Back in 2019, the release of Kerastase’s K Water salon service broke the beauty industry, in the same way Kim K‘s derriere broke the internet. Here was a new technology that promised complete hair rejuvenation, in a matter of minutes.
Essentially, you’d walk in with ‘meh’ hair (in my case, dull, frizzy, tangly) and walk out with insanely glossy strands. These days the groundbreaking lamellar technology that set this treatment apart is an open secret in the industry – the pros swear by it. But now, brands have hustled to make the technology available to us at home in a concentration that’s safe to use ourselves. So what is lamellar technology and how can it help?
What is lamellar hair treatment?
The liquid lamellar solution, previously only available in salons, contains ultra light care molecules at a tenth of the size of those found in traditional haircare formulas. The science-y bit, is that they remain in free motion, enabling them to penetrate just where needed, rather than weighing the hair down with a heavy coating all over.
Instead of superficial silicones, lamellar treatments include a concentrated dose of amino acids and proteins (the stuff that healthy hair is naturally made of) to heal, detangle and add maximum levels of shine.
How do you use a lamellar treatment?
The tiny lamellar molecules activate with micro-droplets of water, smoothing cracks and organising themselves into an super-fine veil on hair to create the silkiest surface going. So all you need to do is hop in the shower and apply it to wet hair after shampooing.
Where can you find at-home lamellar treatments?
L’Oreal Paris’ Elvive Dream Lengths 8 Second Wonder Water, £9.99, is already the number one best-selling hair treatment in the US – one sells there every minute – but it’s finally landed in the UK. Tested to ensure it works across all hair types and lengths, it smooths hair in one rapid application. After shampooing, apply it to wet hair, moving the nozzle in a “Z” action to coat lengths (no need to apply it to your scalp). The self-heating formula tingles a little to start with. Tailor it to your hair type by sticking to one dose (medium-length fine hair) or two-to-three (for coarser, thicker or longer hair). Use your hands to massage it throughout your hair, then rinse out after eight seconds. You’ll feel the difference when you go to brush it – silky, fluid-feeling strands that allow a comb straight through. The DIY blow dry might not be as good as you can get in the salon (miss you) but the softening effect and light-reflecting shine is incredible.
Redken’s Extreme Bleach Recovery Lamellar Water (reduced from £29 to £24.65 at Feel Unique right now) came about after searches for “damaged hair fixes” rose by 80% per cent last year while we all became part-time at-home hair stylists. It’s specifically designed to heal and restore hair that’s been bleached (what with bleaching being the number one salon service and the main treatment we’ve seen botched on TikTok). Consider it a liquid bandage for delicate or fragile hair, creating a second cuticle that fills and ridges. Like its predecessors, it res-instates a glossy shine and strengthens strands between bleaching.
So there you have it, the secret to sheeny, salon-worthy hair. Spread the word.