8 New In-Salon Treatments — For EVERY Hair Issue

Photographed by Nina Westervelt.
Most of us think of the hair salon as a place for two things: cut and color. Sure, maybe you've tried a keratin treatment or followed your color appointment with a clear gloss at some point, but the latest crop of in-salon offerings are blowing the tried-and-true standbys out of the water — and making a case for hitting the salon between trims.

Focused on hair woes like breakage, product buildup, and scalp issues, these treatments use new ingredients and technologies to boost the health of your hair, all in a single quick and painless salon trip. (Fret not, there's nothing lengthy, crazy-expensive, or toxic on this list.)

For the scoop on these advancements, we consulted a few top salons and asked what their clients are loving — and coming back for. Is your fine hair flat and chronically oily? There's one for you. Are frizz and dullness the banes of your hair's existence? We got you.

Ahead, eight services that are worth hunting down at a salon near you.
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The Astara Treatment

Good For: Sensitive or irritated scalps

What It Does: From French brand René Furterer, this treatment gently calms itchy, irritated scalps, and helps to alleviate problems like clogged pores, buildup, and flakes. “Basically, it’s like a facial for the scalp,” Mary Roberton from L.A.’s Benjamin with Negin Zand salon tells us. “It’s a very gentle and soothing process that deeply cleanses the scalp and hair, and helps to stimulate blood flow, which promotes healthy hair growth.”

What To Expect: At Benjamin with Negin Zand, it all starts with a head massage using a soft scalp brush to help loosen up dead skin. Then, the namesake Astara oil is applied to the scalp and massaged in for 10 to 15 minutes. “At this point, we start to see the dead skin and product buildup clear away right before our eyes,” Roberton says. The hair is then double-cleansed and dried, and a René Furterer mask is applied to the ends and mid-lengths. You sit under heat to help amplify the second treatment, and then it’s back to the shampoo bowl to rinse it all out.

Cost: Varies by salon; Benjamin Salon charges $90
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The Malibu Treatment

Good For: Discolored blond or highlighted hair; those with a lot of buildup

What It Does: “The Malibu treatment is a gentle way to remove mineral deposits and product buildup from the hair,” says Nicole Leal, director of education at L.A.’s Nine Zero One salon. “It’s used at the shampoo bowl to pull out chlorine from swimming, copper from tap water, and even stains from using a tinted conditioner or purple shampoo too often.”

What To Expect: A vitamin C-based powder is mixed with warm water at the shampoo bowl and applied to hair for 15 to 20 minutes. You may or may not go under the dryer — either way works — followed by a rinse, which will reveal clean, stain-free locks. The formula can also be used during color correction to aid the colorist in removing residual dye and prime the hair for treatments. “It’s not aggressive; it basically just deep-cleanses the hair,” Leal says. “It’s a great way to hit restart.” Note: The treatment can strip the toner from colored hair, so it’s normally done before color, toner, or gloss; natural blondes can get it alone.

Cost: Varies by salon; Nine Zero One charges $50
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The Linkage Meu Treatment

Good For: Anyone who wants softer and smoother strands

What It Does: From Japanese brand Milbon, this treatment is like a deep-conditioner on steroids. The process leaves any hair texture — from fine to coarse — soft and smooth, without weighing down your strands. "This is one of my personal favorites," Roberton, who has created a laundry list of treatments for the Benjamin Salon, tells us. “It gives all hair both volume and softness by making it incredibly light and smooth.”

What To Expect: Three different hydrating formulas are applied in order to damp hair at the shampoo bowl, just like traditional deep-conditioners or masks. This treatment can be done in under 15 minutes, and comes with booster vials to be applied weekly to keep the results going strong for up to five weeks.

Cost: Varies by salon; Benjamin Salon charges $65
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The Inphenom Treatment

Good For: Hair that is damaged, color-treated, or prone to breakage

What It Does: Similar to the Linkage Meu — and from the same company — this treatment helps repair damage and breakage by deeply penetrating the hair shaft, and then adds proteins for strengthening strands.

What To Expect: This treatment consists of five steps and takes a bit longer than the Linkage Meu: Expect about 30 minutes. “Each step primes the hair for the next step,” Roberton explains. The first few open the hair shaft; the rest penetrate it with various ingredients, like amino acids, ceramides, and proteins. The first three are applied and rinsed at the shampoo bowl, and the last two are processed with heat and left on. A booster kit is used at home to keep the hair strong for up to one month.

Cost: Varies by salon; Benjamin Salon charges $85
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Pre-Shampoo Oil Treatment

Good For: Dry hair and before a color treatment

What It Does: This treatment can be used two ways: It primes dirty, product-loaded, or messy hair for color treatments by gently softening each strand. “Most people don’t arrive at the salon with hair that's ready to be treated,” says Amanda George of L.A.’s Jonathan & George salon. It can also be used alongside a standard blowout for extra smooth results. "This gives the hair softness and makes it feel amazing,” she says.

What To Expect: Leonor Greyl’s Beauty Oil is generously applied to dry hair and gently brushed through with a boar-bristle brush. Then, the client is placed under the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the formula to sink in. The hair can then be washed, conditioned, and blown out, or go on to other services, like color.

Cost: Varies by salon; free with a color service at Jonathan & George
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The Olaplex Stand-Alone Treatment

Good For: Damaged, color-treated, and breaking hair

What It Does: You can use Olaplex in the salon mixed into color, as well as at home, but you can also use it as a single treatment sans color processing. In short, it works a little like this: “It’s cross-linking broken disulfide bonds, meaning it's strengthening and literally rebuilding my clients' hair,” says Chad Kenyon, Olaplex ambassador and colorist at the Benjamin salon.

What To Expect: A stand-alone treatment consists of two steps, done at the shampoo bowl, either on dry or towel-dried hair. The first step is applied and allowed to process for five minutes, and is followed by the second step, which is applied, combed through, and left on for an additional 10 to 20 minutes. Hair is then rinsed, washed, conditioned, and dried.

Cost: Varies by salon; Kenyon charges $75 for an Olaplex stand-alone treatment.
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The Fusio-Dose Treatment

Good For: Customized for dozens of concerns, from dullness to breakage

What It Does: Kérastase’s new system is a little different from the other treatments on this list. Your technician or colorist diagnoses your hair concerns, and then mixes and applies the proper solution. Each mixture starts with one of four bases, each focused on something different, like softness, color preservation, reconstruction, or body. Next, boosters are added for concerns like frizz, hydration, damage, and shine.

What To Expect: A special camera is used to photograph the hair and determine the proper treatment, and then your colorist or technician blends and mixes the aforementioned individually designed "dose." Hair is washed and towel-dried. Then, the formula is applied section by section. Heat is applied to make sure the formula penetrates, and then it’s washed out.

Cost: Varies by salon; starts at $30 per treatment
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The Davines Detoxifying Treatment

Good For: Product or environmental buildup

What It Does:
Buildup can come from many places: hard water in your shower, products, pollution, medication, or swimming. This treatment can help remove it all. Hair is left lighter, brighter, and softer.

What To Expect: Fun fact: Clay masks are for more than just your skin. “The mud in this formula helps to draw out and remove all kinds of buildup,” Roberton says. The process starts on damp hair with Davines’ clay-based formula. A technician applies the treatment to both the hair and scalp, then allows it to dry for about 20 minutes, just like a face mask. As it hardens, the clay absorbs the buildup sticking to the hair and scalp. The formula is rinsed, and an exfoliating shampoo is applied to further loosen the clay and take care of any additional buildup. Then, the hair is blowdried.

Cost: Varies by salon; Benjamin Salon charges $80
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