Done with all that sub-zero weather? We feel you sis. In fact, we’re so done with winter that we’ve decided to start prepping for spring. We’ve thrown out all those half-empty bottles, spring-cleaned our cupboards and started stocking up on some warm weather essentials.
Sound premature? You might be right, but it’s also hella fun, and researching spring hair care gave us a *great* excuse to play with some brand-new products here at the #teamsupercuts HQ so…¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Wanna get in on the action? We’re right there with you. It’s always a good idea to get in there early and lock-down the essentials. To help you out, we’ve pulled together this list of must-have products – including a few old favourites, and a handful of super-hot new crushes that are gonna shake up your spring hair routine…
Old Faithful: Matrix Biolage Colorlast Shampoo
This brilliant shampoo is a #teamsupercuts favourite, and with good reason too! It has a super gentle formula that’s 100% free from parabens, which means that it’s nice and gentle on damaged hair (or hair that’s still reeling from all that cold winter weather). Matrix Biolage’s ColorLast is also one of the few shampoos that’s enriched with orchid extract which – apart from sounding very seasonal – does also help to give it some really nourishing quality.
In short, it’s the perfect shampoo for hair that’s struggling to make the transition, and its light enough to prevent the kind of greasy build-up that’s all-too-common at this time of year.
New Crush: Sebastian Color Ignite Multi Shampoo
Now that things are starting to heat up a bit, moisturising shampoos are a must. Sebastian’s Color Ignite isn’t just any old moisturising shampoo though. It’s a little miracle. Maybe one of the most advanced shampoos we’ve ever clapped eyes on. And we’re all a little bit obsessed…
First things first, it’s got a special colour moisture complex that’s designed to target coloured hair strands, and deliver an extra-large dose of moisture – which is absolutely perfect if (like us) you’re planning to head outdoors and soak up some extra sunshine. Secondly, this wonderful little shampoo also contains all of the nourishing ingredients needed to replenish and restructure damaged hair fibres so if your hair has suffered over the winter months, this’ll get you back on track in no time.
Colour Protect Conditioners
Old Faithful: Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner
This god-tier conditioner is a bit of a spring/summer essential in our eyes. It provides the same -seasonally appropriate – orchid extracts that you’ll find in Matrix Biolage’s Colorlast shampoo. Plus a few deeply-nourishing ingredients that have been hand-picked for their ability to dive deep into your hair, and smooth over its delicate cuticle layer.
It’s an incredibly gentle conditioner that’s designed to lock in moisture and protect your hair from the weather. This makes it a great pick for coloured hair, frizzy hair or hair that’s prone to drying out too quickly. Particularly if you combine it with the corresponding shampoo…
In short? Just what the doctor ordered this spring.
New Crush: Sebastian Color Ignite Multi Conditioner
Blessed with a foaming, multi-bubble formula, Sebastian’s brand-new conditioner promises to lock in moisture and amplify colour pogments. It’s also one of the few conditioners that’ll fight back against frizz, which is super-important in the humid months of spring.
So, the question is: are you sporting coloured hair and in need of reliable protection? This is probably the one. It’s slightly more nourishing than your average conditioner and its been carefully formulated to protect coloured hair too. The only downside? It is also quite moisturising so if you have very thick or curly hair, you might find it a bit too heavy for SS19.
Old Faithful: ghd Heat Protect Spray
One of our stylists’ top picks, this heat protect spray is a lightweight option that’s designed to protect your hair from overstyling. Why’s that important in spring? Well, chances are you’re about to spend a lot more time outdoors, and a lot less time wearing a hat. That means more time spent in front of the mirror styling your hair and… Yep, you guessed it. More heat damage.
Luckily a few spritzes of this stuff is literally all you need. It doesn’t leave a nasty coating on your hair either. In fact, you’ll barely be able to tell its there. The only noticeable difference will be that your hair is stronger, brighter and less prone to frizz which – given the season – seems pretty good to us!
New Crush: KMS Hair Stay Firm Finishing Hair Spray
OK, so full disclosure: This isn’t technically a new product per se. It is pretty new though, and it’s just too good to leave off this list…
First introduced back in early ‘18, this awesome finishing spray locks in your style and provides some seriously long-lasting hold. It’s also one of the few finishing sprays to have a totally flake free formula which we absolutely adore. If you’re looking for something that’ll always give your hair that salon-fresh look, this is the one!
Hair Masks and Treatments
Old Faithful: Kerastase Nutritive Masque Magistral
It’s all-too easy to dismiss Kerastase’s Nutritve Masque Magistral as an unnecessary indulgence. It’s definitely on the pricier side, and there’s no getting around the fact that its name is a bit of a mouthful, but once you actually get your hands on a pot, it quickly turns out it’s another spring must-have.
It’s got a thermo-reactive formula that soaks into your hair, and then activates when it gets hot to prevent dryness. It’s also packed with deeply nourishing ingredients that are designed to keep your hair looking hydrated and glossy no matter the weather. Best of all though? It’s incredibly easy to use. Just scoop out a handful, massage it into damp hair and then leave it for five minutes before rinsing off. Presto! Soft, hydrated and outdoor-ready hair.
New Crush: Moroccanoil Hair Light & Body Duo
You remember how we said that post-winter hair damage was a huge problem? This gorgeous little gift set is the ultimate antidote. We absolutely love both of the products packed into this box, and the fact they can be used on both your hair *and* your skin is really just the icing on the cake.
Since we’re here to talk about hair, we’ll start with the light treatment. This awesome regenerative oil is enriched with antioxidant-rich argan oil and several shine-boosting vitamins, plus its deeply hydrating in its own right and 100% residue free. If – like most of us – you struggle with winter damage, this stuff will sort it straight out. It’ll also leave your hair looking super glossy and well-nourished too.
The Dry Body Oil is no slouch either mind. Using a similar blend of enriched oils, it can quickly clear up dry patches and leave your skin feeling silky smooth. Put them both together and you have the ultimate spring pamper-product. In our eyes? There’s simply nothing better.
Old Faithful: ghd Gold Stylers
The literal definition of old but gold, these classic stylers are a staple kit and you’d be absolutely mad to pass them up. Yes, they’ve been around for a few years now, and yes a pair of Platinum+ stylers would technically be a better buy but for the price point, these things really are unbeatable.
They heat up in about 30 seconds, they’ve got free-floating ceramic plates that literally refuse to snag your hair and they’ve got built in Dual-Zone technology that allows them to constantly check and adjust the heat to keep it at the optimal temperature for styling hair.
And – as if that wasn’t enough – they come with a 2 year warranty. Talk about a bargain!
New Crush: ghd Curve Soft Curl Tong
Looking for the last word in styling technology? These little babies really do have it all.
They’re also a must-have for some of SS19’s hottest styles, so buckle up…
First launched in 2018, these (incredibly) sophisticated curlers quickly became one of our favourite styling tools. They boast the very-latest, Ultra-Zone technology which uses hundreds of tiny heat sensors to constantly adjust the operating temperature, and ensure that your hair is kept at exactly 185°C.
In real terms, this means faster styling, and reduced heat damage. They’re also beautifully curved – which makes them ideal for those classic hollywood waves – and if that wasn’t enough, they also come with a professional length cord so you don’t have to move the mirror every time you want to style your hair, or mess around with extension cables.
On a personal note, we also love that these awesome little curlers are so user-friendly. We’d recommend them to pretty much anyone, and we think they’re an absolute must-have this spring. Particularly if you want to do like RiRi and sport those loose, wavy curls…
Oh, and don’t forget the trim…
We’ve talked a lot about winter hair damage in this post – and with good reason too! Damaged hair really struggles in spring, and it’s important to address any long-standing issues as soon as you can.
Sadly one of the worst side effects of that cold winter weather is split ends and damaged cuticles. A lot of top-tier stylists recommend a quick trim before spring sets in, just to chop off all that damaged hair, and make sure your set up for the warm weather.
Keen to get started? Just pop into your local Supercuts salon and let our expert stylists take care of the rest. You don’t even need an appointment, and they’ll always be happy to get your hair all-set for spring.