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8 Ways to Get Shinier, Healthier-Looking Hair

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
    Manta Hairbrush goop, $30
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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
    Rahua Hydration Detangler
    + UV Barrier
    goop, $32
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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 generations.

    Kreyol Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil Light
    Kreyol Essence Haitian Black
    Castor Oil Light
    goop, $50
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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
    Crown Affair The Renewal Mask goop, $58
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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 bouncier.

    Rahua Founder’s Blend Hair & Scalp Treatment
    Rahua Founder’s Blend Hair &
    Scalp Treatment
    goop, $40
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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
    goop Beauty G.Tox Himalayan Salt
    Scrub Scalp Shampoo
    goop, $42
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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
    Reverie Cake Restorative
    Scalp Tonic
    goop, $72
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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
    Act + Acre Cold Processed®
    Scalp Detox
    goop, $42
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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
    Act + Acre Scalp Gua Sha Comb goop, $40
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