It’s been a brilliant year for new innovations and products – and we’ve been lucky enough to try most of them! Here are our highlights from 2018…
L'Oréal Professionnel Source Essentielle
It was a close run between this and the Instant Highlights service (blonde in a lunch hour? Sign us up!) but in the end flower power won. Combining nature and scientific expertise, the Source Essentielle range was a big step forward for eco-friendly products, thanks to the specially designed, stackable bottles for less CO2 waste. But the best bit is that you can refill your shampoo bottles directly at the salon, helping you to feel good about cutting down on your plastic waste while walking around with fabulous hair.
RRP from £18
Find your local L’Oréal Professionnel salon HERE
Paul Mitchell Neuro Liquid
Blow-dry or straighten your hair every day? Curl it every week? You may love your hi-tech heated tools more than your family members, but your hair won't be so keen. Exposure to high temperatures from tools can dehydrate hair, causing the outer cuticle to crack. The result? Frizzy and unmanageable strands. The Neuro Liquid collection, featuring HeatCTRL technology, has been specifically created to withstand heat and provide protection for hair, every time it’s styled. Result!
RRP from £8.95
Find your local Paul Mitchell salon HERE
This year we fell in love with the world's first predictive heated styler. Developed by the clever bods in the ghd labs over a period of five years, its new ultra-zone with predictive technology is the latest breakthrough in heat styling and guarantees consistent heat across the whole straightener plate. The straighteners are able to recognise the thickness of hair, the section's size and even the speed at which you're styling - and adjust as you work to maintain the optimum temperature! Incredible stuff...
Kérastase Resistance Extentioniste collection
Formulated to help strengthen hair from the inside out to help grow your hair longer, the Kérastase’s Resistance Extensioniste is perfect for the longer lengths we've seen this year (think Ariana Grande ponies). The four-strong range includes everything you need to go the distance.
RRP from £19.50
Buy it HERE
TIGI Copyright Care
Repeat after us: thou shalt not ruin your gorgeous professional colour with nasty shampoo and conditioner. You've paid big bucks for that colour, so it makes sense to take care of it and make sure it stays looking good for as long as possible. TIGI Copyright Care is a new range designed to do just this... and looks after every type of hair, with boosters you can pump into your masks too. Beautiful, bespoke care.
RRP from £16
Find your nearest TIGI salon HERE
JOICO Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil
Although the whole range is incredible, we especially love the lightweight texture of the JOICO Blonde Life Brilliant Glow Brightening Oil - it's an essential for keeping golden locks looking smooth and shiny. Thanks to its de-frizzing abilities, hair is left silky-smooth and colour is brightened. You'll really notice the difference, especially as it helps with 87 per cent less breakage. Stronger, shinier hair in a heartbeat!
Revlon Eksperience No-Rinse Keratin Restructuring Spray
Sea water has long been used in skin and body care for its healing properties and now it’s finally reached haircare with a new thalassotherapy range from Revlon Professional, Eksperience. Even better, ALL haircare needs are addressed, from hair thinning and scalp concerns to colour boosting and curls. Each formula contains nutrient-rich algae and pure sea water from the French island of Noirmoutier. Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside…
RRP from £20
Redken All Soft Mega Sheet Mask
This was the year that K-Beauty hit hair! This clever sheet mask for hair from Redken caters specifically for severely dry hair, blending cactus extract, aloe vera and sacha inchi oil to nourish and strengthen brittle strands from root to tip. Sleek, shiny hair in a flash of gold.
Find your nearest Redken salon HERE
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure
Talk about tailor-made! The expansive BC Bonacure range relaunched earlier this year to take a targeted approach to fickle, changeable hair, and with plenty of inspiration from premium skincare. From Peptide Repair Rescue to Collagen Volume Boost, these science-stuffed formulas will be able to cater to your every need.
RRP from £11.10
Find your nearest Schwarzkopf salon HERE
For too long brunettes have been left out of the fold when it comes to temporary hair colour. Finally KMS have cracked it, with its clever STYLECOLOR spray-on formulas. These pigments pack such a punch it means no-one is left out. From dusky blonde to on-trend smoky lilac, the only limits are your own imagination. And they're pillow proof too!
Find a KMS salon near you HERE