I say current because I could fill three or four drawers with hair products. Maybe favourite is the wrong word too as I rotate the ones I want to finish, especially if they were expensive – which a lot of them are.
It has taken me months to write this and since then I’ve bought six or seven new hair products, I can’t resist them.
I also use a lot of nourishing masks and treatments on my hair so it’s strong and healthy, perfect as I need to abuse it with frequent colour. I know the hair gods are telling me to let my colour grow out and ’embrace the grey’ as so many are doing now, but no. NO.
My hair grows very fast so a good styling product can really help disguise ugly black roots. I say black, my roots are an unflattering mix of white, dirty grey/brown (‘pepper’) and black.
TOP FIVE HAIR PRODUCTS
My top five are Sebastian Trilliant, Colleen Rothschild Quench & Shine Restorative Mask, Hair Rituel by Sisley Restructuring Nourishing Balm – weaning myself off this as it’s insanely expensive, Olaplex No 8 Hair Mask, and Gabrielle Chanel Hair Mist.
1. Olapex Bonding Oil No. 7
A highly-concentrated, weightless reparative styling oil that dramatically increases shine, softness, and colour vibrancy.
No.7 minimises flyaways and frizz while providing UV/heat protection of up to 450°F/232°C.
I’m not crazy about this oil, I don’t think it’s anything special, I much prefer the lighter L’Oreal Mythic Oil.
But, combine a generous blob of the No. 6 Bond Smoother with 6 drops of the Bonding oil, apply to hair overnight and after shampooing hair is gorgeously soft and shiny.
I still wouldn’t go out and specifically buy these two products separately, but if you already have them then this is a great solution to make them work for you.
2. L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Original Oil
L’Oréal Mythic Oil helps to detangle strands after washing and smoothens the cuticle to combat frizz.
Infused with rich Argan Oil to add suppleness and elasticity, the lightweight and non-greasy formula leaves locks looking silky, strengthened and super-radiant.
I’ve always loved this range, the hair masque is very rich and is excellent for extremely parched hair, use sparingly.
But, the original Mythic Oil is the real star for me. A long-time favourite, the oil is light and non-greasy with virtually no fragrance.
HOW TO USE
- For blow-drying, apply 2 to 3 pumps to damp mid-lengths and ends for enhanced smoothness and suppleness.
- To enhance shine, warm a pump in your hands, and apply to dry mid-lengths and ends.
- To help control frizz and flyaways, apply to dry ends as needed during the day. Try adding 1-2 drops of Mythic Oil to your favourite styling product.
I bought the mini Christmas set last year (still available?) with the 30ml bottle of hair oil and 75ml of shampoo. I’m saving the shampoo for the colder months when central heating sucks out all moisture from my hair.
L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Christmas Mini Set for Soft and Shiny Hair 105ml £12.00 Look Fantastic *
3. Colleen Rothschild Smooth & Shine Hair Serum
SMOOTH & SHINE HAIR SERUM helps banish frizz, tame flyaways and quench dry ends with the light-weight, transformative power of Cotton Seed Oil.
Essential nutrients from Neem Oil and Hibiscus Oil help strengthen, protect and nourish hair.
I’m still using the travel-sized version from the two trial-size travel packs I bought last year. As good as it is I probably won’t buy the full-size bottle. I have other serums to get through first.
It has that gorgeous, but fairly strong, signature Colleen Rothschild fragrance. The texture feels quite slippy. I use one pump, rub it between my palms and apply it to the very ends of my hair and any residue on the rest of my hair for all-over shine.
Of course, THE best Colleen Rothschild hair product ever is the best-selling Quench & Shine Restorative Mask. I took the hit and bought two full-size tubs in June for $100.75. If you sign up for the newsletter you’ll see there are offers every week so you should never need to pay the full price, shipping was $39.95 and there were no taxes to pay on this side. I’m happy though because I know the mask works and they’re going to last a long time.
My only question is when are we going to see these products sold in the UK? I’m reading so many good things about the skincare line, especially Retinol Supreme Night Oil ($85 for 30ml). I really want to try it for myself.
Colleen Rothschild website
4. Frederic Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Creme 120ml £22.00
I used to love Frederic Fekkai products, especially the Salon Technician Color Care Anti-Fade Top Coat serum and (original formula) Brilliant Glossing shampoo.
The Brilliant Glossing Styling Creme with olive oil is effective when styling dry as a dessert hair, but is so heavy and rich, the tube lasts forever.
Unfortunately, this gorgeous product has been reformulated and repackaged and the reviews are not good.
5. Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother
A highly concentrated leave-in smoothing cream strengthens, moisturises, and speeds up blow-dry times.
No.6 is excellent for all hair types, including coloured and chemically treated hair, and eliminates frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours.
You need Incredible Hulk hands to prise any product from this bottle. I have to unscrew the lid and tease out the styling cream with a cotton bud. Olaplex is being cheap by using the same containers for nearly all of its products.
I don’t care for it anyway, it’s too highly fragranced and heavy on the hair. I can’t even describe the scent, the closest I can liken it to is unperfumed washing powder.
However, as mentioned above, mixed with Olaplex Bonding Oil it makes a fabulous overnight hair mask.
6. Sebastian Trilliant Shine & Heat Protection Spray 150ml £25.00 Look Fantastic *
Provides protection from heat styling, while adding sparkling shine and body to hair.
Formulated with rock crystal extract, this lightweight hair spray gently conditions and gives extra shimmer.
If I could only have one hair styling product for the rest of my life, then it would be this melon-scented heat protection spray from Sebastian.
I’ve used it for years – since my hair was collar-length short in fact.
I always have at least two bottles squirrelled away in case it’s discontinued as there are times when it’s really hard to find, but then it suddenly pops up again.
HOW TO USE
- Shake to blend and activate the Trilliant complex
- Spray on damp hair just before blow-drying to add body
- For heat protection use sparingly on dry hair with hot tools
It is expensive, so I usually try to buy it from AllBeauty when it’s in stock – Edit, it wasn’t in stock yesterday!
Sebastian Trilliant Shine & Heat Protection Spray 150ml £16.60 AllBeauty *
7. Kérastase Laque Couture Flexible Hold Hairspray £18.45
Laque Couture diffuses a mist that sets the hair without making it stiff, for long-lasting results.
Provides a 24-hour, anti-frizz and anti-humidity effect. The perfect final touch for a superior shiny finish and to ensure flyaways are minimised.
I’m not entirely sure why I have so many hairsprays. I only use them to tame my fringe which sometimes wants to go off-piste and curl up in a very unflattering way.
This one is fine, but nothing special.
8. The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density
This concentrated formula is designed to support hair health so that it looks thicker, denser, fuller and healthier.
It can’t grow hair ie new hair follicles where none have been before, but it claims to help hair look visibly denser by strengthening it.
Click on the image above for my full review
9. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Hair Oil (I also have the ‘gold’ one).
Restore your hair’s natural beauty and radiance with Kérastase Elixir Ultime Rose Hair Oil, a luxurious hair oil treatment infused with a cocktail of high-performance ingredients to enhance shine and colour.
Who can resist Kérastase hair oils? I don’t think I’ve ever finished the large bottles as I have a few of them lying around.
But, I feel like I’m over new Kérastase products. There are ten in this drawer alone. The only products I continue to buy are from the Kérastase Nutritive range, AllBeauty * still can’t be beaten on price for these.
Which ones do I recommend? All of them apart from Kérastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum with its strange masculine fragrance. I’m also not keen on Kérastase Nutritive Creme Magistral Leave In Conditioner – far too heavy for fine hair.
10. Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris Restructuring Nourishing Balm 125g £64.0 (£86.00 everywhere else) AllBeauty *
A pre-shampoo deeply nourishing balm for damaged, dry and brittle hair. Acts on the hair fibre to intensely nourish, restore and restructure.
“Silky balm” texture which instantly transforms into an oil for a sensorial experience.
Apply to dry hair once a week
Spread the balm along the lengths and on the ends, concentrating on damaged areas. Do not apply on the scalp
Leave in either overnight or 30 minutes before shampooing
Wet the hair, then shampoo
Click on the image above for my review. I’ve loved this product from day one. I’ve even decanted some into a tiny jar to take away on holiday, it’s that good.
11. Colleen Rothschild Styling Creme
The scent is a little stronger than the serum, but again, it’s a wonderful product and is to be used sparingly. I apply it to towel-dried hair (actually I don’t towel-dry my hair, I pat it dry, which takes ages). You can immediately feel a difference in the texture of your hair and it blow dries beautifully.
12.Kérastase Discipline Keratin Thermique Creme 150ml £24.75 Look Fantastic *
The leave-in treatment works to smooth down strands and prevent the effects of humidity on hair, whilst a protective outer shield seals in the active ingredients to maximise repair.
Providing protection against heated styling, hair is left looking and feeling smooth and frizz-free. Proven to speed up your blow-dry by half the time.
After three years, this tube is nearly finished. You only need a pea-sized amount or your hair will become greasy. It smells gorgeous and keeps hair sleek.
13. Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray
The dry texturizing spray has a patented formula that allows it to absorb the oil that forms at the hair root, leaving it fresh, clean and with the unique fragrance for which the Oribe brand is famous for.
I’ve been through a few of these over the years. It’s more than a deliciously scented dry shampoo, it volumises fine hair without leaving a powdery residue and helps updos stay up.
14. Kérastase Discipline Fluidissime Spray 150ml
A multi-tasking, leave-in product that will protect your hair against heat damage, improve shine and suppleness and add movement, leaving your locks looking lustrous and full of vitality.
Boasting a pro-keratin formula, it will also help to strengthen and repair your hair, whilst protecting against frizz and humidity.
This bottle is nearly finished and has lasted about two years. If Sebastian Trilliant were ever discontinued, this would be my first choice as a replacement.
15. Elnett hairspray
Good old Elnett, I have loads of these handbag-sized ones knocking about. The idea is to tame my fringe on the go.
16. Kérastase Couture Styling L’Incroyable Blowdry Styling Lotion
Infused with SRS® technology this innovative heat styling formula ensures 96 hours of anti-frizz protection with thermo-protection properties up to 230°C.
Hair is easy to shape and reshape with long-lasting shape memory. Re-activated with heat tools starting at 150° C for prolonged results.
It’s OK. Nothing special, it’s only here because I want to use it up
I know I’m easily seduced by Kerastase products, but I should really know better, as they have been some right old duds along the way.
There’s no review of this ‘incredible’ blowdry lotion on here because it’s not incredible, it’s very ordinary and needs to be used up to make way for another product.
17. Oribe Superfine Hair Spray
Produces a very natural-looking hold.
18. Kérastase Blond Absolu Cicanuit
The leave-in formula helps to reduce the appearance of split ends, leaving you with stronger, softer and shinier blonde tresses.
Apply before going to sleep on dry or towel-dried hair to wake up to luxurious blonde locks, veiled in an irresistible citrus floral fragrance.
The heavy glass bottle (great for the environment as it can be recycled of course – not so great for travelling).
I like this serum. It smells nice on dry hair, which you would think it naturally should, but some of these overnight serums react with hair and have a horrible fragrance which you have to endure all night and get whiffs of it as you turn over in bed. Grow Gorgeous is the biggest culprit here.
19. Redken Diamond Oil Glow Dry
Protective blow dry hair oil that delivers diamond-like shine with ultra-lightweight control, smoothness, and hair manageability. Can be used as a hair shine treatment.
Discontinued, but no matter. This bottle will never run out.
20. Kevin Murphy Shimmer Me Blonde
Soften and brighten blonde locks with this repairing shine mist. Formulated with optical brighteners and colour enhancers, it neutralises brassiness in highlighted and blonde hair for dazzling shine and touchable softness.
Hate the fragrance, love the results.
21. Gabrielle Chanel Hair Mist 40ml £52.00
GABRIELLE CHANEL is a sun-kissed fragrance composed around four flowers: exotic and intense jasmine, radiant and fruity ylang-ylang, fresh and sparkling orange blossom, and creamy, highly feminine Grasse tuberose.
Luxurious and indulgent, but worth every penny. You have to love the scent of the original Gabrielle perfume as the fragrance is quite strong at first before it dies down slightly.
The fragrance seems to linger longer than perfume. People notice and comment on it which is lovely. It also feels very pampering. I have about a third left in the bottle.
22. Alterna Caviar Style Invisible Roller Contour Spray
I still love this and used to buy it from AllBeauty, it’s discontinued now.
23. ORIBE Shine Light Reflecting Spray
This air-light glossing spray—infused with argan oil and lemongrass—brilliantly illuminates, enhancing color and highlights while taming frizz and flyaways.
I’d agree with the above. I’d forgotten how good this shine spray was.
24. Kérastase Mousse Volumifique
Now discontinued but I have only two cans left, they must be years old. This was one of the best Kérastase products I’ve ever used.
Kérastase has brought out another, inferior mousse, which I bought but can’t find which makes me think it’s been relegated to my cupboard of expensive mistakes. I’ll bring it out and put this one away for a rainy day.
25. LIVING PROOF.® Perfect Hair, Day Dry Shampoo
A non-drying, ‘clean/fresh’ scented dry shampoo, it’s no Phillip Kingsley One More Day, but it’s fine.
26. Kérastase Elixir Ultime for Damaged Hair
Again, think this is discontinued. All the Kérastase oils are good though. This is a good size for my handbag.
27. Kérastase Dry Shampoo
Yup, another dud mainly because you need to use a lot of it.
28. Kérastase Styling Laque Noire Hair Spray
Discontinued, but I rather liked it for keeping my hair in place in drizzly weather.
29. Tangle Teezer £10.40 (from £13.00 elsewhere) Look Fantastic * and lethal Backcomb comb
I can’t quit my Tangle Teaser even though I know it’s not good for me. I also have the handleless one for fragile hair (and a few others) but this one is my favourite.
I feel the handle makes it a little easier on the hair, I use a lighter touch and less pressure. Sure, I sometimes hear it ripping through my knotty locks, but it really is the only brush to detangle my processed hair. I also use a wide-toothed comb in the shower after conditioner.
Personally, bright pink wouldn’t be my first choice of colour but it was the cheapest one on offer. The price has crept up to £13.00 now which seems a lot so it’s best to shop around for cheaper, lurid colours that aren’t so popular, it’s only a brush.
I also cannot live without my lethal weapon comb, known also as a backcomb, it’s the only one that can create a straight parting or section my hair so neatly.
The handle is a dangerous-looking thin spike of metal which really should be outlawed but is sold on Amazon UK under metal pin tail comb for hair.
30. Babyliss Brilliant Shine Ionic Brush
- Leather scrunchie from John Lewis, bought in the sale last year. One of my best buys, looks great in a low ponytail
- Two silk scrunchies from LilySilk – free with an order. The ‘greige’ shade is flattering to blonde hair.
- Various hairclips. I like wearing my hair up in a french twist.
- ‘Slip’ silk scrunchies that cost a fortune but are too loose twisted twice and too tight twisted three times around the hair.
- Dyson 20mm Airwrap™ barrels – never used, oops.
Of course, this was my drawer three months ago.