15 Of The Best Hair Products, According To Industry Experts

15 Of The Best Hair Products, According To Industry Experts

Ever wanted to know what haircare products the pros swear by? We asked 15 experts for their one go-to buy that they’re never without. From essential tongs to high-street treatments, keep the following firmly on your radar…

Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, From £10

“Texturising sprays don’t get much better than this. I call it ‘Kate Moss hair in a can’ and it delivers a cool-girl wave every time. It works well whether hair is up or down, adding extra grit and effortless style.” – Paul Jones, hair stylist

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The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment, £9.99 

“This lightweight serum works like a primer on the hair, creating a base that other styling products adhere to seamlessly. It also adds shine and moisture, but gets rid of frizz too, so all hair types can use this with ease. A true one-stop shop.” – Bjorn Krischker, session hair stylist   

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Kiehl’s Crème With Silk Groom, £20

“This has been a mainstay product in my session kit for nearly 30 years. It’s formulated with silk powders, wheat and soy proteins and jojoba oil – all of which are naturally absorbed by the hair, so you never get any greasy residue. I describe it as a moisturiser for the hair. It’s also great for showing texture and providing movement to hair that’s been styled. It’s equally great for controlling frizz on curly hair and adding shine to sleek, straight hair. It requires a lighter touch on those with fine strands but normal to thick hair can really reap the benefits. One of the most versatile buys on the market.” – Craig Taylor, HARI creative director 

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IGK Hair Beach Club Volumising Texture Spray, from £10


“I first discovered this while on holiday in Florida. At the time it wasn’t sold in the UK, so I bought home six cans because I genuinely never wanted to be without it. It gives naturally flat hair a shiny, cool-girl texture without ever weighing strands down. The volume it provides is impactful but has a relaxed vibe that looks undone rather than over the top. You’ll find it brushes out beautifully too, so it’s great for neater looks.” – Jo Irving, international bridal hair stylist & educator

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L’Oréal Professionnel Tecni.Art Pli Shaper, From £12.05 (was £16.10)

“A staple throughout my career, this multifunctional styling spray can be used to prime, prep and style. It’s lightweight in texture, yet the perfect hold for all hair types, leaving strands feeling like they have nothing on at all.” – Adam Reed, celebrity stylist & Adam Reed London Salon founder

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Pureology 21 Benefits Colour Fanatic Spray, £18.90 (was £25.25)

“An essential treatment that I couldn’t live without – this is my must-have product by a distance. I recommend using it every two weeks after shampooing and leaving it on for 20 minutes. It makes hair feel so soft and shiny, and it conditions deeply. Plus, it works within 60 seconds, so it’s ideal for the time poor, and the sulphate-free formula means your colour is prolonged too.” – Francesca Dixon, HARI creative colourist

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GHD Curve Soft Curl Tong, £129

“When it comes to tools, this has to be one of the best on the market. The large barrel tong heats up in seconds, so it’s great when you want to work at speed. It creates a beautiful, lasting texture in the waves you create for extra longevity. A must-have for anyone that likes to curl their hair regularly.” – Patrick Wilson, celebrity stylist

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Charlotte Mensah Manketti Hair Oil, £48

“My one go-to buy has to be my Manketti Hair Oil. It’s a smooth, nourishing oil that repairs and moisturises the hair from the outside in. It is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids which act as a barrier to help prevent moisture escaping from the hair. It also adds lots of lustre without a greasy or heavy feel. Perfect for all hair types to use.” – Charlotte Mensah, hair artist 

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Virtue One For All 6-In-One Styler, £17

“I absolutely love this styler. It’s brilliant to blow dry with, and if you want to wear your hair back, it’s a great aid for slicking back flyaway hairs. The great thing about this is, when you take your hair down at the end of the day, it feels wonderful and smooth post-use.” – Nicole Clarke, celebrity stylist & John Frieda Salons creative colour director

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Amika Headstrong Hairspray, £19.30

“Everyone needs a hard-working hairspray and my favourite is this one from Amika. It locks in any look with zero stickiness. You’ll find you can brush straight through after application, with no tugging. There’s no need to sacrifice the movement and bounce of your hair in exchange for something that will simply extend the life of the style – you can have it all with this.” – Naeemah LaFond, amika Global Artistic Ambassador

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Rahua Leave-In Treatment, £42 

“Rahua’s Leave-In Treatment is my favourite product after cleansing and conditioning. I always prep my hair with it as it sets the perfect foundation before styling hair. It hydrates any dry ends and provides optimal heat protection before you use any blow dry or curling tools. It’s also a great re-toucher on second-day hair.” – Anna Ayers, Rahua co-founder

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Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, £2.49

“This is the product I use on every single job I do. It’s great when time is of the essence as it works fast to hold a style in place without causing strands to lose their shine. It can be used on wet or dry hair and is a fantastic multi-tasker, lending speedy and visible density. I couldn’t be without this one.” – Ken O’Rourke, celebrity hair stylist & Charles Worthington brand ambassador 

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Daniel Galvin Miracle Solution Detox, £30

“Having realised that pollution and product build-up can get under the hair’s cuticle, making strands dull, we wanted a product that could eliminate this. Cue this Miracle Solution Detox which uses vitamin C complex to get rid of pollution and product build-up in minutes – you can see the difference straight away. It’s a miracle product and ideal for anyone wanting to give their hair and scalp an overhaul. Expect a silky smoothness too.” – Daniel Galvin OBE, hair stylist & colourist 

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KMS Therma Shape Quick Blow-Dry Spray, £15.97

“When it comes to creating an effortless ‘I woke up like this’ blow-dry style, this is my go-to. A few spritzes give light but long-lasting hold, texture and body to any style, while leaving locks looking and feeling natural to touch.” – Sam Burnett, hair stylist & KMS Ambassador

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Josh Wood Colour Gloss, £19

“I would have to say my ‘can’t live without’ is my Josh Wood Colour Gloss. It’s a must-have and anyone can use it – whether hair is coloured or not. It adds shine, stops colour fade and boosts any pigment that is there. Ideal for in-between salon visits, but also when you just want to get rid of any dullness, think of it like a coloured conditioner.” – Josh Wood, celebrity hairdresser & founder of Josh Wood Atelier

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