Best hair products of the year—announcing our 2022 w&h hair awards winners!

These are the 49 best hair products right now—all selected by our expert w&h hair awards judging panel

Best hair products w&h awards 2022
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The best hair products should make everyday styling a lot easier. But with aisle after aisle dedicated to shampoos, serums, colorants, and heated tools, choosing the right product can be tricky. That's why team woman&home, along with our esteemed industry judges have done the hard work for you, to reveal our 2022 woman&home Hair Awards winners. 

Let's face it—there’s no greater confidence boost than a good hair day. We all want amazing, salon-worthy hair—whether you’ve got straight hair or natural texture, long or short hair, are oily or in need of an intensive burst of hydration. Shiny, swishy, silky hair never fails to put an extra spring in your step. 

So after months of washing, preening, and zhooshing with the best hair products and tools for every styling need—from the best hair dryers to the best shampoo and conditioner for every hair type—our expert panel brings you their ultimate recommendations to help you get the hair you want. Each and every product in our list has our woman&home seal of approval and is guaranteed to make your hair healthier and styling easier. It’s all good hair days from here.

Our woman&home hair awards categories 

  • Haircare 
  • Styling
  • Colour
  • Hair treatments
  • Hair health
  • Tools
  • Special recognition 

Our judging panel 

Special thanks to our panel of  judges whose hard work and expert insights made the woman&home Hair Awards 2022 possible. This year's judging panel included:

SARAH COOPER-WHITE

Group Beauty Director

CHARLEY WILLIAMS-HOWITT

Group Beauty Director

FIONA MCKIM

Beauty Channel Editor, womanandhome.com

RHIANNON DERBYSHIRE

Senior Beauty Editor

STEPHANIE MAYLOR

Beauty Editor

EMMA NORTH

Senior Beauty Writer

SAM BURNETT

Hairstylist, Owner and Creative Director of Hare and Bone salon

JENNIE ROBERTS

Session Hairstylist and Afro Textured Hair Educator

BEN COOKE 

Stylist and Co-founder of Lockonego salon

SALLY BROOKS

Award-winning Hairdresser and Owner of Brooks & Brooks salon

CHRISTEL BARRON-HOUGH

Colour Specialist and Founder of Stil Salon

The best hair products of 2022, chosen by our woman&home hair awards judges

Best hair products 2022—Haircare

A great shampoo and conditioner are the cornerstones of beautiful hair. Whatever your hair needs, keep these essentials in your bathroom for the ultimate in hair cleansing and conditioning.

Alterna Me Time Everyday Shampoo

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Alterna Me Time Everyday Shampoo

High end winner: Best daily regime

Specifications

RRP: $28/£26.49

A solid all-rounder suitable for most hair types, the vegan formula restores moisture without weighing fine hair down. Expect softer, smoother, deeply-cleansed hair. 

"I really enjoyed using this. It has a really nice consistency and my hair felt lovely afterward. I'd definitely recommend it for daily use." Sally Brooks

Garnier No Rinse Conditioner

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Garnier Ultimate Blends No Rinse Conditioner

High street winner: Best daily regime

Specifications

RRP: $9.24/£6.99

This leave-in conditioner is a win-win for your hair and the planet. Your strands will continue to absorb the nourishing blend of concentrated plant oils long after your shower, and you'll end up saving up to 100L of water per tube from not rinsing off the conditioner. 

"Quick and easy to use after you get out of the shower, this no-rinse formula left my hair smooth and knot-free." Emma North 

AMELIORATE Clarifying Shampoo

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AMELIORATE Clarifying Shampoo

High end winner: Hydrating shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $20/£16

Product build-up is the enemy of bouncy, voluminous hair. This is when a clarifying shampoo can help. This one is gentle yet effective and loaded with nourishing ingredients and a mild pH that offsets its deep-cleansing effect with a big slurp of moisture. 

"I loved the scent and it left my hair feeling clean and fresh. I associate clarifying shampoos as being quite stripping, but this was gentle and left my hair feeling soft." Sarah CW

The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Hydrating Shampoo

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The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Hydrating Shampoo

High street winner: Hydrating shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $11.88/£8.99

Hair looking a little worn out and weathered? Upgrade your cleanser with this blend of plant extracts and organic essential oils, that not only leave hair feeling replenished, but make for a sensorial treat in the bathroom too. 

"It had a sweet, creamy scent that I could still smell the next day. I enjoyed its rich texture, and despite containing no sulfates, it lathered up nicely." Stephanie Maylor

Andrew Fitzsimons Fantasy Curls Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

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Andrew Fitzsimons Fantasy Curls Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner

Winner: Best for curls

Specifications

RRP: $11.90/£9 each

With a celebrity client list that includes the Kardashians and Megan Fox, Andrew Fitzsimons knows all about what goes into creating a stellar style. Naturally, he's poured his expertise into this new high street haircare line-up. The curl collection is weightless and leaves kinks, curls, and coils soft and springy.

"This range is affordable, and I really trust that Andrew knows his stuff. This shampoo was the best thing I have tried in a long time." Rhiannon Derbyshire

Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo

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Fekkai Technician Color Shampoo

High end winner: Best for coloured hair

Specifications

RRP: $20/£20

Enriched with Mirabelle Plum Seed Oil, high in fatty acids, antioxidants, and other lovely goodies are known to protect hair from the damaging effects of UV rays and free radicals, this shampoo is gentle on color-treated hair. 

"Pretty packaging, and it smells delicious. Gentle on sensitive scalps and lathers up nicely. My hair looks healthy and glossy." Sally Brooks

TRESemmé Pro Pure Radiant Colour Shampoo

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TRESemmé Pro Pure Radiant Colour Shampoo

High street winner: Best for coloured hair

Specifications

RRP: $7.92/£5.99

Often, it's the ingredients left out of a product, rather than what is put in, that make the biggest difference to colored hair. This is certainly the case with TRESemmé's cleanser, which has been formulated with 0% sulfates, silicones, or dyes that make this a gentle, non-stripping option for dyed hair.  

"‘It’s great to see more and more high street brands going sulfate-free. My hair feels nice and clean with a healthy gleam." Stephanie Maylor

Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Violet-Toning Shampoo

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Fudge Professional Clean Blonde Damage Rewind Violet-Toning Shampoo

Winner: Best for anti-brass

Specifications

RRP: $20.70/£15

It's not just warm, brassy tones blondes have got to watch out for—it's the damage caused by bleaching agents. This shampoo tackles both with neutralizing violet pigments and nourishing proteins to fortify weakened strands. 

‘A very pleasant surprise! This was significantly less drying than most purple shampoos I've tried, and still gave my blonde a lovely creamy tone." Fiona McKim

Kérastase Chronologiste Masque Intense Régénérant

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Kérastase Chronologiste Masque Intense Régénérant

Winner: Best anti-ager

Specifications

RRP: $55.86/£36.30

Rewind the clock on stiff, brittle, and straw-like hair with skincare-inspired ingredients that reinstate a soft and silky swish. 

"For such a rich treatment packed with nourishing ingredients, the formula was surprisingly lightweight. Hair looked smoother." Sam Burnett

Rossano Ferretti Intenso Softening and Smoothing Hair Mask

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Rossano Ferretti Intenso Softening and Smoothing Hair Mask

High end winner: Best for frizz

Specifications

RRP: $59/£48

Max out on hydration and restore the softness of fuzzy, coarse, and unmanageable hair with this buttery mask. Expect a smooth, frizz-free finish. 

"This intensive conditioner left my hair super shiny and smooth. It has a great scent too!", Jennie Roberts

OGX Frizz-Free + Keratin Smoothing Oil Shampoo

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OGX Frizz-Free+ Keratin Smoothing Oil Shampoo

High street winner: Best for frizz

Specifications

RRP: $8.99/£7.99

The main cause of frizz is almost always dehydration. Thirsty hair sucks moisture from the air, causing strands to swell and fluff up. That's why this formula is loaded with nourishing Argan oil to ensure hair stays well-hydrated and less prone to fuzz. 

"The fragrance and texture of this shampoo make it seem a lot more expensive than it is. My hair was much more manageable, and heaps shinier." Stephanie Maylor

Best hair products 2022—Styling

Whether you need to smooth frizzy hair, boost volume or refresh oily roots, you’ll look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon with these hair styling heroes. 

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

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Living Proof Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo

High end winner: Dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $26.50/£23

This dry shampoo ticks all the boxes—it absorbs excess oil, injects volume and imparts a fresh feeling to second and third-day hair.

"I love it. It makes my hair feel freshly washed and provides body. And it doesn’t leave hair looking powdery." Sarah CW

PS Pro Dry Shampoo

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PS Pro Dry Shampoo

High street winner: Dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $3.31/£2.50

No frills bottle, all the thrills results. This bargain dry shampoo mops up lank roots as well as double-figure versions so you can stretch out your blow-dries. 

"Banishes greasy roots without leaving any residue. You can’t go wrong for the price." Charley WH

Klorane Dry Shampoo Volume with Organic Flax

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Klorane Dry Shampoo Volume with Organic Flax

Highly commended: Dry shampoo

Specifications

RRP: $13.20//£9.50

Ideal for fine hair that lacks natural oomph, this dry shampoo not only absorbs excess oil but its texturising formula, enriched with Organic Flax Fibre, gives impressive grit to limp hair.

"This is non-gunky, smells like clean laundry, and disguised my day two (okay three!) hair" Fiona McKim

Trepadora Papaya Slip Taming Potion

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Trepadora Papaya Slip Taming Potion

High end winner: Curl definer

Specifications

RRP: $31.73/£24

The perfect flexible styling cream for curls and coils. It calms frizz and shapes curls without going all crunchy. 

"Another great product from Trepadora. Curls feel smooth and silky, and it smells great too." Jennie Roberts

Noughty Hey Curl Scrunching Jelly

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Noughty Hey Curl Scrunching Jelly

High street winner: Curl definer

Specifications

RRP: $9.99/£7.99

Plant oils enhance the supple smoothness of waves and curls to enhance your natural texture without crunch, stickiness, or flaking. 

"A brilliantly affordable and fuss-free product. Noughty's entire range is great for curly hair—this is a real hero." Rhiannon Derbyshire 

Curlsmith Curl Defining Styling Soufflé

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Curlsmith Curl Defining Styling Soufflé

Highly commended: Curl definer

Specifications

RRP: $40/£23

This styling cream is as light and creamy as the name Soufflé suggests, with moisturizing ingredients that curls will lap up, and great, buildable hold. 

"This melts into coily hair and holds texture to maintain definition and shine. Curls stay hydrated for days." Jennie Roberts

Hershesons Zhoosh Foam

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Hershesons Zhoosh Foam

High end winner: Volumizer

Specifications

RRP: $15.92/£12

This modern take on a mousse uses dry powder-foam technology that injects volume without resorting to thickeners. This means there's zero tackiness or crunch—just oomph for days.

"Incredibly gripping, creating super hold and lots of oomph but still leaving hair soft to the touch." Sam Burnett

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Body Booster Mousse

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Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Mousse

High street winner: Volumizer

Specifications

RRP: $9.27/£6.99

This delivers all-day body and bounce, thanks to plumping collagen and kale protein, with heat-activated style memory technology that locks volume in place. 

"I'd certainly recommend this mousse as a budget option. It's lovely and volumizing and gives great hold but use sparingly—apply too much and your hair can turn a little crunchy." Emma North 

Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris The Cream 230

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Hair Rituel by Sisley Paris The Cream 230

High end winner: Heat protection

Specifications

RRP: $87/£72

Light, unsticky protection from heat-styling tools up to 230°C, with botanical oils to nourish and detangle hair. The cream closes the scales of each strand, and fills in gaps so hair looks smooth. It smells delicious too.

"A lovely product. A rich formula that doesn't weigh the hair down—it’s a multitasking hero!" Ben Cooke

Fudge Professional Blow Dry Aqua Primer

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Fudge Professional Blow Dry Aqua Primer

High street winner: Heat protection

Specifications

RRP: $20.56/£15.50

This multi-tasking primer protects hair up to 230°c, encourages volume and creates a shield against humidity. 

"This is a great product to have in your hair kit. It gives a natural finish, shine, and decent hold." Sam Burnett

Andrew Fitzsimons HARD Strong Hold Hair Spray

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Andrew Fitzsimons HARD Strong Hold Hair Spray

Winner: Hairspray

Specifications

RRP: $11.94/£9

Lock down a slick ponytail or elegant chignon with this firm hold, non-sticky spray that brushes out easily.

"Perfect for keeping an updo in check and flyaways under control without leaving hair crispy. Smells lovely." Sarah CW

Best hair products 2022—Colour

Whether you dye your hair at home or need to maintain your shade between salon appointments, these color care heroes will enhance your hue, zap brassy tones and turn up the shine. 

Jerome Russell Bblonde Maximum Blonde Toner

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Jerome Russell Bblonde Maximum Blonde Toner

Winner: Toner

Specifications

RRP: $6.62/£4.49

Keep blonde and highlighted hair crisp and clean for up to 8 washes with this neutralizing toner that knocks out warm, brassy tones. 

"Refreshed my hair color after one use. Any yellowness disappeared, leaving a bright blonde." Charley WH

Schwarzkopf Root Retouch Spray

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Schwarzkopf Root Retouch Spray

Winner: Root touch-up

Specifications

RRP: $9.28/£7

A lifesaver when you can't get to the salon, this spray-on concealer diffuses a veil of colour over grown-out roots for a natural finish that will stay put until your next shampoo. 

"It's so easy to use and has great, natural-looking pigments that blend well into the roots of my hair. Other judges said it covered greys in a flash too." Emma North

Clairol Colour Gloss Up

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Clairol Colour Gloss Up

Winner: Instant colour

Specifications

RRP: $11.97/£8.99

A speedy colour boost and rich conditioning treatment for hair in need of a refresh. Use in place of your regular conditioner for a healthy, glossy finish. Leave on for anywhere between two and 15 minutes to customize the intensity to suit you. 

"Whether you want to perk up your blonde or have some fun with color, this range is perfect. It makes your hair super shiny too." Sarah CW

Garnier Olia Glow Permanent Hair Colour

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Garnier Olia Glow Permanent Hair Colour

Winner: Permanent dye

Specifications

RRP: $8/£7.99

The formula is free of ammonia and powered by nourishing oils for a kinder color experience that delivers unparalleled shine and shimmering notes. 

"I’ve used Olia for years. This new Glow collection imparts beautiful iridescent tones, which brunette hair often lacks." Stephanie Maylor

Best hair products 2022—Hair treatments

When your regular conditioner just isn’t cutting it, turn to these intensive treatments and hair masks to deliver hydration, mirror-like shine, and nourishing ingredients that repair the damage caused by color chemicals and heat styling. 

Color Wow and Chris Appleton Money Masque

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Color Wow and Chris Appleton Money Masque

Winner: Hair mask

Specifications

RRP: $45/£39.50

The mask has a unique buttery-gel consistency that penetrates deep into the hair cuticle and cortex. It repairs from the inside-out using a cocktail of Blue Sea Kale, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein Complex, and a Mediterranean Sea Kelp-Algae Blend, which deliver long-lasting hydration.

"Love the scent, love the consistency, love how easy it is to brush through, love how silky and smooth my hair looks after styling. Well worth the splurge." Stephanie Maylor

Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil

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Kérastase Elixir Ultime

Winner: Hair oil

Specifications

RRP: $52/£37.70

A dreamily lightweight oil that softens and silkifies. It has fantastic versatility too—use it as a pre-blow-dry styling product, a finishing oil, or a leave-in treatment.

"The entire beauty team loves this. Leaves my hair soft, shiny, and frizz-free. It’s a luxe treat, but lasts for ages." Sarah CW

Monat Damage Rewind Bond Support Masque

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Monat Damage Rewind Bond Support Masque

High end winner: Intensive conditioner

Specifications

RRP: $55/£48

Give weak, low-energy hair a proverbial shot in the arm with this nourishing, restorative treatment. It strengthens damaged, brittle hair, and reduces breakage by 95%. 

"Loved the creamy, buttery texture. Hair felt softer and stronger, even after the first use. A great treatment for over-processed hair." Sam Burnett

The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Bond Building Treatment

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The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Bond Building Treatment

High street winner: Intensive conditioner

Specifications

RRP: $26.51/£19.99

For over-processed, over-styled, over-it hair, this magic mask rebuilds the hair structure from within for stronger, healthier hair with a noticeable difference from the first use.

"Left my hair looking and feeling stronger, healthier, and in much better condition." Charley WH

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment

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Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep-Conditioning Treatment

High end winner: Leave-in treatments

Specifications

RRP: $50/£19.50

This iconic pre-shampoo treatment puts the stretch and elasticity back into weakened hair so it feels stronger and healthier. The hero ingredient is hydrolysed elastin, which helps hair to stretch without snapping. And because the mask is applied before shampoo, it provides an intense moisture fix that won't weigh fine hair down.

"I love this deeply nourishing, deliciously softening treatment. Always have, always will. You'll want to leave it in for at least half an hour, so does take a bit of time out of your day. But that just makes it a perfect lazy Sunday treat." Fiona McKim 

John Frieda Overnight Miracles Repair & Renew Hair Lotion

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John Frieda Overnight Miracles Repair & Renew Hair Lotion

High street winner: Leave-in treatment

Specifications

RRP: $9.99/£7.99

Repairs damage as you sleep, with a soporific lavender and sandalwood aroma to soothe the mind. 

"This really impressed me. It’s not your typical mask and it soaks in completely without any tackiness. I applied it to my ends, tied up my hair, and, the morning after, it felt sleek and soft." Rhiannon Derbyshire