When it comes to haircare, there are so many different needs to cater for – from dry and thirsty locks to fine, limp strands that constantly resist volume, we all have different requirements from our routine.
But celebrity hairdresser Mark Hill appears to have addressed all of them with the launch of his new collection The Hair Lab, which is said to have bottled professional salon quality products at actually affordable prices.
Encased in expensive-looking monochrome and metallic bottles that wouldn’t look out of place in an Aesop store, the range spans three core areas: hydration, smoothing, and strengthening, all of which include a shampoo, conditioner and tailored treatments.
There’s also a styling edit with blow dry cream, hairspray, and heat protection to help you achieve a fresh-from-the-salon finish, and coming soon, even electricals with all of the clever features you’d expect from a high-end line like Dyson or GHD.
Yet somehow the potential damage to your bank balance is impressively low: the shampoos and conditioners are just £8.99 apiece, and nothing bar the straighteners and tongs costs more than £11.99. Not bad for the exact products Mark uses in his own professional work…
‘Every product we launch is born in the salon not the boardroom, so that we can offer products that are at the highest performance level,’ he says of the launch.
‘I’ve been working with my laboratory team for years to create advanced salon formulas for my customers that deliver at every level and push the boundaries of the high street hair market – you would never normally see a range of this quality outside of the salon.’
True to its purse-friendly ethos, the 17-item range is exclusive to Boots, so you can pick it up on the high street or order it online. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s how to work out which range is right for you and start embracing good hair days every day.
If you have dry, brittle or damaged hair, this is the range for you – especially if you’re using colour, bleach or heat styling on a regular basis.
TRY: The Hydrating Treatment to reform bonds, repair damage and boost moisture levels (think Olaplex vibes for under £11).
Got thick hair or hair prone to frizz? Check out the smoothing options, which can help to tame and calm frazzled hair and keep it optimum condition.
TRY: The smoothing serum, which nourishes, controls frizz, smooths and adds shine with ingredients including Sunflower Seed Oil, Jasmine Oil, Organic Moroccan Argan Oil.
For those who’d categorise their hair type as delicate, fine and thinning hair, or prone to breakage (be it from hormones or chemical and heat damage).
TRY: The Foaming Conditioner – one of the only volumising conditioners on the market that directly pumps “air” into roots for maximum lift, but won’t leave hair feeling heavy or weighed down.
The clue is in the name – whatever style you’re setting up, this offering will make it look like you’ve just stepped out of the salon.
TRY: Mark’s personal hero is The Working Styling Spray, which adds shine, body, texture and that all-important heat protection in just a couple of spritzes.
You can’t shop these just yet – but here’s a sneak peek at what’s to come.
A super smart gadget for the price tag: built-in Personalised Performance Technology (PPT) sensors identify the thickness of each section of hair and adjust temperature accordingly. Your hair will still be perfectly straight, but the amount of damage is seriously reduced.
The 38mm ceramic coated jumbo tong is ideal for creating on-trend beachy waves that don’t look too stuffy or formal, or faking a salon blow dry in a matter of minutes. Move over, K-Mid!