Mega shine, maxi volume, modelish texture – we demand a lot from our hair. Luckily it’s all possible thanks to our round-up of the best haircare products on the market. (Spoiler alert: most of them are under R100!)
In addition to a master hair stylist, we roped in leading beauty industry experts to give their opinions on a wide range of hair products. Here’s their pick of the best defrizzers, oils, conditioners, serums and mousses.
Now you’ve got no excuse for a bad hair day. You’re welcome.
It’s already won all sorts of awards and now it’s got another accolade to its name “Best Defrizz” product in South Africa, according to the 2017 woman&home Best in Beauty Awards.
The best bit? You can buy it at Clicks and it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. John Frieda Frizz Ease 6 Effects Serum, R109,95 for 50ml got the nod from our beauty expert judges for its ability to transform a bird’s nest into a glossy cover girl style.
Our Beauty Ed has tried it and can confirm that it “works well on wet or dry locks to tame frizzy hair or flyaways”. We predict a Clicks stampede in Durban!
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Best Game Changer
While dandruff is very common, it doesn’t have to be a life sentence. For a flake-free scalp, our readers recommend: Head & Shoulders Moisturizing Scalp Care Shampoo, R69,99 for 250ml. One reader even said: “No more dandruff. My sensitive scalp is so healthy!”
Voted top of its category for its highly effective formula, that still gives you volume and shine, this budget beauty buy will banish embarrassing white flecks on your shoulders. Period.
Best Hair Oil
When a celebrity master hair stylist recommends a budget beauty buy, it usually flies off shelves. Director of Carlton Hair and one of our judges David Gillson ranked Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Hair Treatment, R159,95 for 100ml, as the “Best Hair Oil” as it “adds shine, and will help repair styling damage”. Handbags (and elbows) at the ready, ladies!
Our Beauty Editor Tracey Kroukamp uses this product to protect her hair from styling damage. “I’m using this as a heat protector to prevent damage. A little goes a long way.”
If you’re a hot iron or blow dry addict, the damage is already done, but it’s not irreversible thanks to Garnier Ultimate Blends The Strength Restorer Serum, R69,95 for 50ml. This serum will strengthen your damaged hair from root to tip, preventing further breakage. Use on dry hair to smooth out pesky split ends or after a wash as a pre-styling treatment.
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Best Conditioning Treatment
We’re a sucker for great packaging and Davines Your Hair Assistant Definition Mist, R330 for 200ml, does not disappoint with its quirky apothecary-styled label.
But it’s what’s on the inside that counts and when master hair stylist David Gillson calls it a “genius product” you know it’s the business. “So easy to use, and perfect for a tousled beach look, or simply to add texture,” he adds.
Beauty bloggers are at the forefront of what’s new and exciting in hair. Leading beauty blogger Chereen Strydom put shine treatments to the test and came to one conclusion: Hask Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment, R54,95 for 18ml, is “my new favourite!” “It’s great for adding gloss to dull, over-processed hair,” she adds. And what’s more is that you can pick it up from your local pharmacy.
The whole Hask range is trending in the bloggersphere but if you get only one product, make sure it’s the Healing Shine treatment that controls flyaways and packs in moisture, on wet or dry hair.
Best For Body
Looking for a mousse that doesn’t leave a sticky residue? So are we, and thankfully, our long search is over. Best in Beauty judges concur that TRESemmé Expert Beauty-Full Volume Mousse, R85,95 for 200ml, gives you the “Best Body” and a “touchable bounce” that will have your hair-flicking your way through your day.
“Applied to your roots, it gives a full-volume effect after blow-drying,” enthuses Chereen Strydom, beauty and lifestyle blogger and one of our esteemed judges.
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Disclaimer: The testimonials presented on this website are applicable to the individuals depicted only and may not be representative of the experience of others. The information provided within this site is strictly for the purposes of information only and is not a replacement or substitute for professional advice.
A freelance writer and editor, with 15 years’ experience in the media industry. With a passion for health and fitness, Tammy loves nothing more than researching the latest wellness trends. And if she’s not running around after her sweet four-year old daughter, you’ll find Tammy on her bike, in the gym or exploring the great outdoors – followed by a good coffee, of course!