Best Of Beauty 2015 – Hair Care

Best Of Beauty Hair Care

A rather large number of beauty products were trialled and tested by me during 2015 – some I loved, some I liked and some I didn’t enjoy so much.  These annual ‘Best Of Beauty’ blog posts have become a tradition here on Pink Peonies, and I always enjoy going through my collection of beauty products to choose the ones that rocked my world each year.

Today we’re chatting about my top of the pops hair care products for 2015, these are the products that really stood out to me and breathed new life into my hair care routine.  I skipped a lot of monthly favourites blog posts last year, so most of the products mentioned in these ‘Best Of Beauty’ blog posts might come as a surprise.  I’m not exactly sure why I slacked on the monthly favourites front, but I can assure you I will try my best to do them each & every month this year.

One last note before we jump into the favourites, take a look at my ‘Best Of Beauty 2014 – Hair Care’ blog post from last year.  Three of the products (numbers 2, 4 and 6) mentioned in that blog post are still my ride-or-die favourites but I didn’t mention them again in this blog post because I wanted to highlight other hair care heroes.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at my all-star lineup for hair care:

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo Conditioner

Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Shampoo & Conditioner ♥ R49,99 – R69,99 each

The race was neck-and-neck & I had to think long and hard before choosing my top shampoo and conditioner favourites for 2015.  I adore the OGX Coconut Water range (featured here) but in the end the Dove Dry Oil duo won because both leave my hair feeling so incredibly soft.  The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil formula uses pure drops of botanical oils including African macadamia oil, coconut- and sweet almond oil to soften hair and reduce frizz, without weighing it down.  It creates a lightweight barrier around each strand of hair to condition and smooth the cuticle, helping hair to retain the necessary moisture.  I can finger-comb my hair after getting out of the shower, which makes for a nice change as my hair is usually full of knots and tangles.  I’m not the biggest fan of that ‘squeaky clean’ feel to my hair (unless I’ve used a clarifying shampoo), so I loved that the shampoo left my hair feeling soft and manageable, not at all brittle. Even in intense humidity, this duo leaves hair shiny, smooth and frizz-free while maintaining natural movement.  *does hair flick*

The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil and Oxygen Moisture ranges are currently on sale in the Dis-Chem online store (50% OFF), take a look here.

Dove hair care products are available at Clicks, Dis-Chem and selected pharmacies.

Moroccanoil Voluminising Mousse

Moroccanoil Voluminising Mousse ♥ R340,00

My hair has absolutely no volume.  I look at people like Sara (Harper And Harley), Victoria (In The Frow) and Laura (Laura Lee) and I have total hair envy because they seem to have the natural volume thing going on.  My hair is as limp as an overcooked Fattis & Monis spaghetti noodle.  If you’ve got fine, flat hair, you know: The struggle is real.  I’m sure some of you might be apprehensive to invest in a mousse like this – “Will it make my hair feel dry & crunchy?”  “Will it leave my hair feeling weighed down and greasy because it contains argan oil?”  Don’t worry, I asked myself these exact questions, but I decided to purchase it at the beginning of 2015 because I was in dire need of something to give my roots some lift.  You can definitely use this voluminising mousse on the entire lengths of your hair (from root to tip) but I prefer to only massage it into my scalp / roots because let’s be real – R340,00 for a hair mousse is definitely a splurge in my book, so I like to use it sparingly.  This mousse gives your roots the oomph! that it needs, whilst making it a lot easier to fake a perfectly coiffed hairdo.  Not only does this give your hair volume, I have found it definitely tames those baby hairs (flyaways) and leaves my feeling soft and smooth.  Moroccanoil’s Voluminising Mousse will help to hold the shape of natural curls or waves, and will also ensure your style lasts longer when applied to the lengths of your hair.  This product is a definite winner in my book!

Moroccanoil products are sold at selected hair salons, or online at Retail Box and Everything Hair.

HASK Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner Treatment

HASK Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner Treatment Sachet ♥ R49,95

Smells like a Piña Colada cocktail on a tropical island.  I love the whole Monoi Oil range from HASK, but this treatment really stood out to me last year, and because of this I have purchased it time & time again.  Speaking of cocktails, there’s a whole cocktail of reparative and nourishing ingredients at play here (coconut oil, gardenia flower extract and keratin) that transform frazzled ends.  It manages to leave my hair silky but not the least bit greasy.  Hair treatments such as this need only be applied from mid-length to the ends of your hair, your roots don’t need extra nourishment as that part of the hair is still young and undamaged.  For extra hair care tips, take a look at this blog post.  This treatment is suitable for all hair types, and is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, drying alcohol and artificial colours.  Trust me, frayed strands and split ends don’t stand a chance with this treatment in your hair care arsenal.  For a full review on the Monoi Oil range, take a look at this blog post.

HASK hair care products are exclusive to Clicks stores.

Kerastase Nectar Thermique

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique ♥ R385,00

I love double-duty products!  This is a heat-activated leave-in treatment conditioner for dry hair that both nourishes hair and prevents heat damage.  I am someone who needs to take every precaution to ensure my hair is protected, especially since I have fine hair that is prone to dryness and damage (chemical or heat).  Nectar Thermique is a light treatment cream that leaves my hair feeling silky soft with the added benefit of protecting my hair against heat damage from hair styling tools.  I’m not someone who heat styles my hair every single day (it’s one of the ways I’ve managed to get my hair back in a healthy state) but when I do use a heat tool, Nectar Thermique is an absolute must in my hair styling routine.  I apply a pea-sized amount to damp hair, brush through and then start to blow-dry my hair.  I find this product works best if you are going to use some type of blow-drying hair tool (my current favourite is the Babyliss Pro Styling Airbrush) after you have applied Nectar Thermique, since all the nourishing properties are activated by heat.  In other words, this product won’t ‘WOW’ you if you let your hair air-dry (in fact, it might leave your hair feeling slightly sticky).  A little goes a long way (I only use a pea-sized amount for my full head of medium-length hair) – I started using this at the beginning of 2015 and it’s still going strong.

Kérastase Nutritive Nectar Thermique is available at selected hair salons, or online at Retail Box or Everything Hair.

Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots Spray

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Strong Roots Spray ♥ R59,95

This was a bit of a latecomer, as I only started testing the new Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula range of products in November BUT I instantly fell in love with this product.  It’s unique (especially for the drugstore i.e. Clicks) and not only is the scent intoxicating (in a very good way) but I have definitely already seen an improvement in my hair.  This is basically a multi-purpose spray that strengthens hair from roots to tips (coconut oil), it alleviates tightness and itching (eucalyptus oil), stimulates the scalp to promote healthy hair growth and freshens hair between washes (peppermint oil).  It’s suitable for all hair types and is also ideal for braids, twists, synthetic and natural hair.  I’ve been using this for the past 2 months and my hair is left feeling nourished, smelling fresh & pepperminty, and looking incredibly shiny (but definitely not greasy).  When using this product, I try to focus it more on my roots once I’ve stepped out of the shower.  I then like to massage it into the roots and continue to brush the remaining product through the lengths of my hair.  Soft & strong locks for days, ladies.  Soft & strong locks for days.

Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula product range is available at Clicks stores nationwide.

As I was going through my hair care stash to pick my top favourites, I realised that I haven’t really tried any new or interesting hair care products lately.  I tend to stick to what works for my hair, because it is so temperamental sometimes.  BUT here’s where I need your help – I’m looking to expand my hair care horizons so to speak, so let me know in the comments section below what your hair care must-haves are.  I think it’s time to start testing out some new products!



  1. 14 January 2016 / 14:40

    These all sound so good!! Especially the Monoi Oil Deep Conditioner, I’m obsessed with getting and keeping my hair healthy so I will definitely have to check some of these out!! x

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:00

      Thanks for reading, Sheridan – I think you’ll like the HASK Monoi Oil treatment, it works well and smells amazing! 🙂

      P.S. You have a beautiful blog. xo

  2. Lalannie Knoll
    14 January 2016 / 14:40

    I simply love the HASK range!! The smell and how my hair feels.
    I want to try the OGX Hair range.

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:01

      Oh, you will LOVE the OGX hair care range – my top 2 product ranges are ‘Coconut Water’ and ‘Sea Mineral Moisture’. 🙂

  3. 14 January 2016 / 14:40

    I quite like TreSemme’s Oil Elixir. It’s great if your hair feels dry and you have fly-aways. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:01

      I’ll definitely check it out next time I’m at Clicks. 🙂 Thanks, Carina. x

  4. 14 January 2016 / 14:50

    Bonacure Beauty Balm is awesome! I also found a really nice leave in conditioner spray at Dischem which also helps protect hair from the sun, I have found a difference in my hair when I started using this, it’s an orange bottle, but I cannot remember the name right now. Philip Kingsley Swim Cap is another must for summer

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:04

      Oooh, just had a look online and the Beauty Balm looks interesting! Thanks for the recommendation, Azraa.

      LOVE Philip Kingsley Swim Cap (although I hardly ever swim) – it’s so nourishing and leaves my hair feeling soft and silky.

  5. 14 January 2016 / 14:56

    I love hair masks, and I have just finished a tube of the OGX Sea Minerals deep mask treatment. It smells divine – so spa-like, and it works wonders. I could even leave my hair to dry naturally and it was still soft and smooth with no frizz.

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:06

      The OGX Sea Minerals range is SO GOOD! Definitely 1 of my top 2 OGX product ranges that I love, but I actually haven’t tried the Deep Mask Treatment yet (it’s the one in the tube, right?). Will buy it next time I’m at Dis-Chem – thanks, Siobhan. ♥

  6. Tania
    14 January 2016 / 15:12

    Hi Luzanne!

    Every time before I wash my hair (usually the night before), I cover my hair in coconut oil (organic, unscented). I use the tub found in the organic food section at Dischem. I make sure my roots and especially my tips are well drenched, I tie my hair up (in a “bolla”), put an old towel on my pillow and sleep with it on. I then wash my hair the next morning. It has really made difference in my hair’s condition and length. It is quite tricky to wash out, but worth it. I think it is also very affordable and has other uses too. I put some on my eyelashes – I already have long lashes, but I can see the difference when applying the oil (with an old maskara wand) for a few weeks. Thank you for your awesome blog! Love, Tania

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:11

      Hello Tanya – it sounds like you take really good care of your hair. I used to be so good with giving my hair a coconut oil deep treatment every weekend, but I stopped doing that for some odd reason (no idea why). You’ve just encouraged me to start doing it again! 🙂 I’ve never slept with it in my hair (I usually just wear it in a bolla the whole day on a weekend) but I will try your towel trick & sleep with it.

      A tip for washing coconut oil out of your hair is to apply your shampoo to your ‘dry’ hair first (don’t wet your hair under the shower), massage it in and then rinse. And then shampoo again. I find if I do it that way I only have to shampoo my hair twice and all the coconut oil is usually removed by the second wash. 🙂

      P.S. Definitely going to apply coconut oil to my lashes – thanks for the tip! I love long lashes! ♥

  7. Candice
    14 January 2016 / 15:13

    I am absolutely obsessed with Dove hair range!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:11

      Such great quality for an affordable price! 🙂

  8. Brenda Myburgh
    14 January 2016 / 15:16

    I love the OGX range as well! The coconut water range doesn’t leave my hair greasy and nourishes it as well. I am using the Aussie shampoo and conditioner if you want to give them a try 🙂 they are available at Clicks and Dischem. Love your reviews, always read your review about a product before purchasing

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:14

      I’ve only ever used the Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Treatment and I loved it so much (it’s been more than a year since I last used it). I’ll definitely pick up a shampoo and conditioner from their range next time I need to stock up.

      Thank you so much for trusting my recommendations, Brenda – your comment just made my day. 😀

  9. 14 January 2016 / 16:07

    That Palmer’s Coconut oil Root Spray sounds perfect for me! I will have to make the purchase soon!

    Nihaad _ Read and Seek

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:15

      It’s SOOO good! You are going to love it, Nihaad, I just now it! It makes your hair smell amazing!

  10. Anina
    14 January 2016 / 16:09

    Ek verkies om my hare elke dag te was, maar omdat dit so lank is, sukkel ek soms om dit droog te kry – veral in die winter.

    Enter dry shampoo….(dankie Luzanne…)

    Nou kan ek as ek haastig is, eerder die ERG tydrowende proses van was en droogmaak vryspring as ek net vinnig iewers heen wil gaan.

    Hou van Batiste, maar COLAB is my gunsteling en die London ene ruik eenvoudig lieflik!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:19

      Dis ‘n groot plesier, Anina! 😉 Ek het COLAB London dry shampoo gaan koop nadat ek jou comment gelees het, en het dit hierdie naweek wat nou verby is gebruik – love dit! 😀

  11. Jackie Heijmans
    14 January 2016 / 17:55

    Have the Hask Range, lovely product :)) will give the Dove range a try :))
    @ Tania, thanks for the coconut oil tip, I also have it and have only used it for my face and hair, but will definitely try the lashes (tip) – do you put it on before mascara, or at night?
    Luzanne, thanks again for the beautiful, informative blog – your new layout is eye catching and stunning! :))
    En dankie dat jy terug verwys na vorige “posts” ek hou daarvan en word so voorgestel aan nog wonderlike produkte. Dankie vir die harde werk en toewyding :))

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:22

      Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, Jackie – I really appreciate it. 🙂

      Regarding your question for Tania – I think it would be best if you applied the coconut oil to your lashes at night. Oils usually break down makeup, so your mascara might not adhere to your lashes if you apply the coconut oil first.

      Thank you for your kind words regarding the new blog design & layout – I’m loving it too. ♥

  12. Porchia
    14 January 2016 / 23:43

    YESSSSSSSSSSS! Love these posts! Looking forward to seeing all the other categories!!!

    You need to try the Pureology Hydrate range, it’s fab!!!!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:23

      Thank you for popping by the blog, Porchia. 🙂 I definitely need to get my hands on the Pureology range – can you believe I’ve NEVER used any Pureology product. * bad beauty blogger *

  13. 15 January 2016 / 00:42

    I have very thin, bleached – damaged natural blond hair that I have been growing out the past year. The John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and OGX Weightless hydration coconut water shampoo have done wonders to my lifeless hair. I have tried numerous shampoos and feel that these two made my hair more full of “life”, thicker and also healthier. Those days when my hair were “tired” I used the John Frieda blow dry lotion or Marc Anthony volumizing cream. Another product that I use at night is the John Frieda sheer blonde brightening oil elixir.

    Luzanne, I love your blogs and sometimes your blogs will convince me to buy certain products that I would not have chosen mysself. Thanks for sharing the previous personal blog! Have a lovely 2016!!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:26

      Sounds like you have a winning hair care routine – I love John Frieda products, they’re great quality with an affordable price tag. 🙂

      Thank you for your words of encouragement, Freda – I’m so happy to hear my blog posts help you in that way.

      Happy 2016 to you too! 🙂

  14. Nousheen
    15 January 2016 / 09:37

    Coconut oil is a must for me in my hair routine and I also like the OGX coconut water range (thanks to your review earlier last year).

    🙂 Luved the blog post, thank you Luzanne.

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:27

      Yay! Happy to hear you love the OGX Coconut Water range as much as I do. 😉

  15. Charmaine
    15 January 2016 / 10:59

    Such an informative blog. I cannot tell you the number of skin and hair care products that I have bought on your recommendation and I have never been disappointed. Thank you so much for bringing a bit of beauty and fun into my day!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:27

      That’s so great to hear – thank you, Charmaine! 😀

      Your encouraging comment just made my day!

  16. Yvonne
    15 January 2016 / 11:08

    I already own most of the Palmer’s hair care products on your recommendation, and I love them! I’m definitely doing to get the Kerastase hair treatment/protection, I started using the Babyliss Curl Secret after watching your video and my hair needs the protection. Ive never been good with applying heat protecting products but you have convinced me. 🙂

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:29

      I love hearing when I’ve convinced my readers to buy certain products and they love them as much as I do – thank you for taking the time to leave this comment for me. A heat protectant is an absolute must for me, you might not see a difference in the beginning but it will definitely help you in the long run. 🙂

  17. Kelly
    15 January 2016 / 11:34

    Heya. So grateful for this post! I’m always looking out for genuine reviews on hair products and you are someone I trust 🙂 Just a quick q, does the dove shampoo and conditioner contain sulfates, parabens or silicones? I’m a curly haired girl who’s trying to go natural and ban my hot tools lol. I’ve been using the Hask range (Argan Oil) for the past 5 months, and it has made a major difference in the texture of my hair, definitely reduced the frizz a lot. Though was thinking I might try something else now as I’m always up for experimenting with hair products.

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 10:52

      Thanks so much for saying that, Kelly – I really appreciate your trust. I just checked the packaging for you and the shampoo does contain SLS (sulphate), the conditioner contains Dimethicone (silicone) BUT both are paraben-free If you are looking for a SLS-,paraben- and silicone-free hair care range, then I would suggest checking out products that are sold in an online store like Faithful To Nature (all natural / organic). I did a search on their website for you and here is a list of shampoos that look like they might be what you are looking for: (and starting price is R53,00 which isn’t bad for a natural shampoo at all!). If you are looking for something at Clicks / Dis-Chem, the only range I can think of is OGX but not all their products are SLS-free or silicone-free but their products are paraben-free. 🙂

      • Kelly
        25 January 2016 / 13:38

        Wow… Thanks soooo much for your response and additional information. You truly are amazing!! Definitely going to try the Faithful to Nature products out! Thanks again Luzanne 🙂

  18. 15 January 2016 / 11:52

    I use Pantene but I have a few problems so am seeing if there is anything else out there that I can try. I have Hypothyroidisms so my hair sometimes falls out (and it sometimes feels like straw) – all the fine hair. I also have a hairpulling problem and those are mainly the crizzy thick hairs. HELP 🙂 please.

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:02

      Hi Ailsa! 🙂 If your hair feels very dry, then I’d suggest you stay away from a shampoo that contains sulphates (Sodium Laurel Sulphate or Sodium Laureth Sulphate). Most drugstore shampoos unfortunately contain sulphates because it’s a more affordable ingredient – if you can, I would suggest going to a health store and looking their their natural / organic shampoos. Depending on the brand, you might find a shampoo that retails for around R50,00 (which isn’t too bad). Sulphates strip your hair of it’s natural oils, but brands use it as an ingredients because it makes the shampoo foam / lather up nicely. Online stores that will stock natural shampoos and conditioners are Faithful To Nature ( and Wellness Warehouse (

      In terms of a product that will work for fine hair, I suggest a conditioner that doesn’t have silicones (Dimethicone) very high up on their ingredients list. Again, you will find the best ones at a health store. 🙂 The OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water shampoo and conditioner might also be a good option for you – the shampoo doesn’t contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate (but it does contain Ammonium Laurel Sulfate, which is more gentle on the hair) and the conditioner is very lightweight (although it does contain Dimethicone, but quite low down on the ingredients list so the quantity is minimal).

  19. Michelle B
    15 January 2016 / 15:05

    Thanks for the recommendations Luzanne. Really appreciate it that most of the products you review are available in South Africa. Unlike some other SA Beauty Bloggers. ❤

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:03

      You are welcome, Michelle. 🙂 xo

  20. Lauren Henderson
    15 January 2016 / 15:17

    You need COLAB dry shampoo in your life! I don’t know if it’s sold in South Africa, but if it is then you definitely need to get your hands on either the New York or London scents. X

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:04

      COLAB launched in South Africa a couple of months ago, we definitely have the London scent because I bought it this past weekend. I will check out the New York one next time I’m at the shops. xo

  21. Bianca
    15 January 2016 / 15:23

    WOOHOOO! So excited to see the Best of Beauty series has started!!!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:04

      Thank you for reading, Bianca! 😀

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:05

      Bwahahahahaaaaa! 😀

  22. Francé
    15 January 2016 / 16:49

    Gonna try the Palmers and Dove range, especially now that the sale is on. Need to get in a Dischem, ASAP! The Tresemmé Oil Elixer is great, been using it since dyeing my hair, helps keep it nourished. Nothing beats a coconut, egg and honey mask, you should try it!

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:05

      Oooooh, that hair mask sounds divine! Will definitely try it this weekend – thanks, Francé! 🙂

  23. Talitha ❤
    15 January 2016 / 18:07

    Ok, so Im no hair guru but there’s one product that I swear by; and that is the Kerastase Elixir Ultime hair oil (the purple one) but since I bought it because of you, I cant really recommend it to you. 😉

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:06

      Haha!! Loved this comment – thanks, Talitha! 😀

  24. Roxy
    15 January 2016 / 23:10

    Loved this! Super excited to see all the other Best Of Beauty categories!


    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:06

      Thank you for popping by the blog, Roxy. ♥

  25. stephanie
    19 January 2016 / 11:34

    this blog was helpful !!!! & look forward to seeing your monthly favorites!!!! 🙂

    • Luzanne
      19 January 2016 / 11:59

      Thank you for reading, Stephanie. 🙂

  26. 20 January 2016 / 11:25

    If you prefer root lifting… Why don’t you try the Moroccanoil Root Boost… you spray it directly onto your roots… its shocks the scalp with a cold feeling (it’s like when theres a cold breeze and then you get goosebumps and you hair stands up) . Then you tilt your head upside down and set it with heat from your hair dryer which will then give your roots AMAZING LIFT!!! its also got an ingredient called Copolymer which creates this film around your roots, preventing them from absorbing moisture… so more volume for longer 🙂

    • Luzanne
      20 January 2016 / 11:54

      Ooooh, thanks for the recommendation!!! I’m definitely going to get it, I need to stock up on my Moroccanoil Volume shampoo & conditioner as well…so I’ll just place one big order. 🙂 Your hair always looks amazing! xo

  27. Michelle B
    29 January 2016 / 21:11

    Hi Luzanne
    I have fine, oily hair that I wash every morning. How often do you wash your hair and does the Palmers leave a residue in your hair?
    Thanks for all your recommendations. I look forward to your blogs.

    • Luzanne
      30 January 2016 / 10:17

      Hi Michelle – I have oily roots with dry ends, so I usually wash my hair every second day. The Palmers Root Spray doesn’t leave a greasy residue on the hair, but I would imagine if you use too much it might lead to product buildup. I usually just spray 2 to 3 spritzes into my roots, massage it into my roots and then comb through the rest of my hair. 🙂

  28. Lee-Ann
    13 December 2016 / 11:43

    Oh wow after reading all the above and reviews I am at a bit of a loss as to what to use, I am embarking on growing out dyed dry frizzy hair so should I go for sulphate free or doesn’t it matter that much. I am currently using Luxoil from a salon, budget no longer stretches that far sadly. I look forward to hearing your advice you seem super clued up! I will be following you closely in the future, regards Lee-Ann

  29. Neo
    20 September 2017 / 15:40

    My favourite is the Palmers Strong Roots Spray, I’ve been using it from end of 2015 to date, but lately I am struggling to find it in our stores (Clicks and Dischem) they have other palmers products, but it seems this particular one (Strong roots spray) is no longer on their shelves.

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