And the winners are...
At Marie Claire, we like to celebrate happy hair days. No more so than this year, when science is dominating the styling category, free-from products are booming and high quality haircare no longer just falls into the luxury category, as tech-driven products become increasingly available on the high street at every price.
Welcome to this year’s Hair Awards, where we applaud the game-changers that make those happy hair days a daily occurrence …
Wash & care
A peroxide-free formula restores highlights to their former sun-kissed glory.
Highly commended: Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £16.50
Best Colour Conditioner
The moisturising double act of orchid extract and grape seed oil locks in shiny, multi-tonal colour.
Highly commended: Head & Shoulders Supreme Colour Protect Conditioner, £4.99
Coconut milk and shea butter combat crispy ends.
Highly commended: John Masters Organics Shampoo For Dry Hair With Evening Primrose, £22
Best Hydrating Conditioner
Protein and amino acid-rich ingredients pack a punch on overworked hair.
Highly commended: Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Conditioner, £8.99
Best Volumising Shampoo
Star ingredient ‘peptide collagen’ beefs up spindly strands from root to tip.
Highly commended: Wella Professional Invigo Bodifying Shampoo With Cotton Extracts, £11.50
Best Volumising Conditioner
A cursory glance at the label tells you this is everything to fine hair: biotin strengthens weak areas, while plumping collagen adds dimension for your fullest locks yet.
Best Shampoo for Damaged Hair
Full of antioxidants and lipids – it’s like a smoothie for traumatised tresses.
Highly commended: Kérastase Bain Extentioniste Length Strengthening Shampoo, £19.50
Best Conditioner for Damaged Hair
Softens brittle ends without slicking down roots.
Highly commended: TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Conditioner, £18
Best Shampoo for Curly Hair
Harsh foaming detergents can strip curly and Afro hair of moisture. Here, Argan oil, honey and aloe vera cocoon the cuticle.
Best Smoothing Shampoo
Plex technology stands up to frizz and dullness by smoothing down damaged cuticles, so they reflect light better.
Best Product for Afro Hair
Wraps parched curls in nourishing marula, camellia and prickly pear oils.
Highly commended: Pantene Gold Series Intense Hydrating Oil, £7.99
Best Natural Haircare Range
Who said natural had to be hippy? Up to 98 per cent natural-origin ingredients, like Samoan coconut oil, power up this luxury range.
Highly commended: Rahua, from £32
Best Intensive Hair Mask
Delivers replenishing Australian balm mint to fragile strands, without being a gloopy, lengthy affair.
Highly commended: Kérastase Masque Extentioniste Length Strengthening Mask, £31.70
Minerals, vitamins and einkorn wheat extract make strands more resilient.
Highly commended: Charles Worthington Grow Strong Scalp Tonic, £7.99
Best DIY Colour Product
Colour safe in the knowledge that you’ll get a next to natural shade and reduce your chances of developing a hair colour allergy thanks to the ME+ molecule.
Highly commended: Phil Smith Be Gorgeous Root Touch Up Root Concealer Spray, £6
Best Creative Colour
On average, there are 14.8k online searches for silver hair dye a month. This colour gives you a cool sheen, while nourishing with coconut oil.
Tools & Accessories
Best New Hair Tool
Believe the hype. This does everything your straighteners, hairdryer, rollers and brushes do – without heat damage.
Best Hair Accessory
The ultimate grown-up hair accessory that takes a bun from ordinary to extraordinary.
When is a brush not a brush? When it looks like a cookie cutter and detangles like a dream.
Highly commended: Tangle Teezer The Wet Detangler, £11
Best Hair Dryer
With gold-leaf embellishment and bladeless technology, it’s what we imagine Mariah Carey would use, and truly one of the best hair dryers around.
Highly commended: Parlux Alyon, £129.95
Best Curling Tong
The mineral-infused barrel + temperature control = kinder, shinier styling whatever your hair type.
Highly commended: Babyliss Curl Secret 2667U, £60
Best Hair Supplements
The clinically proven marine protein encourages healthy hair growth.
Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Root Complex (Nutritional Supplement), £38
Best Hair Extensions
These lie flat against your scalp, so they’re invisible. Plus, you’ll be able to sleep for the eight weeks they’re in.
Highly commended: Beauty Works Double Hair Set Clip-In Extensions, £145.99
After five years dedicated to testing, meet the world’s first hair straightener with predictive technology.
Highly commended: Cloud Nine The Original Iron, £139
Ensures hair keeps its style even after brushing – just without the 80s ‘helmet effect’.
Best Straightening Product
This hydrating styling cream coaxes unruly, coarse hair into sleek curtains.
Like a bulletproof vest for hot styling.
Highly commended: Cloud Nine Magical Quick Dry Potion, £18.95
A salt spray that gives body minus tangles? You’re looking at it.
Highly commended: Pureology Shine Beach Waves Sugar Spray, £23.50
Nothing beats this for mopping up second-day greasy roots. Oh, and there’s zero chalkiness, too.
Highly commended: Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo, £18
We couldn’t be happier that this cult rescue remedy is back with a tropical twist.
Highly commended: Show Beauty Pure Treatment Oil, £50
Best Shine Product
Creates the type of shine you normally only get from a professional blow-dry.
Highly commended: Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil Finishing Mist, £38
Best Curl Enhancer
Wheat protein expands when hair is wet, then retracts once dry to hold that perfect ‘s’-shaped curl.
Highly commended: Ouai Wave Spray, £22
Best Blow-dry Product
As well as cutting your blow-dry time in half, it protects against heat and adds shine.
Highly commended: Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Sealant, £24
Enriched with collagen, this takes limp hair to skyscraper heights.
Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Tricho Pro Volumising Protein Spray, £35
Best Split-End Treatment
Temporarily seals ends and protects against further damage.
Highly commended: Schwarzkopf Professional BC Peptide Repair Rescue Sealed Ends, £13.90
Best of the rest
Best New Hair Product
This is really clever: special polymers inflate on contact with hair and make space between strands to create the illusion of gravity-defying volume.
Best Ethical Haircare
With an impressive list of environmental credentials, all you need to know is this brand is paraben-, chemical- and cruelty-free, and contains natural goodies like avocado and quinoa.
Best Men’s Grooming Product
With five steel blades it’s a no-brainer, but the eco bamboo handle sold it.
Highly commended: Redken Brews After Shave Balm, £18.50
The image makers
Best Celebrity Stylist: Chris Appleton
His creative vision has made him one of the most in-demand hairstylists globally. So, it’s hardly surprising that his client list reads like the who’s who of Hollywood.
Best Regional Hair Salon: Tabitha James Kraan Organic Hairdressing, Cotswolds
Kraan’s chic salon recycles 85 per cent of all waste and runs on 100 per cent energy from renewable sources.
Best Colourist: Josh Wood
The ‘king of colour’, Wood not only creates cutting- edge shades on his A-list clients, but this year he launched what is undeniably the world’s coolest home colour range.
Best London Hair Salon: Nicola Clarke at John Frieda
Known for creating the best blondes this side of Stockholm, Clarke now has a W1 salon, plus a squad of guest stylists including Sam McKnight.
Best Stylist: Luke Hersheson
Hersheson is famous for his ‘throw the rule book out’ techniques on clients such as Victoria Beckham and Keira Knightley. His book Great Hair Days & How To Have Them is our new beauty bible.
Here’s to another great year of hair heroes!