Just like you and your partner in crime, some things are better together, including certain hair care and styling product combinations. In honor of National Best Friends Day, we’ve rounded up the hero products your locks need and their sidekick stylers that’ll get your strands in their best shape yet.
If you’re wondering, “When is National Best Friends Day?” we’ve got you covered. This holiday falls annually on June 8th, so there’s still time to get your ducks in a row and show your BFF(s) some love. Whether you’re stocking up on these hair besties for yourself or gifting a few items to your closest confidante, here are the top combinations from the L’Oréal portfolio of professional hair brands.
The Heroes: Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner
Let’s be honest: Damaged hair is not on anybody’s to-do list but is sometimes inevitable. If you’re committed to heat styling or can’t stay away from the latest hair color trends, consider Redken’s Extreme Shampoo and Conditioner system as your right-hand man for damage control. The range is made with the brand’s exclusive RCT Protein Complex to fill in weakened parts of the hair from root to tip for a more fortified look and feel.
Read more about why the line is an editor’s favorite.
The Sidekick: Extreme Hair Mask
No routine would be complete without a complementary hair mask. When used alongside the shampoo and conditioner, Redken’s Extreme Hair Mask can make hair up to 15 times stronger and lasts up to three washes.
The Hero: Steampod Flat Iron & Styler
The L’Oréal Professionnel Steampod Flat Iron & Styler is your all-in-one, steam-powered tool for creating glass hair, mermaid waves, bouncy curls, and more. Don’t believe us? Check out these Steampod tutorials for yourself!
Hair aficionados love the tool because it can result in up to **91 percent less breakage over time when compared to Steampod heating plates alone.
**After 15 uses with steam and integrated comb vs. Steampod heating plates alone.
The Sidekick: Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque
While true that the Steampod helps greatly minimize the effects of heat damage, that doesn’t mean it eliminates it completely. That’s where L’Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Instant Resurfacing Masque comes in. Boasting ingredients like protein and gold quinoa, this rich mask repairs damage and leaves hair with a smooth, lightweight touch.
Watch it work its magic on three different hair types.
The Heroes: Hydra Source Shampoo and Conditioning Balm
Made to mimic the moisture-retaining properties of the aloe plant, Biolage Professional’s Hydra Source Shampoo and Conditioning Balm are just what thirsty strands need to become softer and much more manageable.
The Sidekick: All-In-One Multi-Benefit Oil
Now that your mane is happy and hydrated, you’ll want to add a dose of shine to show all that goodness off. The brand’s All-In-One Multi-Benefit Oil is a versatile oil that provides shine and softness through either a pre-shampoo, leave-in or overnight treatment. It’s exactly what you need to curate a customized hair routine.
The Heroes: Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Duo
Pureology knows a thing or two about hydrating dry hair and preserving its color vibrancy in one fell swoop. The brand’s best-selling Hydrate Shampoo and Conditioner Duo is made with all hair types in mind. And with ingredients like emollient jojoba to moisturize hair, green tea to support a healthy scalp, and sage to stimulate hair follicles, what’s not to love?
The Sidekick: Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Spray
If you could only have one product on a desert island, we’d recommend the Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Spray. Like the brand’s shampoo and conditioner, it protects your color with the patented AntiFade Complex and has 21 other benefits to care for your hair's every need.
The Heroes: Unbreak My Blonde Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner
Blonde hair is an investment of time and money, so you’ll want to ensure everything that touches it will make it bright, healthy, and strong. Whether your hair is platinum blonde or you’re a brunette with blonde balayage, Matrix’s Unbreak My Blonde Strengthening Shampoo and Conditioner helps reinforce weakened bonds from lightening services and revives sensitized, over-processed blonde hair.
The Sidekick: So Silver All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray
Whichever color or highlighting technique you opt for, lightening up your hair can increase your chances of brassiness. Keep it at bay with Matrix’s So Silver All-In-One Toning Leave-In Spray, a buildable toning formula with purple dyes to neutralize unwanted yellow tones on blonde and grey hair. It’s just what you need to get by in-between salon appointments.
The Hero: 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner
Curly and coily hair needs extra TLC, and Mizani’s 25 Miracle Milk Leave-In Conditioner is a great place to start. Made with fennel seed oil and sustainably-sourced coconut oil, the milky spray provides a protective shield against heat damage and primes waves, curls, and coils for a perfect frizz-free finish.
The Sidekick: True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion
Curl cocktailing is a method of emulsifying a few products to create a bespoke formula for your unique curl needs. Many curlies love pairing the lightweight Miracle Milk with the True Textures Curl Enhancing Lotion to help define ringlets with a crunch-and frizz-free finish.
Kérastase and Shu Uemura Art of Hair
The Hero: Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Huile Original Hair Oil
Lovingly nicknamed liquid gold in a bottle, Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Huile Original Hair Oil is celebrated by salon professionals and consumers alike. Packed with precious plant oils (think camellia, marula, and argan), it can be used as a blow-dry serum, dry finishing gloss, leave-in conditioner, mask booster, or hair perfume.
The Sidekick: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolu Nourishing Protective
Also featuring camellia oil, Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Essence Absolu Nourishing Protective Hair Oil can up the benefits of Kérastase Elixir Ultime. The oil rapidly absorbs deep into the hair fiber for soft, healthy strands and rebalances moisture levels from mid-lengths to ends. After all, two best-selling multi-use hair serums are better than one.