Six hair products loved by Totem Hair (for longer hair)

By Candice Zen (

Although products are not sold via the pop-up (there’s enough stuff to carry around London as it is!), I use and recommend a selection, some of which are listed below. These products are tried and tested and deliver good results. Some of them are a bit more expensive, but it’s possible you can find a similar product at a cheaper price. The expensive products tend to contain higher quality ingredients, and therefore often need less to be applied.

1.    Davines Dede Leave-in hair mist
This leave-in conditioner is eco-friendly and smells great. It’s lightly conditioning without being too heavy. Around £18, available from some London salons and internet.

davines dede hair mist
moroccan oil


2.    TreSemme Texture Dust
This is great if your hair is straight and lies flat. You want texture but often your hair tends to get weighed down and greasy by clays and creams. Just shake a little bit in to the hair roots and rub. If you put a bike helmet or hat on, this product is good because after you remove it, just give it a rub to reactivate the texture. About £5 from Boots

3.    Moroccan Oil hair treatment (serum)
It might say ‘oil’ but it isn’t. It’s a hair serum which is basically a high quality silicone (lubricant), with a bit of argan oil added in. Nevertheless, it’s great for dry, frizzy and thick hair if you want the hair to lie smoother and add shine. If you’re going to iron or heat-style the hair, it will provide some heat protection. It’s very concentrated so you don’t need much, and be careful to apply sparingly. The smell is nice without being overpowering. If you aren’t ready to spend £32, try the John Frieda Frizz Ease serum from Boots (about £7).

4.    Neal’s Yard Geranium or Orange Flower shampoos and conditioners
Eco-friendly and smell lovely. You can even get a 1 Litre bottle which saves money and plastic. Just wish they would have a refilling service in store. £11.50 for 200ml.

neals yard geranium shampoo
sea salt spray
elnett hairspray


5.    Label M Sea Salt spray.
Sea salt sprays are great for giving hair a slightly gritty feel and more body. The hair will feel dirtier though. I haven’t tried out the cheaper options, but this product was particularly well-liked by customers when I used to work in a salon which stocked Label M. It can be bought from any Toni and Guy salon. £12.70

6.    L’Oreal Elnett flexible hold hairspray
If you’re going to use a hairspray, this one delivers a hold which is not too hard so the effect is completely natural. Use it to keep your long fringe swept over or to prevent your curls/waves dropping out. The smell is feminine but not too over-powering or old-fashioned (like the original Elnett hairspray – avoid). Guys, if you need a hairspray, try Silhouette by Schwarzkopf. £6.70 from large pharmacies.