Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019

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    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

    Best Colour Shampoo

    John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo, £6.99

    A peroxide-free formula restores highlights to their former sun-kissed glory.

    Highly commended: Redken Colour Extend Blondage Shampoo, £16.50

    Best Colour Conditioner

    OGX Fade-Defying + Orchid Oil Conditioner, £6.99

    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

    Best Hydrating Shampoo

    Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Shampoo, £8.99

    Coconut milk and shea butter combat crispy ends.

    Highly commended: John Masters Organics Shampoo For Dry Hair With Evening Primrose, £22

    Best Hydrating Conditioner

    Hask Orchid & White Truffle Moisture Rich Conditioner, £6.99

    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

    TRESemmé Pro Collection Collagen + Fullness Shampoo, £4.99

    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

    OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Conditioner, £6.99

    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

    Pantene Pro-V Superfood Shampoo, £3.99

    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

    Pantene Pro-V Superfood 3 Minute Miracle, £3.99

    Softens brittle ends without slicking down roots.

    Highly commended: TIGI Copyright Custom Care Repair Conditioner, £18

    Best Shampoo for Curly Hair

    Bouclème Curl Cleanser, £15

    Harsh foaming detergents can strip curly and Afro hair of moisture. Here, Argan oil, honey and aloe vera cocoon the cuticle.

    Best Smoothing Shampoo

    Fudge Professional Luminizer Moisture Boost Shampoo, £11.95

    Plex technology stands up to frizz and dullness by smoothing down damaged cuticles, so they reflect light better.

    Best Product for Afro Hair

    Bouclème Intensive Moisture Treatment, £26

    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

    Kérastase Aura Botanica, from £22.10

    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

    Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99

    Delivers replenishing Australian balm mint to fragile strands, without being a gloopy, lengthy affair.

    Highly commended: Kérastase Masque Extentioniste Length Strengthening Mask, £31.70

    Best Scalp Treatment

    Hair Rituel By Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum For The Scalp, £135

    Minerals, vitamins and einkorn wheat extract make strands more resilient.

    Highly commended: Charles Worthington Grow Strong Scalp Tonic, £7.99


    Best DIY Colour Product

    Clairol Nice ’N Easy Permanent Colour, £6.49

    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

    Schwarzkopf Live Urban Metallics Intense Colour in Metallic Silver, £5.49

    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

    Dyson Airwrap Styler, £399.99

    Believe the hype. This does everything your straighteners, hairdryer, rollers and brushes do – without heat damage.

    Best Hair Accessory

    Syd Hayes London #SydPin, £65

    The ultimate grown-up hair accessory that takes a bun from ordinary to extraordinary.

    Best Hairbrush

    WetBrush Flex Dry Ombre, £11.99

    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

    Dyson Supersonic 23.75 Karat Gold Hair Dryer, £399.99

    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

    Cloud Nine The Curling Wand, £99

    The mineral-infused barrel + temperature control = kinder, shinier styling whatever your hair type.

    Highly commended: Babyliss Curl Secret 2667U, £60

    Best Hair Supplements

    Viviscal Maximum Strength Hair Growth Supplements, £51.99

    The clinically proven marine protein encourages healthy hair growth.

    Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Root Complex (Nutritional Supplement), £38

    Best Hair Extensions

    Great Lengths GL Tapes

    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

    Best Hair Straighteners

    ghd Platinum+, £175

    After five years dedicated to testing, meet the world’s first hair straightener with predictive technology.

    Highly commended: Cloud Nine The Original Iron, £139


    Best hairspray

    Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Super Dry Memory Net, £12.80

    Ensures hair keeps its style even after brushing – just without the 80s ‘helmet effect’.

    Best Straightening Product

    KMS Moist Repair Revival Creme, £17.50

    This hydrating styling cream coaxes unruly, coarse hair into sleek curtains.

    Best Heat Protection Product

    TRESemmé Heat Defence Spray, £5.50

    Like a bulletproof vest for hot styling.

    Highly commended: Cloud Nine Magical Quick Dry Potion, £18.95

    Best Texturiser

    Percy & Reed Beyond The Beach Texture Spray, £16

    A salt spray that gives body minus tangles? You’re looking at it.

    Highly commended: Pureology Shine Beach Waves Sugar Spray, £23.50

    Best Dry Shampoo

    Batiste Original Dry Shampoo, £2.99

    Nothing beats this for mopping up second-day greasy roots. Oh, and there’s zero chalkiness, too.

    Highly commended: Maria Nila Invisidry Shampoo, £18

    Best Hair Oil

    VO5 Nourishing Coconut Hot Oils, £4.99

    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

    Toni & Guy Picture Perfect Hair Gloss, £7.99

    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

    Aveda Be Curly Curl Enhancer, £22

    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

    Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, £26

    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

    Best Volumiser

    Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse, £5.99

    Enriched with collagen, this takes limp hair to skyscraper heights.

    Highly commended: Philip Kingsley Tricho Pro Volumising Protein Spray, £35

    Best Split-End Treatment

    System Professional Creative Care Perfect Ends, £31.45

    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

    Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast, £25

    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

    Green People, from £9.95

    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

    Bulldog Skincare For Men Original Bamboo Razor, £12

    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!

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