Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

The hairdressers have spoken, choosing their absolute favourite hair products across categories of colour, styling and more. The Behind The Chair Stylist Choice Awards took place in Chicago earlier this week, gathering a VIP audience of over 3500 attendees, inspiring presenters and the world’s biggest brands to honour 2016’s essential products.

Image copyright Catherine Lane 2015

Some notable victories included Joico’s new LumiShine colour range taking out Favorite New Haircolor Line, harnessing results which offer reduced breakage, vibrancy, colour longevity and hair that is two times softer and shinier.

Paul Mitchell’s MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing won the coveted Favorite New Shampoo/Conditioner title, Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray took out the best in (you guessed it) texturising, Moroccanoil made good on its titular promises, winning the Favorite Oil category for its treatment, and American Crew won gold in barbering.

Predictably Olaplex was named the product stylists couldn’t live without (guilty as charged), Redken Shades EQ was announced as best gloss, L’Oréal Professionnel’s innovative Pro Fiber took out best new treatment and TIGI were successful for the title of dry shampoo.

Wella Professionals were named as Favorite Overall Professional Products Company, a glowing endorsement if we ever heard one.

So many products and brands honoured are available in the Aussie market, so if you weren’t sure what to add to your kit, the American industry has spoken.

See the full list of winners below.

Favorite New Shampoo/Conditioner
MarulaOil Rare Oil Replenishing by Paul Mitchell

Favorite New Treatment
L’Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber

Favorite Texturizing Product
Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray

Favorite Anti-Aging Hair Product
Alterna Caviar Line

Favorite Oil
Moroccanoil Treatment

Favorite Blowout Product
Redken Pillow Proof Blow Dry Express Primer Spray

Favorite Curl-Enhancing Product

Favorite New Styling Product
TIGI® Bed Head Joyride

Favorite Hair Extensions
Great Lengths

Favorite Hairspray
Kenra Volume Spray 25

Favorite Fine/Thinning Hair Line

Favorite Dry Shampoo
TIGI® Bed Head Rockaholic Dirty Secret

Favorite Tool Company
Farouk Systems Inc./CHI

Favorite Barbering Product Line
American Crew

Favorite Chemical Smoothing Product/System
Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy

Favorite Product You Can’t Live Without

Favorite New Color Line
Joico LumiShine

Favorite Lightener for Balayage and Hand-Painted Highlights
Wella Professionals BLONDOR Freelights

Favorite Pastel Color Line

Favorite Lightener for Foil Highlights
Wella Professionals BLONDOR

Favorite Gloss/Toner
Redken Shades EQ

Favorite Bond Rebuilder

Favorite Vibrant Color Line

Favorite Gray Coverage Color Line
Redken Cover Fusion

Favorite Overall Color Company

Favorite Salon/Spa Furniture Company
Takara Belmont

Favorite Tool You Can’t Live Without
FHI Heat Platform Styling Iron

Favorite Education Team of the Year
Matrix Artistic Design Team

Favorite Editorial/Backstage Brand
Bumble and bumble.

Favorite Overall Educator of the Year
Sonya Dove

Favorite Overall Professional Products Company
Wella Professionals