When it comes to hair care and styling, a quick edit to the products we use can save us time, money and tress damage. They say less is more, after all; no exception here. We can also forget that our primping fare has a use by date and should be culled every six months. To avoid repeat hoarding of pumps, sprays and smoothing serums, it’s good to keep your product posse to a minimum. But, how to choose? We’re glad you ask. Between the backstage madness of this year's MBFW, we quizzed four hair stylists on their picks of the best strand saviours, and how to use them. Meet the four products that will single-handedly solve all your hair woes. Get ready to finally reach your hair potential as a bonafide curator of the perfect hair drawer…
No. 1: Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoos have been around for a while now, and for good reason. The novelty of this style saving product has evolved into something akin to milk and bread: perennial purchases. It not only acts as a disguise to third-day unwashed hair, but is also a terrific styling product. “Dry shampoo works so well and is incredibly versatile,” explains hair stylist Michele McQuillan. “It messes up your look and mixed with some hair wax, you can achieve the ultimate lived in style. It can also be used anytime you’re trying to extend a blow-dry.”
How to Use
Spray it into freshly washed or dirty hair, systematically moving along the scalp and lifting up sections of hair as you go to achieve a gritty, matte, second-day texture. Be sure to use a decent amount all over the scalp, and massage it in for 30 seconds. Boom: cool, understated tousled waves in a matter of seconds. It also gives your mane ample volume. So deceptive. Note: avoid awkward white powder marks by not spraying the top of your visible scalp or part (no dandruff hair here, people).
Michele’s go-to is Evo’s Water Killer Dry Shampoo – a two-in-one shampoo and styling spray. This beauty player makes hair feel and smell fresh again. The result is textured (but not scruffy) perfectly imperfect bed hair. Can be used anytime, anywhere – how nifty.
No 2: Leave-in conditioner
While using a leave-in conditioner may seem counterintuitive (you just spent all that time in the shower ensuring the conditioner was rinsed from your hair…), Hair Care Australia creative director, Lauren McCowan, says it’s crucial. “A good leave-in conditioner [if you spritz it lightly]can bring hair back to life,” she says. “It is a multifaceted tool. Fine hair girls run away from the idea of leave in-conditioners, because they think their hair is going to be flat and stringy. But something truly light and weightless will have the opposite effect."
How to Use
Leave-in conditioners not only help to tame frizz, but can also add that touch of weight you need for keeping your strands looking healthy (and not like lifeless, brittle straw). Some treatments can be time consuming and messy, but many brands have now simplified the process with easy spray bottles; use before styling for an extra punch of shine and volume, brush into the hair and voila! You’re good to go.
Lauren’s pick is Evo Day of Grace Leave-in Conditioner. With a high-potency infusion of vitamins, proteins and supplemental moisture, this gem will hydrate and repair parched tresses, as well as set hair for styling. “I use this product literally on every head of hair I work on. It is the only conditioner I have found that is truly weightless and can be used prior to styling any type of hair,” says Lauren.
No. 3: Hair Oil
When you use straighteners and tongs, you are placing a 220-degree heated tool on your hair for a considerable amount of time. Your hair, while looking great, experiences quite a lot stress. As hair extraordinaire, Violet Sainsbury outlines that you must always prep your hair for heat styling, and although hair oils sound like they’d cook, rather than protect, your hair, the opposite is so. “A hair oil is like the foundation to all hair care,” notes Violet. “It is the kind of product that you build on top off. The primer to the foundation or the moisturiser before all of the other beauty steps.”
How to Use
The trick with hair oil is to use only sparingly on damp or dry hair and comb through before heat styling or allowing hair to dry naturally. We advise not to dump the oil on the top of the hair first. Start at the mid-lengths and then focus on the ends to avoid a greasy looking scalp. Too easy.
If you are searching for a product that will save your fried hair, then you need look no further. Violet’s pick is Moroccanoil Original Oil Treatment – an ultra-light oil that is instantly absorbed by the hair to control frizz, detangle knots and increase manageability. “I think if anything this product is definitely one thing you should include in your hair care regime,” says Violet. Think of it as a moisturiser, but for your hair.
No.4: Shampoo and conditioner
Alright, this might seem like a redundant tip - unless you’ve become part of the no ‘poo club, shampoo and conditioner have been a customary addition to your shower routine since childhood. But, what you’re using to cleanse and condition, and how you’re using it, can drastically change the product’s efficacy. Controlling frizzy, unruly hair starts with having a great base and foundation. As creative director of Prema, Dale Delaporte explains, having great hair can be as basic as using the correct shampoo and conditioner. "Having a good shampoo and conditioner is the base and starting point to achieving your desired hair," says Dale. "You can use whatever products you like, but if your hair isn't healthy from the start you aren't going to be getting very far."
How to Use
Kick off your hair routine by shampooing twice. The first wash is to clean the hair and the second is to treat the hair. For conditioner, the rules are as follows: If you have short hair then use enough conditioner to cover a 10cent piece. If you have medium length hair then double that, and if you have longer hair then triple it.
Designed for all hair types, Goldwell’s Kerasilk Purifying Shampoo and Conditioner is Dale’s choice of products. A very thorough, lightweight shampoo and conditioner that removes dirt and oil, and build-up from your hair, leaving zero residue. If you’re a fine-haired doll, we guarantee you will reap the benefits. And it just so happens to be frizz’s arch nemesis.
Story by Stephanie Russo