Dyed your hair pink one too many times and now your strands feel like literal straw and look super frizzy? Read why a Korean hair essence might be your saving grace.
As someone who has had their hair bleached four times, from jet black to silver, hair care is just as important to me as skin care. And this doesn’t just mean adhering to the typical tips, like avoiding heat tools, such as curling irons and hair dryers, and not washing my hair every day. Anything can cause hair to dry up, like harsh UV rays and environmental pollution. I’ve learned that avoiding frizzy hair is like avoiding dry skin: Washing is important, but nourishment and locking in moisture is also key for seeing results.
If your hair is dry and damaged, a Korean hair essence may be what you need in your regimen. It’s pretty much like a face essence: It’s lightweight and delivers the moisture that your dry strands truly need after being washed.
These products can come in sprays, oils, and pump bottles, and do an amazing job of bringing health back into any hair type. Beyond this, your desired hair color isn’t fogged out by frizz because essences hydrate and protect your hair from drying out further. This makes your strands appear stronger and shinier. Remember: Unkempt, dry hair means weaker strands, which can lead to split ends, frizzier hair, and a bad hair day.
These are the Korean hair essences that save my dyed hair:
Don’t get hair oils confused! While they may be oils, they don’t necessarily make your hair oily. In fact, they’re great at delivering moisture to your hair without weighing it down.
One hair oil that has paved my way to healthier strands is the Skinfood Argan Oil Silk Hair Essence. This product uses argan oil to lock in hydration without making your hair look greasy. With oils, you don’t need a lot of product. The bottle is travel-friendly and it fits perfectly in your makeup bag for any sunny vacation.
There’s pretty much no way I can talk about hair essences without mentioning British M’s Annatto Hair Oil. This. Thing. WORKS. It’s a bit on the pricy side but with this oil, a little goes a long way. I have mid-length hair and one pump is more than enough to hydrate my hair. With just a few uses, I’ve noticed that my hair has gotten softer and my silver strands are much more vibrant thanks to the pumpkin seed and argan oil.
In the below GIF, on the left is my hair right when I wake up and on the right is my hair immediately after combing the British M essence through my dry hair:
I told you this stuff works. Bonus: Here’s a hack for your hair oil from my Sunday Instagram story on the Klog (You should really check us out on Sundays for great, short tutorials): If you need a morning or afternoon refresher, you can DIY a hair mist by using a spray bottle with water and your hair oil. Shake it up, and let the product do its work! The oil and water work together to bring moisture to your strands while also protecting them from dryness.
Another way to tame frizzy, parched hair is with Skinfood’s Avocado Leave-In Fluid, which takes advantage of avocado, an amazing superfood. The oils in avocados contain many monounsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E, which work together to bring shine and strength to your hair.
While many people rave about using olive oil on their hair as a mask for its monounsaturated fatty acids, it can lead to acne. Since olive oil is thick, it fails to sink both into your strands and into your skin and it’s impossible to wash off. If you want to take advantage of the benefits of monounsaturated fats for healthier locks, opt for avocado oil, which is one of the few oils that easily penetrate and protect hair without turning down the volume.
There’s a lot more to Korean hair care, such as hair masks and hair packs, but we’ll talk about those later. We pay lots of attention to pampering our skin, so maybe it’s time to pamper the hair that frames it.
+ What are your favorite Korean hair essences? Share with us below!