The craze for Korean beauty stateside isn’t slowing down any time soon. In the last three years, Korean beauty products have exploded onto the beauty scene in the West, representing a multi-million dollar sector of the industry. And, while K-Beauty in the USA may be synonymous with skincare and makeup, hair care from this nation of meticulous grooming has finally started gaining traction in the West too — and for good reason.
At the core of the Korean beauty industry are famously detailed, multi-step cleansing and moisturizing routines for skin. This approach has naturally spilled over into hair care. Sheet masks, mists and strengtheners for hair are all a logical extension of coveted K-beauty skincare innovations, and, as expected, they work.
Get on the road to a new and shiny mane with our round-up of the 17 best Korean hair products. From hair color to conditioners, these hair care tools will take your dull locks and get them ready to sit center stage.
Where Can You Buy Korean Hair Care Products?
You can find many Korean skincare products in beauty stores like Sephora. You’ll also find Korean skincare masks at retailers like Urban Outfitters and Forever 21 (rest in peace). However, Korean hair care products can be harder to find in physical stores.
That’s why shopping online is usually your best bet. You can find most of the products below on Amazon, although inventory is extremely limited on some of these products for U.S. customers. If you’re looking for a particular product, ordering directly from the company’s website is usually possible, although international shipping costs can increase the cost of your order.
Fortunately, there’s one more place to check for these products — eBay. While most people think of eBay as a market for secondhand and used products, there are a lot of sellers on the auction site offering new products for sale, too. If you can’t find a hair serum or mask on Amazon or at Sephora, check eBay, where you can usually find what you’re looking for at a very low cost. Just be sure to check the seller’s reviews before ordering.
1. Elizavecca Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment
A top seller on Amazon, this protein hair treatment is chock full of ceramides and collagen to give you the shiny, soft and strong strands of your dreams. It’s especially nourishing for those with damaged hair. Simply comb it through damp hair and leave it on as long as possible — the longer, the more moisture it delivers (aim for 20 minutes) — and then rinse it out.
2. Mise En Scene Damage Care Perfect Repair Serum
You don’t have to worry about this lightweight oil leaving you with greasy locks. It instantly absorbs into hair to smooth and fight frizz, as well as prevent breakage. In just three days you can expect to see a change in your hair.
3. Innisfree My Hair Recipe Treatment
BEST SCALP TREATMENT
Say sayonara to all your scalp issues. Free from silicones, this treatment strengthens hair from the roots and zaps excess oil. Since it delivers so much moisture, dry and itchy scalps feel soothed. Hair is left happy and healthy!
4. LG Reen Yungo Hair Cleansing Treatment Shampoo
BEST SCALP CLEANSER
Essentially Korea’s answer to a detox shampoo, this product is packed with natural ingredients, including the essences of traditional Korean herbs. The multitasker does everything from removing buildup to clearing dandruff to fighting hair loss. Your locks will feel silky and fresh with this Korean shampoo.
5. Atomy Herbal Treatment Pack
BEST FOR SPLIT ENDS
For those who are prone to breakage, split ends are a constant struggle. Luckily, this treatment spotlights herbal ingredients to repair hair and prevent future split ends. By deeply caring for the cuticle, it keeps hair moisturized and healthy.
6. Tonymoly Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack
BEST HAIR MASK
In case you’re wondering, no, this mask doesn’t actually smell like mayonnaise. Instead, the scent is a sweet duo of vanilla and macadamia nuts — phew! It delivers hydration and nourishment to parched, damaged hair. It also has shea butter and vitamins to soothe and smooth tresses.
7. Ryeo Chung Ah Mo Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner
BEST FOR DANDRUFF
Fight those pesty flakes with this shampoo and conditioner that leave your scalp balanced. Excess sebum and itching will also be things of the past. Unlike many other dandruff formulas, these won’t leave your scalp feeling oily or with an awkward residue left behind.
8. Nature Republic Argan Deep Care Hair Pack
BEST DEEP CONDITIONER
Recommended for use once or twice a week, this hair pack deeply conditions with fatty-acids and rich argan oil. If your hair is dry or damaged, you’ll see dramatically softer, smoother results after just a couple uses of this intense conditioner. Ingredients include argan oil, ginseng root extract and primrose oil.
9. Etude House Silk Scarf Moist Hair Mist
BEST FOR DRY HAIR
Looking for the best Korean hair care products for dry and frizzy hair? Think of this as a skin care serum for your hair. This freshly-scented mist coats your hair with strengthening vitamins, adding moisture and shine to strands. It’s a lightweight formula that won’t weigh your hair down, either.
10. Holika Holika Biotin Damage Care Serum
BEST FOR DAMAGE CONTROL
This rich hair oil is formulated with biotin, an essential ingredient for maintaining healthy hair. Run a small amount through dry hair for a boost of protective moisture or to smooth out fly-aways. Plus, the floral scent aided by the range of natural ingredients makes this product a joy to have in your hair.
11. One Minute Hi-Speed Squid Ink Hair Color
BEST FOR HAIR COLORING
The One Minute Hi-Speed Squid Ink Hair Color is a quick and easy way to to color your hair. The process is super simple and takes nothing more than brushing the color creme through your hair using the supplied brush. Depending on your desired color, it can take less than a minute to achieve optimum results. The natural color formula is free from ammonia, odorless and contains a range of natural ingredients, including squid ink, olive fruit oil and acorus calamus root extract. Furthermore, this hair color is long-lasting and comes in several different shades of black and brown.
12. Skin Food Argan Oil Silk Plus
BEST FOR FRIZZY HAIR
Give your hair instant shine and softness with this super-concentrated argan-based hair oil. It absorbs quickly and won’t leave your hair a greasy mess. It’s also a great heat protector to use before styling with heat tools.
13. Dashu Original Super Mat Hair Wax
BEST FOR MEN
Have you ever thought of using black beans to style your hair? Because after using the Dashu Original Super Mat Hair Wax, you’ll never think about styling it with anything else. In addition to black bean, this hair wax also contains a number of other ingredients including argan oil to make it soft and give it a strong hold, which is ideal for resetting your hairstyle. The wax also comes in trendy, aluminum packaging to complete the product’s high-quality feel.
14. AMOS Professional Curling Essence 2x
BEST FOR CURLY HAIR
The AMOS Professional Curling Essence 2x is a popular answer for dealing with your troublesome curls from one of Korea’s top hair care brands. The effective formula includes aloe vera extract, aqua polymer and more to prevent curl sagging and provide an effective yet light hold for your hair. To use it, simply dry your hair, apply the cream and style as desired.
15. Mediheal Hair Care Sheep Steam Pack
BEST FOR TREATED HAIR
If a sheet mask can work wonders on your face, then it’ll do the same for your hair. This steam pack works by creating an occlusive barrier to better penetrate product into your scalp and stands. Just 15 minutes under this moisture-infused hair cap will leave your hair ridiculously shiny and soothed.
16. Ex Ceramide Korea PPT Treatment
BEST FOR CONDITIONING
Give your hair its very own spa day with this Ex Ceramide Korea PPT Treatment. Impressively, this hair care product has only received five-star reviews from users on Amazon with customers waxing lyrical about the difference it can make to your hair. The nutrient-rich product works to deep condition while making your hair stronger and delivering vitality to your scalp, too. It also leaves your hair moisturized and looking smooth and healthy.
17. Ryoe Herbal Damaged Hair Treatment Set
BEST HAIR CARE SET
Inside this Ryoe Herbal Damaged Hair Treatment Set, you’ll find everything you need to give your damaged hair the care it deserves. You’ll find a shampoo, which fights against hair loss and nourishes to restore your hair, along with a conditioner and hair treatment, which delivers damage prevention, a shine coating and intensive nourishment. In addition, there’s a scalp massager for working products deeper into your hair and to provide an enjoyable massage as you go. The set is ideal for all hair types and for dealing with a range of problems, including hair loss, general damage and troublesome tangles.