Must-Have Hair-Care Products


With so many hair products on sale today, it can be hard to choose between the serums and the gels. To help comb out the tangles, here’s our guide to the top must-have hair products. Some are relatively new and others are old favourites, but all deliver some of the best results in their class.

If you’re looking for hairspray, there is only one choice: Elnett Satin, £6.70 from Boots. This is the original and is still the best. The super-light formula will do exactly what it says on the tin by holding your hair well but will also brush cleanly out without leaving a sticky mess or lots of white flakes behind. For shampooing and conditioning power, you’ve got to give the Percy and Reed range a go. The Really Rather Radiant Colour and Shine Shampoo and Conditioner, £14 and £16 respectively from Selfridges, are great for boosting shine and helping to tame unruly or tangle-prone hair. For a standalone shampoo that smells fab, is great value and lasts for an age, you can’t go wrong with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration shampoo, £3.79 from Tesco.

If you’ve spent too long with your hair in the straighteners or out in the summer sun, you need the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £29 from Philip Kingsley. It’s the perfect de-stress treatment, leaving your hair feeling softer, stronger and healthier in minutes. When it comes to straighteners, it should come as no surprise the GHD is the brand to choose. Expect to pay around £160 for a GHD V Gold Classic Styler from Amazon. This may sound a lot for a pair of straighteners, but there’s no better choice if you want kink-free, shiny locks that are virtually static-free and hold their style. If you want big and bouncy rather than straight and sleek, try Shockwaves Ultra Strong Heat Defence Volumising Mousse. It’s great value at £2.75 from Boots and will give you plenty of volume without the added crispy crunch factor. For spray styling, you’ve got to give Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, £9.50 from Bumble and Bumble, a go if you like the idea of hair that looks like you’ve just stepped off the beach, without all of the sand and frizz.

You may shun hair oils because many leave your hair feeling lank and greasy, but if so, you obviously haven’t tried Kérastase Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, £31.05 from Feel Unique. This a favourite of the professionals, largely because it is great as a leave-in conditioning treatment but also works exceptionally well as a shine-giver and finishing product. If you hair is curly or prone to frizz, then you’ll know the benefits of a good serum, and John Frieda Frizz Ease Original Serum is the ultimate choice. It’s only £6.29 at Superdrug, and you need just a tiny bit to create glossy, healthy-looking, frizz-free hair. If you’re caught short in between shampoos, Batiste, £1.99 from Boots, is the best dry shampoo around. It soaks up oil like a sponge, giving a lovely dusty texture that makes your hair really easy to work with. It’s scalp-tinglingly refreshing too, making it a perfect remedy for post-gym lankness.