Essential Hair Care Products Every Girl Needs

You know how it is with hair care products – you see one that promises the world and you buy it. Before you know it, you’re neck deep in gels and appliances you don’t really use or need. Buying hair products can be very addictive as we strive for perfect, luxurious locks that work with us every time. But, the truth is, there are only a handful of products that we absolutely need in our hair care armouries. We could argue till we’re blue in the face about how many products make up that “few”, but here is our take.

Hair Straightening/Smoothing Treatments

Woman using hair straightening treatments

Not many of us are blessed with hair that is instantly straight, sleek and controllable. For those of you who are, remember, with great power comes great responsibility (grr!). For the rest of us mere mortals, there are hair straightening treatments to help.

Hair straightening treatments are typically infused with keratin – which is a natural protein within our nails, skin and hair. When the treatment is used, it reintroduces keratin that has been lost over time, filling in your hair. By improving the porosity of the hair strands, the treatment can prevent breakage, tangling and frizz. In layman’s terms, hair straightening treatments rebuild damaged areas of the hair. The result is a head full of shiny, bouncy, frizz-free tresses.

Once you’ve used the treatment, the effects are noticeable almost instantly. Hair will look and feel more fresh and manageable. This is the ideal starting point for any further maintenance or styling you plan in the future. It’s like having a clean, even canvas to work onto. If maintained properly using protective hair care products, the results can last several weeks. Say so long to bad hair days.

Shampoo

This is a no-brainer. The only thing to consider is finding the best shampoo for your hair type. Shampoos are formulated differently depending on the issues your hair is experiencing. Do you suffer from dull hair? Dry hair and flaky scalp? Or oily hair? An effective shampoo will tackle these problems and improve your hair’s overall health.

It may also be worth considering a dry shampoo too. The thing about many hair care products is that they are sometimes time-consuming to use. Nowadays, we just don’t have the extra hours in the day to go through a thorough hair care routine. A dry shampoo works quickly, absorbing dirt and oil that damages hair to leave it cleaner without water. If you’re someone who is constantly pressed for time, this is one of the best time-saving hair care products around.

Conditioner

Woman conditioning hair

The pepper to shampoo’s salt. Where you have shampoo, you’ll often find a complementary conditioner. This is because, whilst washing the hair has its benefits, it can also sap natural oils and nutrients form the hair. That’s where the conditioner comes in, reintroducing the moisturising and protection agents that keep your hair in pristine wellbeing.

Conditioners can come in many guises, including leave-in conditioners and hair masks that also combat frizz. Like shampoo, your ideal conditioner will work with your shampoo to support your hair type and texture. It shouldn’t counteract the properties of any other hair care products you’re using – whether they’re chemical or natural hair products.

Hair Oil

For many, hair oil is the pièce de résistance in their hair regimen. Hair oils are natural hair products that are packed full of healing vitamins and fatty acids for the hair. As the name suggests, this oil-based product lubricates the hair, tackling dryness and sealing in moisture.

There are a number of natural oils that can be used like argan, macadamia, coconut, almond and baobab. Each has their own hair-revitalising properties that work well for varying hair and skin afflictions. For example, almond oil is great at battling dandruff. Whereas oils that are rich in vitamins A, D, E, and F, like baobab, have been known to accelerate hair growth.

Hair oils – unlike many hair care products – can also be applied in a number of different ways for maximum outcome. They can be applied whether your hair is dry, wet after a wash or even as a conditioner whilst still in the shower. Hair oil is a multipurpose product that adds so much vitality to your hair.

Hair Styling Spray

Woman using hair spray

Whilst it’s possible to style your hair without styling sprays, they can help to sculpt hair into your desired style. Hair styling sprays serve many capacities. Not only do they make hair easier to shape, they can also add hold, volume, texture and protection against heat and moisture. Because of this, styling sprays are a must-have for complex hairstyles. Rarely do you see a mane that isn’t braced  by some kind of styling hair care products.

Hair Dryer

We know you probably think it’s as easy as picking up the first hair dryer you see. I mean, they all blow hair at various temperatures, so what does it matter? In reality, the hair dryer is an extremely important product to own and should be treated as such.

An important factor is the wattage of the hair dryer. The higher the wattage, the more powerful the hair dryer. These high-watt dryers are amazing because they dry your hair quickly without exposing your hair to excessive heat temperatures. In this fast-moving world, it’s heartening to know there’s another product out there to speed up your hair routine.

There are dryers that use different heating elements to emit ions for a gentler drying experience. These dryers are known as ionic dryers and they are becoming very popular on the market. Ionic dryers shoot negative ions that repel the positively-charged ions in water. This makes them effective at preventing water absorption which speeds up the drying time. Other similar products use ceramic or porcelain heating elements. Each dryer has been specially designed to be delicate with hair by tempering harsh heat.

Hair Straightening Brush

Girl using hair straightening brush

Ideally, you’ll own more than one brush. One will be a round brush to add body and texture. The other will be a hair straightening brush. Hair straightening brushes are hair brushes that emit heat to aid in ironing out kinks and tangles as you brush. If you’re sticking with our suggestions on hair care products, a powerful hair straightening brush is the perfect accompaniment to the hair straightening treatments.

The great thing about them is that they are basically electric paddle brushes. That familiar shape and feel makes them easy to use as just a bog-standard brush, if necessary. So, effectively you are buying two brushes in one. Think of that when you’re wondering whether it’s worth the money or not.

Curling Wand

A curling wand isn’t as magical as it sounds, but it still produces wonderful results. For achieving natural waves, from polished ringlets, this is the product of choice. Using a curling wand, you can fashion several hairstyles effortlessly including voluminous waves and tight curls. And whatever you produce can be simply broken up using your fingers in a way that you can’t with hair care products like curling irons.