Finding the best products for your hair in a packed drugstore, beauty supplies store or supermarket aisle can be quite a daunting process. Which is why we’ve singled up some of the most effective shampoos, conditioners, styling products and treatments that will keep your mane in check, no matter what.
Scroll through the gallery to see some of the best hair care gems of 2017 that deserve a permanent spot in your bathroom cabinet.
Best for blonde or bleached hair: Joico Colour Balance Shampoo ($32)
Blondes might have more fun but it might take a little more work if you’re not a natural blonde. This protective shampoo combines the label’s signature hair-adhering pigment technology and proprietary Multi-spectrum Defense Complex to form a shield against brassiness and fade.
Additionally, shampoo is also infused with the brand’s Bio-advanced Peptide Complex that helps to repair strands from the inside out, from root to tip, so that they look healthy and shiny.
The hydrolysed keratin ( protein structurally identical to the protein found in hair ) in the shampoo coupled with plant based ingredients like shea butter, coconut, sesame seed, olive and jojoba oil coat the hair shaft and protect your tresses from frizz.
Best for damaged hair: L’Oreal Botanicals Safflower Dry Hair Nourishing Hair Mask ($19.90)
For some heavy duty damage repair on days when your hair feels more like hay than silk, pick up the Safflower, soya and coconut oils infused mask that moisturises the hair while delivering nonstop smoothness.
After shampooing your hair, apply the mask onto wet hair and leave it on for three minutes before rinsing off to reveal gloss smooth locks.
Best for second-day hair: Ouai Dry Shampoo Foam ($42)
Give second-day hair a new lease of life with this oil-sopping foam. Unlike most dry shampoos, this dry shampoo created by hair maestro to the Kardashians, Jen Atkins, does not leave any powdery white residue so working the product into your hair is a breeze.
This product is also great because it doesn’t just do all the grease damage control but also makes your strands feel softer.
Best for weak and fragile hair: L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil La Creme Lavante 3-in-1 No Foam Cleansing Cream (Green) ($21.90
It cleanses, conditions and treats hair in just one application without the use of any harsh surfactants, silicones, parabens or artificial colourants.
Instead, the cocktail of essential oils from French lavender and sweet orange rind gets rid of the gunk in your hair while intensely nourishing your locks so that hair feels refreshed yet soft and healthy.
Comb it through your hair evenly and remember to massage your scalp while you’re at it so that you get the product into every nook and cranny.
Best for dry hair: Muccota AIRE+ Treatment Moisture 04 ($52)
If a lack of hydration is making your hair unruly, you need to get to the root of the frizz with this mix of nourishing honey, ceramides, cholesterol, fatty acids, keratin, collagen, silk and jojoba oil. After shampooing your hair, leave this product on for three to five minutes before rinsing off.
This apple and peaches scented liquid gold leaves you with a glossier and more manageable mane without that heavy, greasy, weighed-down feeling.