Few things in life are better than a good hair day. Regardless of your outfit, makeup, or accessories, having clean, healthy, moisturized, and nicely styled hair is the finishing touch to any look.
That's why hair care products are so important. They can make or break your entire day, so why not invest a bit of money into them to make sure you're well coifed each time you leave the house? And better yet, what better time to splurge on some fancy new products for yourself or others for a wonderful holiday treat!
We've gathered and researched some of the best products on the market to help your hair look its best. Keep reading to see which we think will fit perfectly into a stocking or look wonderful gift-wrapped under the tree that are sure to bring smiles to anyone in your life who loves good hair.
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Pureology Smooth Perfection Shampoo
If you’re experiencing excess frizz thanks to coloring, over-processing, brushing too roughly, or even just stuffing your hair in hats for winter, this sulfate-free Pureology Smooth Perfection shampoo is a a must-have.
Shea butter and camellia provide a perfect sheen that prevents flyaways, while fragrant cocoa and marshmallow leave strands smelling delicious. Pureology is also completely vegan and never tests on animals, so the luxury of great hair comes without any guilt. Pair with the coordinating conditioner to get the full Smooth Perfection experience.
Pureology Hydrate Holiday Kit
Like our other Pureology pick on this list, the Hydrate Holiday Kit offers up a 30% savings on some of the line's best products formulated for dry, medium to thick hair that could use an extra layer of moisture to stand up to freezing temperatures this winter.
Jojoba oil, green tea, and sage combine to soothe and hydrate the scalp and follicles, and the scent profile contains lovely notes of lavender, bergamot, and patchouli for a long-lasting, woody fragrance. The products are all sulfate-free and vegan, and a UV filter protects hair from losing color.
Joico JOIFULL Volumizing Shampoo and Conditioner Set
Having tested this shampoo and conditioner set ourselves, we can confirm the volumizing wonders it works.
Packaging-wise, this sleek silver and green pair is great for gifting and looks good in any shower. The formula smells amazing and feels rich without weighing down the hair, and leaves the scalp healthy and whistle-clean. You also receive a bonus Volumizing Styler product that helps the bounce and shine last long after washing.
As one reviewer reports, "Smells good, feels good and looks good. This shampoo/conditioner combo loves my fine, color treated hair." Buy for anyone looking to plump up their stringy strands, especially teenagers and young adults suffering from excessively oily scalps.
Sangre De Fruta Head of Roses Botanical Shampoo & Conditioner
We're big fans of this ultra chic line (as you can read more about here), so naturally we suggest snagging a set of their heady shampoo and conditioner scented with real rose oil and sandalwood to treat someone special to you this gift-giving season.
Arriving in two large pump bottles, the nourishing formula is made without any messy or toxic chemicals and wraps your hair and senses in an intoxicating sense of indulgence. These products are great for hair weighed down by years of gunk built up from using drugstore products, and they'll hydrate thoroughly without making hair look limp or dull.
Briogeo Merry Multi-Masking Kit ft. Don’t Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Honey Bear Hair Mask
One full size and two travel size cult classic moisture masks make this an excellent gift or stocking stuffer for all hair types, especially considering the former comes in an irresistibly cute honey bear package.
"I have curly hair and nothing makes my hair as soft, hydrated, and bouncy as this godly honey mask," one user raves about the star product in this kit, continuing, "I don't generally like fragrance, but the honey it has the perfect amount of soft honey smell."
DryBar Flight of Detox Dry Shampoo Set
Constant washing isn't great for hair, but as most of us know by now, a greasy scalp is simply not an option.
Luckily dry shampoo has been a lifeline for many over the years, and few do it as well as DryBar. This sampler gives you four types of their famous dry shampoos, all wrapped up in adorably colorful little bottles and filled with ingredients like micro-fine rice powders and golden root extract to sop up excess oil and give hair its life back between shampoos.
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Holiday Kit
Anyone who's used Alterna's Caviar CC Cream can attest to its incredible qualities. It smoothes, de-frizzes, tames, and hydrates even the thirstiest, most over-processed hair out there!
That's why this kit, which also includes the brand's replenishing shampoo and conditioner, makes such an amazing gift for anyone who loves an opulent hair care routine but has plenty of damage to control. The price is right, too–you get nearly $100 worth of product for just $68, plus an additional free gift for a short time (see details in link below).