New year, new hair: Hair products you need as we head into 2021

Well friends, I don’t remember the last time anyone was this excited about it being a new year.

After the year we just had, I’m happy to see 2021 finally here, but with it comes a cold, dry winter.  Now that the holidays are over, we are heading into a depressing January and February where the only thing that we have to look forward to is the thought of spring and warmer weather.  With winter also comes dry everything (if you live in a cold climate like I do), and not only does my skin feel dry and painful, but my hair gets super staticky and dry (and not to mention, dull).

I talk a lot of skincare on here (with most posts on the way), but haircare is equally important. So if you are on the hunt for some new products, then keep reading.

Moroccanoil argan oil serum, dry shampoo and hairspray

I feel like it wouldn’t be collective hair post without the mention of Moroccanoil.

I’ve been using Moroccanoil products for years, and what started as just an argan oil, has now branched out into many different hair products.

If you find that argan oil is too heavy for your hair (or makes it too greasy), then take a look at the Moroccanoil Treatment Light (C$50). This argan oil is for fine hair and is designed to control frizz and promote shine, softness, and stronger hair.  Suitable for all hair types, this particular oil is for fine hair as it’s lighter in formula than the original. It contains argan oil to hydrate and nourish, as well as linseed extract to improve the health of your hair.

For those days where you don’t want to wash your hair (because washing means blowdrying with this weather and no one has time for that), take a look at the Moroccanoil Dry Shampoo for Lighter Tones (if you have blonde hair like me).

This dry shampoo is designed to light-coloured hair and will absorb oil, buildup, and odour to leave hair looking (and smelling) refreshed.

Ideal for fine, medium, and thick hair, this will reduce oiliness and is colour safe. Just spray it wherever you need a little touch up.  It contains the brand’s iconic argan oil to nurture hair, as well as rice starch to draw out excess oil.

This particular dry shampoo also has subtle violet pigments to neutralize brassiness, making your blonde hair looking bright.

Finally, to keep your style in check, take a look at the Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish (C$28), which is a hairspray infused with the brand’s famous argan oil.  Spray this on your locks after you style to keep frizz in check, maintain hold and increase shine, all without weighing down your hair.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Holiday Gift Pack

Speaking of dry shampoos, if Moroccanoil is a little out of your budget, a great alternative (and one of the most cult-worthy dry shampoos out there) is Batiste.

If you can still find it, take a look at the Batiste Dry Shampoo Holiday Gift Pack (C$16.99, on sale for C$8.49 at London Drugs). This gift pack includes two full-size Batiste dry shampoos, one in the original formula and the other in the limited-edition fan favourite, Rose Gold, which was brought back special for the holidays.

Like other dry shampoos out there, Batiste does a great job refreshing hair when you need it. The original formula has a citrusy scent, mixed in with bergamot, rose, lily, lavender, and powdery musks.  The Rose Gold formula contains a scent of bergamot, rose, jasmine, and freesia, mixed in with hints of vanilla, sweet plum, and warm sandalwood.  Batiste has a ton of other scents available as well, but this set makes it great to try out a couple of their fragrances for a good price.

Unic Sweet Vanilla Hair Perfume

Speaking of hair that smells great, take a look at the Unic Hair Perfume (C$9).

I love using a hair perfume on days where I don’t necessarily need a dry shampoo but want something to give my hair a little boost (like after a blowout).  The Unic Hair Perfume is a spray that contains properties of silk protein and perfume that is guaranteed to make hair smell great all day long.

I have the scent Sweet Vanilla, which is a vanilla scent that I’m totally obsessed with. It also comes in White Flowers, Coco Monoi, and Red Fruits. Best part is that the 50ml bottle makes it easy to carry around with you for anytime you need a little hair pick me up.

Provoke Touch of Silver Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner

When it comes to maintenance of hair colour, if you are a blonde like me, then having a purple shampoo in your collection is a must.  I’ve tried a ton of different purple shampoos and one that is new to me is the Provoke Touch of Silver Strengthening Purple Shampoo (C$12) and Conditioner (C$12).

This shampoo uses the brand’s ILLUMINEX formula, which is both silicone and sulphate free and is developed with AquaPlex to hydrate the hair.  It also contains Vitamin B to make hair bright, shiny, and strong. The formula is also cruelty free and vegan.

This shampoo and conditioner is designed for blonde, silver, grey or white hair and will neutralize any brassiness or yellowness in your hair.  With just one wash, you will notice a difference in the tone of your hair and you only need to use this product once a week.  Pair it with the conditioner to repair hair bonds, as well as smooth the hair cuticle, make hair more restored, and strengthen your locks.

Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment for Lightened Hair

Finally, you spend a lot of effort and money making your blonde look fabulous, give it the nourishment it needs overnight with the Kerastase Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment for Lightened Hair (C$65).

I’ve used a different Kerastase overnight repair treatment in the past, so I was excited to see that they came out with a version in their Blond Absolu line (I actually use the shampoo and conditioner here in Montreal.

This leave-in serum is designed to be applied prior to going to bed and will hydrate your hair as you sleep.  It also helps hair recover from lightening treatments and is designed for blonde hair.

This serum contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate hair, as well as edelweiss flower to soften hair and help it recover from damaging lightening treatments.  It also helps to protect hair against breakage and split ends.

If you suffer from really dry hair in the winter, then I would recommend this treatment.  I like to apply it on nights where I know I’m washing my hair the next morning, but truthfully it doesn’t actually leave your hair looking and feeling greasy.

I could go on and on about hair products that I’m loving, but I’m sure you want to go out and enjoy the first day of 2021.  Let me know in the comments what some of your favourite hair products are!

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my honest own.

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