I don’t have to pay for haircare, but if I did I’d buy these products

Kelsey Ferencak has made a career out of testing beauty products. Here she shares the haircare products she’d happily splash her cash on.

Being the beauty editor at body+soul means I’m lucky enough to spray, smell, squirt and smooth on all of the hair, skincare and makeup products on the market. From brand-spanking-new international launches to seeing if celebrity-endorsed treatments are really worth the hype.

I’ve experimented with everything from a three-hour long hair smoothing treatment to a five-minute skin tightening machine so it’s safe to say I’ve tried my fair share of stuff – and it hasn’t all been good.

But despite all the free product, there’s always a list of things I come back to and make regulars in my routine. You can read about the skincare I’d happily fork out for here, and look through my makeup bag here, or read on below for the haircare I’d spend my own money on.

Shampoo

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo ($58.95, at Oz Hair and Beauty)
After getting the above hair smoothing treatment the take-home aftercare consists of this keratin and liquid silk infused shampoo. It works to supercharge and prolong the results of the in-salon results keeping frizzy strands smooth and soft.

Conditioner

Aveda Scalp Benefits Balancing Conditioner ($38, at Aveda)
Scalp health should be one of your top priorities when it comes to looking after your hair. It’s responsible for healthy hair growth, shine and there’s even research to suggest it can cause forehead wrinkles. I make sure to give it a good detox weekly or whenever I use lots of product.

Scalp scrub

Christophe Robin Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt ($69, at Sephora)
Once a week, before I shampoo my hair I give it a good scrub with this tub of detoxifying sea salt. On damp strands I take good sized handful and massage it into my hairline, working all the way around to the nape of my neck. It purifies and hydrates and even works on sensitive scalps. And if you’re like me and exercise daily – it gets rid of all that sweaty build-up.

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Treatment

Korres Pure Greek Olive Shine Hair Mask ($28, at Mecca)
Like a glam tube of olive oil, this mask works to repair and restore thirsty hair with the powers of antioxidants, vitamins B and E and the moisturising ability of olive oil. I whack it in damp hair, cling wrap my head and walk on the treadmill at home for thirty minutes before washing off – the same would work in a steamy bath. The sweat and heat from your body helps the product penetrate deeper. It’s next level self-care.

Hair Turban

Aquis Rapid Dry Lisse Hair Turban ($46, at Mecca)
At first I thought hair turbans were just some cute scam, but I was wrong. Not only do they help cut drying time in half, they also work to prevent frizz and breakage. How many times have you rubbed your bath towel through your hair? That is what’s responsible for damage and frizz! To clean, just throw it in the regular wash every couple of weeks.

Styling Stick

R+Co Dart Pomade Stick ($28, at David Jones)
I don’t think I could live without this handy little stick. It’s ideal for travel, for chucking in my handbag and for keeping in my desk drawer. The balm-like paste glides over frizz and flyaways to give hair a super sleek finish.

Texture Spray

Playa Endless Summer Spray ($37, at Mecca)
This Southern Californian salt spray gives the perfect amount of grit, body and softness. Packed with blackseed, chia seed, aloe leaf and algae extracts and blended with a collagen complex, coconut water and honeysuckle it’s 99.7% natural so won’t dehydrate as it styles.