At this point in the season, you’ve mastered the art of layering (one part classic Burberry trench coat to one part Witchery cashmere blend jumper) – but no matter how smartly dressed, frigid temperatures and dry winds have likely taken a toll on your hair. These chic, cool sulphate, paraben and cruelty-free products from Kevin Murphy will put an end to winter hair issues, from static frizz to split ends.
ANGEL.WASH and ANGEL.RINSE
A weightless, volumising shampoo and conditioner
Winter is here! And so is dry and damaged here. Using too many hot tools, brushing too harshly and just general ‘ain’t-nobody-got-time-for-that’ neglect can also do a number on your precious strands. If you’re on the lookout for a shampoo and conditioner that can banish your hair problems, you’re on the right page. These products, which come in uniquely shaped bottles and pretty pastel packaging, will transform your damaged hair in a jiffy.
The shampoo combines sunflower seed extract, green tea leaf extract, hydrolysed oat protein, tangerine peel oil (the scent of this will stimulate your senses) and hydrolysed wheat protein to make fine, fragile hair feel softer and silkier. It also gently cleanses the scalp and maximises colour longevity. Mango and cocoa butter, found in the delicately scented conditioner, help repair those frayed ends and protect against further damage.
How to use them: Apply the shampoo to wet hair, massage gently through the hair and scalp and then rinse. Follow with the conditioner. Apply to freshly washed hair, allow the hair to absorb the benefits for one to two minutes and then follow with a refreshing rinse.
A high-performance leave-in oil-free treatment
Leave-in treatments are absolute lifesavers for those of us who are constantly on the go and don’t have time to spend an extra 15 minutes in the shower waiting for a hair mask to penetrate. And although nothing will ever be as nourishing as one of those rich masks, this leave-in treatment will have you thinking you just gave yourself a deep-conditioning treatment. No matter your hair type, this weightless mist that doesn’t make your hair feel greasy or sticky is a boon. In addition to smoothing flyaways, it makes dry ends look like new and has an amazing slip factor, which is excellent for detangling. It’s designed like skincare, enriched with silk proteins and packed with antioxidants that smooth the cuticle. After discovering this product, using heated hair-styling tools will feel safer and more efficient – and the end result will be smoother and healthier.
How to use it: Spray onto wet hair, wait five to 10 seconds and then comb through.
A gentle detoxifying shampoo
Lather, rinse, repeat. We all know how to shampoo, but clarifying shampoos have the most confusing nomenclature. First off, clarifying shampoos are deep cleansers that aim to remove the build-up of unwanted products and chemicals from the hair. If you’re looking for an extreme detoxifying experience, this is your winner. This product might be lightweight, but it brings major results. It’s deep cleansing, removes everyday buildup, keeps your colour from getting dull as well as restores your hair and scalp to a healthy balance, which makes it especially great for those who like to layer products throughout the week. Another plus? It doesn’t strip the hair of essential oils. And did we mention the fresh herbal scent with a hint of tea tree oil? You only need to use this product once a week, or after an oil treatment or heavy hair mask.
How to use it: Apply to wet hair, massage gently through the hair and scalp (do not scrub), leave for one minute and then rise.
A repairing and smoothing treatment
Along with the upsides of winter (lit fireplaces and hot chocolate with mini marshmallows, anyone?) come a few downsides when it comes to your hair. The cold outside weather combined with dry indoor heat can wreak havoc on your strands, leading to common hair woes like split ends and breakage. Thankfully, this miracle-working hair mask has nourishing ingredients that will prevent you from needing to bust out the scissors. Its unique formulation featuring vitamin-charged micro-capsules that explode upon contact plump and hydrate hair, while the candy-like scent wafts through the shower. Even when your hair is at its worst, letting this product sit for five to 10 minutes per week revives all the moisture, shine and bounce in your locks. As for our residual winter frizzies? Like our silver Birkenstocks, they, too, are totally gone.
How to use it: Apply to freshly washed hair, massage into the hair and scalp and then follow with a refreshing rinse.
A lightweight finishing mist with light reflective technology
“I don’t want glossy, shiny hair,” said no one ever. It doesn’t matter how much your cut costs – the thing that takes your hair from good to great is how shiny it is. This shine spray gives the hair high shine without weighing it down or leaving an oily residue and can be used on multiple hair types. It’s made with a specifically selected blend of ingredients from the Australian Rainforest and is packed with vitamins C and E, baobab, immortelle and bamboo. At rest is a clear liquid with a layer of gold dust at the bottom, which turns into a stunning golden bottle of shimmer brilliance when you twirl it. Another selling point? This product smells lovely without being overpowering – almost like a floral body spray. Spritz it onto straightened or curled hair to add mirror shine and make your colour look better. It’s pricy, but it’s worth it. Because your hair deserves to be #shinegoals.
How to use it: Spray onto damp, towel-dried hair or directly onto dry hair. Do not rinse.
* This post was kindly sponsored by Kevin Murphy.