Your hair is your crowning glory, and requires all the tender loving care you can give it. From the best shampoos, conditioners, leave-ins and serums for your hair type to the best styling products and the most pampering hair treatments, our yearly Hair Awards showcase only the top tried-and-tested hair products and salon services to help you maintain lush locks and a strong, healthy scalp.
Now, discover the best hair care brands that continue to bring their A-game to your hair care regime:
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Years won: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
With natural formulas inspired by the ancient Indian art of Ayurveda (hence the name) coupled with a commitment to being eco-conscious, Aveda’s hair care lines are sourced with sustainability and fair trade in mind. Its best-selling Damage Remedy and Dry Remedy products have won multiple times for their intensely nourishing and moisturising properties and are best suited for brittle, dry and damaged hair, leaving them stronger, suppler and softer to the touch.
Years won: 2016, 2017
Best known for their non-invasive beauty treatments, this homegrown medi-aesthetics group combines the skill of experienced specialists and advanced technology to keep your hair and scalp in tip-top shape. Its signature DrScalp hair program has won three times in the past two years, and is an amazing go-to treatment for dealing with hair loss woes, or if you simply want to maintain a strong and healthy scalp.
Years won: 2015, 2016, 2017
What we love more than this renowned Italian brand’s minimalist, pretty packaging is the fact that its products are eco-friendly and created sustainably with as little raw materials as possible. Having won in multiple categories, including Best Heat Protectant and, most recently, Best Hair Oil for Dry Hair (Long), their versatile products are carefully formulated to keep your hair in prime condition, helping you look and feel good.
Years won: 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
Reverse the clock and strengthen your locks with this drugstore brand that proves great hair products don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. All about empowering your confidence and celebrating real beauty, the brand is best for their nourishing shampoos and conditioners from the Hair Fall Rescue and Intense Repair ranges, which have won repeatedly over the years.
Years won: 2015, 2016, 2017
If an oily and congested scalp is weighing you down, this brand’s breakthrough formulas, dubbed “skin care for the scalp”, are specially developed to help protect, nourish and restore your scalp to a healthy state. From regulating sebum levels to allowing better absorption of active ingredients, must-have products include its Balancing Moisturizer, Balancing Cleanser and Intensive Follicle Energizer, which have all won twice each.
Year won: 2017
Just launched here in August last year, they’ve already picked up three awards, including Best Shampoo and Best Dry Shampoo. The US brand boasts chemical-free concoctions that give you a salon-quality finish at wallet-friendly prices. HASK uses premium oils and exotic ingredients such as orchid and white truffle and Kalahari melon oil, and we especially love their new dry shampoos like the Chia Seed Dry Shampoo, which soaks up excess oil weightlessly.
7. JOHN FRIEDA
Years won: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Since the debut of its iconic Frizz Ease Original 6 Effects Serum, which won Best Serum for Dry Damaged Hair in 2015 and has become a cult favourite, the celebrated UK brand keeps ahead of the game by continuously reinventing itself and developing more award-winning creations such as the Frizz Ease 10-Day Tamer (which won Best Pre-Wash Treatment in 2016 and 2017) and the Brilliant Brunette range.
Years won: 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017
With the most number of wins under their belt at 24, this established hair care label is well-loved for their indulgent bespoke hair and scalp treatments called “rituals”, as well as exceptional products that extend the salon experience and offer a bit of at-home luxury. You’ll want to visit their flagship J’s Salon, which has won regularly over the years and offers an escape from the bustling city.
Years won: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017
With over 40 years of hair styling innovations behind them, it’s no wonder that this brand has become a cult classic for women who enjoy shaping and transforming their hair. Products from their iconic styling lines, such as HairPlay and CurlUp, have consistently won for their abilities to breathe life and movement into hair, as well as effectively define natural or permed curls that last round-the-clock.
10. L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONNEL
Years won: 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017
Formulated in L’Oréal laboratories and available exclusively in hair salons, this established brand’s state-of-the-art hair care and styling products are the result of years of intensive research. They have won 13 times in a range of categories; most notably, their hair-boosting Serioxyl range has won three times in the last three years. Those with chemically-treated hair should also look to their advanced Pro Fiber range that repairs and strengthens strands.