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Our expert panel - beauty writer and editor Megan Kirkwood, makeup artist Bahar Niramwalla and beauty writer Marilisa Racco - weigh in with their picks

Best shampoo: Kérastase Elixir Ultime Sublime Cleansing Oil-Enriched Shampoo, $40 at salons across Canada ( “Using a mix of four precious oils including camellia and argan, this shampoo nourishes hair, tames frizz and leaves behind an incredible shine.” – Marilisa Racco

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Best conditioner: Biolage Exquisite Oil Creme Conditioner, $18.50 at Matrix Salons (visit for locations). “This lightweight conditioner works really well on tangles and it’s almost weightless, so after a blow-dry, hair is soft but not weighed down.” – Bahar Niramwalla

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Best cream styling product: Herbal Essences Honey, I’m Strong Strengthening Serum, $5.99 at drugstores across Canada. “This is my go-to for a successful blow-dry. It delivers hold, definition and shine.” – Megan Kirkwood

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Best mousse: Moroccanoil Volumizing Mousse, $28 at salons across Canada (visit for locations). “This mousse gives body without that stiff, rough hold. Place it at the roots and blow-dry to get volume that lasts.” – B.N.

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Best heat-protection spray: TREsemmé Keratin Smooth Heat Protection Shine Spray, $5.99 at drugstores across Canada. “Anyone who uses a curling iron or flat iron should invest in a heat-protection spray. This one minimizes damage and leaves behind an incredible shine at a killer price point.” – B.N.

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Best hairspray: L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Lumière Hairspray, $14.99 at drugstores across Canada. “This gloss-inducing formula has all of the benefits of the original Elnett with an added dose of shine.” – M.K.

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Best texturizer: Lush Cosmetics Sea Spray, $12.95 at Lush ( “The sea salt and sea water in this spray hold hair in place and add volume. It also doubles as a natural alternative to hair perfume that can be used a day or two after your blow-dry, thanks to the neroli oil, grapefruit and rosewood it contains.” – B.N.

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Best hair oil: Matrix Biolage Exquisite Oil Replenishing Treatment, $21.95 at Matrix salons (visit for locations). “I use this after a shower, before I blow-dry, as a moisturizing treatment and again on my dry ends to keep them hydrated. It isn’t slick or greasy and smells of fresh moringa flowers.” – B.N.

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Best colour: Garnier Olia Oil Powered Hair Colour, $12.49 at drugstores across Canada. “This 60-per-cent oil-based formulation, which contains no ammonia, is my favourite at-home hair colour on the market right now – it’s nourishing and completely covers greys.” – B.N.

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Best Treatment/mask: Phyto Secret de Nuit Hydrating Regenerating Night Treatment, $40 at select drugstores. “This luxe non-rinse treatment, which can be applied to dry or damp locks, is like a facial for your hair. It makes hair incredibly soft and it’s paraben- and silicone-free.” – M.K.

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