The Game-Changing Launches That’ll Make 2019 Your Best Hair Year Yet

Every year we make a bunch of resolutions that we barely never stick to. In January, we set out on a mission to Marie Kondo the crap out of our apartment, save money, and cut back on sugar. But by the time the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday hits, we’re splurging on new ASOS gear that just so happens to re-clutter said apartment. And, well, Trader Joe’s new pancake bread threw the whole no-sugar thing out of the window.

But there’s one resolution we always plan on — and actually stick to — and that’s taking better care of our hair. Heat, bleach, and environmental stressors (yes, you, NYC pollution) show no mercy on our strands and we’re forced to show them love or pay the price of breakage, dryness, and split ends forever.

Thankfully, if your goal is to walk into each day of 2019 with healthy hair, there are already a bunch of new products at the drugstore (and beyond) that will make it easy to attain. From fancy, charcoal-infused scrubs to color-creating conditioners with a 4,000-person waitlist, this year’s batch of launches will make the next 300+ days perfect hair days.

Looking at all the trendy hair colors on Instagram is all well and good until you totally fry your hair with bleach trying to get the look on your naturally dark hair. Going red velvet or unicorn purple is a process, and while some people are down for the chemicals, others are afraid of what it will do to their hair in the long run. But that doesn’t mean everyone shouldn’t be able to experience the rush that is a rainbow hair.

Overtone’s new Purple For Brown Hair line launching this month solves that. The line features a coloring conditioner and deep treatment that deposit purple semi-permanent hair color onto brunette hair — no pre-lightening necessary. If your hair is on the light brown side, it’ll turn it ultraviolet. If your strands are deep brown, it’ll pick up a rich, royal purple tint. We highly suggest joining the 4,000+ people on the waitlist before it drops.

Overtone Purple For Brown Hair,$47, available January 23, 2019 at

Say it with us: “I will scrub my scalp in 2019.” It’s impossible not to wonder about your scalp health with all the new innovations hitting the market. The latest scalp exfoliator from Drybar has activated charcoal and sugar to sop up dirt and remove product buildup from your scalp. Get it online or book yourself an appointment at a Drybar location to try it for yourself.

DryBar On the Rocks Charcoal Scalp Scrub, $32, available at Sephora

You don’t need three separate sprays to achieve lift, create texture, and absorb oil. This Redken formula will do all three in just one spritz — and inadvertently help you cut back on clutter, too. It has a dry finish that won’t feel gritty or powdery on your hair, and it’ll give your style a flexible hold that won’t feel crunchy AF come lunchtime.

Redken Triple Dry 15 Dry Texture Finishing Spray, $22, available at Ulta Beauty

Briogeo’s first foray into the general wellness category includes two multi-purpose oils — tea tree and castor — that can be used on your hair, skin, and wherever the heck else you want. We will definitely be picking up this (extremely chic) bottle of cold-pressed castor oil and smearing it on our scalps in the name of shinier, healthier hair this year.

Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil, $26, available at Sephora

This spray-on mask from Fekkai solves one of our annoying shower problems: digging our hands into a tub of conditioner and spilling it everywhere (except on our hair where it belongs). Instead, the aerosol formula can be sprayed exactly where you want it. It enhances shine, protects your color from fading, and won’t leave your bathtub or hair a greasy, oily mess.

Speaking of pollution, Klorane has an entire range dedicated to protecting your hair from the environment coming to Ulta Beauty in April. We got to try the collection ahead of its springtime launch and love this purifying mist. It’s formulated with aquatic mint and zinc ricinoleate (a natural deodorizer) to nix odors and purify your scalp. If you’re wearing a protective style that is particularly itchy or tight, spray some of this on your skin to soothe irritation and keep your style smelling fresh.

Klorane Anti-Pollution Purifying Mist, $47, available April 2019 at

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