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Battling frizz can feel like a full-time job, especially when you have factors like humidity working against you. There are so many quick fixes you can take to momentarily smooth down flyaways, like hair oils or leave-in conditioners. But odds are, if you’ve been in a battle with frizz for your whole life like I have, you’ve heard a little something about keratin.
Keratin treatments are an in-salon service you can get that reduces frizz and adds shine to your hair. But they can be pricey, and when done incorrectly, potentially damaging. But whether you opt for a salon treatment or not, you can still get the smoothing, healing, and repairing benefits of keratin right in your shower. Here, find the 16 best keratin shampoos that can actually alleviate frizz, for good.
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Best Keratin Treatment
Keratin Smooth 7 Day Smooth System
Stylists’ go-to keratin treatment is the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth 7-day system. While not technically a shampoo, the product does reduce frizz and act as a barrier from heat styling tools like the other keratin shampoos on this list. Prepare for salon-sleek hair.
Best For Flat Hair
Discipline Bain Fluidealiste
The “morpo-keratine” technology in this product restores the flexibility of the hair to help create voluminous body with structure.
Best For Hair Loss
RevivaHair Growth Stimulating & Anti Hair Loss Shampoo
- Takes time to see results
One of Amazon’s top-reviewed shampoos, Purebiology’s RevivaHair Growth Stimulating & Anti Hair Loss formula, is packed with active ingredients to treat thinning or damaged hair. The natural extracts in the cleanser include biotin and keratin which work in tandem to stimulate hair growth.
Best For Damaged Hair
Miracle Shampoo Plus Keratin
This keratin-infused product prevents breakage and works to repair all the signs of heat damage. If you’re constantly using a flat iron or blow-dryer, grab this to restore lost moisture and nutrients while in the shower.
Best For Weak Hair
Keraphix Damage Healing Shampoo
Hair damaged by heat or chemicals can reap the benefits of this shampoo which works overtime to repair and strengthen the hair. The result is silky, rehydrated hair that’s stronger and softer.
Best For Breakage
The Kure Bond Repair Shampoo
- May not be ideal for oily hair
One of the telltale signs of weak, damaged hair is breakage. This bond repairing shampoo works within the hair shaft to strengthen and repair from the inside out, so hair won’t break or split at the ends.
Best For Oily Hair
Advanced Keratindose Shampoo
- Can dry out dehydrated hair
Instead of stripping the hair of its natural moisture, this shampoo actually helps condition it, imparting keratin and protein into each strand to help them become stronger and smoother.
Best For ’90s Bounce
Shampoo for Magnificent Volume
Weak, damaged hair is often limp and lifeless. Thanks to strand-thickening polymers in the formula, this volumizing shampoo not only makes the hair stronger but also increases its bounce factor.
Best For Scalp Care
Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
- May not be suited for very dry hair
Keranique’s keratin amino complex reaches the cortex of the hair while strengthening the hair’s surface. After continued use, your hair should appear and feel fuller, thicker, and stronger.
Best Sulphate-Free Option
Keratin Care Smoothing Shampoo
- Good for color-treated hair
- Takes time to see results
This Keratin Complex shampoo provides a gentle cleanse to color-treated hair. The product is formulated to soothe and protect against damage if you’ve been experimenting with dye. Double up and use the Keratin Complex conditioner from the same line to further hydrate and restore your hair’s protein.
Best For Frizzy Hair
Anti Frizz Daily Shampoo & Conditioner
Previously, if you’ve had a Brazilian keratin treatment, there wasn’t a need to use a keratin-based shampoo or conditioner, but this product works with the treatment to maintain the health of your hair and leave it feeling full and healthy longer.
Best For Dry Hair
Argan Oil & Aloe Shampoo
- May not be suited for oily hair
Not only do you get a keratin infusion with this shampoo, but you’ll also reap the benefits of the fatty acid-filled and moisturizing organic Moroccan oil. The combination of the two ingredients doubles up the product’s ability to provide nutrients and strengthen the hair follicles.
Best Drugstore Option
Brazilian Keratin Smooth Shampoo
If keratin alone isn’t enough to get your hair back on the road to good health, the extra oomph of super-moisturizing coconut oils will take you the distance. The other notable ingredient is avocado oils—you hear that, millennials?
Best For Color-Treated Hair
The keratin used in Virtue’s shampoo is identical to keratin produced by the human body. This cleanser also works to rid strands of excess oil, dirt, and build-up in a gentle way that won’t damage or strip vibrancy from color-treated hair.
Best For A Budget
Keratin Protein Smoothing Shampoo
This miracle worker in a bottle cleanses hair and restores shine while smoothing. Plus, it smells incredible.
Best Citrus Shampoo
Damage Eraser Shampoo
A fruit smoothie for your hair, Garnier’s cleanser uses citrus proteins that work with keratin to hydrate the scalp and return moisture back into dry hair.
What is keratin?
“Keratin helps to rebuild the protein structure of your damaged hair,” says Hawkins. “Over time, it should leave your hair silky and smooth.” It’s something our body creates naturally. “Our hair, skin, and nails are made up of keratin,” says Lam. “The more do to our hair–such as coloring or heat styling it—the more it can weaken and appear dull.”
What do keratin shampoos do?
“If you’ve got frizzy locks and are afraid to take the leap and get a full-on keratin treatment at the salon, then a keratin shampoo is a great way to start,” says Hawkins. If you already have a keratin treatment, “Keratin shampoos help protect your investment by prolonging the smoothness of the cuticle,” says Perteet.
Even if you have un-treated hair, keratin shampoos can still help keep frizz at bay. “If you have frizzy/coarse hair texture, keratin shampoo is a great option to help smooth your hair,” says Rasmussen. “Over time it creates a coating on the hair that will help fill in the pores in your hair to make it smooth and shiny.”
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