The go-to hair products I use religiously

WHERE — London
PHOTOGRAPHY — Sam Flaherty

The go-to hair products I reach for daily to achieve frizz-free, hydrated, easy to manage locks.

My current hair routine and maintenance is super easy – for me it’s all about air-drying and minimal products. But I’ve definitely done the hard yards to get hair that’s actually easy to manage and requires minimal maintenance.

In high school I dyed my hair so many times it went grey (true story – my nickname was Grandma), and I’ve sizzled my hair so badly I’ve had to chop it off and grow it all out. It took me years to realise that when it comes to hair, less (everything), is in fact, definitely more.

In all honesty I put it’s current condition down to sheer laziness; I’ve had highlights once in the past two years, simply because my hairdresser and I don’t live in the same country. But it’s my laziness that has paid off; if you want easy hair that behaves every morning without putting in half an hour in front of the mirror,  you have to lay off on the heat/bleach/damaging products.

I’m all for experimenting with cool colours and new shapes (hello, candyfloss head), but surprise, surprise, hair is a whole lot easier to manage when it’s healthy. I have naturally blonde, fine, wavy hair, so obviously these products aren’t exactly one-fits-all. However if you’re looking for ways to condition, add moisture and just generally tame the frizz, this list can 100% help you out.

Kerastase Nutritive Magistral Creme

When it comes to conditioner, I’m one of the people who like to pile it on, regardless of what it says on the back of the bottle. Extremely hydrating moisturiser is definitely my hair-crux and i’ll use the Kerastase Nutritive Magistral Creme as a conditioner (it’s actually a mask) almost every wash. What can I say, I like to be hydrated.

I’m also extremely into the Indola Glamorous Oil Shimmer Treatment which is super budget-friendly. Meaning I can pile it on without feeling too guilty.

Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo

I very rarely use a blonde shampoo – simply because my hair tone is naturally quite ashy. But whenever I do want to give the colour a quick refresh, the Oribe Bright Blonde Shampoo means business. Perfect for light, frizz-inclined hair, plus the packaging worthy of any bathroom.

If you lighten your hair there’s no better blonde shampoo around. And if you do have serious brassiness you need to deal to, double up and use it in conjunction with their conditioner.

Mermaid Hair Oil

If you’re hair is in need of serious SOS, Mermaid Hair Oil soothes fried ends and sensitive scalps. Plus, who doesn’t want hair oil worthy of a mermaid? I use this sparingly on my ends, especially when I’ve been spending a bit too much time at the beach.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Perfect Finish Polishing Serum

I’ve been using this since I was a teenager with tortured hair (see above) – and what can I say, it’s still my go-to serum. Strong enough to actually tame unwanted frizz and create a little shine, without leaving a greasy residue or weighing down fine hair. Not to mention cheap as chips.

Sachajuan Ocean Mist

I’m all about a salt-spray; it’s the lazy girls arsenal for effortless, textured locks. I use the Sachajuan Ocean Mist almost daily, it’s super light and totally crunch free. It’s the easiest way to add natural texture and hold without any of the gross residue that usually comes with salt sprays.

I also love Schwarzkopf’s Soft Glam Air-Dry Salt Mist, which actually does exactly what it says it will, aka create soft, grit-free, I’ve-just-come-from-the-beach hair. Hands down one of my pharmacy favourites.

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