Our panel of five experts, including celebrity hairdresser Richard Wardhave tried and tested over 100 hair products from the latest styling heroes to instant volumising buys to bring you the best of the best! Plus, hundreds of you voted online for the products you think really work. Here are the winners…
Best luxury hair must-have goes to… Ghd Classic Styler, £125. Easy to use, great for styling straight or curly hair and a Woman reader favourite, the Ghd Classic Styler is the ultimate must-have hair splurge. “They heated quickly and smoothed the hair really well without snagging.” Reported our judge Philip Kingsley.
Best shampoo and conditioner duo for fine hair goes to… Aussie Aussome Volume shampoo and conditioner, £4.49 each. This in-the-shower essential is sill going strong with a huge following! It received loads of your votes online thanks to its unique formula containing Australian hops that really gives life to fine, limp hair.
Best root-boosting miracle dust goes to… Label.M Resurrection dust, £9.25. Try this volumising powder for some extra oomph. Shake lightly over your roots and massage in with fingertips for instant texture and volume!
Best mousse for instant body goes to… Lee Stafford My Big Fat Root Boost, £6.99 Boots. It’s the ideal time of year to invest in some extra volume and this was our favourite mousse that last all day! It’ll boost the finest of hair, which is perfect for the party season.
Best blow-dry spray for added root lift goes to… John Frieda Luxurious Volume Blow-out spray, £6.99 Creating volume has never been so easy. All the expert judges agreed this was a fab everyday blow-dry spray! Simply use on wet hair to give a natural looking lift without leaving greasy.
Best tool or brush for cheating volume goes to… Vidal Sassoon Tangle Free Hot Air Styler, £12.99. This easy to use styler is great for cheating a salon blow-dry. Pick between two brush sizes to add lift, volume, curls and flicks.
Best last-all-day hairspray Silvikrin Flexible Hold Hairspray, £2.99. This came out on top of our online survey and was a firm favourite among our beauty team too. It holds well all day and adds shine without dryness. Bliss!
Best shampoo and conditioner duo for thick/coarse hair goes to… TRESemmé Vitamin E Moisture Rich shampoo and conditioner, £3.59 each. Over 500 of you voted this as your favourite thick taming duo! The advanced moisture content with vitamin E makes it perfect for getting luxurious salon-looking hair.
Best heat protection spray to fight frazzled ends goes to… L’Oreal Elnett Heat Protect Spray Straight, £5.99. Over 30% of you said this was your favourite heat protection spray – a clear winner! Celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward agreed, “It didn’t leave hair over-producty or limp, hair still had movement and bounce.”
Best smoothing product to stop fly-aways goes to… Bumble and Bumble straight blow-dry cream, £23.50. A fashion week fave this smoothing product our judges also loved that this left hair feeling smooth, straight and manageable without weighing it down.
Best styling brush goes to… Andrew Barton, Hold It Right There Maxi Volume Brush, £9. Celebrity and Royal hairdresser Phillip Kingsley, absolutely loved this hair tool. He told us, “This brush is really lightweight and provides long lasting body and volume to the hair – it makes styling a breeze!”
Best shampoo and conditioner duo for coloured hair goes to… L’Oreal Elvive Colour Protect Conditioner and shampoo, £3.99 each. Elizabeth Hewitt, senior buyer for hair care at Boots, labeled this a winner saying, “I loved this shampoo and conditioner, my hair felt smoother, shiner and brighter.”
Best products for getting defined curls goes to… Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancing Spray, £17.50. If you’re looking for the ultimate super styling hero for curly hair, this ticks all the boxes! The citrussy smell, frizz-taming formula and hydrating aloe blend make it the perfect combination for luxurious curly locks.
Best-heated tool for salon results goes to… Cloud Nine Curling Wand £119.95 cloudninehair.com. Perfect for women on the go Cloud Nine’s award winning curling wand heats up super quick to create great waves that last all day. Tong your hair then brush out for a full looking style. We love the mini size one too for short hair!
Best treatment for thirsty hair goes to… Charles Worthington At Home Longer & Stronger Hair Masque, £5.99. Leave on for five mins after shampooing and rinse for bouncy red-carpet hair. It’s unique Renovoil Complex smoothes and nourishes hair cuticles to banish frazzled ends for good making it a clear winner.
Best eco-friendly hair saviour goes to… Pureology Colour Stylist Anti-Split Blow-dry Spray, £16.85. Elizabeth Hewitt, Senior Buying Manager in Hair care for Boots, told us, “A great product for creating a lovely blow dry, my hair had more movement and looked less frazzled after using this.” You also loved it as this was voted our number one hair hero product!
Best shampoo and conditioner duo for curly hair goes to… Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Curls and Waves Shampoo and Conditioner, £5.29 each. This duo has been specifically formulated for curly hair. It was a favourite among our judges and is a must-have to control, smooth and enhance curly locks.
Best fix-everything hair oil goes to… Moroccanoil treatment, £12.85. Hundreds of you voted for this treatment hero thanks to its nourishing argan oil formula that restores dull, damaged hair. Our tip? Add to damp mid-lengths and ends only and style – you’ll look amazing!
Best shampoo and conditioner for dry/damaged hair goes to… Herbal Essences Bee Strong Shampoo and Conditioner, £4.99 each. If you haven’t tried this affordable beauty buy yet you must! It smells fabulous and nourishes hair thanks to a formula of honey and apricot extracts that protect your individual layers after just one wash!
Best everyday colour hero goes to… John Frieda Sheer blonde Go Blonder Lightening Spray, £6.99. We can see why this was another favourite in our online vote! Really effective for naturally brightening blonde locks, we thought this spritz was genius.
Best high street hair classic goes to… Batise Dry Shampoo, £2.99. It’s the ultimate go-to product for greasy roots that every woman needs. Just spritz onto locks to give instant texture and an effortless daytime look that’s very purse friendly.
Best at-home hair colour goes to… Clairol Nice N Easy Permanent colour, £4.07. A huge 81% of Woman readers colour their hair at home. So no wonder you voted Clairol as your number one for easy hair touch ups without going to the salon! Their Colour Blend Technology with 100% grey coverage and intense shine lasts up to eight weeks.
Best frizz fighter goes to… John Frieda Frizz-Ease, £9.99. A huge 700 of you voted this cult classic number one for fighting frizz. Easy to apply, just spritz on and it dries without weighing hair down whilst hydrating for big bouncy styles. Our hero indeed!