The best back-to-school hair care essentials for every hair type

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Originally posted on the London Evening Standard website

While there may be a few days left to enjoy summer, the back-to-school season is quickly approaching and we’re already thinking about what to do with our hair.

Transitioning after a summer of sun and relaxation can be hard, and no matter what your hair type is, we’re here to make things a little easier by featuring some of our must-have hair essentials.

Type 1: Straight hair

All you need to do is a wash and go, right? That would be wrong since there are occasions when it can fall flat no matter how hard you try. Here's how you can add some bounce and gloss:

Leonor Greyl hairbrush 

This will have shiny and healthy hair addicts rejoicing as this brush guarantees easy and smooth brushing, detangling even very long, thick hair.

Buy here for £53.62

GHD Platinum Styler

With its floating plates, this is the cult favourite iron to glide your way to silky strands for perfectly smooth styling and heat protective technology.


Buy here for £165

Type 2: Wavy hair

Wavy hair is typically prone to frizz, as the more your hair is wavy the less sheen you’ll have. These are the products that will help you tame the mane.

GHD Curve Classic Wave Wand

This wand will transform your hair from red carpet curls to believable beach waves. Easy to use, it won’t snag your hair.

Buy here for £120

Tangle Teezer Smoothing Tool Full Size

As we all know, the Tangle Teezer glides through knots without yanking out too many strands. This one creates finger-combed waves for a polished look and can be used on wet or dry hair.


Buy here for £20

Type 3: Curly hair

This hair is full bodied, climate dependent and prone to damage, and a lack of proper care can result in dull curls, so here's what to use to prevent that from happening.

Boucleme hair towel

Keep your curls frizz-free and defined with this smooth microfiber towel. Use straight out of the shower to retain volume, shine, and bounce.

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Buy here for £25

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

A total game-changer. This mighty tool produces zero steam or heat damage and is a worthy investment that’ll be your best friend for years to come.



Buy here for £299.99

Type 4: Kinky hair

The driest hair type which is more prone to breakage, so it is best treated gently and softly whilst avoiding any harsh chemicals. Here are some products that help.

DAFNI Hair Straightening Brush

Part brush and part iron, this heated wand can produce pin-straight strands or glam waves with a flick of the wrist. It also comes in a travel size for those last minute weekend getaways.


Buy here for £120

Denman Classic Medium Styling Brush

Allowing smoother detangling, distributing product evenly through the hair and clumping curls together, the old but classic hairbrush is a must-have to maintain that sparkling crown. 


Buy here for £6.99