The quest for shiny, healthy hair that doesn't break or shed like a dog is lifelong—especially if you're in the habit of color-treating and heat styling your hair. (Guilty!). Of course, there are plenty of at-home hair treatments that work incredibly well to nourish, strengthen, and rejuvenate damaged strands. (Read our reviews of five DIY hair treatments here). But just as an in-office facial with an esthetician can heal your skin in a way you couldn't achieve solo, sometimes it's worth seeing a haircare professional for an in-salon deep conditioning treatment.
In the salon, stylists have access to equipment and formulas that aren't sold over-the-counter. Plus, they can evaluate your hair's personal needs with precision and suggest the most appropriate service. Ideally, you walk out of the salon with shinier, stronger hair that lasts long-term. But does the reality always line up with our expectations?
To find out, we grabbed three hair-obsessed editors from the Byrdie team and tried some of the most popular salon treatments for dry hair (and others) offered by salons. We also picked the brain of celebrity hairstylist Danielle Priano to learn exactly how each treatment works.
Meet the Expert
Danielle Priano is a celebrity hairstylist with a client list including Jennifer Lopez, Cara Delevingne, and Adrianna Lima, among others.
Keep scrolling to read our reviews of Olaplex, Joico LumiShine, and other in-salon hair treatments.
How It Works: "Olaplex is a bond-multiplying system that helps keep the hair strong from the inside out. It can be mixed with the highlighting product to make it less damaging, or used on its own as a strengthening treatment." Priano explains that "Olaplex works to repair damaged hair due to chemical, heat, or mechanical damage. It works on all hair types and benefits include improved hair strength, repair from bleaching or coloring, lessened breakage, and stimulating of hair growth. Plus, there's no down time."
In-Salon Price: $75
Our Review: "I bleach the living daylight out of my hair, so in order to keep my strands from all falling out, I've actually started doing Olaplex treatments every time my miracle-working colorist Matt Rez touches up my highlights."
"For suicide blondes like myself, Olaplex is absolutely lifesaving. Before I started receiving this treatment, my ends would be utterly fried after getting fresh highlights, and my hair would shed like crazy. Now my hair is shiny when I leave the salon and never looks or feels scorched. Plus, every time I get a blowout or haircut, stylists remark at how strong my hair is for being so color-treated." — Amanda, former associate features editor
How It Works: "Your stylist will prescribe you a treatment that can be used in place of your conditioner," says Priano. "This is a short-term treatment that works like a keratin treatment to repair damaged hair. You will see results immediately and it lasts up to about five weeks. There is no down time and this works on all hair types."
In-Salon Price: $30
Our Review: "The entire Fusio-Dose experience is a really unique one. First, it's slightly frightening in that they use this machine to take super–up-close photographs of each of your strands. From there, they can diagnose any ailments—for me, it was dryness, breakage, and color damage—and mix up a custom cocktail for your hair. Then, it's all luxury. You sit back while they massage in the treatment, and let your hair soak it all up. Afterward, I couldn't stop touching my hair. It was softer than ever before (my hair is never soft), shiny, and visibly stronger. The best part? You don't have to pay a ton at a fancy salon to try the treatment. They have them available at DreamDry as an addition to your blowout." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
How It Works: "Inphenom is a five-step in-salon treatment that works on repairing the cortex and outer cuticle of the hair. It restores shine and moisture, and is meant for all hair types, but in my opinion, it may be too heavy for thin hair," says Priano.
In-Salon Price: $75
Our Review: "Inphenom's in-salon treatment is performed right after you get your hair colored and can be done in three or five steps. But if you want the shiniest, healthiest hair possible, spring for the five-step. I received this treatment from the lovely Erycka Ferreti, who says that she doesn't let any of her clients leave the salon without an Inphenom five-step treatment. Once you experience the results, you'll see why."
"Similar to Olaplex, Inphenom closes the cuticle of your hair to protect the color and lock in moisture, making your hair look shiny and vibrant for much longer. If you have color-damaged hair that's prone to frizz, the treatment will make an especially big difference, as it miraculously works to cut down on blow-dry time, too. After receiving an Inphenom treatment, you'll notice softer, stronger hair right afterward and in the weeks to come." — Amanda
How It Works: Priano tells us that this treatment is a deposit-only ammonia-free hair creme color system. "It gives shine, color longevity, and overall healthier looking hair. If you use it as a clear hair glaze, it will give dull hair a lift. The process takes about 35 to 45 minutes. You can use it every four weeks and it can be used on all hair types."
In-Salon Price: Varies by location
Our Review: "My hair is pretty healthy and is decently shiny. Generally, I'm not too concerned with the condition of my hair. At least, I didn't know I needed to be until I saw and felt my hair after this treatment. The difference in shine and smoothness was instantly noticeable. And my blonde looked worlds better. I didn't know I was walking around with yellow hair until I saw my tresses post-LumiShine—it was actually a little unsettling to realize how badly my hair needed a gloss. (It's a clear gloss, but your stylist can customize it if you're color needs a little boost like my month-old highlights did)."
"I've had glosses before, and my hair always looks good afterward (better than it did pre-treatment, for sure), but this time was different. Leaving the salon, I felt like a new woman. Truthfully, I was more impressed by the brightening, color-correcting effect the treatment had on my highlights, but then I started getting compliments on how shiny my hair looked—a lot of them. For weeks after the treatment, graciously accepting hair praise became my new way of life. The shine is supposed to last up to 30 shampoos. I'm probably 10 shampoos shy of that mark, and my hair isn't as shiny as the day I left the salon, but it's still looking pretty impressive." — Deven Hopp, former beauty director
How It Works: Wen's luxurious Re-Moist treatment is the route to choose if you want to keep the process all-natural. The treatment is customized according to your hair's needs and uses a combo of the brand's famous cleansing conditioners, essential oils, vitamins, herbs, and vegetable color to heal your scalp and strands.
In-Salon Price: $50
Our Review: "The process takes about 45 minutes (not including the blowout you get afterward). My treatment included a small dose of vegetable color to enhance my blond highlights, and afterward, that's the main thing I noticed: a brighter, refreshed blond using all-natural ingredients. Which was very impressive."
"Wen's approach is to load up your hair with lots of nourishing products, so by the time I left the salon, it definitely felt like there was a lot of product in my hair. But I received tons of compliments on how bright and shiny it looked for the rest of the day." — Amanda