11 Hair masks you need to reincarnate your dead, damaged tresses
Bad hair day? More like bad hair month. We've all been there—where you can't quit the heat styling because it's the only thing that works to tame the frizz. Or, when you find yourself spending most of your scrub time cleaning the hair out of your shower drain because your hair doesn't seem to stop shedding.
We digress—the point is, whether you've hit the bleach one too many times or your perm is finally getting the better of you, these masks can help. From hydrating to fortifying to UV-protecting, there's a formula out there for you, and we just happen to have it. Ahead, find our picks for the best hair masks in the game:
Fibre Clinix Fortify Treatment
The Fibre Clinix range from Schwarzkopf is the perfect customisable hair care range for those of you looking to keep up the condition of your damaged tresses between salon visits.
Each sub-line within the range—including Tame, Vibrancy, Hydrate, Volume, and Fortify—is formulated to target a range of hair concerns. Our personal favourite product, however, is the Fortify Treatment hair mask. Built to revive even the most over-processed hair, you've found your next favourite hair care secret.
Sublimic Luminoforce Mask
Coloured hair comes at a cost: The integrity of your strands. Lucky for you, we have just the thing to keep your hair healthy and strong without compromising on colour payoff. The Sublimic Luminoforce Mask from Shiseido works in just three to five minutes, repairing the damage within over-processed strands to leave your hair shiny and vibrant.
Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
This cult-favourite mask is a clinically-proven solution to dry, brittle hair. The once-weekly treatment is enriched with B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, biotin, and algae to revive damaged locks and seal in hydration. Better yet, it's free from sulfates, silicones and parabens so you can be sure you're getting the best of the best.
Omega 9 Hair Mask
Hair in crisis? Here's your lifeline. This vegan, cruelty-free, and sustainable line from the heart of the Amazonian rainforest is more than just a philanthropic brand. This lavender- and eucalyptus-scented mask is infused with the miracle rahua oil; a highly effective treatment for damaged, dry hair. Plus, the mask contains omega-9 molecules that penetrate deeply into each individual strand to heal damage and deliver moisture.
Restorative Treatment Mask
For busy ladies on-the-go (or for those of you who are on the more impatient side), this is the mask for you. We're talking maximum efficacy in minimum time—this powerful human keratin-infused mask takes just three minutes to work its magic on wet hair, leaving you with hydrated, healthy, and bouncy hair.
No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask
Curly girls (and boys), rejoice! This intensive moisturising mask de-frizzes and strengthens as it hydrates, to leave you with beautiful, soft hair that is ready for styling. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it is cruelty-free too!
Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment
Quinoa protein and botanical oils make this vegan hair mask an instant-favourite. Say goodbye to dull, dry lengths thanks to the blend of Phellodendron and barley extracts that seal in moisture and the castor, jojoba, and meadowfoam oils that smooth each strand of hair.
Pink Hair & Scalp Mud
This spa brand has finally made its way into the wider market, much to the pleasure of the brand's cult following. The pink hair and scalp mud is rich with vitamin-packed watercress and red clay to soothe irritated scalps as well as apricot kernel oil for stronger, healthier hair.
PSST: It works beautifully on the rest of your body too!
OI Hair Butter
Infused with the Italian-born brand's secret ingredient, roucou oil (pronounced: ru 'ku), this hair butter works for all hair types—the deeply nourishing mask leaves hair soft, voluminous and sleek while antioxidants protect against UV rays.
The brand's special 'broth' of sea-based minerals and proteins helps to restore shine and moisture to the hair while taming frizz and improving manageability. No matter your hair condition, this mask will do wonders for your mop!
This black-owned brand is a known favourite of Alexa Chung's, and for good reason too. It's vegan, sulfate-, paraben-, and mineral oil-free, and its packaging is entirely recyclable.
Better yet, it works. The blend of hair-loving actives like the amino-acid rich quinoa protein and the hydrating babassu and inca inchi oils gives your hair a boost of lasting moisture that doesn't weigh it down. An added plus is that the formulation is so thick that there's no risk of it dripping down your neck while it works its magic!
No, this mask won't get you drunk—but it will quench even the thirstiest of tresses. It's enriched with yeast beer proteins which help to deeply condition each and every strand of hair, softening and strengthening as it goes. The result? Glossy, healthy, and detangled hair.
Don't just take our word for it, though. Just look at the brand's colourful clientele, including the likes of Maisie Williams, Isamaya Ffrench, and Adwoa Aboah.
Coco & Eve
Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Mask
This 10-minute mask replenishes moisture, tames frizz, and minimises split ends thanks to its blend of raw virgin coconuts, fig, shea butter, and argan oils. The best part is that the mask is gluten-free, cruelty-free, and completely vegan—so, you can have great hair and feel good too.
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