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Sometimes it feels as if there are only two things the world is doing in January, either trying to uphold a series of ambitious resolutions (usually promised in a loud, noticeably slurred voice in front of too many witnesses), or purging themselves like medieval penitents with a detox regime that involves evil green smoothies for breakfast and pretending to enjoy super-food salads that take all evening to prepare, then taste the way it looks under a rotting log.
Most of us like the idea of starting a new year with a renewed sense of purpose, yet fewer of us, if we're entirely honest, are really ready to endure a month of pulped kale - let alone make good on the wobbly midnight vow to avoid all forms of patisserie from here to eternity.
So for all those who prefer to make their fresh starts in smaller steps, we have the perfect recommendation - it's time to liberate your bathroom shelves and cabinets from all those gooey-lidded bottles and dusty aerosols, and go minimal with a new set of essential hair products, because 2015 is going to be all about quality not quantity.
Forget the hot yoga, sack the aruvedic diet, it's time to go zen with haircare. Firstly, as a rule of thumb, non-aerosol hair products such as gels, creams and pomades have a shelf life of around three years, which halves to 18 months once they've been opened, allowing airborne bacteria and moisture to accelerate their chemical decomposition. Working on this basis alone should double your shelf space, but at The Chapel we've decided this year is about really paring back, then buying the best high-end essentials you can afford. In fact, in terms of basic but effective haircare all most of us really need is a heat protector, shampoo, and separate conditioner suitable to our hair type.
Kerastase Bain Satin shampoo gets particularly good results with dry and coarse hair, while the dissolving properties of Redken's Oil Scalp Relief Detox shampoo work wonders for those with greasier locks. Always invest in a separate conditioner - with only three things on your shelf you can afford to! Free of parabens and silicon but enriched with black cumin oil, Shu Uemura Sleek Smoothing conditioner administers gentle discipline to coarse, unruly hair, Kerastase Volumactive Mask adds body and shine to fine, limp hair, and Pureology Hydrate Condition provides the perfect protection for colour-treated heads. Meanwhile when it comes to amazing heat protection, our love affair with Redken's Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer continues undiminished.
So to begin your year with fuss-free, salon worthy locks, not to mention a clutter-free bathroom cabinet, you have to agree that
cleansing experiences don't come much less painful than this...