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The best hair products of 2021 so far - from frizz-battling shampoos to moisture-rich masks

Luscious locks, here we come…

Arianna Chatzidakis

More often than not the secret to a good hair day starts with the type of products you use. Sometimes, it is better to invest in the brands and products that use high-quality ingredients to get the A-list hair you’re after. Luckily, HELLO! has rounded up the very best hair care products on the market. See what we’re using on our locks, below.

The best hair mask for... coloured hair that needs a little help

Known for its oil-infused hair products, Moroccanoil is our go-to for glossy hair. One of the brand’s most recent launches is the Colour Depositing Masks, which work as deep conditioning masks that also deposit temporary rich pigments into the hair while they moisturise. The result? Shiny, lustrous locks that ooze colour vibrancy.

What the fans say:

"This is a fab product and really easy to use. I didn’t use gloves and got it on my hairline and it didn’t stain my skin. I left it for 7 minutes and it left my hair a really deep colour. My hair is also in great condition after using it."


Moroccanoil colour depositing masks, £28.85,


The best rinseless cleanser for... hair that needs a refresh

Luxury hair care brand AVEDA launched the cruelty-free and vegan Foam reset™ rinseless hydrating hair cleanser last year, which works to clean and refresh the scalp in-between washes. Essentially, it’s the fancy version of a dry shampoo – and we’re totally obsessed. It can also help to tame frizz for up to 72 hours, and works on all hair types and textures, including extensions, braids and weaves.

What the fans say:

"I love this product and it has been the only dry shampoo that leaves my hair feeling clean without a residue or dulling white powder. I use a few pumps, rub [it] in my hands and cleanse my whole scalp. It appears wet at first. I brush my hair and in no time it's dry and ready to style."


Foam reset™ rinseless hydrating hair cleanser, £20.80,


The best shampoo for... achieving shine

Created by hairdresser to the stars, Frédéric Fekkai, this shampoo is part of his new vegan, clean recyclable hair care range. Every bottle in the collection is made with 95% high-grade repurposed plastic and is 100% recyclable. In the brand's first year, they will repurpose 64 million grams of plastic. That's roughly 7 million plastic bottles - and they are just getting started.

What the fans say:

"Worth every penny. I love how soft and shiny it makes my hair. There are no other products on the market that come close to what this system will do for your hair. I'd give it 10 stars."


Fekkai brilliant gloss shampoo, £20,


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The best shampoo for... bright blonde hair

Perfect for dry, ageing or silver-toned hair, this powerfully moisturizing treatment masque from luxe brand ORIBE helps to restore strength, elasticity, and shine. It also works to brighten grey, silver and white strands while eliminating yellow tones.

What the fans say:

"This is an expensive shampoo, but the price definitely becomes worth it once you use it and see what it does for your hair. Also a little of the product goes a very long way. It cuts out brassy tones, refreshes my scalp and it revives my hair to feel shiny and bouncy."


Oribe bright blonde shampoo, £44.50, Space NK


The best at-home hair dye... for those who need a touch up

Can't wait until you return to the hair salon? Dye your hair at home with ease using the John Frieda Precision Foam Colour. Available in a range of rich shades - and at a super affordable price - you really can't go wrong!

What the fans say:

"I have been using this product for years, in fact ever since it was launched. I love the control and simplicity of a foam application, without worrying about liquid dripping anywhere."


John Frieda precision foam colour, £4.99, Boots


The best luxury hair care set.... for those who want to indulge

Ooze elegance with this Balmain hair styling gift set, which comes complete with a trio of luxury hair care products: a gorgeous travel bag, Balmain hair silk perfume, texturizing salt spray and moisturizing argan elixir.

What the fans say:

"Love, love, love the silk spray most of all [and it's a] handy size to keep in my bag too!"


Balmain hair styling cosmetic bag, £28.95,


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The best hair mask for... dry, damaged hair

Transform your tresses with this 10-minute miracle mask from Coco & Eve. The formula is enriched with raw virgin coconut from Bali, fig essence, argan oil and shea butter – the most nourishing formula we ever did see!

What the fans say:

"I am absolutely obsessed with this mask. I have truly bleached out, dry, damaged hair and this is the only product out of many that has actually brought life back into my hair. It's so much softer and shinier, and just feels and looks so much better than it ever has."


Coco & Eve coconut & fig hair masque, £15.90, Cult Beauty


The best hair tonic for... beachy waves

This lush hair tonic from Triumph & Disaster calms enraged scalps and is infused with green tea and sea beet to help protect hair from oxidative stress. Plus, use it to achieve surfer-inspired looks and beach-worthy hair.

What the fans say:

"I was a bit sceptical about using a salt spray for my hair as I worry about it drying it out. Far from it! [I was] very happy to notice that the ingredients in the tonic were focused on scalp repair & care. It's an amazing product that really works."


Triumph & Disaster Karekare hair tonic, £19.95,


The best hair cream for.... curly or afro hair

Developed especially for Afro and curly hair, this award-winning formula will help to soften and revive curls, whilst moisturising kinks and frizz. Use it on damp or dry hair, or as a leave-in conditioner!

What the fans say:

"I have always struggled to keep my curls moisturised, trying product after product with no improvement, but after using this glorious moisturiser I won't be going anywhere else. It absorbs beautifully, smells gorgeous and creates a lovely shine."


Afrocencix smooth moisturizing hair cream, £14.95, Holland & Barrett


The best gloss shine spray for... those looking for a glamorous finish

Finish your hairstyle with a spritz of the OSMO Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher and you'll be left with glossy, glamorous strands. Suitable for all hair types, this formula won't leave any sticky residue, either!

What the fans say:

"I am a first time user of Osmo and very impressed with this product. Some products leave your hair very greasy and with a heavy feeling, but this doesn't. I will definitely purchase again."


OSMO Blinding Shine Illuminating Finisher, £8.80,


The best leave-in treatment for...humidity-prone hair

This award-winning anti-humidity spray is a cult hair care product that helps keep frizz at bay, even if the most humid of climates. Apply it to towel-dried hair and it promises to last for up to two or three washes. Wow!

What the fans say:

"This product is amazing. My dry hair feels moisturised whilst also feeling weightless and full of volume. This will forever be in my routine from today!"


Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray, £25,


The best leave-in sea salt spray for...ethical shoppers

Add volume and natural texture with this ethical, vegan hair care brand Moo. Infused with ingredients from sustainable and renewable sources such as Icelandic moss, Marula oil and sea salt, this product will be kind to your hair and scalp. Spritz your strands from root to tip and leave it to dry naturally, or blowdry gently to form soft beachy waves.

What the fans say:

"I had so many compliments on my beach curls! highly recommend this to anyone looking for a natural and easy, beachy wave style."


Sea Salt Spray, £22, Moo Hair


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The best curl defining gel for...coily or curly hair types

Flora & Curl is a plant-based, black-owned curly haircare brand that has formulated this incredible curl defining gel. As well as reducing frizz and helping with curl formation, this product is perfect to use for wash & go's, twist-outs, up-do’s, ponytails and roller sets!

What the fans say:

"Love the smell. The hold is medium but it doesn't leave a strong cast or white debris, which I love. I have really thick hair and it holds well throughout the day."


Sweet Hibiscus Curl Defining Gel, £16, Flora & Curl


The best intensive conditioner for... bleached hair

You're probably already familiar with Aussie’s award-winning 3 Minute Miracle treatment, and the good news is, it's now been reformulated specifically for blondes! This fast-acting hair mask helps to revitalise thirsty strands and target brassy tones! Oooh...

What the fans say:

"My hair has has never felt so alive and shiny. It is more manageable and I can brush it more easily. The smell is absolutely amazing and makes washing my hair a pleasure rather than a chore."


Aussie Blonde Hydration 3 Minute Miracle, £6.99, Superdrug


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