The 12 Best Hair Treatment Products for Stronger, Healthier Hair
Even if you don’t have the motivation to style your hair every day lately, indulging in deep cleansing, moisturizing, and strengthening treatments is still essential to keep them healthy and manageable. . Whether you’re passionate about scalp care or have recently discovered the wonderful world of hair oils, spending an hour (more or less) taking care of your hair will have you looking and feeling like a million dollars. In the spirit of more good hair days for everyone, we asked some of our employees to reveal the treatment products they love for those long, lazy wash days. Here are the 12 hair essentials they always keep stocked in their showers.
Abby Miller, Creative and Production Manager
There’s nothing more luxurious than settling into a pleasant, long scalp massage, and the Ceremonia Power Duo Set makes this at-home pampering ritual a breeze. The set includes their cult Aceite de Moska oil, as well as their perfectly palm-sized Scalp Masajeador. I’m using it as a hack to grow my hair out this winter. Usually my hair starts to break and get damaged when I try to grow it out long, keeping me stuck in medium length hair forever (sigh). But since using it once a week I have noticed that my hair stays healthier and stronger.
I’ll be honest, my hair care regimen is probably the most overlooked part of my routine. Usually by the time I’m in the shower I’m already late, so I’m always on the lookout for products that make hair care simple and easy. Playa was the answer to my hair prayers. Brand founder Shelby Wild created Playa with a mission to create a line of versatile products that repair and style while requiring less time in front of a mirror (yes, please!). This weekly reset kit is perfect for lazy haired girls like me. You get instant results in just two easy steps. The salt scrub detoxifies and treats, while the mask deeply hydrates and soothes. I usually save it for Sundays when I can indulge in a little self-care time, and the results of a shiny, healthy mane last all week.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil
This is the hair mask I use when my hair is in its most desperate and damaged SOS state. I discovered this a few years ago after spending a few weeks on the road for a shoot and forgetting to bring my own shampoo and conditioner. I ended up using the little products provided by the hotel (gasp), and my hair wasn’t happy with me afterwards. It was so damaged and split that I thought I was going to have to cut it all out and start over, until my friend convinced me to try the Regenerating Mask. I swear it reversed all the damage from the previous weeks with just one use. Its secret ingredient is prickly pear oil, which is touted as the rarest and most expensive oil in the world and is packed with fatty acids and vitamins C and E. Basically, it’s a miracle worker. and should be in every cabinet.
Hannah Baxter, Senior Beauty Editor
Scalp care is non-negotiable if you want truly healthy hair (which is also free of product buildup or dry, flaky skin). Every month I use a physical scrub to really massage my scalp and deeply cleanse it. This formula uses perlite, a type of volcanic rock formed by rapidly cooling lava (flex), rather than salt, which is a more traditional scrub ingredient, as salt can often disintegrate before it reaches your scalp. It exfoliates, unclogs pores and uses celery seed extract to hydrate and soothe. The brand also uses 100% ocean waste plastic in its packaging. Be careful, you will then have to apply a good shampoo and apply a little conditioner to rinse the perlite particles. It may take a few rinses, but believe me, it’s worth it.
Pattern Scalp Serum
If you suffer from scalp irritation, whether from protective styling or simply from cold, dry weather, a soothing serum can provide the relief you desperately need. This new launch of Tracee Ellis Ross’ hair care line combines lavender, rosemary and peppermint oils to calm itchiness and invigorate your skin. The scent is absolutely divine and your scalp will feel more hydrated in a heartbeat. It’s not a rinse out so I usually style my hair as normal then once it’s 90% dry I target my part and anywhere that feels particularly irritated and apply a thin layer. Easy!
Anyone who frequents their colorist’s chair knows that all that bleach and added chemicals can seriously dry out your hair. That’s why adding a deep conditioning mask a few times a week is essential to keep your hair hydrated and free of breakage. Celebrity stylist Chris Appleton (he’s behind some of J.Lo’s most iconic looks, in case you’re not familiar) is already Color Wow’s global creative director, but this is his first collaboration with the brand, and it’s guaranteed to give you that shiny, glass-like finish it’s known for. Blue kale and Mediterranean seaweed are the star ingredients here, which help repair damage and leave you with silky smooth hair, no matter your hair texture or thickness. I’m adding this to my shower rotation to help my highlighted hair stay extra shiny – to be determined if it helps me look a little more like J.Lo.
Leya Kaufman, Sales Manager
My master colorist, Gion Vincent from the Sam Brocato salon, gave me this protective treatment to take home once, and it’s now one of my favorite weekly rituals. Although I would appreciate any excuse to extend my shower time by five minutes, I definitely see a difference in my hair when using this. I swear it keeps my highlights from damaging my locks and also acts as a protector after sun exposure. It has certainly earned its forever rightful place in my hair care routine.
And when it’s been too long since my last haircut in Soho at Sam Brocato salon with an expert stylist Stephen Wang, I save time with this forked savior. I have to apply it sparingly and only to my ends, but it improves the end result of any DIY blowout at home and keeps my cut looking fresh, even when it’s time to go back for a trim. Which, by the way, is so long overdue…
From time to time, I find myself over-washing my hair and unintentionally leaving it brittle or dry. When this happens, my naturally wavy hair starts to frizz and become unmanageable. Enter Briogeo Fairwell Frizz Leave-In Conditioner. Although I don’t use it daily, I try to work it into my routine when I wash too aggressively or have an important place to go, even if it’s just a call Zoom at 10:30 a.m.
Alex Bair, Senior Director, Sales
This year, I’m making my hair a priority just as much as my skin. My hair tends to be a bit oilier after a day or two without washing, but I’ve found the moisturizing and nourishing treatments really work wonders. This IGK 3 Minute Moisturizing Hair Mask is deeply restorative and not only keeps my hair feeling fresh, but it prevents future damage.
AG Hair The Oil Extra Virgin Argan Miracle Soothing Oil
Having thick locks makes me super prone to poof and frizz when those humid New York days roll around, so a hair oil is an absolute essential in my beauty cabinet. I don’t like to “do” my hair in the morning (I prefer to focus on skincare), and an oil is perfect for anyone looking for a quick hair fix that gives the illusion of shiny, styled locks. I love how this AG hair oil is super lightweight, adds softness and protects against heat. It really is a holy grail product that everyone must try.
OK, believe me when I say finding Olaplex was a highlight of my pandemic life. All of their products are amazing, but this one in particular, Hair Perfector #3, is a complete game-changer. After getting in the shower, I lather this product all over, from roots to ends. Then I put it in a high bun and leave it on for five to 10 minutes while I focus on the rest of my shower routine. The key is to use shampoo and conditioner after washing off the treatment. I promise, use it once a week and your hair will feel stronger and healthier in no time.