8 Leave-In Treatments For Stronger, Healthier Hair
8 Leave-In Treatments For Stronger, Healthier Hair

8 Leave-In Treatments For Stronger, Healthier Hair

If you want to enhance strength and bounce, it’s hard to beat a leave-in hair treatment. Full of proteins and keratin, they work hard to overhaul dry and damaged hair to improve elasticity and promote healthier regrowth. Even better, they don’t need to be washed out. From the best affordable options to the one that’s proven to repair broken bonds and damage, here are eight of our favourites.
By Rebecca Hull
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Elastic Hair Treatment, £40 | Beauty Pie

Designed to be used – and left on – after your conditioner, this clever treatment uses quinoa proteins and keratin to get down deep into the hair shaft for maximum condition. The result is softer and smoother-looking hair from the get-go. You only need a couple of pea-sized pumps, massaged through hair from root to tip for the best results. Never heavy or sticky, it won’t weigh your hair down or cause greasiness either.

Available at BeautyPie.com

Moisture Strengthening Treatment, £38 | Briogeo

This is one of the best treatments we’ve tried to return hair to its healthier, shinier – and more flexible – state. Featuring two separate chambers, it has one reparative formula and another hydrating formula. Push down the pump and the two combine so you mix them together before applying from the roots down. They help with everything from frizz to dullness, dryness to brittleness. There’s a hefty dose of rice protein in there too, as well as sodium and glycerine which work as humectants to draw in hydration and seal it in.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Honey Infused Hair Repair Serum, £35 | Gisou

Full of little micro capsules, this formula houses droplets that gently burst as you apply it over the hair, releasing a honey and oil-based blend that’s full of plant-based keratin – which is proven to enhance hair’s smoothness and seal up to 94% of split ends. The honey also draws moisture into hair and holds it there to keep strands soft and prevent breakage. You can apply it to damp hair and leave it in, or slick hair back with it and let it settle for a day before rinsing it out – either way, you’ll reap the same benefits.

Available at Harrods.com


Miracle Leave-In Conditioning Hair Spray, £17.25 | It's A 10

This one took a while to make its way over from the US, but we can finally get our hands on it here in the UK. The easy-to-use spray promises to smooth hair, eliminate frizz, restore shine and enhance your hair’s natural body. Natural ingredients such as sunflower seed, green tea leaf extract and silk amino acids work together to bring out all hair types’ natural lustre and shine, while also making it stronger and healthier with every use. Expect serious bounce.

Available at Amazon.co.uk

Instant Recovery Serum, £25 | JVN

Lightweight, non-greasy and full of hydrating ingredients – think keratin, squalane and lemon proteins – this silky serum has been designed with damaged hair types in mind. Over time, it helps improve softness and smooth hair’s texture for a stronger, suppler feel. It also protects against heat temperatures of up to 450°F to keep breakage at bay. Like others on this list, you can use it on damp or dry hair – we like slicking ours back with this and letting it absorb fully. It works well to enhance the texture and definition of curls, too.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Molecular Repair Hair Mask, £30 | K18

If you have brittle, dry or broken strands, this mask will make a difference. A leave-in treatment, it uses a sophisticated blend of peptides and proteins, both of which repair broken chains and bonds to restore hair to its healthiest state. Shampoo as normal, skip conditioner, then apply the mask to towel-dried hair. You only need one or two pumps depending on your individual hair texture. With regular use you’ll see hair feels smoother and looks glossier – no wonder it gets so many positive reviews.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Triple Bond Complex, £42 | Living Proof

We’re big fans of Living Proof products. Fuss free and effective, everything in the range just… works. This newest treatment is no exception. Designed to protect, repair, strengthen and improve your hair’s look and feel, it’s a leave-in treatment activated by heat that promises to make hair stronger over time. Post-shampoo and conditioner, towel-dry your hair then comb a pump or two of this through. Leave it to absorb for ten minutes, then blast it with a hairdryer. Immediately you’ll see strands feel softer, smoother and more manageable. A must-try for those with frazzled, dry or damaged hair.

Available at SpaceNK.com

Hair Alchemy Fortifying Treatment Serum, £56 | Oribe

Designed to treat weakened hair, this Fortifying Treatment Serum is a no-rinse, post-shower formula that contains chia seed, fermented bamboo leaf and plant proteins. Each one works in tandem to rebuild hair’s strength from within its fibres – in short, it pumps it full of moisture from the inside out. It also helps protect your cuticles from environmental damage that can be caused by both UV and pollution. Gentle and lightweight, you can use it daily.

Available at SpaceNK.com

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