Known for her signature Hollywood waves on textured hair and wigs, Heather Dapaah opened her London-based salon at the age of 23. Pretty impressive, huh?

This talent and specialisation of healthy hair for black women has given her a name in the hairstyling industry, but her broad knowledge of any hair type has seen her working on TV sets, for Universal Music Group videos and getting celebrities ready for events. Here are her current must-have hair items…

For every hair type, she likes to start off with a treatment to create a soft base to style. “Revlon Professional Uniq One All In One Hair Treatment (£16) is always in my kit, as no matter what condition my client’s hair is in, once I blow-dry this into their hair it instantly detangles, protects, softens and adds shine so I can go ahead and style easily.

“I also love L’Oreal Paris Studio Line Go Create Sculpting Spritz (£3.69) to target specific areas of damp hair that need that extra attention or styling. This spray gives a textured look with strong hold even on fine hair!”

If you have textured hair and you want a sleek look, Heather recommends the Gummy Professional Styling Wax Ultra Hold (£6.99). “It holds hair in place without making it look oily and is perfect for a sleek ponytail or bun. It’s also great for laying down edges.

“To make sure all styles stay in place I use Orofluido Strong Hold Hairspray (£8.99). Not only does it smell of vanilla, but it also has argan, Cyperus, and linseed oils to protect hair and give it a gorgeous shine!”

Onto the tools, Heather relies on the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (£299.99) to dry hair. “[It] is my go-to hair dryer as it is compact yet powerful, works on all hair types and textures for perfect styling.

“Another power tool is Signature Mini Hair Straightener and Curler by Dionne Smith (£80). This is such a versatile heat tool that comes in three different sizes. I like the mini one as I can create really defined curls that look natural and stay put, but it can also help style baby hairs. For Hollywood waves I use the InStyler Cerasilk Wand (£79.99).”

Last but not least, Heather reveals the accessories she uses throughout the hairstyling process. “The absolute essentials for my kit are the basics – bobby pins and open hair pins to help pin hair into a style seamlessly. A tail comb and butterfly clips to help with sectioning hair. Wide tooth comb to brush through thick hair without causing too much damage or frizz, and of course hair bobbles!”


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