Why Hair Essences Are the Next Big Thing in Haircare

Get your wallets ready.

On a recent trip to Seoul, South Korea, Soko Glam curator and co-founder Charlotte Cho discovered a game-changing new hair trend. And let it be known: If it's new to Cho, an expert on all things K-beauty, it's new to *everyone*—well, Stateside at least.

As for her mane-elevating find, it was something she just kind of happened upon during a touch-up at the salon."I get my hair dyed in Korea because it's so much cheaper there," Cho explains."My hair wasn't in the best shape and my hairstylist asked me if I use a 'hair essence.' He was shocked when I said I didn't because apparently everyone does there."

As you may know, the "essence" skincare category was created in Korea and basically consists of ultra-concentrated liquids or lotions packed with active ingredients that improve the overall appearance and health of skin. The hair equivalents function in much the same fashion, coating the hair with nutrition while moisturizing to prevent dryness.

"Hair essences are similar to the essences you put on your skin because they're very lightweight—they're not heavily oiled serums," she says. "They really help with shine, volume, and making your hair feel soft."

While you may be hesitant to add *yet* another step to your haircare regimen, the beauty of an essence is that its feather-light consistency means it layers really well with other products. Not to mention smells lovely and will leave your strands feeling refreshed, plus shiny. The latter of which we can't really say for dry shampoo, can you? Below find three of our favorites:

Assorted hair essence products.

(Image credit: Marie Claire)

1. Skinfood Apple Mango Volume Essence Hair Mist, $10; sokoglam.com.

2.Shisheido Fitit Aquair Moist Hair Pack Naoshi Essence, $29.35; sears.com.

3. Missha Mild Essence Sun Milk, $18; sokoglam.com.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.