Beauty: Products to make hair your crowning glory
It’s time to give hair the royal treatment with products that boost condition, shine and volume, writes Alice Ryan
Manta hair brush, £25, mantahair.com
Invented by a hairdresser to tend to his wife’s fragile regrowth, after treatment for a life-threatening illness caused her to lose her hair, the Manta brush is designed to be gentle on both scalp and locks. A soft and super-flexible base and bristles mean it moulds to hand and head as you use it, separating strands and freeing knots with minimum tension and breakage. It’s suitable for all hair types, but is especially brilliant if you have fine hair or wear extensions.
The Hair Boss by Lisa Shepherd Grow & Glow Shampoo, £12.99, Superdrug stores and superdrug.com
Like all products in this range - launched by hair colour and care expert Lisa Shepherd just two years ago and already multi award-winning - Grow & Glow is an intelligent formula. Devised to encourage and maintain growth, via scalp-stimulating rosebay and pea sprout extracts, it also has a slight iridescence to it, making hair look shinier and healthier after just one wash. Plus, infused with lavender, it smells delicious. If you have (or are growing) long tresses, you will love it.
Paul Mitchell Clean Beauty Hydrate Conditioner, £22.95, paul-mitchell.co.uk
An icon in hair care since the 80s, Paul Mitchell continues to move with the times with the launch of Clean Beauty: created to be kind to the planet as well as our hair, the new collection is formulated with organic botanicals and packaged in innovative plastic (made from 90% Brazilian sugarcane and 100% recyclable). Deploying olive and oat peptides to plump parched hair, this Hydrate Conditioner is a standout; rich and creamy in texture, it’s a treat to use.
Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo, £20.20, sallybeauty.co.uk
Yes, they’re handy for refreshing a day-old hair wash. But for me the real starpower of a dry shampoo is its ability to amp up volume and hold; with my fine hair, it’s a must for attempting any kind of updo. This one, from Swedish brand Maria Nila, is among the best I’ve used: the powder is superfine and pigment free, so no fear of dusty roots, and a little goes a really long way. Plus, unlike so many other dry shampoos, it’s vegan and free from cruelty, parabens and sulphates.
MONAT Damage Repair Bond Support Masque, £54, monatglobal.com/uk
Containing a rolodex of flower, fruit, vegetable, seed and nut extracts - including moringa, lemon, carrot, sunflower and coconut, all selected for their nourishing nature - this masque is the equivalent of a health farm trip for stressed tresses. Thick, luscious and sweet-smelling to apply (the coconut gives it a beautiful, beach-holiday scent), it sheathes and penetrates each hair, repairing damage both on the surface and beneath. If you colour and/or heat-style your hair, you’ll be wowed by its soothing and smoothing powers.
R+Co Gemstone Ultra Shine Glossing Treatment, £34, Space NK, Trinity Street, Cambridge and spacenk.com
Achieving truly shiny hair is no mean feat, especially as we age (thanks, perimenopause). But this vegan Gemstone treatment, formulated to hydrate, heal, smooth, seal, protect and gloss in one, works absolute wonders. Use it in place of your usual conditioner, combing it through and letting it absorb for five minutes, and you’ll see a discernible sheen appear as you dry and style. On top of a host of hair health-boosting ingredients, such as guava butter and Vitamins C and E, it contains a clever opalescent pigment which physically bounces light.
Maria Nila Shimmer Spray, £23.60, sallybeauty.co.uk
A quick spritz of this Shimmer Spray is guaranteed to give even the most lacklustre locks a lift. The final step in your styling routine, the hold-free, feather-light formula finishes hair with a delicate dusting of shimmer and a waft of scrumptious, summery scent (it’s fragranced with rhubarb, redcurrant, pink cyclamen and grapefruit). Containing Vitamin E to retain moisture and a sunflower seed oil complex to retain colour, it also neatly tamps flyaways.
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