Being a hairdressing student, you get to try out new products on clients all the time, which is a great way to get a wide view on how the products work on different hair types and textures. Barcelona Hair Academy has selected 5 products that have been our absolute favourites in 2014 and that we have used repeatedly on our clients and ourselves.

With no excess ingredients to drag things down, Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Shampoo and Conditioner leave hair remarkably fresh and glossy. Unlike most sulphate-free shampoos, it lathers really well which makes it really easy and smooth to apply. This product is oil and silicone-free which helps your hair look beautiful, healthy and keeps it cleaner for longer. The PHD Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Treatment regimen reduces breakage by 78%, making hair four and a half times stronger.

Label M Protein Spray is a heat protectant and it also shields your hair from sun damage, which is fantastic. It’s a fantastic product for everyone, but especially for those of you who colour your hair, as it helps protect the hair. We like to think of this protein spray as “hair food” as it helps to make the hair look better and feel better by nourishing it. It’s a moisturising blend of jasmine, sweet pea, vanilla, wheat and soy that will provide a seductive shine to your hair.

Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry is one of the best blow-dry balms we have used. It’s the perfect tool for curly, coarse, frizzy and unruly hair. This product is heat-activated, but also works to protect against heat styling. Lightweight silicones and other smoothing agents reduce frizz while calming conditioners hydrate and soften hard-to-control hair, delivering straight and smooth styles for up to three days.

Matrix Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray is a multitasking cream spray that will spritz softness and bounce back into dry, damaged hair. It’s a leave-in conditioner and a style-finisher all in one. It has been called “The Holy Grail for hair” and has earned the highest smoothness score in Lab tests and even boosted body, which has made us a bit addicted to it.

Finally, Pantene Agedefy Advanced Thickening Treatment is a supersizing spray that contains niacinamide and caffeine to plump up fine strands. Laser micrometry measurements on individual strands, performed in and outside lab, have showed this holder to be the clear winner for boosting bulk by 4.5% and creating fullness, giving the hair genuine thickness and body.

These are Barcelona Hair Academy’s 2014 favourites, but what have been yours? Have you tried something that has changed the way you style your hair? Let us know and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.