Shelling out big bucks on luxury skincare seems to be the norm (or at least the acceptable mindset) for many. After all, we all want to put our best face forward. But do we do the same when it comes to hair care? Or do we just head to drugstores and pharmacies to grab the first bottle of shampoo and conditioner we see?
These days though, the game has changed and the stakes have been raised. Perhaps many of us are seeing the results of not paying enough attention to our crowning glory – with limp, sad, thinning locks or unmanageable, unruly tresses that make us want to shave every strand off. Splurging on pricey hair care is growing more common because increasing numbers of people are realising the difference premium quality hair care can make and making lots of word-of-mouth recommendations of hair products – even if they are more expensive than usual.
High end hair products aren’t just about fancy names and packaging. Like luxury skincare, they are developed and made with more resources and top quality ingredients, and this is what gives them an edge. People who treat their manes with top-of-the-line care see and feel the difference – hair is softer, healthier, more manageable and simply looks better.
Convinced? If you want to jump on the luxe hair care bandwagon, don’t just rush out to buy the most expensive shampoo and conditioner you can find. But you won’t have to do the research either, because we’ve already done it. Here are our top recommendations.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE HAIR DRYER
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $599, from Sephora.
A revolution in hair dryer tech with its now iconic bladeless design, the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer not only has a digital motor for fast drying and intelligent heat control (three speed settings and four heat settings) to help protect your strands, it also comes with new and re-engineered styling attachments for ease of blow drying. Plus, it is probably the quietest hair dryer you will find on the market.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE HEATED HAIR STYLER
GHD Platinum+ Styler, $425, from Sephora.
An intuitive smart heated styler that not only creates various styles easily, it also protects your tresses to give you stronger, healthier hair. The smooth heated plates adapt to ensure an optimal styling temperature that is constant, with no tugging or singeing. And it has gloss coatings to give your hair extra shine too. You can be assured of long-lasting results whether you’re going for curls, waves or simply sleek, straight locks. So versatile.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE HAIR BRUSH
Mason Pearson Large Popular Mixture Bristle Brush, US$205, from net-a-porter.
This hair brush is a beauty legend, and for good reason too. It is handcrafted with a smooth contoured handle and a soft rubber cushion pad making for a gentle yet effective brushing experience, to leave hair ultra-smooth and glossy. It promotes scalp health too, thanks to the natural boar and nylon bristles that stimulate the scalp to encourage healthy hair growth.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE HAIR & SCALP SERUM
Sisley Revitalising Fortifying Serum for Scalp, $250, from Sisley.
You might balk at the price of this serum, but the product promises to slow hair loss, stop greying and encourage stronger, fuller hair growth. Its hair care superpowers boil down to the formula’s plant-based extracts, proteins, vitamins and minerals all as meticulously developed as the brand’s premium skincare, plus it has a super lightweight and non-greasy formula to boot. Just a few drops massaged into the scalp every other day is all you need.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE HAIR PERFUME
Sachajuan Protective Hair Perfume, $98, from Sephora.
Yes, it costs a pretty penny for a hair perfume. But notice the word “protective” in its name? Not only does it have an innovative and very effective anti-odour technology (which makes even rank tresses smell like fresh lychee, peach, and rose), it also restores hair health and reverses damage by infusing hair with keratin proteins and silk oils.
Oribe Gold Lust Repair & Restore Conditioner, US$182, from net-a-porter.
This conditioner really does what it says – repair and restore limp and damaged hair. It has argan and maracuja oils to deeply nourish, plus restorative biotin and smoothing shea butter to strengthen every strand, promoting lustrous growth. An added bonus is its vegan and cruelty-free formula that’s also free from parabens, sulfates and gluten.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE VOLUMISING PRODUCT
Revitalash Volume Enhancing Foam, US$175, from net-a-porter.
This is the brand that brought us one of the first super effective lash growth serums years ago, and now Revitalash brings the same formula to this super foam, in a bid to revitalise the volume of your mane.
It boasts the brand’s award-winning BioPeptin Complex that includes lipids, peptides, biotin and panthenol to hydrate, nourish and strengthen strands. It also promises to minimise tangles and breakage and encourage full-bodied volume over time.
WORTH-THE-SPLURGE ANTI-AGEING PRODUCT
Dr GL Solution Hair Anti-Aging, $288, from Sephora.
If you’re horrified at the thought of greying hair, this powerful anti-ageing hair serum can delay the onset of white hair. Independent studies show that this innovative serum can significantly reduce greying, as well as delay the emergence of white hair.
By combining advanced peptides and polygonum multiflorum root extract, a traditional Chinese herb renowned for its anti-ageing properties, this leave-in hair care product can give you fuller hair and a healthy scalp.