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 — 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 packs 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 11 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.
1. Nature Republic Argan Deep Care Hair Pack
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.
2. Etude House Silk Scarf Moist Hair Mist
BEST FOR DRY 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. Daeng Gi Meo Ri Gold Premium Shampoo
Billed as a naturally medicinal shampoo, the aim of this hair wash is to prevent excessive hair loss and thinning by nourishing the scalp with ingredients like ginseng. It’s also a powerful remedy for an itchy, flaky scalp. So if you suffer from dandruff or hair thinning, this shampoo may be able to help.
10. 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-stare 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.
11. 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.