Beauty: How to turn up hair's volume and shine
Whatever your hairstyle - crop, bob, lob, long - it’s time to amp up both volume and shine. Velvet finds products for a fresh-from-the-salon finish
Ksoni Jivati [Rejuvenate] Shampoo & Conditioner Bundle, £28, ksoni.co
Formulated to boost mood as well as hair health, this duo from new, natural, vegan brand Ksoni is game-changingly good. Jojoba oil, known to increase growth and volume, is the big hitter for the hair, while frankincense and bergamot essential oils fill the shower with invigorating fragrance. The shampoo bottle, made from 100% recyclable aluminium, is also an eco-breakthrough.
The Hair Boss by Lisa Shepherd Detangling Mist, £8.99, thehairboss.co.uk
Do your hair a favour and buy it a bottle of this wonder mist. Yes, as the name suggests, it detangles brilliantly - great news if you have long locks prone to knotting or little ones who loathe the comb. But, formulated with protective panthenol, it also smooths frizz, salves split ends and produces a lovely sheen without weighing hair down *at all*. You can even apply a smidge to your dry ’do to tame strays. It’s vegan too.
Isle Soap Co. Rose Geranium & Sweet Orange 2-in-1 Conditioning Shampoo Bar, £8.50 for 55g or £12 for 80g, islesoapco.com/shop
Like everything made (by hand in small batches) at Isle Soap Co's Sutton-in-the-Isle HQ, this shampoo is all-natural, vegan, cruelty- and nasty-free and, being a solid bar housed in a reusable aluminium travel tin, it's plastic-free, too. French pink clay cleanses and citrus and flower oils condition. As anyone who's tried bar shampoos will know, they can be fickle beasts - but this one's brilliant: decently sudsy and leaves locks squeaky.
weDo/ Moisture & Shine Mask, £21.95, lookfantastic.com
weDo/ is the new eco-ethical haircare range from Wella, which means every formula, developed by the brand’s scientists, promises salon-level results. This mask certainly delivers: every time I’ve used it, someone has commented on how healthy and/or shiny my hair looks. Vegan, cruelty-free and 94% natural-origin, it sheathes each strand in a blend of murumuru butter and rooibos extract, smoothing and nourishing as it goes.
Beauty Pie Super Healthy Hair Volume Booster, £25 or £6.91 for members, beautypie.com
If your locks are more limp than luscious - I’m looking at you, fellow fine-hair people - this volume booster is genuinely brilliant. Rub a drop through towel-dried hair, focusing on mid-length to ends, then dry and style as normal. Result? Your hair, just a bit bigger. And better, too: the plumping ingredients, which include panthenol and plant sugars, boost moisture levels as well as volume.
inecto Naturals Divine Shine Coconut Hair Oil, £3, Morrisons stores
Proof that the bargain beauty sector continues to raise the performance bar, inecto Naturals hair masks and oils have just arrived in supermarkets, with every formula vegan and price tag a flat £3. The Coconut oil is a beauty: it smells like a beach holiday and, applied to towel-dried hair before blow drying, creates shine without any greasiness. Really impressive.
Wet Brush Limited Edition Marble Original Detangler, £12.99, Boots stores and lookfantastic.com
Thanks to the brand’s patented IntelliFlex bristles, which are ultra soft as well as being ultra strong, this brush de-knots wet or dry with ease and speed. Even with fine hair like mine, which can cat’s cradle during a thorough shampoo, there’s no snagging or pulling, which means the process is far less painful and causes far less damage, too. Love it.
Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, £40, christopherobin.com
We know exfoliating is good for face and body. Well this is an exfoliant for your scalp. Described as ‘detox treatment shampoo’, it’s an iconic product - and with good reason: you’ll never have a happier head or cleaner-feeling hair. Gently massage a spoonful into your damp scalp, emulsify, rinse and then complete your routine as normal. Sea salt crystals do the exfoliating, a natural carb complex rebalances and bisabolol, an extract of Brazilian candeia tree, cleanses and calms.
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