8 next-generation hair products that are pure genius
These are no ordinary haircare and styling products
By Iantha Yu
Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / November 05 2018
When it comes to innovation in the beauty industry, we instantly think of cutting edge tools that we can use at home, like those that massage our eyes or reduce the appearance of wrinkles; and products that contain breakthrough ingredients like encapsulated retinol and probiotics. But lately, the hair category has seen a steady rise in inventions that seriously push boundaries and challenge conventional products like shampoos, conditioners, dry shampoos and heat-styling tools. Here are our absolute favourites.
Dyson Airwrap Styler
Last year, Dyson shook up the hair industry with the launch of Supersonic, a hair dryer that was really lightweight and looked nothing like all the other hair dryers on the market. And now, Dyson have done it again with the Airwrap Styler, a multitasking tool that allows you to dry, smooth and curl with the one tool by using different attachments. We’re especially impressed with the styler’s stand-out Airwrap barrels, which use air to attract the hair around the barrel to create curls, rather than a traditional heated ceramic barrel. This method uses less heat, which results in less damage to your strands. Genius, huh?
Drybar Detox Whipped Dry Shampoo Foam
Dry shampoos in mist form can be hit or miss as they sometimes leave a powdery residue behind that makes your hair feel dirtier than when you first started. This is where a dry shampoo foam, like this one from Drybar, can come in handy. It has a really lightweight formula that instantly dries upon contact with skin, and is infused with volcanic ash to invisibly soak up excess oils (so there’s no residue left behind). As a bonus, it also lightly boosts volume for those with fine hair.
IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues
For those that travel often, a dry shampoo wipe may be more practical than a mist or a foam. The IGK Swipe Up Charcoal Dry Shampoo Hair Blotting Tissues are tiny in size (so you can pack several in your carry-on without compromising your weight allowance), and contain tapioca starch and activated black charcoal powder to degrease. Just like facial blotting papers, all you need to do is press these sheets into oily roots to refresh your ‘do.
Wella System Professional SOLAR Sun Oil
So you’ve heard of sunscreen for your face and body, but what about for your hair? Wella System Professional SOLAR Sun Oil is specially formulated with keratin - a fibrous protein that offers UV protection during sun exposure, which is especially vital for those who have coloured hair to prevent colour fade and additional damage. The brand recommends applying up to five pumps through your hair before heading outside.
Christophe Robin Temporary Colour Gel
Instead of reaching for a box of hair dye every few weeks to cover your greys, try Christophe Robin’s Temporary Colour Gel. It’s a semi-permanent solution that’s ammonia-free, lasts five to seven washes, and is made using 92 per cent natural ingredients, making it super gentle to use, even for those with sensitive scalps. What also deserves a mention is that this product eliminates any need for mixing at home, so it’s quick, easy and mess-free to use.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner
It’s clear (pun intended) why John Frieda Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner stands out from others: the see-through formula is more lightweight than creamy conditioners and it is infused with a protein-strength complex that can strengthen limp locks. It also offers volumising properties to weightlessly boost texture.
Ethique Damage Control Shampoo
These may look like ordinary hand soaps, but they’re actually solid shampoo bars that contain as much product as three bottles of liquid shampoo. Plus, they’re packed with coconut oil and cocoa butter to smooth and boost shine and are soap-free so they won’t dry out your hair.
Fudge Professional Cool Brunettes Shampoo
Those with blonde hair can counteract brassiness by using a purple shampoo. As for brunettes? A blue-based shampoo like Fudge Professional Cool Brunettes Shampoo can instantly knock out orange or red tones in brown hair and intensify the overall colour. To get the most out of this product, leave the lather in your hair for up to five minutes to allow the pigment to settle. Then, rinse well and follow with an application of Fudge Cool Brunette Blue Toning Conditioner.
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Have you tried any of these products before? If not, which one are you most drawn to? Let us know in the comments below.
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Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.