It’s award season here at Anything Goes HQ and we want to pay tribute to the makeup marvels, skincare saviours and best for body; the products that help highlight our best features, help hide those we don’t like so much, give us more confidence, help keep our skin healthy and those that aid in relaxation. Our top picks were not only there for us in 2017 but those that will continue to offer a helping hand in the year going forward.
Without further ado, we share with you, our Haircare Heroes of 2018
Shampoo & Conditioner
Let’s start with the very basics; though of course, our washing routine is far from basic. The products we use to wash and condition our hair with sets the tone for the kind of hairstyle we have not just today but the days that follow.
Redken High Rise Volume Lifting Shampoo & Conditioner
This is by far our favourite shampoo & conditioner combo.
The shampoo is a luxuriously silky texture that cleans your hair thoroughly with a single cycle; you’ll note that even in the shower it gives your hair a lift. The conditioner is rich but won’t weigh your hair down or diminish the shampoos volumising effects. It simply makes it more manageable and helps to protect each individual strand.
The beauty of this duo though is it is an amazing all-rounder. Rather than just creating volume, it is giving your hair a workable base- don’t want too much volume? Simply dry and go. Want to create a style with more volume or texture? Before drying, add a texturizing spray or mousse and work into the roots or set your hair in rollers first. Forget having several shampoos and conditioners to tackle different needs, this duo conquers all #hairgoals.
As an added bonus, your hair will be beautifully fragranced for days!
For Ultimate Protection
Aveda Damage & Dry Remedy
We really put our hair through it with heated styling, product layering, holiday effects and central heating/air conditioning (yes, this affects our hair too). It’s no wonder it sometimes, quite literally, cracks under the pressure.
But there are steps we can take to help protect each stand, avoid split ends and ultimately reduce frizzy and wild hair.
Enter the Aveda Damage & Dry Remedy collection.
Our favourite duo from this range has to be Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair and Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil– although the name would suggest working with the products as and when damage occurs, it’s actually all about prevention. These products will help keep your hair in tip top shape.
After washing, run the Damage Remedy Daily Hair Repair through mid-lengths to ends of the hair and style/dry as normal. Follow up with the Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil to tame frizz and flyaways. This winning duo will give your hair lasting protection. So whether lack proper haircare, style your hair within an inch of its life or just want to have luscious locks- this will do the trick.
For Sensitive Hair
Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal
Find you have hair that doesn’t cooperate in a change of temperature? Frizzes beyond control in the winter months when it brushes against wool after battling the indoor heating and frigid cold air outside? You’ve got sensitive hair. Which can be super frustrating to deal with! Thankfully, we’ve found a single product that’ll become your new best friend.
The Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal is a cream formulated for sun seeking holiday goers. It helps protect your hair against the effects of sun, sea and sand. But it does so much more than that. Yes, it gives your hair a protective barrier for plenty of water time so that the chlorine or sea water doesn’t dry it out, it also has UV protection in it to help protect your hair from the harmful sun’s rays. But we find it also battles temperatures too; if it goes uncontrollable, wavy or frizzes in humidity, this will solve it before styling or when you’ve already given it a go. And we don’t just mean on holiday. The winter is also a pretty chaotic time for our hair. When battling against frigid temperatures and indoor heating, our hair can be pretty frustrating to deal with. The Kerastase Soleil Aqua-Seal, gives you back control.
Generally speaking, it’ll help you to manage your hair when it simply won’t behave.
Catwalk by TIGI Transforming Dry Shampoo
At a basic level, we want a dry shampoo that helps to reduce the oil build up in our roots which not only saves us the hassle of having to wash our hair again but actually it’s better for overall hair health if we don’t. The Catwalk Transforming Dry Shampoo goes beyond the call of duty.
Not only will it reduce a greasy build up by 80% but it actually refreshes it too with its perfumed fragrance. It is effectively deodorant for your hair. But it doesn’t just stop there. Oh no. It also helps create and maintain texture and volume. So day old hair or not, this product helps you achieve the look you want with your hair.
On day old (+) hair, we recommend lifting hair and spraying into the roots. Blast over the hair with a hairdryer on medium heat and use a barrel brush to lift the hair at roots to give it a fresher look and hold.
Even our scalp is prone to dry and flaky skin, gross, we know.
Simply shampoo and conditioning, just like cleansing, won’t totally do it. And much like our face and bodies which benefits extensively from regular exfoliating treatments, our hair would benefit too. So if there is one hair mask you need, it’s one that focuses on exfoliating and conditioning your scalp which helps encourages hair growth, healthy hair and even helps prevent ageing in some respects.
Without stripping your hair of its oils, which is essential for healthy hair, this mask will remove dead skin cells allowing for healthy hair from root to tip.
Like with any kind of mask, it entails a bit of a process and ideally you need to leave in for 10-20 minutes to get the full benefits but it’s worth it. Whilst it gets to work you could achieve one of your chores or better yet, give yourself a greater pamper with a face scrub, mask or mini mani or pedi.
When ready; rinse thoroughly, follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner and style.
L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art Full Volume Mousse
If you’re looking for volume and texture to create a lasting style and hold, you can’t go wrong with the L’Oreal Professional Tecni Art range and in particular, the Full Volume Mousse.
If you want to create a professional blow-dry, lasting curls or greater volume through setting your hair, this is your go-to buddy. For volume in your roots, take a kiwi sized amount of the mousse and massage into your scalp; blow dry the hair by lifting your roots in the opposite direction to growth (we find flipping our hair upside down is best) and use a ceramic barrel brush to create and set the style.
If you’re looking to create lasting curls or a more structured style- blow dry your hair to eliminate around 80% of moisture. Wrap your hair in curls and on a high heat run the hairdryer over the curlers, blast with the cold air function when completely dry to fully set.
Using this technique and product, you’ll have lasting volume and texture suitable to create any look you desire.
We love, love, love LOVE this new texturizing product by Aveda.
Not only does the classic Aveda smell transport you somewhere exotic but FINALLY you can have the effortless wavy hair you dream of! And when we say effortless, we truly mean effortless. After washing, spray into mid-lengths and ends of hair and leave to dry naturally for best results. If you want to create a more tailored look, you can’t go wrong with a diffuser. It really is that simple.
What’s more, you can actually use the product on dry hair so, if you want to create a bit of a wave a few days after washing, you can totally achieve that.
In addition, it’s a great all-rounder. As it says on the bottle, it’s foremost a texturizing product; so if you’re hair simply doesn’t cooperate when you’re wanting to create a style that holds- the texturizing tonic, has your back.
L’Oreal Elnett Hairspray
We want a hairspray that has it all; one that works with us not fights against us, that gives us lasting hold but which won’t tear when we brush through the following day, that allows us to correct a mistake and most importantly does so effortlessly without leaving a trace.
L’Oreal’s Elnett Hairspray is iconic and classic for a reason; it simply does all of the above. It’s an easy award and if you’ve had experience with this hairspray, we’re sure you’ll agree. It’s simply the best of the best.