69 Great Hair Heroes
from shampoo to serums
1 Best Clarifying Shampoo Tsubaki Head Spa Extra Cleansing Shampoo, $15.90 (280ml), cleans the scalp thoroughly without drying out hair. It also leaves a subtle, refreshing, minty feel post-rinse.
2 Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps Vichy Dercos Dermo-soothing Treatment Shampoo, $25 (200ml), soothes tightness and itchiness on the scalp, and makes tresses feel soft and weightless.
3 Best Shampoo for Coarse/Thick Hair The Face Shop Keratin Intensive Shampoo, $16.90 (300ml), smooths unruly locks and at the same time, gives them some volume.
4 Best Shampoo for Fine Hair John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Shampoo, $15.90 (250ml), is a lightweight product that doesn’t make fine strands appear flat.
5 Best Shampoo for Curly/Wavy Hair Cycle Vital Soft Curls Shampoo, $24.90 (250ml), helps to detangle curls, even without a conditioner! It helps the curls remain bouncy after rinsing, too. 6 Best Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Shampoo, $35 (500ml), doesn’t make your hair or scalp feel dry. There was also less hair fall after using this for a month. The Korean medicinal herb-based formula is surprisingly fragrant, too!
7 Best Shampoo for Brittle/Dry/ Damaged Hair Dove Intense Repair Shampoo, $7.70 (375ml), $11.70 (700ml), lathers up easily, and helps hair feel instantly smoother and lighter after one wash.
8 Best Frizz-taming Shampoo L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Eversleek Intense Smoothing Shampoo, $14.90 (250ml), tames frizz and makes your hair feel smooth and soft without weighing it down. 9 Best Shampoo for Dandruff Care Vichy Dercos Anti-dandruff Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps, $25 (200ml), is sulphate-free, doesn’t create a lot of lather, and washes out easily.
10 Best Colour-protecting Shampoo Keranove Radiance & Protection Shampoo, $19.90 (250ml), creates a lather that is creamy but washes out easily, so your scalp feels fresh, and your hair is soft and light.
11 Best Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo Shiseido Professional The Hair Care Adenovital Shampoo, $42 (250ml), refreshes your scalp and helps it feel more supple. We also noticed that hair fall was reduced after using it for two months.
12 Best Shampoo for Coarse/Thick Hair Kerarganic Keratin Shampoo, $46 (236ml), makes tresses smooth and light, and leaves your scalp feeling refreshed and non-oily.
13 Best Frizz-taming Shampoo Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, $32 (236ml), really tames frizzy strands and smooths hair. The light formula doesn’t make hair look or feel heavy either.
14 Best Shampoo for Fine Hair Alterna Caviar Repair Instant Recovery Shampoo, $48 (250ml), is super-moisturising and tames frizz. It soothes the scalp and helps soften and smooth hair while giving it a lift at the roots.
15 Best Clarifying Shampoo Redken Hair Cleansing Cream, $29 (300ml), makes your scalp feel ultra-clean. It is suitable even for sensitive and oily scalps.
16 Best Colour-protecting Shampoo Redken Color Extend Magnetics Shampoo, $24 (300ml), works up a creamy lather that washes off easily without drying the scalp. It also guards hair against colour-fading caused by frequent washing. 17 Best Shampoo for Brittle/Dry/Damaged Hair Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Shampoo, $48 (250ml), $150 (1,000ml), detangles as you massage the shampoo in. Hair feels softer after use, and the subtle lavender scent lingers until the next shampoo.
18 Best Shampoo for Dandruff Care Kerastase Specifique Bain Exfoliant Purifiant, $39 (200ml), has minimal lather but gently exfoliates the scalp with its microbeads without drying out your hair. It also helps thinning tresses by clearing out dead skin cells, oil and product build-up.
19 Best Shampoo for Sensitive Scalps Apivita Propoline Shampoo for Sensitive Scalp, $30 (250ml), makes hair feel soft and light after the first use. It is free of sulphates, parabens, mineral oils and synthetic colours, and its runny texture soothes easily irritated scalps.
20 Best Colour-protecting Conditioner Vidal Sassoon Color Care Conditioner, $8.50 (184ml), $14.50 (470ml), makes coloured tresses smooth and shiny.
21 Best Frizz-taming Conditioner John Frieda Frizz Ease Flawlessly Straight Conditioner, $15.90 (250ml), hydrates and smooths frizz without making hair oily or causing it to look flat.
22 Best Conditioner for Brittle/Dry/ Damaged Hair John Frieda Full Repair Strengthen + Restore Conditioner, $16.90 (150ml), is a non-greasy formula that softens coarse hair and adds volume.
23 Best Conditioner for Fine Hair John Frieda Luxurious Volume Touchably Full Conditioner, $15.90 (250ml), makes fine hair full and very soft with just one use. Blow-dry after that and your locks will look even more voluminous.
24 Best Conditioner for Curly/Wavy Hair John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Conditioner, $15.90 (250ml), moisturises hair while defining curls.
25 Best Colour-protecting Conditioner Redken Color Extend Magnetics Conditioner, $24 (250ml), instantly detangles hair so it becomes smooth and glossy. A little goes a long way.
26 Best Conditioner for Curly/Wavy Hair Redken Curvaceous Conditioner, $24 (250ml), leaves curls moisturised, defined and glossy looking.
27 Best Conditioner for Fine Hair Goldwell Dual senses Ultra Volume Lightweight Conditioner, $26 (200ml), creates natural-looking volume and does not weigh strands down. It is non-greasy, so hair feels light throughout the day. 28 Best Conditioner for Coarse/Thick Hair Mucota K/51 Conditioner, $56 (200g), doesn’t feel oily or heavy, and conditions coarse hair effectively.
29 Best Frizz-taming Conditioner KMS California Tame Frizz Conditioner, $34 (250ml), washes out easily to leave tresses smooth and shiny. It can even help to define curls.
30 Best Conditioner for Brittle/Dry/ Damaged Hair Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner, $24 (250ml), instantly detangles for smooth, shiny hair. Your tresses feel light and easy to comb through, and blow-drying feels easier too.
Luxe Hair Masks
31 Best Colour-protecting Hair Mask Mucota Adllura Aire 08, $42 (100g), gives you a head of hair that feels light, smooth and supple.
32 Best Hydration Hair Mask for All Hair Types Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque, $63 (150ml), makes tresses soft, shiny and conditioned within two to five minutes.
33 Best Restorative Hair Mask for Coarse/Damaged/Thick Hair Shu Uemura Art of Hair Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment, $89 (200ml), washes out easily and prevents moisture loss. Hair will feel soft, smooth and nourished even after your next shampoo.
Value-for-money Hair Masks
34 Best Restorative Hair Mask for Coarse/Damaged/Thick Hair Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Energy Nutrition Hair Pack, $35 (120ml), softens and strengthens hair. It smells pleasant, even though it contains Korean medicinal herbs.
35 Best Hydration Hair Mask for All Hair Types John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque, $16.90 (150ml), helps to moisturise dehydrated hair, and makes it smooth and shiny in five minutes.
36 Best Colour-protecting Hair Mask Keranove Radiance & Protection Mask, $29.90 (250ml), leaves tresses smooth, vibrant and glossy.
Value-for-money Leave-on Treatments
37 Best Hair Oil for Coarse/Thick Hair Moist Diane Smooth Hair Oil, $18.90 (60ml), may have a light consistency, but it manages to keep coarse, thick hair soft, smooth and shiny.
38 Best Hydrating Treatment for Normal Hair Tsubaki Shining Hair Water, $16.90 (250ml), moisturises hair and helps it look naturally glossy without taking away volume.
39 Best Hydrating Treatment for Coarse/ Thick Hair Sunsilk Damage Reconstruction Instant Damage Reconstruction Cream, $5.90 (120ml), has a creamy texture that suits coarser tresses. It smooths and softens hair, and tames frizz too.
40 Best Hair Oil for Fine Hair Asience Intensive Treatment Oil, $14.90 (28ml), with its light, non-oily consistency, helps fine hair retain moisture without weighing it down.
41 Best Hair Oil for Normal Hair Bio-T Miracle Elixir Oil, $49 (96ml), is readily absorbed by hair, tames flyaway strands and doesn’t make tresses look greasy or flat.
Luxe Leave-on Treatments
42 Best Hair Oil for Normal Hair Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil, $50 (30ml), hydrates and softens tresses without causing them to feel greasy. It also has a relaxing scent.
43 Best Hair Oil for Coarse/Thick Hair Wella Professionals Oil Reflections, $49.22 (100ml), adds lots of shine, and conditions without a sticky or heavy effect.
44 Best Hydrating Treatment for Normal Hair Goldwell Dual senses Rich Repair 6 Effects Serum, $38 (100ml), is a lightweight formula that controls frizz well, and renders locks supple and soft.
45 Best Hydrating Treatment for Coarse/ Thick Hair Kerarganic Leave-in Ultra Moisturizer, $46 (236ml), does not make hair feel sticky. It softens the look of coarse strands and lends an instant shine. We love how easy it is to use – a spray nozzle dispenses the lightweight formula.
Value-for-money Styling Essentials
46 Best Straightener Ma Cherie Hair Gelee Mist (Silky Straight), $17.90 (195ml), detangles easily and leaves hair feeling so silky that you might not even need a conditioner. You only need one spritz over each section of your hair to see results.
47 Best Texturising Hairspray Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray, $24.90 (200ml), creates instant, non-sticky, long-lasting volume after a blow-dry. It’s easy to wash out, too.
48 Best Heat-protector Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Prep Heat Protection Mist, $21.90 (150ml), is lightweight, easy to use, and gives hair shine.
49 Best Hairspray for a Natural Look Ma Cherie Decoration Keep Spray, $16.90 (140g), has a light hold to keep your hairstyle looking natural. It also means that restyling is easy. Our judges loved the fine mist. 50 Best Dry Shampoo Klorane Oat Extract Dry Shampoo Spray, $14.60 (150ml), absorbs sebum from the scalp and lifts roots to give hair volume.
51 Best Frizz Eliminator John Frieda Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum, $16.90 (50ml), instantly eliminates frizz and protects hair from heat and humidity with its non-oily formula.
52 Best Curl Definer Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Classic Spray Gel for Curls, $22.90 (150ml), is easy to use and defines curls well. Just spray it on, scrunch and go.
53 Best Volumiser Ma Cherie Hair Gelee Mist (Airy Mush), $17.90 (195ml), gives instant, longlasting, root-lifting results, without stickiness. 54 Best Wax for a Natural Look Toni & Guy Hair Meet Wardrobe Creative Style Spray Wax, $22.90 (150ml), is perfect for styling newbies. You can spray it evenly over towel-dried hair and scrunch, or over dry hair to create a more defined style.
55 Best Shine Booster The Body Shop Grapeseed Glossing Serum, $26.90 (75ml), has a non-greasy formula that doesn’t flatten hair, but leaves it smooth and shiny instead. One tester commented that it’s comparable to a high-end product.
Luxe Styling Essentials
56 Best Heat-protector Goldwell Dual senses Rich Repair Thermo Leave In Treatment, $30 (150ml), repairs chemical damage done to hair so it becomes smooth and soft to the touch.
57 Best Hairspray for a Natural Look Shiseido Professional Stage Works Structure Hold Spray, $30 (180g), produces a fine mist and lends a light to medium hold so that hair looks soft and doesn’t feel stiff.
58 Best Dry Shampoo Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, $34 (200ml), is fast-drying and absorbs excess oil from the scalp and hair. It gives a lift to roots and a moisture boost to strands for a soft – not stiff – result.
59 Best Texturising Hairspray Redken Signature Look Fashion Waves 07 Texturizing Sea Spray, $32 (150ml), is lightweight and non-sticky. It is supereasy to use – just spray it all over hair and scrunch to create a tousled style with dishevelled, sexy waves.
60 Best Strong-hold Hairspray Percy & Reed Reassuringly Firm Session Hold Hairspray, $26 (250ml), produces an ultra-fine mist that gives a strong hold without making hair look “hardened”.
61 Best Shine Booster Label.m Shine Spray, $38 (125ml), has a spray nozzle that limits the amount used so you don’t accidentally overload hair. It is light enough for fine strands, and protects tresses with its paraben-free and antioxidant-rich formula.
62 Best Straightener KMS California Tame Frizz Smoothing Lotion, $40 (150ml), detangles and smooths with a non-oily formula that controls frizz and protects hair from humidity.
63 Best Styling Powder L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni.art Wild Stylers Next Day Hair, $29.95 (250ml), spreads easily compared with most pour-out hair powders. It leaves your do instantly volumised, textured and matte. 64 Best Wax for a Natural Look O’right Free Mind Mud, $34 (50ml), is a non-sticky formula that holds your hairstyle and at the same time, allows you to restyle it easily. We like that it washes off effortlessly, too.
65 Best Volumiser Shiseido Professional Stage Works Powder Shake, $31 (150ml), transforms from mist to powder once it dries. Suitable for both fine and slightly coarse hair, it makes your do look fuller all day.
66 Best Frizz Eliminator KMS California Tame Frizz Taming Creme, $37 (125ml), has a creamy texture that smooths frizz effectively without being too oily or sticky.
67 Best Curl Definer Shiseido Professional Stage Works Nuance Curl Cream, $30 (75g), gives you defined, bouncy curls. It feels a bit oily, but once applied, the oiliness doesn’t sit on your hair. 68 Best Reusable Home Hair Colour Kit Hoyu Cielo Cream Hair Color, $17.90, dispenses a thick, non-drip foam that you can comb or massage through hair at hardto-see areas like the back of your head. The fuss-free product covers greys effortlessly and doesn’t irritate the scalp. Any unused product in the bottle can be kept for a later date – perfect for those who need to cover grey roots every few weeks. It comes in six shades.
69 Best Home Hair Colour Kit Liese Blaune Treatment Cream Color, $15.90, is a non-pungent, nourishing formula that conditions and colours in 15 minutes. The kit includes gloves to protect your hands, a tray to mix the creams, and a comb that lets you apply the cream mix to every strand evenly. It also covers grey hair effectively. It comes in five shades.