £15.50 available at Look Fantastic
This hair conditioning solution will speed hair drying time by half, whether it’s naturally air dried or heat blow dried. Part of their START range, which preps and primes hair for other styling products, this award winning styling product with an AHA Structure Complex that includes Polyquaternium-11 and Methylal is a lightweight blow drying solution that works to even out the hair’s surface, whilst encouraging the evaporation of water to severely reduce the time it takes for hair to dry whilst keeping it nourished. To use, shake well and spray onto towel dried hair then follow with your usual blow drying routine.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Shiki Worker Blow Dry Serum, RRP £27.20, available at Look Fantastic
I’ve loved Shu Uemura for a long, long time, and their new hair line is no exception. This multi-tasking blow-dry (or air-dry) primer boosts 7 instant benefits such as hydration, detangling, smoothness, conditioning, radiance boosting, frizz taming and added silkiness for enhanced hair, also delivers heat protection and medium hold and is ideal to prep your hair for any style! Perfect to use for smooth styles, air-dry undone locks, and blowouts. Inspired by the japanese art of minimalism, Shiki means four seasons in Japanese, and the name was chosen to highlight the versatility of this product. Suitable for all hair types, it’s ideal for damaged hair craving softness or fine hair needing extra conditioning and weightless styling. If you want to add volume to finer hair you can opt for the Tsuki Shape Blow Dry Spray (RRP £27.20) as your primer, (Tsuki meaning Moon) as this is a heat activated spray that delivers volume, definition and shape memory to the hair. Ideal to prep hair if you want long lasting curls. Lightweight and non-sticky, it’s ideal to layer with other styling products. If you have thicker hair you can opt for their Netsu Design Blow Dry Cream (RRP £27.20), for added heat protection up to 230°C, anti-frizz and reworkable, heat reactivated style (Netsu means heat), ideal for sleek blow-dries and smooth, straight styles or the Tsuyu Sleek Blow-dry Oil (RRP £27.20) for a faster blow-dry, nourished hair, tamed frizz and flyaways, and sleek, glass-like shine without weight. Tsuyu translates to Dew in Japanese.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime L’Huile Original, RRP £, available at Look Fantastic
This all-star leave-in hair oil from cult hair brand (and a long time favourite of mine) Kérastase provides beautifying care for dull hair with heat protection for up to 230°C. It helps seal the appearance of split ends and smoothes the hair fibre for long-lasting frizz control. Hair is instantly refined with a visible and intense shine. It removes impurities & pollution particles, prevents pollution from redepositing on hair fibre and leaves a long lasting 48H fragrant halo as it’s infused with an exceptional blend of floral scents with Violet leaf, Freesia, Mandarin, and woody scents, the Oil delivers a full sensorial caress while melting into hair. Leaves hair feeling silky and soft. As primer, you can work up to 3 pumps onto lengths and ends, blow-dry and style as usual. Or you can choose their Styling L’Incroyable Blowdry Lotion (RRP £24.80), a beautiful reworkable lotion from Kérastase’s newest styling line, this will allow you to create flexible, touchable styles and a smooth, sleek blow-dry with ease. Fortified with their innovative, patented SRS® technology, its unique formula utilises heat-sensitive Micro-Beeswaxes that melt when heated to enhance shape, and form a strong bond between hair fibres when cool for a long-lasting finish without stiffness. Providing heat protection up to 230°C the lotion reactivates at 150°C and can be moulded without reapplying for versatile styling. Elastic Polymers enhance flexibility and provide frizz protection for up to 96 hours (so long as you don’t wash your hair daily). If you have thicker hair, opt for their L’Incroyable Blow Dry Créme (RRP £27.80), which was designed to deliver up to 3 times faster heat-styling on thicker hair types and eliminating frizz to unruly locks with long-lasting effect.
Philip Kingsley Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment, RRP £34.00, available at PhilipKingsley.co.uk
Elasti-Styler 5-in-1 Treatment is the new Philip Kingsley pre-styling step that comes as an extension to their award-winning Elasticizer. This multi-tasking cream contains a blend of easily absorbed Babassu and Olive Oils to condition and add healthy shine and nourishing Vitamin E with Phytolastin, which enhances suppleness and helps retain moisture, optimising your styling experience with amazing results. It promises to prime, condition, strengthen, tame and add shine for beautifully silky, healthy hair.
Conditioning your hair before styling can help to minimise damage, bolster and smooth the cuticle and improve your hair’s texture, manageability and shine (the ultimate sign of hair health). Their new prepping cream has been developed to prime and tame the hair for easy styling. Not only does the lightweight formula improve manageability and add lustre, it contains Elasticizer’s powerhouse ingredients, to strengthen, condition and add elasticity and bounce for beautifully silky, healthy hair. To use, work a large pea sized amount through the mid-lengths and ends of towel dried hair. Blow-dry and style as usual. A small amount can be applied to dry, styled hair to finish and tame frizz and flyaways.
For fine hair to add volume, thickness and bounce:
Azure’s Amplify Featherweight Styling Cream, RRP £15.99, available at planetfriendlybeauty.com
This was a gorgeous discovery for me. Azure’s mission is to be kind to the planet, betting on sustainable solutions from ingredients (which they try to source natural based as much as possible) to packaging, without compromising on quality and without costing the bank. Their Amplify Featherweight Styling Cream is ideal for finer hair to provide lift and volume from the roots. Perfect to help create fuller styles with impressive staying power and shine. This unique blend delivers intense lift that doesn’t weigh hair down and the built-in anti-pollution protection will help hair stand up to UV and environmental damage. Also with Neroli, Tonka and Tiare Extracts, it smells absolutely gorgeous. To use, apply product to the roots of towel-dried hair and distribute through to ends for maximum results. Blow-dry, lifting roots as you go to lock in the volume.
This cream promises instant transformation for those who have thin, fine hair. Heat activated plumping Polymers bond to hair and expand each strand to instantly create the look of a thicker, more voluminous head of hair. Strengthening Polymers also provide thermal protection to weakened, fragile hair, shielding the hair from heat-related damage. Ideal for shorter hair types, you should smooth it over your hair while wet and then blow-dry. You can then layer it with other styling products to create your desired style. For longer hair I’d suggest you try their Texture Spray (RRP £14.00) which delivers instant body, volume and hold with a natural lived-in, tousled style. This lightweight dry mist instantly lifts roots and adds texture, providing non-sticky, volumising, long-lasting hold which can be effortlessly brushed out. Spray onto dry styled hair and work through with your fingertips to amplify. For maximum volume, turn your head upside down and spray directly at the roots. Shake well before use and spray from a distance of 15cm from the head.
Grow Gorgeous Volume Bodifying Leave-In Serum, RRP £18.00, available at Grow Gorgeous
I just love Grow Gorgeous products in general, as everything I’ve tried has delivered, and this product is no exception. Ideal for those with thin, fine or flat hair wanting to add some volume without weighing the hair down or leaving it with a dried out feel and texture. Created for touchable style control, this virtually weightless serum allows for flat, fine hair to be easily teased into shape, achieving voluminous locks. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Amaranth Seed Extract, Pea Peptide and Rice Protein, for silky smooth, moisturised locks, increased body and thicker strands full of volume, shine and bounce. Smooth through towel-dried hair and then blow-dry. You can layer it with other styling products to achieve your desired style. And like all Grow Gorgeous products this smells absolutely divine!
HASK Biotin 5-in-1 Leave In Spray, RRP £6.99, available at Boots
Hair stylist Audrey Stern who has worked on films such as ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ says: “With the right products you can achieve any look! To create volume where there isn’t much, I like to use the Biotin Boost 5-in-1 Spray as this product contains Collagen and will work to plump the hair, giving the appearance of a more voluminous head of hair.”
I love that this is such an incredibly affordable product that delivers really stunning results. Not only does it have Collagen, it also contains Biotin and Coffee, to help boost strands, adding volume and thickness to fine, thin hair. Not only that, but it also delivers heat protection, frizz control, strengthens the hair preventing breakage, adds shine and detangles and moisturises, for truly luscious looking locks.
Christophe Robin Instant Volumizing Mist with Rose Water, RRP £30.00, available at Christophe Robin
This gorgeous leave-in mist from french celebrity hairstylist Christophe Robin (he has worked with legends like Catherine Deneuve, Faye Dunaway, Emmanuelle Beart and Kristin Scott Thomas) delivers light and flowy, natural bouncy volume from the roots with added texture through the lengths, densifying care to fine, coloured and sensitised hair, and has a gorgeously subtle rose fragrance as it is composed of 96% rose water. It helps to style hair quickly and creates a natural, long-lasting volume, without drying hair out (as it’s alcohol free) and without stickiness. To use shake bottle beforehand, then mist onto roots and lengths on towel-dried or dry hair before styling. While spraying on roots, lift hair section by section, then massage the scalp to make sure it is absorbed. For added volume, blow-dry hair upside down.
For coloured (and damaged) hair to give added protection and shine:
Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock Multi-Perfector Daily Shine and Protect Spray, RRP £15.70, available at Look Fantastic and selected retailers
Possibly one of my favourites for daily use as it’s designed specifically to protect colour treated hair from heat damage, it simultaneously strengthens and shields strands from harmful styling heat and UV damage. This is a dual-phase leave-in spray that combines the hydrating benefits of exotic oils with a unique, damage-control formula. You have to shake it before use and it creates a lotion-like mist which nourishes the hair and the unique formula locks in colour vibrancy and deeply strengthens strands, reducing the appearance of split ends and frizz. Suitable for all hair types, colours, textures and lengths, it should be applied on towel-dried hair and combed through before styling or blow-drying. The formula delivers instant, tension-free wet combing as it swiftly detangles knots. You get truly stronger, healthier, soft locks that have a healthy shine and vibrant colour and a delicate scent.
Azure’s Healthy Shine Anti-Pollution Shield, RRP £15.99, available at planetfriendlybeauty.com
For everyday protection, go for this blend of caring natural ingredients, including a built-in barrier against environmental and UV damage. This mist offers the ultimate barrier to the challenges our hair faces every day, while infusing each strand with hydrating nutrients to strengthen hair and promote long-lasting shine. Can be used on both wet or dry hair, before or after styling. It’s a great shine booster if applied as a finishing touch after styling. You can also opt for the Azure’s Healthy Shine Xtreme Heat Protecting Shield (£15.99) to avoid further heat damage and this also helps to provide a protective barrier that reduces frizz and split ends. Either one smells fab too!
Virtue The One for All 6-in-1 Styler, RRP £30.00, available at Cult Beauty
‘A true innovation in hair care, Virtue’s advanced formulations are enriched with Alpha Keratin 60ku, a whole, human keratin born from regenerative medicine. Since this is identical to the keratin in your hair, the protein is instantly recognised, binding directly to areas of damage and filling them – not just coating strands or weighing them down’.
Combining this advanced patented protein with a host of other powerful ingredients, this all-in-one styler is a true multi-tasker, providing light hydration, while also strengthening and polishing the strands, adding softness and shine and protecting hair from heat damage. Meaning you can use it as a hair primer also. It’s enriched with Panthenol (Vitamin B5) to deliver moisture, softness and shine, Cypress, an antioxidant rich essential oil known for light, soothing hydration and Strengthening Polymers, which work like an invisible scaffold to provide light hold and shield hair from humidity, keeping it frizz free. And the fresh, citrus fragrance is an absolute delight to the senses.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment, RRP £25.00, available at Living Proof and selected retailers
The Living Proof PhD 5-in-1 Styling Treatment has been formulated specifically to give the ideal balance of all five benefits we seek in beautiful, healthy looking hair: smoothness, volume, condition, strength and polish. It also offers both heat and UV protection. It contains ingredients that creates a weightless barrier to protect hair from styling heat up to 230°C and contains UV defense that absorbs harmful, damaging UV rays. Enriched with both their Healthy Hair Molecule and Thickening Molecule so that hair looks and feels thicker as well as smooth and protected and added Tucuma Butter and a Conditioning Styling Polymer, to condition, soften and add protection, it will treat hair whilst providing flexible hold and reworkable style. To use apply on towel-dried hair and proceed to style. It works well either blow-drying or air-drying. Each technique will offer a different finish. If blow-drying, do it section by section for extra smoothness or body and volume. If allowing hair to air-dry you’ll achieve a healthy style with natural body and enhanced curl or wave pattern. Like all their products, it smells beautifully fresh and citrusy.
MONAT Studio One Glossy Shine Mist, RRP £37.00, available at www.monatglobal.com/uk
The latest drop in the ever expanding MONAT portfolio is the MONAT Studio One Glossy Shine Mist. This oh-so desirable super-fine shine mist contains ingredients to help shield strands from sun damage, while helping control frizz, moisturise and hydrate hair. It’s the ideal multi-tasking styling product that helps achieve lustrous, healthy-looking hair with a glossy sheen that appears revived without weighing down the hair or a greasy after effect.
Enriched with their patented Rejuveniqe S™, a super activated oil that combines the nourishing and revitalizing powers of REJUVENIQE® Oil Intensive’s 13+ botanical oils and extracts with a patented activated oil blend derived from Olive Oil and Jojoba Seed Extract, Procataline™, a high-tech Pea Extract blend that supports the appearance of healthy hair, Refined Grapeseed Oil, a featherlight oil full of antioxidants and vitamins to nourish and moisturise hair and Sweet Almond, which helps to promote healthy, lustrous shine by infusing hair with natural oils, minerals and vitamin A, B and E. Just spray onto styled hair to add a glossy finish.
For curly and frizzy hair to nurture curls and control frizz:
Bouclème Curl Cream, RRP £19.00, available at Bouclème
Bouclème is the GO TO brand if you want curl care specific products. Everything is done FOR and BY curly heads. Their plant-powered products offer the ultimate care for natural curls. This ultra-nourishing leave-in soft hold cream offers unrivalled moisture and humidity protection.
Enriched with Organic Shea Butter, Coconut Fruit Extract, Kukui Nut Oil, Coconut Oil and Castor Oil, it softens, styles and defines all curl types, taming frizz to create bouncy, velvety curls. It can be used on wet hair for styling and dry hair for an extra moisture boost. The curly heads in my family absolutely swear by it! When using on wet, fine hair, start with a pea-sized amount and build it as needed, then let air-dry or diffuse-dry and style as usual. For medium or thicker textures, section the hair then use ½ to 1 pump per section. Rake through curls using your fingers to ensure even distribution then style as usual. For an extra moisture boost between wash days, take a 5p sized amount with a little water, loosen in your hand and either scrunch into hair or spot treat individual curls.
Azure’s Smooth & Curl Miracle Lotion, RRP £17.99, available at planetfriendlybeauty.com
Formulated specifically to fight frizz and retain curl memory while protecting natural texture and shine, this leave-in conditioning styler will improve manageability, nurture and strengthen every strand. Ideal for curly styles, it’s enriched with their anti-pollution ingredient to help protect against outside damage, Shea Butter and Coconut Water for their conditioning properties and White Tea and Violet Leaf for their fresh scent. Although it’s designated as a leave-in conditioner styler, it can be used on either wet or dry hair. If using on wet hair, evenly apply a few pumps to towel-dried hair and comb through. If using on dry hair, pump a couple of times on the palm of your hand, rub hands together and scrunch through curls to define them or smooth through if you have wavy hair, to redefine style.
Grow Gorgeous Curl Defining Leave-In Butter, RRP £25.00, available at Grow Gorgeous
Specially formulated for curly heads, this Curl Defining Butter is infused with Curl Technology, their patented formula that enhances the look of curly hair whilst providing long-lasting definition, manageability and smooth, bouncy curls. This defining hydrator gives excellent style hold and deeply nourishes strands. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, Cocoa Butter and Camellia Oil, for shiny, hydrated, smooth, nourished, frizz-free curls. And again, it smells lush.
This anti-frizz curl enhancing mist delivers weightless frizz-taming, curl-enhancing results with a shiny, nourished, hydrated finish and feel. No stickiness, no heaviness, no crispy crunchy curls. Ideal if you want to tame unruly waves and curls into a natural finish full of texture and movement with medium hold. Their Weather-Shield™ technology delivers all-day frizz control and humidity resistance to protect curl integrity and improve manageability. To use spray liberally into towel-dry hair and either let it air-dry or diffuse dry it.
The Luscious Curl Cream with Flaxseed Oil is a truly weightless curl enhancer shaping hair into style and leaving curls nurtured and sumptuous. Its deeply caring formula treats hair while styling. The Luscious Curl Cream is a triple action styler, it’s deeply caring formula rich in Flaxseed Oils , Moringa and Emollients delivers nutrients to help hair appear healthier, acts like a anti-pollution shield, delivers heat protection up to 230°C and protest against colour oxidation while helping to define curls for a structured and frizz-free finish.
For thick hair to add smoothness and gloss:
Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, RRP £26.00, available at Living Proof and selected retailers
Offering Heat Protection up to 230°C , Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate is a time-saving transformative styling treatment designed to give damaged and dry, coarse or thick hair types a smooth, easy and visibly healthier blowout. Silicone-free with heat protection, this product significantly reduces blow-dry time and transforms hair into a softer, shinier and more manageable style. Enriched with their Healthy Hair Molecule, a Friction Reducing Active and a Polishing Emollient, it will deliver a healthier looking, smoother, shinier blowout in half the time. Or you can opt for the No Frizz Nourishing Styling Cream (RRP £33.00 for 236ml), which I absolutely love as it smoothes, conditions and weightlessly stops frizz and blocks out humidity whilst giving style manageability and shine. Ideal for thick and coarse hair types. And like all their products, smell divine.
HASK Keratin Protein Smoothing Hair Oil, RRP £2.50, available at Superdrug
This gorgeous little bottle of wonder is not only rich in hair repairing hydrolyzed Keratin but also Collagen, to help repair the hair fiber and give it density. Ideal for anyone with damaged, dry, over-processed hair in need of some TLC. This lightweight, alcohol-free oil is instantly absorbed and delivers smooth, frizz free, shiny results without any residue.
Cheryl Marks, hairstylist on movie ‘Pitch Perfect’ combats baby hairs and pesky flyaways with this amazing hair oil. “This is a very common issue! I always try to use the least amount of hairspray on set as possible, so I’ll get a little toothbrush with some hairspray and comb it back along the hairline to smooth it down. I also like to use a bit of Keratin Smoothing Hair Shine Oil on my fingers and run it through the hair as well.”
Bouclème Revive 5 Glow Oil, RRP £28.00, available at Boucleme.co.uk
Get your glow on with the latest launch from plant-powered curl care brand, Bouclème. The sparkling sister product to the Revive 5 Hair Oil, is a luxurious elixir that can be used on your skin as well as your hair. Enriched with nutrient rich oils (Mongongo, Moringa, Kahai, Daikon Seed and organic Coconut), the Revive 5 Glow will help with nourishing the hair and give you glowing skin. This ultra nourishing and lightweight Glow Oil is an essential product to have as it adds moisture, shine and protects hair from UV rays, humidity, heat and environmental pollutants. Vegan, cruelty free and made using biodegradable glitter from Mica, Silica and Iron Oxide, the Bouclème Revive 5 Glow is also kind to the planet. Suitable for all hair and skin types.
Their new enhancing hair serum is possibly the lightest hair serum you’ll ever try. Promising to deliver the “ultimate weightless, smoothing, glossing finish to every style”. You can smooth it through dry hair to give it added protection with their patented Weather-Shield™ technology that delivers all-day humidity resistance and frizz control, or on towel-dried hair and then style as usual. Enriched with Hyaluronic Acid and their Shine-Lock™ technology to envelop each strand, smooth and lock down the cuticle, ensuring smooth, long-lasting shine and sleek style. Remarkably weightless, this hair serum won’t leave you with limp or greasy hair and none of that heavy silicone-y feeling we’re used to from traditional shine serums, helping to maintain that bouncy volume with plenty of shine.
The Hair Boss The Semi Permanent Shine Spray, RRP £12.99, available at Superdrug
This unique heat-activated shine spray from hair expert Lisa Sheperd’s brand The Hair Boss, will leave dull and unruly hair smooth and shiny. The expert blend of ingredients boasts unique Biopolymers that protect the hair against humidity and frizz, all while preventing damage from styling, UV exposure and pollution. To use spray liberally onto towelled dry hair, focussing on mid-lengths and ends. Blow dry hair to activate the ingredients then style as normal and you’ll have super smooth hair with a mirror-like shine. Or you can choose their Anti-Static Shine Mist (RRP £8.99), which is brilliant to smooth fly-aways and split ends whilst enhancing shine. I love to use it as a final mist on styled hair, as it neutralises static and adds a glossy shine.
For all hair types to add texture and play:
KMS Hairplay Messing Crème, RRP £18.50, available at Look Fantastic
To add “day-after” texture, grip and definition to your hair, this styling formula is a must! Adding workable “grittiness” to freshly washed hair, the styling cream helps to shape and add texture whilst thickening the appearance of fine hair if you work it at the roots, making it great for anyone with shorter, thinning hair. Use it to bring out texture in short hair, or to create a windswept, day-after effect on longer styles, as it combines a Setting Polymer with Silica to provide hold, fullness and grit. The cream delivers a matt finish to create the appearance of fuller, thicker hair with lived-in texture. Use on towel dried hair and blow dry to add fullness and that workable grip or dry hair for that “second day” texture. Great to create braids also as it’s got workable hold.
JOICO Beach and Body Shake Texturising Finishers, RRP £17.30 each, available at Look Fantastic
Beach Shake Texturizing Finisher creates plush separation, moisture and a satin finish with no drying salt or sticky sugars. This unique hybrid combines Coconut and Sunflower oils, Beeswax and flexible Resins with their unique Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex (with its hair-identical keratins that repair hair strands from within) for a beachy look without the sandy strands. Perfect for tousled waves on medium to thick hair types.
Body Shake dry-texturizing finisher will help to build volume, thickness and plush density and is ideal for fine to medium hair. This hybrid combines invisible Aluminum Starch with crystal clear hold Resins and Dry Conditioners along with their Bio-Advanced Peptide Complex to build lush locks with a velvety matte finish and all day volume. This formula absorbs oils at the roots for volume with a clean, soft feel, whilst giving them a boost and plumping up strands for added body and texture. I absolutely love to use this to create messy styled braids.
KMS Hair Stay Moulding Pomade, RRP £16.50, available at Amazon
The first re-moldable pomade made by KMS, this styling pomade gives you a polished style with a strong hold. It uses a Styling Polymer combined with Glycerin, for a non-sticky, natural strong hold and moisturised, shiny finish. Great for defining longer hair styles or creating sleek looks on shorter ones.Use in wet or dry hair and mould with your fingers or a comb to create sophisticated sleek looks or touchable, tousled street styles.
Virtue Texturizing Spray, RRP £34.00, available at Cult Beauty
This light texturising mist infuses hair with a boost of flexible, buildable texture, healthy shine, natural definition and volume. Helping to keep finished styles in place throughout the day, this brilliant product is also formulated with the brand’s hero ingredient, Alpha Keratin 60ku protein which seeks out damaged and broken bonds and helps to repair them and form a flexible bond for fuller, thicker and healthier hair with continued use. It also protects hair from UV damage whilst enhancing definition without any stickiness or heaviness. There’s no dull looking texture here, the mist is infused with shine-enhancing ingredients and antioxidants. Simply spray through damp roots and mid-lengths to create defined texture or dry hair for added volume.
And again, like all Virtue products, smells fabulous!
The Natural Barber Hades Matte Paste, RRP £16.95, available at Natural Barber Co and selected barbershops
For light hold and a matte finish, I still love The Natural Barber’s Hades Matte Paste. This positively gorgeous natural formula combines 8 natural ingredients to deliver exceptional results, without any unwanted side effects, making it exceptionally suited for sensitive scalps. (Remember when we introduced you to the Natural Barber Products and Joe’s Story?) Hades is a lightweight hold matte thickening paste with a natural no-product finish made with only 8 totally natural ingredients. Ideal for finer to medium hair types of any length. If you prefer a glossier finish, you can opt for their original Zeus Pomade (RRP £16.95), made with only 5 natural ingredients, which offers medium hold and a natural shiny finish. Ideal for slicked back styles or to control thicker, coarser hair types.
For all hair types for hold and finish:
Bouclème Curl Defining Gel, RRP £15.00, available at Bouclème
This best-selling moisturising gel has a serum-like consistency making it effortless to apply and giving you smooth and defined curls without any flaking or the usual stickiness we associate with gels. Enriched with Linseed Extract, Virgin Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Organic Aloe Vera and Pomegranate, to protect and nourish the hair while it defines it. It works best when applied on wet hair. To add extra volume smooth over hair, turn head upside down and repeat process underneath, scrunching each section to enhance and encourage curl formation. To control volume rake fingers through hair, which is best to elongate curls on thicker textures. Once it’s dry, scrunch it out to release the cast it creates around curls, which will hold style and curl shape with a lasting medium hold! If you want extra hold, opt for the Bouclème Super Hold Styler (RRP £18.00), which will deliver plant enriched nourishing extra strong hold, without the usual gel stiffness and without weighing the hair down. Can be layered with other styling products, but if using alone on wavy hair, start with a 20p sized amount and smooth down the length of the hair and scrunch up towards the scalp, hold, pulse and release working your way through the in sections. For curly and kinky curled hair, start by using a 10p sized amount rake through hair in sections from root to tip, using fingertips to smooth as you go. Once hair is completely dry, tip head forward and scrunch out gel to release the cast.
KMS Hairstay Firm Finishing Hairspray, RRP £15.50, available at Feel Unique
Nothing finishes a style like good old hairspray. With flexible sealing compounds and a unique blend of Copolymers, the Hairstay Firm Finishing Hairspray provides a strong quick-drying firm hold without the crunch or stickiness. Or you can opt for the KMS Hairstay Anti-Humidity Seal (£21.50), which protects hair from humidity for up to 72-hours if you want to add shine to your finished style, without hold. Acts as a shield for hair from humidity and frizz giving weightless, beautiful shine.
L’Oréal Professionnel Infinium, RRP £11.65, available at Look Fantastic
Still the leaders in finishing hairsprays that deliver, L’Oréal Professionnel will always be a go to for anyone needing that style fix with finishing hold. This lightweight hero hairspray is a staple backstage at fashion show weeks for fixing hair in place with a gorgeous shine finish, subtle, flexible (if you choose Infinium Soft) or strong (if you choose Infinium Extreme) hold and no stickiness or stiffness, their L’Oréal Professionnel TECNI.ART 6 Fix (RRP £16.10), is their strongest fixing spray, this triple diffusion dry mist offers 24-hour extreme hold and humidity protection. Extra-strong, long-lasting, quick drying hold without crunchiness. A must-have to keep hair in place, also a big favourite backstage, is ideal for super-sleek, tight updos and ponytails, and the L’Oréal Professionnel TECNI.ART Fix Anti Frizz (RRP £13.20), is their 24hr anti-frizz and anti-static strong hold spray, delivering long-lasting, humidity-resistant smooth hold and shine. Can be applied on damp hair to help tame frizz and then again on dry, styled hair for finish and hold, or you can spray it on your hairbrush and smooth over hair.
Shu Uemura Kumo Hold Finishing Spray, RRP £20.90, available at Look Fantastic
This lightweight hairspray has strong, buildable, flexible, brushable hold. Kumo Hold takes care of hair and colour due to its unique formula which combines science and precious natural ingredients. Spray 8-12 inches from dry, styled hair, to finish your style off with perfect hold. Kumo’s micro-fine formula can be layered for increased control and reworked to achieve the effect you want. Kumo, meaning cloud in Japanese, is a lightweight, fine mist. Pro Tip: Apply to dry hair before heat styling to give hold with no stiffness. Tip your head upside down and spray and massage into roots to create volume and body. To create a firmer hold spray, layer until desired hold is created. If you have shorter or medium length hair and prefer a stronger hold, you can opt for the Umou Hold Cream (RRP £27.20), which delivers lightweight, defined, polished finish with a strong hold and no sticky residue (Umou means feather). To use, emulsify a small amount of product in your hands to warm, then softly smooth the hair cream through damp or dry hair. Brush through or let dry naturally.
Kérastase Styling Lacque Noir, RRP £19.20, available at Look Fantastic
From professional brand Kérastase comes Laque Noire which is a hairspray for all hair types looking for strong and long-lasting hold. Combined with long lasting Fixation Polymers, this finishing, styling product gives a strong and long-lasting hold to all structured styles. Protecting hair from humidity, it provides very high shape memory, radiance and shine, without any stickiness or residue. Another option is Lacque Couture (RRP £19.20), their fixing hairspray with medium hold, for all types of hair. Enhanced with long-lasting fixation Polymers, this styling product diffuses a mist that sets the hair without making it stiff, for a long-lasting hold. Promising a 24-hour anti-frizz and anti-humidity effect, keeping the hair’s softness and movement, for a vibrant and radiant finish.
This one is one that had me intrigued from the word go. RÉDUIT is a brand new, high-tech brand for hair and skin. Using first-of-its-kind technology, the brand promises to deliver all of the goodness from traditional hair and skincare products in encapsulated tiny 5ml pods that deliver 20 applications (what would amount to the same as 100 to 200ml of “traditional product”). This means NO MORE plastic bottles, which is not only better for the planet, but better for your hair and skin too as all the excess is removed. Leaving only the high-tech ingredients to penetrate the hair, scalp or skin. The icing on the cake is that these tiny pods are then paired with a device that applies ultrasonic diffusion, sonic pulsations and magnetic technology to deliver a micro-mist of ingredients so finely dispersed, they penetrate way more deeply that you can usually achieve with your hands or a regular spray alone. Some of the pods are also powered with LED treatment, for even more effective results.
If you love your techy gadgets and also love to groom on the go then the Réduit is great for you as the shampoo, conditioner and styling pods only take 15 seconds to apply. Which is why Victoria Beckham’s stylist used the brand to care for the models hair backstage at her latest show. Whatever your hair type and texture, RÉDUIT has a pod to give you your best hair ever, in record time…
On their Styling range of pods, they have a Volume Mist (to add volume to all types of hair, particularly fine, thin hair), Shine Diffusion (to add a glossy shine finish to all hair types and styles) and also Colour Protect (which protects hair from UV damage and pollution) and Vapoured Strength (which is great to strengthen weakened hair and smooth hair texture). Pods pricing starts at £18.90.
This device might be a bit fiddly to work with properly at first, there’s definitely a learning curve there, but once you can figure it out, the styling pods totally deliver on super-fine misting a product that works.
L’oréal Professionnel SteamPod 3.0, RRP £235.00, available at Look Fantastic
This is the pro brand’s new heat tool powered by steam, this feature allows it to work with 78% less damage than a regular heat tool! Pretty Cool. Excitingly they have also just launched a limited edition version of the tool in collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld. Designed to deliver a continuous flow of high pressure steam to seal and smooth the hair for a long-lasting,
high shine finish whilst helping to maintain a balanced moisture level for the hair fibre. Advancements in tech innovation mean that Steampod 3.0 now comes with the addition of exciting new features, like the all-new 360° rotative cord, which makes waves much easier to create, whilst it’s ergonomically enhanced design (being 14% thinner and 37% lighter than the previous Steampod) makes this styling essential more lightweight and transportable than ever before. The easy-to-remove integrated comb detangles hair whilst styling and holds hair in place for easy waving. With 3 heat settings from 180-210°C, you can set the temperature to your hairs’ specific needs and its built-in technology maintains constant heat control. From Hollywood waves to silky straight locks, this styler can achieve professional looks with greater simplicity and less damage than ever before. This new, updated styling tool is quickly becoming a backstage favourite!
The newest innovation in heat styling, T3 Lucea ID with HeatID technology, a first of its kind styling iron that delivers heat customised to your unique hair profile, for smooth, shiny results and less damage. T3 HeatID delivers instant styling personalisation with a touch of the screen. The 9 heat settings will adjust based on the hair texture, length and colour treatment you input into the smart device to customise the right setting for you. Or you can select your own heat level manually, or reset the input, if say, you go from having natural hair to coloured hair. CeraGloss Ceramic Plates glide smoothly through the hair creating truly shiny, frizz-free and long-lasting styles. The Refresh Mode reduces heat level to retouch and smooth previously styled hair with less heat exposure. A uniqueT3 Style Edge Design allows the hair to glide seamlessly to create bouncy curls, silky waves or sleek straight locks. T3 Rapid Heat IQ Technology, engineered with a smart micro-chip and CeraSync heaters deliver advanced heat precision for fast, beautiful results. I love it, not only because it delivers perfectly straight, curled or waved hair without damage, as it’s perfectly set to my hair specifications, it leaves my hair so shiny and smooth. It’s brilliant!
Revlon One-Step Dryer & Volumiser for Mid-Short Hair, RRP £69.99, available at Boots
After gaining fans across the world, the two-in-one styling tool is back, now in a slightly smaller size, ideal for anyone with short to mid length hair. This tool combines the power of a dryer and volume of a styling brush to deliver effortlessly beautiful, full-bodied and frizz-free hair with 22% more shine (compared to traditional styling) and in up to half the time (when compared to traditional blow-drying and styling) . Now 30% smaller than the original One-Step volumiser, you can get closer to the root, giving your hair that awesome volume at the roots and bouncy curled ends! If you have longer hair you can opt for the One-Step Dryer & Volumiser Titanium Special Edition (RRP £79.99), also new to the REVLON One-Step collection, the premium, Titanium, special edition guarantees long-lasting, shiny locks, giving you that ‘stepped out of the salon’ glow-up in a fraction of the time. Titanium coating is used for even heat distribution and more visible shine. Tangle-Free Combination Bristles made of nylon and boar are used for detangling, improved volume and control, and Ionic technology for less frizz and shiny, healthy-looking hair. A great perk of this device is the reduced heat exposure, and since you can select between 2 speeds and 3 heat settings for thick, medium or fine hair, you get much less heat damage, giving you shinier, smoother locks. Perfect for those early mornings on the run or anyone with kids that won’t sit for long to get their hair dried (you know what I’m talking about!). I love mine, since it cuts down drying and styling time in half, which just makes life so much easier.
Toni & Guy Hello! Day 2-in-1 Curler and Waver, RRP £39.99, available at Amazon
Whether you’ve got freshly washed hair or are more towards the end of your hair wash cycle, stand-out styles can easily be achieved with the help of the newly launched Toni&Guy !Hello Day! 2-in-1 Curler and Waver, with dual Ceramic Tourmaline barrels to create perfect loose curls or stylish beach waves. The inner barrel can be used like a traditional waver to create beachy waves, and when barrels are closed and locked together, the outer barrel can be used as a curling wand to create loose, tousled curls. Based on a three-day hair wash cycle, this new styler features three different heat settings: WASH (210°C): This is the highest temperature setting for when your freshly washed hair is soft and silky so may struggle to hold a style; SECOND (180°C): A mid-temperature setting for the day after you wash your hair, when it has more control and hold and THIRD (150°C): For the day before you wash your hair, this low temperature setting will help your hair to have more texture and volume. These settings will prevent heat damage as you can pick your ideal heat setting based on your hair wash cycle.
KAYALI Déjà Vu White Flower | 57 Hair Mist, RRP £34.00, available at Cult Beauty
KAYALI was founded by perfume princess Mona Kattan, and inspired by the rich heritage of the Middle East and their cultural ritual of layering and combining perfumes to create your own, bespoke, multi-faceted fragrance. A truly addictive scent and one of Mona’s personal favorites, Déjà Vu White Flower | 57 is a warm and alluring bouquet of white florals that has been transformed into a lightweight hair mist. Déjà Vu White Flower | 57 Hair Mist has the same seductive and unique blend of jasmine, tuberose and gardenia as the Déjà Vu Eau De Parfum, but in a non-drying, alcohol-free formula featuring Camellia oil, Aloe Vera and Castor Oil that effortlessly refreshes and nourishes hair enveloping it with a brilliant, healthy looking shine.
This gorgeously exotic, warm , floral fragrance is the perfect finish to any hair style and a brilliant way to revive your scent throughout the day. Just spritz the hair mist onto your brush or directly onto hair to envelop yourself in the delicate caress of Déjà Vu White Flower | 57. The invisible spray softly diffuses, evoking the dreamy spirit of Déjà Vu White Flower | 57 every time your hair moves.