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The 6 best hair products for time-poor parents

Lise Bosch

Lise Bosch

Lise is a South African-born and Aussie-raised creative working as Kiindred's in-house writer and editor. With a journalism degree and experience in the beauty industry, she has a passion for family and lifestyle content. On her days off, she’s finding the latest and greatest brunch spots and trying to work through the longest TBR list known to humankind. It’s a work in...
Created on Oct 30, 2023 · 4 mins read
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Parenting is not known for easy breezy mornings. No matter what stage you’re at, sunrise starts the race of trying to do as much as possible as fast as possible, and it can be really hard to carve out time for yourself. Whilst you might be filled to the brim with love for your little one, one thing you could probably have more of is time. Time to make yourself look and feel your best before you head off for the day.

Hair is something that can be a confidence maker-or-breaker, so we wanted to give you the rundown of some quick and easy products that’ll give your locks some love. That way, even if you’re feeling a bit all over the shop, you’ll know that your hair is totally crushing it.

Olaplex Bonding Oil

No.7 Bonding Oil 30 ml

Olaplex Bonding Oil

Are you convinced flyaways are straight from a certain fiery pit down below? Say sayonara to those pesky little strands with this ultra-lightweight hair oil.

The Olaplex Bonding Oil is a master of all trades, detangling and defrizzing your locks whilst boosting shine and radiance for that salon softness. It’s also great for UV and heat protection, plus super antioxidant rich to help with hair repair. You’ll get that sleek bun look in a matter of seconds!

To use: Twist off the lid and turn the bottle upside down before pressing it to the tip of your index finger to dispense a measured drop. You should then apply a small amount to either dry or wet hair, combing it through from roots to tips.

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

Detox Dry Shampoo 150ml

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo

If hair wash day just isn’t happening any time soon, this mattifying dry shampoo is sure to do the trick.

Designed to absorb oiliness and impurities with micro-fine rice powders, it gives your hair that squeaky clean look with some bonus volume to sweeten the deal. You won’t have to worry about any white residue as it naturally blends in with all hair colours. Pretty cool, right?

To use: Give this bad boy a shake before spraying into your roots about 10-15cm from your scalp. Let it dry before gently rubbing it and brushing through.

Ouai Leave In Conditioner

Leave In Conditioner 140ml

Ouai Leave In Conditioner

From Hugh Jackman to Zendaya, we love a triple threat. Why not get it in a leave-in conditioner too? It might not tap dance or sing in the shower, but this hydrating spray is still super impressive. Acting as a leave-in conditioner, detangler and thermal protection, it’s your go-to for silky and strong hair.

All of that in one spray bottle? Talk about a time-saver.

To use: To help it absorb properly, we recommend using this one on wet hair. Spray it about 6-8 inches away from eyeline down. Brush it through (bonus points if you’ve got a wide-tooth comb) so that the product can get to the roots without having to directly apply it there.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Styling Mist

Caviar Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Styling Mist 145ml

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Multiplying Volume Styling Mist

Keen on hair that’s got the “it factor”? This quick and easy styling mist has got tons of volume in store for you, giving your locks a life-saving lift.

It’s a match made in heaven for parents after a bit more “‘zhuzh,” promising to plump and thicken your hair whilst delivering nourishing minerals for optimal hair health.

Get show-stopping volume without any heaviness or stickiness. Your hair deserves it.

To use: Spray throughout towel-dried hair prior to blow drying.

Morroconoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo

Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo 200 ml

Morroconoil Blonde Perfecting Purple Shampoo

Here’s a special shoutout to all my blondies trying to push out their salon trips (me too, me too.) Fight off that darned brassiness with this game-changing purple shampoo and see those cool tones back come to life.

It’s made with deeply nourishing and reparative argan oil, so you won’t have to compromise between great colour and caring ingredients. And in case that isn’t enough, it also stars the Morroconoil signature spicy amber and warm floral scent. You’ll have locks that look, feel and smell amazing.

To use: Massage through wet hair and scalp. Leave on for 3-5 minutes so the magic can happen, and rinse well.

Ikoo Pocket Detangling Brush


When you hit those crazy mornings that feel like they’re straight from a sitcom, look no further than this handy little tool. Super compact and easy to travel with, the Ikoo Pocket Detangling Brush is perfect to pop into your car or handbag.

Pocket Detangling Brush Rose Default

Ikoo Pocket Detangling Brush

It’s ergonomically designed with a central finger grip and has an innovative two-tier bristle to slip right through those tricky knots.

To use: This one’s pretty self-explanatory, but pro tip: it’s also perfect for using your fave hair   treatment or serum.

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