Hair by Sam McKnight 
Hair by Sam McKnight 

7 Cult Hair Brands You Need to Know

14 Mar 2019 | Updated on: 27 Sep 2022 |By Mhairi Mann

From eco-friendly brands that offer clean hair with a clean conscience, to science-driven texture and volume, discover theculthairheroes that no shower should be without.


Like 264K others on Instagram, we are #OribeObsessed. The luxury line was founded by Oribe Canales, a stylist-to-the-stars synonymous with the larger than life hair of the supermodel era. Canales sadly died earlier this year but his legacy lives on in his restorative and texturising products. The plumping mouse is second-to-none, creating unbeatable va-va-voom volume, while the Gold Lust conditioner makes hair shine like patent leather. Products are lightly scented with Oribe’s signature French perfume for hair that looks, and smells, wonderful.

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Hailing from Parma in Italy, Davines started life as a research lab that formulated high-end products for cosmetic companies worldwide, before launching its own salon line in 1996. It arrived quietly in the UK in 2006 but in recent years has gained cult-status for its plant-based, supremely effective products. The paraffin-free OI shampoo and conditioner are both industry heroes; creamy, nourishing products that bestow luscious body and shine. Natural ingredients are grown ethically by Italian farmers and all packaging is both recycled and recyclable. We could rave about Davines all day – a world of ethical, spirited products created with science and packaged with style.

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For hair like spun-gold, try Rahua. The plant-powered brand takes its name from an ancient Amazonian nut, regarded by women of the Quechua-Shuar tribe as the secret to thick, lustrous locks. The 100% organic products are produced in sustainable partnership with the Quechua-Shuar tribe, supporting the preservation of the rainforest. For hair like an Amazonian goddess, try the signature shampoo, which is like “luxurious golden royal jelly” with a subtle nutty scent. A few golden drops of Rahua’s Elixir, enriched with omega-9, will instantly smooth coarse hair, strengthening and softening from root to tip.

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Michael Van Clarke

Michael Van Clarke has been shaping coiffures in his eponymous Marylebone salon for more than 25 years. Take the salon home with you in the form of Clarke’s 3 More Inches line, which specialises in strengthening and lengthening, silicone-free products, rich in rare cashmere proteins. Soak dry or broken locks overnight in the aptly titled Life Saver, or revive tired tresses with the signature volumising shampoo.

Leonor Greyl

For dry hair and troublesome scalps, Leonor Greyl is a haircare fairy godmother. The Parisian brand was founded by Madame Greyl in 1968 and remains a family business, revered for its ultra-gentle, highly effective products made from natural ingredients. The luxury product range runs the usual gamut of shampoo and conditioners, as well as a supremely effective selection of silicone-free serums, oils and, styling milks and hydrating masks. Most recently, Leonor Greyl launched a super-nourishing banana milk shampoo, which smells as good as one might expect.

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Mr Smith

For effortless, Aussie-style waves, reach for Mr Smith. The Australian unisex haircare label is lauded Down Under for its botanical products, loaded with essential oils and free from chemical nasties. The Mr Smith volumising shampoo and conditioner are both packed with wheat protein for voluptuous bounce and shine, while the signature serum blends argan, jojoba and hemp seed oil to strengthen and smooth, while providing added heat and UV protection.

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Sam McKnight

With more than 40 years in the business, stylist Sam McKnight definitely knows good hair. He has worked his magic on everyone from Kate Moss to Princess Diana, and launched his own line of four hair products in 2017. Lazy Girl dry shampoo is your saviour in a can, offering the perfect balance of renewing texture without dulling the colour, while the Cool Girl texturizing mist is your fast-track solution to catwalk-ready tousles.

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