Kit Saviours Heather Dapaah

March 22nd, 2021

March 22nd, 2021

The latest in our Kit Saviours series looks at what celebrity hairstylist Heather Dapaah can’t live without in her kit to ensure her clients have luscious, healthy hair.

Heather opened her London-based salon HerDefinition at just 23 and since then the doors have continued to open in her career, from working on TV sets, Universal Music Group music videos and getting celebrities event-ready.

She specialises in healthy hair for black women and is known for her signature Hollywood waves on textured hair and wigs.  Heather is highly sought after for her wide range of hair knowledge, having catered to all hair types and textures.

Heather’s celebrity clients include reality TV stars Kaz Crossley and Priscilla Anyabu, athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton and British R&B artists Ray BLK, MiraaMay, Darkoo and Dolapo.


What are your styling must haves?

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 extra attention of styling.  This spray gives a textured look with strong hold, even for fine hair!

For a slicked down look on textured hair I reach for Gummy Professional Styling Wax Ultra Hold (£4.49).  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 (£9.69).  Not only does it smell of vanilla, but it also has argon, cyperus and linseed oils to protect hair and give it a gorgeous shine!


What about power tools?

The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer (£299.99) 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.)

And finally, what are your essentials?

The absolute essentials for my kit are the basics – bobby pins and open hair pins to help pin hair seamlessly.  A tail comb and butterfly clips to help with sectioning hair.  Wide tooth comb to brush hair without causing too much damage or frizz.  And of course hair bobbles!


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