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The Times UK: Top 25 haircare products

From Times Online

August 5, 2008

Top 25 haircare products

Our fashion and beauty team pick the best lotions and potions to protect, tousle, and tame your hair
Kiehl's Crème with Silk Groom, £26.50 for 250ml (020-7240 2411) A non-greasy cream that will moisturise, protect and condition the hair. Can use it on wet or dry hair to smooth away frizz and define curls and waves.

Mason Pearson hairbrushes, from £21 (020-7491 2613) The original rubber cushion, handmade hairbrush; they improve the condition of the hair and stimulate the scalp.

Fudge hair putty, £10.95 for 100g (01282 683100) Adds volume and bounce to dry hair and can style natural looking curls or a sleek shiny finish. Blow-dry in for extra body and kick.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £22 for 150ml (020-7629 4050) Especially beneficial to extremely damaged hair, this intensive treatment restores silkiness, elasticity, bounce and strength.

L'Oreal HOT Style Constructor, £10.25 for 150ml (0800 072 6699) Innovative spray that uses the heat from styling tools to help achieve different styling looks. It also protects hair from the heat.

Label.M Shine Spray, £9.95 for 125ml (0870 770 8080) This delicious fig fragranced mist illuminates dull and dry hair. The light formula provides gloss without any stickiness and won't weigh hair down.

Aveda Shampure Conditioner, £9.50 for 250ml ( A gentle daily conditioner fortified with the restorative strength of conditioning protein. Twenty five pure flower and plant extracts provide a gorgeous aroma.

MOP basil mint clean shampoo, £10.40 for 300ml (01282 613413) This cleansing shampoo detoxifies the hair by removing chlorine, sea salt, product build-up, city dirt and pollution leaving a fresh, bouncy finish.

Herbal Essences conditioner, £1.99 for 200ml (available nationwide) Perfectly conditions and fortifies the hair, leaving it radiant and soft, all for very little money. Can be used daily.

Umberto Giannini Curl Friends Silky Curls Smoothing Balm, £4.79 for 100ml ( Builds and supports curls, whilst keeping frizz at bay. Leaves definition and gloss to even the wildest hair.

Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense, £24 for 200ml (0800 316 4400) The concentrated nourishing treatment leaves dry fully nourished and feeling silky. Despite being so intensive, this doesn't weigh hair down or create build up.

Shu Uemura Satin Design White Tea Polishing Milk, £18 for 250ml (0800 633 5021) This will protect hair from the heat of all drying and styling tools, as well as general environmental damage. Also leaves a glossy shine.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle conditioner, £4.49 for 250ml (available nationwide) Unique formula with Australian mint balm smoothes rough hair cuticles, restores damaged hair and tends to split ends.

Daniel Hersheson Professional Hairdryer, £100 (0870 760 5547) The first professional hairdryer available to consumers, the large nozzle and high temperature allows for quick and precise drying.

Tigi Bed Head Girl Toys, £13.70 for 50ml (0870 330 0955) A lightweight shine serum that tames flyaway hair, adds brilliant shine and won't cause greasiness. Extremely long-lasting.

L'Oreal Paris Elnett Satin hairspray, £4.19 for 200ml ( This iconic hairspray has been a stylists' favourite for over forty years. Amazing hold without any stickiness and it can be brushed out easily too.

GHD styler, £119 (0845 330 1133) The new improved version of this classic ceramic styler will give poker straight hair every time. It can also be used to create curls and also has a safety sleep mode.

Goody Stayput elastics, from £2.49 (0844 412 1182) Finally, a hair elastic that actually doesn't loosen thanks to very tiny rubber grips. Available in a wide range of colours and styles.

John Frieda Weather Works by Frizz-Ease, Weather Proofing Style Sealant Crème, £6.49 (020-7851 9800) By forming a protective barrier around each strand of hair, sealing in moisture, blocking out humidity and UV rays, this cream protects against rain, wind and sun.

Braun Smoothstyler Medium Barrel with moisturising steam, £24.99 (available nationwide at Boots and Argos) Convenient cordless tongs that create curls, waves or body with a shot of moisturising steam to condition while styling.

James Brown Hair Reviving Dry Shampoo, £1.99 for 75ml at Boots ( Removes oily build-up without a powdery residue, so that you can go longer between washes; nifty mini spray for handbag available.

Frédéric Fekkai Glossing Shampoo, £18 for 200ml ( Without a doubt, one of the best shampoos around. Cleanses hair and balances moisture to leave a natural shine and bouncy locks.

Phytodéfrisant Botanical hair relaxing balm, £13.50 for 175ml (020 7620 1771) Used before drying, this natural gel-balm relaxes hair to prevent frizziness and help styling. Its cumulative action makes it more effective with every application.

Charles Worthington Salon Shine results maximum volume mousse, £4.49 for 200ml ( A shine enhancing mousse that gives lively volume and brilliant bounce to hair, without feeling coated or heavy.

Redken Satinwear 02 ultimate blow-dry lotion, £13.55 for 150ml (0800 444880) Protective heat-styling lotion that helps reduce friction and breakage. It also contains UV filters to prevent hair colour fading.

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