Whether it’s daily heat styling or slacking on split-end trims, we all have a vice when it comes to keeping our hair in tip-top condition. And with the arrival of winter, hair becomes more vulnerable to unwanted dryness and brittleness. While greasy hair isn’t glamorous, a hair oil or shine spray could well be the hero to keep dry strands looking (and feeling) hydrated and shiny. But are all hair oils and shine sprays created equal? Not so fast. These five from Retail Box are the best of the best, and using them can be as luxurious as slipping into a cashmere sweater now that the days are shorter and the chill is settling in.
Schwarzkopf Oil Ultime Argan Finishing Oil
You won’t be surprised to hear that the scent of this argan finishing oil from Schwarzkopf is sublime and makes hair smell like sunshine. That’s not the only reason to try it though: The 100% natural, purified argan oil formula transforms thirsty, dull strands. This is our ultimate hair remedy for medium to thick hair and can be used on damp or dry hair. Our top tip is to apply it to damp hair and leave it on for about 30 minutes before blow drying or styling. Your hair will be revived and super-glossy, and the smoothing enhancers will keep your strands smooth for up to 48 hours.
R415 for 100ml from Retail Box
Redken Shine Flash 02 Glistening Mist
This is our go-to shine spray. We love it because it does wonders to give hair a subtle, natural-looking sheen without making it look greasy or leaving a tacky residue. Packed with shine-boosting camelina oil and nourishing vitamin B5, the soft mist has a pleasant, orangey scent. It ensures a light-glistening, even application as well as a high-gloss finish and smooth feel. It can be layered over any other product as it never flakes up – just avoid spraying your roots as much as possible, if at all. It perfectly finishes off your style or can be used to create a sexy, sporty, wet-look ponytail.
R400 from Retail Box
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oléo-Complexe
Yes, Kerastase – the love of your hairdresser’s life – makes a fabulous hair oil that conditions, softens and smooths hair, which you can use at home. If you really need more detail, just know that this runny oil made with maize, pracaxi and camellia and argan oils smells like warm, amber-infused vanilla and is formulated to penetrate so deeply into strands, it can be used as a pre-wash treatment for intense nourishment or on towel-dried hair as a leave-in conditioner. It leaves hair silky and glossy and, as a bonus, protects against styling tools and tames frizz.
R180 for 30ml or R620 for 100ml from Retail Box
Goldwell Diamond Gloss
This product is perfect for all year round and works well with most hair types, including fine, normal and coarse hair. Enriched with bamboo proteins to help keep your style natural and flexible, it soothes stressed or agitated hair while giving it a luminous glow and shine. Even though the mist is feather-light, it’s extremely moisturising and adds an extra boost of weight to help hair stay manageable. It also has a gorgeous floral and honey scent with notes of sweet orange, ylang yalng and hyacinth that makes your hair feel all the more luxurious.
R265 for 100ml from Retail Box
Mycro Keratin Keraxir Smoothing Serum
Seriously dry hair needs keratin and natural oils to replenish the moisture that’s been stripped out. Some such hair oils can weigh hair down, leaving it looking limp – but not this lightweight formula. This almost completely natural blend by Mycro Keratin features sweet almond, argan and jojoba oils in a base of vitamins B, C and E and keratin – AKA the hydrating holy trinity. We recommend using it on towel-dried hair before your blowouts to prevent your hair from drying out. Or, you can smooth it over ends to seal in moisture after air-drying – this oil seals split ends and leaves locks extra shiny.
R358 for 50ml from Retail Box
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