The Best Hair Products of the Year – W Magazine

The Best Hair Products of the Year – W Magazine

Apart from losing our minds in 2021, many of us began to lose our hair, too. Even if it wasn’t due to Covid-19, we do blame the pandemic—and potentially the vaccine—for thinning out our locks (But for the record, who cares? I would much rather have thin hair than question the validity of science and not get vaccinated). There were also the usual, inevitable culprits: heightened levels of stress, anxiety, hormone fluctuations, and pregnancies messed up our hair game.

That said, during a year that called for heightened hair care and awareness, the focus in 2021 was undoubtedly scalp health, calibrating the PH levels of hair, and, as always, finding the most hydrating products to rescue your locks from the effects of coloring and styling tools. To help guide you on your hair repair journey, we tried and evaluated the newest hair launches of 2021. (As a reminder, don’t forget the other key elements that go along with proper hair care: take a break from styling occasionally, apply deeply hydrating masks once a week, get proper nutrition, and decent sleep.) Below, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite releases from this year.

This serum ensures and activates stronger, thicker hair using the power of ashwagandha exosomes, which are 150 times smaller than any other composition on the market. Like many supplements and topicals, all natural formulations can take about 90 days for proper results. During the early stages of the pandemic, this product was a saving grace for Dr. Shino Bay Aguilera’s clients afflicted with thinning hair. “Stress-induced hair dysregulation was running rampant during the first and second waves of Covid-19, and a common concern my patients were vocalizing in our dermatology clinics,” the Florida-based dermatologist says. “Hair loss became a collateral pandemic-related adverse event stemming from fear, distress, and the viral infection itself. When it comes to this cortisol-driven impact on the hair follicles, naturally derived ingredients are crucial to address the underlying root cause of hair loss. Stress adaptogens, such as ashwagandha, help to regulate our internal stress pathways through naturally sourced ingredients. They differ from conventional oral and topical medications that simply target microcirculation, micronutrients, and block DHT only.”

All you need is 10 minutes with Olaplex’s first at-home hair mask to restore strength, shine, and softness to your locks. The salon-favorite brand’s product uses reparative avocado oil, meadowfoam seed, rice bran, and specialized ceramides—and its impact on the environment is minimal, too: it’s a carbon-neutral, non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, plathate-free, and paraben-free mask. Famed for transforming the likes of Miley Cyrus, Kristen Dunst, and Nicola Peltz to their best shades of blonde, celebrity hairstylist, Justin Anderson, feels the No. 8 Mask is essential for healthy hair, especially when going lighter. “The Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is an extremely concentrated mask that intensely moisturizes your hair, giving you a professional-level treatment that’s easy to use at home whenever needed,” he says. :The patented technology makes your hair feel strong and, of course, hydrated—smoothing the hair, giving it body and a ton of shine.”

Over time, the combination of mineral deposits in the water and damage from color and styling tools wreak havoc on the delicate PH levels your hair. This causes strands to appear dull, damaged, …….


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