8 Keratin Hair Treatments That Do The Most For Your Hair


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This whole quarantine thing has been rough for a lot of reasons, but it’s been especially unforgiving on our hair. No trims for fried, splaying, splits ends, no root touchups for graying patches, zero in-salon deep conditioning treatments or gloss infusions…

No wonder hair mask searches are up 200% on Google – we need helpppp!. And that’s where these at-home keratin-based miracle workers come in. You might not be able to pop into the hairdresser for an actual keratin process just yet (and if you are, lucky you), but you can give stressed strands a serious boost in the shine, volume, and follicle growth departments, thanks to keratin masks, sprays and serums.

PS, still not sure why keratin is all that awesome in the first place? Allow us to remind you. Keratin is a type of protective protein found in your hair, skin, and nails and when it comes to applying more keratin on an unruly mane, it works to smooth layers of cells. The end result is tamer, easier-to-style locks, so it’s a holy grail ingredient pretty much. Here are eight hair products that not only possess it, but we’re obsessed with. Let’s delve into what makes them so transformative, shall we?

Kerastase Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Primer, $37

Kerastase Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Primer

Before you blast damaged strands with heat, causing even more damage, apply this blow-dry primer all over. A Morpho-Kératine complex coats each hair fiber, offering 450°F thermo-protection and reducing breakage. A hefty dose of ceramides also strengthens hair at the same time.

Rene Furterer Absolute Keratine Ultimate Repairing Mask for Fine to Medium Hair, $48

Kerastase Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Primer

Most hair masks can make your mane feel heavy, greasy, or too coated to deal, but not this one. Rene Furterer’s lightweight formula consists of plant-based keratin, plus essentials oils, to repair over-processed locks and detangle. Ideal for fine to medium hair, apply to towel-dried hair after shampooing and let the softness set in.

Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy Kerabalm 3-In-1 Multi-Benefit Hair Balm, $33

Kerastase Keratine Thermique Blow Dry Primer

We love a hardworking multitasker that banishes flyaways, extends style longevity, and leaves locks feeling like silk. Argan oil backs up the keratin in this mighty balm to repel humidity, too.

It’s A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin, $21

It's A 10 Miracle Leave-In Plus Keratin

This cult product is loved by stylists and in-the-know beauty babes for its ability to take lifeless tresses and rehabilitate them. Panthenol, sunflower seed extract, and keratin amino acids protect the natural keratin in hair by replacing lost proteins – and they bring the luster back in a big way. It also earns high marks for its versatility: use on wet hair for extra shine, or as a fishing cream on dry hair.

L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment, $46

L’anza Keratin Healing Oil Hair Treatment

A volumizing oil that gives UV protection, cuts drying time in half, and rehydrates thirsty hair? We’re all in. Plus, a little goes a long way, so you can benefit from multiple good hair days from this must-have product.

Context Keratin Recovery Treatment, $35

Context Keratin Recovery Treatment

Keratin, jojoba, and 12 botanical extracts, (like aloe vera and chamomile) work wonders on quarantine hair to smooth and seal the cuticle and deep condition. Pro tip: work an extra dosage though your ends, then hit them with a dryer for a few minutes for maximum benefits – and a salon-worthy mini treatment.

Klorane Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray, $34

Klorane Keratin Strength Fortifying Spray

Plump limp locks and thinning hair with this scalp treatment spray that feeds the hair follicle with plant-based keratin – plus vitamins B3, B5, B6 and biotin – to stimulate new growth. It’s like extensions, only cheaper.

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray, $32

IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray

Last but not least on our list isn’t a keratin product per se, but thanks to spirulina protein and bonding polymers, it produces the high-shine coating effect of a keratin treatment when activated by heat. Suitable for curly, wavy, and kinky types, it nixes dryness and delivers 24-hour frizz control. Hence its name: Good Behavior.