They say blondes have more fun, and if we’re talking hair products, we’d have to say we agree.

Let’s face it, most products are built for blonde hair. Dry shampoo leaves dark roots looking grey, texture powder looks like you’re battling a scalp condition if it’s not buffed in properly, and too much salt spray leaves it looking (and feeling) like it’s glued together at the ends.

So what’s a brunette to do? These are the burning questions we tackle every day in THE FILE HQ.

Dark hair looks best when it’s not too brassy, oil-free at the roots (but not too silky), and a little bit messed up. We actually prefer our hair when it’s slept on and deprived of a hair brush with the colour a little worn-in, so with that in mind, we trialled everything from shampoo to styling products to narrow it down the 4 essentials every brunette babe needs in her hair arsenal to keep it looking awesome all day, every day…

And we found some game-changers.

By Carmen Hamilton.