Meet the Marie Claire Hair Award winners for 2019

And the winners are...

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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

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

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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