Who doesn’t want great looking hair? Um, every woman everywhere, every day, every second. No matter what your hair is suffering from—dullness, frizz, breakage, the list is long—we’re on it. We know you don’t want to worry about how to get the shiny, gorgeous hair that makes every day ok. So we’re going to give it to you now, in the form of all the must-have hair products that work.
Ready to start making sure your day-to-day life is a lot less hair-y? We’ve got five smart hair products you’ll use all the time to treat some of the most common hair woes around.
TRY THESE 5 HAIR PRODUCTS FOR GREAT HAIR—EVERY DAY
HOW TO GET YOUR SHINE ON
What it does: Brings Grandma’s edict of 100 strokes a night to life. Meant to be used on dry hair, the copper bristles massage your scalp and work through the length to reduce build-up and restore hair’s natural moisture balance. The result? Happy shiny hair.
Why we love it: This brush glides right through hair. The flexible cushion pad means it’s comfortable on the scalp and the widely spaced bristles don’t pull or break hair. If you’ve got a flaky scalp or dandruff, this is the brush for you. Caveat: It’s not meant for styling, as the copper bristles can heat up. Looking for a more general use brush? Try Goody’s Ouchless brushes. They’re perfect for after shower detangling or for styling.
Get info and where to buy at goody.com.
HOW TO GET A MAN-BUN
What it does: Takes over from hair elastics and then some. Resembling your camp counsellor’s key ring, these little looping twirls of plastic will help to eliminate some of your most common ponytail traumas like headaches, hair breakage, split ends, and the kinks that result after you’ve had your hair up for a while. It’s reusable, made of a smooth resin for even styling, and can be re-shaped by placing in hot water.
Why we love it: Now that we know hair elastics can wreck our locks, we’re Invisibobble addicts. These little things help you get your hair up high—into ponytails and buns—in a flash. Plus, you can wear them on your wrist and they’ll look cute instead of like hairy little rings of torture.
Available at salons, stylists, and beauty shops. Visit invisibobble, price varies.
HOW TO REPAIR YOUR STRESSED OUT HAIR
L’Oréal Professionnel PRO FIBER is the first in-salon treatment whose effects can be maintained and even boosted with at-home washing. It’s a line includes a treatment plus shampoos, conditioners, hair masques, and boosters. There are three levels of product—Revive, Restore and Recover—depending on the condition of your hair.
What it does: Unlike typical in-salon moisturizing treatments and other hair products, the PRO FIBER treats the hair from both inside and outside the hair shaft, helping to add moisture and nutrition as well as smoothing the cuticle. L’Oréal Professionnel spent years in research and development and gained patents for their Aptyl 100 molecular complex (sounds official, right?) that actually bonds to the hair at the salon and isn’t washed away at home (when accompanying products are used.)
Why we love it: First, it’s personal. The stylist performs a hair assessment to determine which treatment level you need, and then you sign up for email updates that remind you about maintenance. The treatment only takes five minutes and when you’re all washed and styled, you get the instant gratification of gorgeous, healthy hair. The best part? The home component. No more washing your cash down the drain with salon moisture treatments that wash out the second you soap up again. Caveat: the product contains sulfates and while it’s suitable for colour-treated hair (and may even help your colour last longer), it won’t work with your keratin treatment.
Buy: at L’Oréal Professionnel licensed salons
What it is: Revlon uniq One all-in-one Hair Treatment, a multi-purpose spray that pretty much does everything you need to have great hair.
What it does: What doesn’t it do? This leave-in treatment is intended for 10 hair woes:
- repair for dry and damaged hair
- shine frizz control
- heat protection
- silkiness and smoothness
- hair colour protection with UVA and UVB
- easier brushing, styling and flat ironing
- extends life of hairstyle
- prevents split ends
- adds body
Why we love it: Do we need to spell it out? Oops, we already did. Plus, it smells like coconut and happier days. And it works.
Buy at a Revlon Professionel Salon.
HOW TO STYLE YOUR ‘FRO
What it does: Helps create soft and defined curls and waves with beautiful shine. It’s light enough for fine hair, but holds and revives more stubborn, frizzy curls too. The cream can be used on both wet hair or on dry for reviving the style, and results in shiny, bouncy, pretty hair either way.
Why we love it: If you’ve got fine, curly, frizz-prone hair, your lifelong search is over. This is one of the best curl products we’ve ever found, and the best part is that this ‘elasto cream’ defines and holds our spirals without any of that wet look 80s crunch we hate (but yeah, to each her own).
Buy at a L’Oréal Professionnel Salons
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