4 Salon Treatments That Totally Transform Your Hair

Keratin Complex Vitalshot

For smooth, shiny hair, Vitalshot—think of it like a mini keratin treatment—is a great option. “It’s formulated with pure keratin protein, so it binds to the hair in a way that natural proteins would,” says Justin Picorelli, celebrity colorist and owner of J&G The Beauty Loft. “Many other treatments coat the hair and do not penetrate as deeply. It works on all types of hair, but is especially beneficial for compromised and fragile hair that needs protein and strength.” 

Vitalshot can be included in services, like being added to a color to strengthen the bonds and even out porosity while processing, which adds protection and shine to the hair, or it can be used as a stand-alone treatment. To start, hair is washed with a clarifying shampoo to remove any buildup. Then, the treatment is applied all over, and your stylist may decide to put a cap over your hair and sit you under heat to let it penetrate even deeper into your hair. “It can then be cooled and styled directly into the hair for a ‘keratin for a day’ finish. Your hair will truly feel transformed,” says Picorelli. For more intense conditioning, Vitalshot can also be followed by a hair mask to add additional softness, silkiness and shine. 

The treatment usually lasts from two weeks to six weeks, and Picorelli says that using products like the Keratin Complex Intense Rx for more damaged hair, along with a leave-in conditioner, will increase its longevity.