For many people, one of the major downsides of the last year was not being able to get to the hair salon. However, if your pocketbook quite enjoyed saving all that cash, you might want to continue this trend—and you can with these 10 at-home hair treatments.
It might sound silly to some, but lots of people enjoy (or just plain require) heading to the salon regularly to get their hair done. However, necessity, as the saying goes, is the mother of invention. If you’ve been successfully doing your hair yourself, or if it’s become a lot healthier without all those highlights, dye jobs, and other treatments, you might want to continue this trend.
If so, these at-home hair treatments are a simple way to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, no matter when (or if) you decide to head back to the salon.
With thousands of positive reviews online, Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is a terrific at-home option to try. This concentrated treatment will strengthen your hair and reduce breakage, as well as restore a healthy appearance and texture.
Just to be clear, it’s not just a conditioner: You use it one to three times per week, depending on how damaged your hair is. Leave it on for at least 10 minutes before washing out.
No. 3 utilizes Olaplex’s patented bond-building technology, which relinks the broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal, or mechanical damage. So, not only will keep your hair looking great, but it will also genuinely fix any damage that’s making it look less than great.
The Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask is a deep conditioning treatment meant to restore and repair dry, damaged hair. It deeply hydrates your hair, while improving shine, softness, and elasticity for long-lasting results. It’s made with sea buckthorn berry, which is packed with vitamins and omega-7.
The nice thing about this mask is it’s super thick, but never makes your hair feel heavy. It’s also made without parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial colors, formaldehyde, aluminum, or talc, and is certified vegan. It’s also safe to use on color-, Brazilian-, or keratin-treated hair.
According to Good Dye Young, this product is “like a weekly facial for your hair,” which, really, is a great way to describe it. Like a facial, this Pre-Wash Weekly Detox & Scalp Treatment is meant to get rid of buildup, thoroughly cleanse, and leave behind a shiny, smooth result, but on your hair instead of your skin.
This product uses gentle exfoliators (that are biodegradable, FYI) to loosen any product buildup. Not only does it get rid of all of it, but it also fortifies your scalp with ingredients like thyme, rosemary, grapefruit, and witch hazel to stimulate circulation.
Chamomile flower extract acts as an anti-inflammatory, so it won’t irritate your scalp. It leaves your hair looking shiny and smooth.
If your hair color has been looking a bit lackluster, or you’re just wanting to visit the salon less, DPHue Gloss+ Semi-Permanent Hair Color and Deep Conditioner is an excellent option.
To be clear, it’s not intended to be used as hair color, as it won’t drastically change that. Rather, it’s more like a deep conditioner that enhances hair color that’s started to fade. It can also tone down highlights.
It’s available in 11 different shades and will leave your hair feeling super soft and shiny.
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Weightless Mask is another really great conditioning mask option if you’re looking for fast, easy results. It’s super lightweight (hence, the “weightless” part), so it’s great for fine hair. This product will strengthen and smooth your hair, while also boosting volume. It also hydrates and protects against future damage, while repairing breakage and split ends.
Made with murumuru butter, it brings out your hair’s natural maximum shine and softness. It doesn’t contain any silicones, sulfates (neither SLS, nor SLES), parabens, or formaldehyde-releasing agents.
It’s also really simple to use: Just apply it after you shampoo, leave it for a few minutes, and then rinse. You’ll be sure to have a good hair day.
If you’re looking for something other than a treatment or a mask, try Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Serum. You apply this to damp hair before styling, and then just leave it to work its magic. The serum strengthens damaged hair and prevents split ends and future breakage.
It’s made of Japanese-sourced rice extract, an ingredient that delivers a ton of hydration and protection. The addition of two types of hair oil leave hair smoother, shinier, and softer. And don’t let the oil fool you: This formula is light and won’t leave behind any greasy residue.
This Amika Flash Instant Shine Mask has lots of fans because it does what it says it will: delivers instant shine and softness. Unlike most hair masks, it’s not thick or creamy, nor do you have to let it sit on your hair for ages.
Simply apply it to wet hair in the shower—on fine hair, use it as a conditioner, on thicker hair, use it after shampooing and conditioning. Let it sit for 60 seconds, and then rinse.
Inspired by the Korean “Splash Mask” beauty ritual (which is splashing nutrient-enriched water on your skin to brighten and moisturize it), Flash leaves your hair shiny, soft, and healthy-looking. In a flash!
It’s made with UV filters, hydrolyzed flax seed for a healthy shine, red wine extract for potent antioxidants to fight frizz, and amino acid complex to keep your color vibrant.
The IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask is a little different than most of the other products on our list. Instead of wet hair, you apply this product to dry, and it works like a conditioner.
It’s a time-release treatment that repairs and softens hair overnight. To use it, you just spray it on your hair in sections before going to bed, and then wake up to super-soft, shiny hair.
This dry hair mask uses a first-of-its-kind, leave-in, bond-building technology. It repairs and protects by bonding to the natural proteins in hair fibers to strengthen them. From there, it smooths the cuticle by forming a conditioning network of amino acids on top of the hair. This adds shine and prevents future damage from heat styling and brushing.
As a bonus, it’s made with ingredients like coconut, pink pineapple, and eucalyptus, all of which are great for your hair. It also smells wonderful and will even help you relax and fall asleep easier. Think of it as a quick way to fall asleep and wake up with gorgeous locks.
OUAI Treatment is one of our all-time favorite hair masks. It’s creamy and luxurious, yet feels super lightweight on your hair, while delivering amazing softness. It’s a restorative healing mask that’s meant to smooth your strands, but also repair damage and increase resistance to any future damage.
Intensely moisturizing, this treatment is made with artichoke leaf extract to seal the cuticle and protect hair color, as well. It also smells incredible (which OUAI is known) with notes of bergamot, lychee, cedarwood, and white musk.
Blondes, this one is for you! Verb’s Purple Toning and Hydrating Mask neutralizes any brassy yellow or gold tones in your hair, whether they’re natural or leftover after a hair color or bleach treatment. It also protects against damage, split ends, and breakage, while enhancing existing color.
This mask also contains some awesome ingredients, like acai extract for hydration and pro-vitamin B5 for vibrancy. There’s also sunflower seed extract to protect your hair from UV rays, color fading, and brassiness. If you need to give your blonde locks a boost quickly and easily, this mask is the perfect way to do it.