You might know keratin best within the context of keratin treatments, which are in-salon chemical processes that help promote straighter, smoother, and generally easier-to-manage hair. But if you're not looking to shell out $300+ on a professional treatment, keratin hair masks can produce similar (albeit less intense, and less long-lasting) results. Unlike their in-salon counterparts, the best keratin hair masks work in minutes (not hours), won't contain any formaldehyde (which, according to the American Cancer Society, is a known carcinogen), and won't set you back hundreds of dollars.
The same rules that apply to keratin-free hair masks generally apply here, too. Giovanni Vaccaro, Artistic Director at Glamsquad, recommends using a keratin hair mask once a week if you have fine hair, or up to twice a week if you have medium to thick hair. “If your roots get oily or weighed down, apply the mask from ponytail or mid shaft down to your ends,” Vaccaro tells Elite Daily. “But if the hair closest to your scalp is dry, damaged, or has broken off, I recommend applying to your roots as well so that it can get stronger and recover.”
Any of the five best hair masks on this list will do the trick, so keep scrolling to find your perfect at-home keratin treatment match.
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