Best at-home keratin treatments for a salon-worthy sheen

Naomi May
·3-min read
Ports 1961 spring/summer 2021 (iMAXTree)
Ports 1961 spring/summer 2021 (iMAXTree)

The Beast from the East isn’t just messing with our daily walks (hello, frostbite), it’s apparently coming for our hair too.

While usually, we’d be in front of our hairdressers quicker than you could say ‘frizz’, in the midst of lockdown 3.0, that’s not a luxury we have at our disposal.

But fear not, fellow frizzy-haired friends, for there’s a whole legion of lotions and potions to whip your windswept hair into shape.

Keratin is your best friend as it pertains to calming and controlling flyaways. It works by smoothing the cells that overlap to form your hair strands, which are called the hair cuticle. While Hershesons is the go-to haunt for beauty editors in London to have the treatment done IRL, without the ability to nip into town to pay a visit to the salon, there is a whole legion of conditioning hair treatments that will tide you over until you can.

KeraStraight Protein Mask

From leave-in conditioners to ultra-moisturising hair masks, these are the at-home treatments to lather on until we meet our hairdressers again.This protein-packed mask is bursting with hydrolysed wheat proteins, which are designed to repair and reconstruct your hair.It forms a protein net that transforms parched locks into significantly stronger and softer hair.

Look Fantastic
Look Fantastic

£26.50 | lookfantastic

Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother

If you’re new to Olaplex, where have you been? Not only was it one of Space NK, LookFantastic and John Lewis’ best-selling products of 2020, but its efficacious, science-led products work for all hair types at taming frizz and flyaways. It’s like your hair on a really, really good day.

Its No. 6 Bond Smoother is a leave-in cream that will deeply hydrate your hair, mimicking the effects of a keratin treatment. Add to your basket, ASAP.

Space NK
Space NK

£26 | Space NK

Kérastase Discipline Keratin Thermique Creme

This thick and luxurious cream promises to resurface and mend broken hair. Simply apply post-shampoo and watch your hair glow! If you need more persuading, the brand’s own research has found that users of the cream experience 87 per cent less breakage to their hair. Sign. Us. Up!


£21 | lookfantastic

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Intensive Treatment

Paul Mitchell’s patented blend of keratin makes for a weekly hair mask that packs some serious punch by penetrating the hair cuticle to rebuild the hair structure from the inside out.

Expect some seriously radiant hair as a result.


£47 | lookfantastic

O’WOW At-Home Smoothing Treatment

This vegan, cruelty-free, and sulphate-free trio contains a treatment spray, a sulphate-free shampoo, and sulphate-free conditioner which, when used in tandem, will give you your smoothest 'do yet.

The results? Hair that looks and feels its shiniest, smoothest, and most frizz-free for up to three months, after just one treatment. *adds to basket*

Beauty Bay
Beauty Bay

£55 | Beauty Bay

Nanokeratin Nanosmooth Pure Replenish Mask

This replenishing mask is a godsend for encouraging bleached and coloured hair to mend and grow. Simply lather on for as long as you can, and as your hair dries, it will be noticeably more manageable and tamed.

Toni & Guy
Toni & Guy

£35 | Toni & Guy

Magik Beauty Keratin Straightening Treatment

At the higher end of the price spectrum is Magik Beauty’s amino acid-packed straightening treatment, which hydrates and revitalises frazzled locks. Its results last for between three to five months, which justifies its steep price, but for tamed and naturally tousled beach bomb waves, there’s none better than this.

Wolf & Badger
Wolf & Badger

£148 | Wolf & Badger


The KeraStraight Protein Mask may as well be re-branded as the hair whisperer, for this is a thick and creamy mask that imparts some serious gloss onto parched locks. And boy, does it work. Make it a staple of your hair arsenal and see for yourself.

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