NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2021: Hair & Body Care

Send some self-care, please. If you know someone who’s been stressed out all year, more than usual that is, gift them the gift of indulgence. Remind them to take a break with these pampering hair care and body care sets, filled with plenty of nourishing products that will care for them, from head to toe. Along the way, maybe they’ll appreciate how time seems to slow down as well.

L – R — Coco & Eve Oh My Hair Kit, $43 | Briogeo Detox + Repair Scalp Shampoo & Hair Repair Mask Kit, $79 | Oribe Gold Lust Collection Set, $158 | Aquis Alice + Olivia  Double Layer Hair Wrap.

First things first, smooth and glossy tresses for the holiday season and beyond. Coco & Eve’s haircare duo contains a Super Nourishing Hair Masque made with their award-winning coconut and fig formula, and the Miracle Hair Elixir to treat split ends, detangle, tame frizziness, for more manageable hair, basically. For Briogeo’s, their clean beauty mask duo goes deeper to soothe and detoxify irritated scalps with a binchotan charcoal formula that draws out impurities that clog the hair follicle, while algae extract and their proprietary NOVA Complex restore moisture to dry, damaged hair.

Going big on the festive feels, Oribe has collaborated with Antoinette Poisson, a French interior design atelier, for holiday sets adorned with designs from their intricate water-coloured 18th-century papier dominoté wallpapers, which are stamped on using a traditional block printing technique on boxes that contain Oribe’s luxurious hair products. If you’re ever in doubt though, a trusty Aquis hair wrap is the gift they never knew they needed — especially in this limited edition Alice + Olivia print. The super-absorbent material cuts drying time by 50 per cent, allowing less frizz and less breakage.

L – R — Percy & Reed 5 Step Regime Award Winners Haircare Set, $95 | slip Crystal Scrunchie Set, $71 | Olaplex Healthy Hair Essentials Kit, $95.

How impressive does “award winners” sound? Everything you’ll want for full, voluminous hair can be found in Percy & Reed’s 5-step regime, complete with their Turn Up The Volume Volumising Shampoo & Conditioner that leave locks light and lifted, along with a hair primer, a “no oil” hair oil that restores shine with its weightless formula, and the Turn Up The Volume Volumising Dry Shampoo that boosts volume at the hair roots to lift lifeless hair in seconds, especially in between washes.

We also highly recommend Olaplex’s professional-grade formulas for dry and damaged hair. This limited edition kit is a good place to start, and contains a full-sized version of their selling hair treatment, the No.3 Hair Perfector that helps rebuild hair bonds in order to reduce breakage and split-ends. Then, have your friend further protect their long hair by swearing off the common hair tie — only silk ones please! slip’s is made with 22 momme slipsilk™ so it’s extra gentle on hair when they’re having it up or readjusting that ponytail or bun.

L – R — Aesop Gift Set – The Advocate, $140 | The Body Shop Love & Plums Ultimate Gift, $99 |  L’Occitane Week Of Self-Care Set, $75.

We guarantee this: you can’t go wrong with an Aesop gift set. This year, they’re celebrate the selfless people in our lives, so we can in turn, show our appreciation with beautifully curated beauty sets. The Advocate’s all for a nurturing and equitable society, so if you know one, they’re probably deserving of some self-care essentials too, housed in a recycled paper pulp case, by the way.

Generous gift-givers will want to look out for these equally generous, all-encompassing sets. The Body Shop’s has a shower gel, body scrub, body butter, shimmer mist, hand cream, and body yogurt, all in a juicy-smelling festive scent that carries notes of plum sorbet, peony and musk. L’Occitane couldn’t be more apt in naming their set the “Week Of Self-Care” set too — here, you’ll find, essentially, a 7-day advent calendar of miniature self-care bestsellers, including their Almond Shower Oil, Almond Milk Concentrate, and Shea Butter Hand Cream.

L – R — Skin Inc Embody Your Bliss, $398 | Frank Body Party S’More Scrub & Lip Tint Kit, $50 | Malin+Goetz Make it A Double, $65 | diptyque Eau Rose Set, $133.

More head-to-toe pampering awaits with these, starting with Skin Inc’s indulgent full-body kit. It contains their Tri-Light™ Body Sculpt Fit, a NASA LED treatment device that also heats up with micro-vibrations, to smooth and lift skin. Frank Body makes the home spa experience way more fun with a Party S’More kit that’s meant to leave you softer than a fluffy marshmallow — hence its name. The Buff Marshmallow Body Scrub smoothens skin, while the Whip Marshmallow Lip Scrub and Pout Lip Tint takes care of your lips.

For more gifts that come ready-wrapped, look to Malin+Goetz’s duo, consisting of the gentle yet effective hand + body wash and their quick-absorbing body lotion, both infused with the brand’s signature rum scent. Then, there’s diptyque’s holiday collection, decorated with a graphic design inspired by the historic Basile pattern; Eau Rose is the fragrance house’s tribute to the rose, in the form of a hand cream and hair mist.

L – R — This Works Space to Dream Christmas Kit, $68 | Lush Cosmetics You’re A Star Gift Set, $159 | Clarins Body Shapers Collection, $102 | Burt’s Bees Essential Burt’s Bees Kit, $52. 

Now, for the true self-care fiends. They’ll love everything here. This Works promises a good night’s sleep with their sleep kit, in a supersized set that contains the lavender and vetiver Deep Sleep Bath Soak, the Sleep Balm, a roll-on product, and the crowd-favourite Deep Sleep Pillow Spray.

Lush always, always impresses with their fun holiday sets too, but can you really pass up on a good old bath bomb? Thankfully, this set of 8 bath, shower and body products contain all the items your friend needs to be the star of their own lives — bath bomb, included.

The dream gift for those who love to slather cream on themselves, Clarins’ kit will reward their commitment with a sculpted figure, thanks to their trio of body essentials that sees a full-sized 200ml Body Shaping Cream, on top of an exfoliating body scrub, body wash, and a sleek new case. Burt’s Bees also gathers their essentials in one place, where we get to enjoy their gentle and natural Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream alongside a nourishing Milk and Honey Body Lotion, Coconut Foot Cream, as well as their bestselling Hand Salves and Beeswax Lip Balm.

L – R — TWO L(I)PS Discovery Set, $280 | Good Vibes The Sex Bomb, $69.

And then there’s the ultimate self-care. As Singapore’s first luxury intimate care brand, TWO L(I)PS wants us to care for our delicate vulvas, starting with this starter set of two everyday serums that control sebum and return radiance to the most sensitive of skin. There’s also the cheeky Sex Bomb by Good Vibes, a one-of-a kind bath bomb that houses a discreet Raven Bullet vibrator within. You can truly send happy vibes, then.