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leave-in molecular repair hair mask

4-minute leave-in treatment to reverse hair damage
Rated 4.7 out of 5
Based on 2242 reviews

An at-home leave-in treatment infused with our patented K18Peptide™ that works to repair even the most extreme damage, renewing hair to its most youthful, healthy state.



K18 products are Certified Plastic Neutral by Plastic Bank.


 

Repairs Damage Caused By

  • Bleach + Color Bleach + Color
  • Heat Heat
  • Chemical Services Chemical Services

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creates hair like new

Traveling into the inner-most layers of hair to reach the core polypeptide chains (keratin chains), our revolutionary K18Peptide™ is just the right size and makeup to fit in and reconnect broken keratin chains. You can feel and see the difference with the first use.

See dosage chart for exact usage. For best results, use for the first 4-6 consecutive washes, then every 3-4 washes as needed to maintain hair strength.

how to use

IN the shower

  1. Shampoo, do not condition.

OUT of the shower

  1. Towel dry thoroughly.
  2. Begin with 1 pump of the K18 Mask and add more as needed depending on the length, thickness, and condition.
  3. Work evenly into hair from ends to roots, one pump at a time.
  4. Let sit for 4 minutes to activate.
  5. Do NOT rinse out.
  6. Style as usual.

do's + don'ts

  • DO use a clarifying shampoo if you’re a heavy product or dry shampoo user to remove buildup and help our peptide penetrate and get where it needs to go.
  • DO wait the full 4 minutes before styling or applying other product
  • DO use every 4-6 shampoos consecutively to see and feel ongoing results
  • DON’T condition your hair before application (trust us, most won’t need it after K18, if you still need, add a leave-in after the 4-minute window is up post-application)
  • DON’T overuse, a little goes a long way.
  • DON’T rinse out. This is a leave-in, so you know, leave it in!

key benefits

Our K18Peptide™ is clinically proven to reverse damage in just 4 minutes.

  • Heals damage from bleach, color, chemical services, and heat
  • Restores strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce
  • Doesn’t wash away with shampoo, leaving lasting results
  • Vegan, color-safe, cruelty-free

up to 91% original strength*
up to 94% original elasticity*

* Results observed in a clinical study while using mist and mask as part of a bleaching treatment. Results may vary depending on hair type, quality and history.

ingredients

Water (Aqua) (Eau), Alcohol Denat., Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetyl Esters, Behentrimonium Chloride, Polysorbate 20,sh-Oligopeptide-78 (K18Peptide™), Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Isopropyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, Fragrance (Parfum), Geraniol, Linalool, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol.

Description


An at-home leave-in treatment infused with our patented K18Peptide™ that works to repair even the most extreme damage, renewing hair to its most youthful, healthy state.



K18 products are Certified Plastic Neutral by Plastic Bank.


 

what you can expect
by damage type

backed by science,
loved by stylists

Our community of stylists and colorists believe K18 is liberating hair—no matter the hair type or generation.

“K18 allows me to go everywhere I want to go with my color work and the end result is my guests get to be bright and shiny and healthy.”

– Christine Thompson, Director of Color at Spoke & Weal

have questions?

we have answers.

How does K18 work?

When hair gets damaged, the polypeptide chains (keratin chains) that make up the inner structure of hair strands become weakened and break. For context, there are billions and billions of polypeptide chains (keratin chains) in a single strand of hair. When these are damaged, hair’s core structure responsible for elasticity and strength becomes compromised and as a result it loses its resiliency and shine—or the look and feel of healthy hair.

After spending a decade in the lab scanning and testing all amino acid sequences across the entire keratin genome that makes up human hair searching for a breakthrough, we discovered one unique sequence (a bioactive peptide) that brings damaged hair back to its original, youthful state. This is our K18Peptide™.

Traveling deeper into the inner layers of hair than traditional repair products, our revolutionary peptide is just the right size and makeup to fit in and reconnect those broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains). And because our peptide is a bit of an overachiever, as a result of this reconnection, any disturbed disulfide bonds are also re-conformed.

Our peptideemploys biomimetics to get the job done. To put it simply: Biomimetics is the practice of learning from and mimicking nature. Mimicking the natural structure of keratin building blocks (amino acid sequences), our K18 bioactive peptide is recognized as natural by the hair. It’s not washed away by water or shampoo like traditional bonding agents either, making K18 a genuine, lasting solution for damaged strands.

What is the K18Peptide™?

Our patented peptide is a unique sequence of amino acids that travels deep into hair’s core structure to fit in and reconnect broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains) responsible for hair strength and elasticity.

An Analogy: When building proteins, the order of the amino acids determines the kind of protein and its properties, much like the way letters are arranged to make meaningful words and sentences. In the same way the order and where each word sits in a sentence leads to its overall meaning, K18 is the magic word that fits right in, integrating itself with the keratin chains as the hair recognizes it as a natural building block.

Why should I skip conditioner?

K18 is most effective on clean, towel-dried hair. Conditioners use silicones and conditioning agents that form heavy coatings on hair , preventing our peptide from reaching the broken polypeptide chains deep inside hair’s inner layer.

I noticed there’s alcohol in the formula, isn’t that bad for you?

We like to keep our formulas minimal, only using the exact amount of ingredients needed to get the peptide where it needs to go. Our unique blend of 3 alcohols function to open up the hair cuticle so the K18Peptide ™ can penetrate the inner most layer of hair, reaching the broken polypeptide chains (keratinchains). Here the alcohol serves as an agent to optimize the hair environment for K18 to work on a deeper level.

When should I expect to see results?

You will start to see stronger, softer, healthier hair after just one use.
0%
original strength*
0%
original elasticity*
with just one salon treatment, hair is restored up to
* Results observed in a clinical study while using mist and mask as part of a bleaching treatment. Results may vary depending on hair type, quality and history.
when using K18 mist and mask as part of a bleaching treatment
*Results observed in a clinical study. Results may vary depending on hair type, quality, and history.
the more damaged the hair, the more dramatic the results
*Results observed in a clinical study. Results may vary depending on hair type, quality, and history.

renews strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce

K18 strengthens hair’s core structure, restoring damaged curl patterns and leaving strands looking and feeling like new.
K18 reconnects broken keratin chains, restoring hairs elasticity and strength meaning coily hair can be renewed and brought back to its original springy, healthy shape.
K18 restores strength, softness, smoothness, and bounce so even the sleekest hair can feel like new.
Reviews
average rating 4.7 out of 5
Based on 2242 reviews
  • 5 Stars
    1864 Reviews
  • 4 Stars
    209 Reviews
  • 3 Stars
    86 Reviews
  • 2 Stars
    39 Reviews
  • 1 Star
    44 Reviews
93% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
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2242 Reviews
Reviewed by Katrina De L.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
35 - 44
Hair Concern
  • Chemical damage
  • Dryness
  • Color-care
  • Frizz
Hair Type
  • Medium Density
  • Grey Hair
  • Straight/Wavy
My Results
  • Smoother Hair
  • Soft Touchable Hair
  • Shinier Hair
  • Visible Difference
  • Bouncy Hair
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Soft silky hair

I have very long medium thickness 2B hair and lots of it. I’ve also been dying it for over a decade, so it can feel dry and damaged and sometimes looks frayed. I chose the 15 ml size in order to try K18 hair mask at least a few times in a row before I made my assessment on my hair. I have used it for 4 washes now and still have a little product left over. My hair has felt very soft and silky after each use, as though it has never never been exposed to the drying chemicals of constant hair dye (every 2 weeks). I am very pleased with my results and feel confident to go ahead and purchase the full size bottle at this point. I especially like that after the initial use with 4-6 consecutive washes, it only needs to be used every few washes or so maintain the restored bond which makes my hair look and feel like it did before age and hair dye.

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Reviewed by BRIDGET G.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
25 - 34
Hair Concern
  • Chemical damage
  • Frizz
  • Heat damage
  • Split-Ends
  • Color-care
Hair Type
  • Medium Density
  • Grey Hair
My Results
  • Smoother Hair
  • Soft Touchable Hair
  • Shinier Hair
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

My hairs has never felt so good!

My hair is so soft. Love this product so much!!

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Reviewed by Michelle M.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
55 - 64
Hair Concern
  • Heat damage
  • Split-Ends
  • Dryness
  • Chemical damage
  • Frizz
Hair Type
  • Medium Density
  • Curly/Coily
  • Grey Hair
  • Straight/Wavy
My Results
  • Less Frizz
  • Visible Difference
  • Stronger Hair
  • Smoother Hair
  • Shinier Hair
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

My stylist is obsessed with my healthy hair!

I started using K18 on my going-gray hair about 10 months ago. My stylist has been helping me transition, and so she drops some highlights here and there and around my face to help me look fresh and intentional rather than drab. She always worries about damaging my aging hair. After using the K18 twice weekly for 1-2 months, my stylist was so impressed with my healthy, sturdy locks! I told her it was all K18! She’s a believer too, and now recommends it to all her clients.

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Reviewed by Lynne
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
65+
Hair Concern
  • Fragile/brittle hair
  • Frizz
  • Dryness
  • Split-Ends
Hair Type
  • Medium Density
  • Grey Hair
My Results
  • Less Frizz
  • Visible Difference
  • Soft Touchable Hair
  • Shinier Hair
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Really great stuff.

I have very long very white hair. It's thinning in my older age and this stuff really made it look so much better. It felt spectacular. Soft and fuller. Not at all heavy took the frizz right out.

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Reviewed by Laura A.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
45 - 54
Hair Concern
  • Chemical damage
  • Frizz
  • Fragile/brittle hair
  • Split-Ends
  • Heat damage
My Results
  • Less Frizz
  • Stronger Hair
  • Less Breakage
  • Smoother Hair
  • Soft Touchable Hair
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Awesomeness

This is the best

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