8 Ways to Get Shinier, Healthier-Looking Hair

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Photo courtesy of Marley Kate/The Licensing Project

No matter what your hair type, how you treat it at home—with clean treatments, masks, serums, and deep
conditioners—can make a huge difference in how it looks and feels. Even professional hairstylists can tell: Garrett
Markenson, an LA stylist and the founder of Valley Studio and the clean hair line Reverie, notices which of his
clients do regular scalp treatments at home. “I see a big effect on how their hair looks and behaves,” he says.
Whether you’re looking to repair heat-styling damage, increase shine and bounce, or balance your scalp for overall
healthier-looking hair, these are the at-home treatments everyone’s talking about—and that really work.

Markenson’s own botanical scalp treatment has become something of an internet sensation; he says he’s his own best
client and jokes that his brother’s (untreated) hair hasn’t fared as well as his. “We want to take care of the skin
on our scalp because, over time, environmental stress and aging can cause it to weaken, just as skin anywhere on the
body does,” he says. “That can leave our hair looking dull, flat, and less lush.”

The world has caught on, and scalp treatments are suddenly everywhere. At the same time, masks, oils, and
conditioning treatments designed to leave hair shinier, softer, and more manageable are at least as powerful as
their salon counterparts, and there’s even a brush that manages to approximate the salon head massage—heaven.

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    This Brush Is Everything

    This flexible palm-size brush from Manta molds to the shape of your hand and scalp, creating less tension
    than conventional brushes, while its bendy, forgiving bristles minimize snags. Manta’s founder, Tim
    Binnington, a British hairdresser, created it for his wife when she was growing her hair back after an
    illness and worried brushing was causing breakage. Use it to detangle in the shower, comb damp hair, or
    brush out when dry. And guys love it, too—it feels truly wonderful on the scalp.

    Manta Hairbrush

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    The Ultimate Spritz of Moisture

    Smooth frizz, detangle, and protect your color with this leave-in treatment spray that’s ultramoisturizing
    and light as air. Made with rahua, ungurahua, and morete oils plus protein-bonding organic mango sugars—all
    of them wild-grown, hand-processed, and sustainably sourced from the Amazon rain forest—it smells beautifully
    of mango and passion fruit extracts. Spritz it into wet hair to soften and smooth instantly; as your hair
    dries, expect bouncy, shiny, manageable, healthy-looking hair.

    Rahua Hydration Detangler + UV Barrier

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    The Hair Oil That Changes Everything

    This light castor oil is magic, no matter what your hair texture. Deeply moisturizing, curl-defining, and
    instantly frizz-smoothing, it contains the same nourishing goodness as traditional castor oil—it’s full of
    antioxidants, omegas, vitamin E, and protein—but feels silkier and more absorbent. It’s brilliantly
    multipurpose (hair moisturizer, hair styler, and nourishing skin care for face and body all in one), and the
    founder is a woman who employs a 90 percent female staff in her native Haiti, where the company sustainably
    harvests ingredients—and where castor oil has been beloved for its skin- and hair-coddling benefits for

    Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil Light

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    The Twice-a-Week Miracle Mask

    This is the hair mask the clean beauty space has been waiting for: an ultraluxurious, salon-level deep
    conditioner that leaves your hair nourished, healthy, and full of shine. With tsubaki-seed oil for deep
    hydration and yuzu-fruit extract to smooth the cuticle, it is lightweight and smells amazing—that’s the
    Crown Affair signature scent of yuzu, lemongrass, and bergamot. To apply it, use a wide-tooth comb (like the
    one in the Crown Affair set) to distribute evenly. Leave it on for five to fifteen minutes—depending how dry
    or damaged your hair is—in place of or in addition to your regular conditioner.

    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask

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    Treat Hair and Scalp at Once

    This ultranourishing soothing treatment is made with gorgeous botanicals and oils direct from the Amazon.
    It’s especially brilliant for dry scalp: Rich in omega-9, rahua oil, which has been prized by Indigenous
    Amazonian women for centuries, moisturizes and strengthens; palo santo oil helps eliminate buildup and
    balance the scalp; and hemp oil calms and soothes. Massage into the scalp and lengths, leave in for fifteen
    minutes (or overnight) and rinse out—your hair and scalp will look and feel healthier, happier, shinier, and

    Rahua Founder’s Blend Hair & Scalp Treatment

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    The Instant Shine and Volume Shampoo

    Our scalp and hair are our crown, and this unique whipped shampoo made of exfoliating mineral-rich
    Himalayan pink salt, nourishing cold-pressed moringa oil, and pure unfiltered rose hip oil purifies and
    detoxifies all at once. The scrub cleanses the hair and scalp of product buildup, dirt, and oil, leaving
    both clean and refreshed. The cleansing scent—rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint—lingers subtly in
    hair (and smells amazing as you wash).

    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scrub Scalp Shampoo

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    The Internet-Legend Tonic

    This refreshing serum protects, hydrates, and supports scalp health. Designed as a leave-in treatment, it’s
    infused with active ingredients like apple stem cells, lupine protein, and rose and rosemary hydrosols.
    Apply small drops to a wet scalp (clean or dirty), massage, and leave in—no residue stays behind. Use it
    daily for a healthy, nourished scalp.

    Reverie Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic

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    The New, Once-a-Week Clarifier

    Designed to cleanse and detoxify the scalp, this once-a-week tonic dissolves buildup and excess oil as it
    gently hydrates. A blend of extracts and oils—basil leaf supports growth, health, and shine, while baobab
    and moringa oils soothe, hydrate, and help replenish the scalp’s moisture (all ingredients are
    cold-processed to preserve nutrient levels). Apply the tonic directly to your scalp, massage it in—to
    distribute product, stimulate the scalp, and feel fantastic—leave it on for twenty minutes, and rinse before
    shampooing and conditioning. It smells faintly herbaceous, leaves the scalp fresh and clean, and works
    beautifully for all hair types.

    Act + Acre Cold Processed® Scalp Detox

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    Gua Sha Works for Hair as Well as Skin

    Use this gorgeous hand-cut jade comb for an invigorating gua sha massage for your scalp. Based on the
    ancient Chinese therapy of gua sha—which involves smoothing a sculpted massage tool over the face or body—a
    massage with this comb feels absolutely incredible (especially after using the Cold Processed Scalp Detox
    tonic). Stimulating for the scalp and relaxing for the spirit, it’s our new favorite daily ritual.

    Act + Acre Scalp Gua Sha Comb

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