Beauty lovers put their hair through the wringer – from hair coloring to Keratin treatments to flat-ironing and blowouts. Add the damaging effects of a chilly winter, and your hair could probably use some love come March. If your hair has been looking and feeling a little dry, it’s time to try a hair mask. Hair masks are essentially intense conditioners that bring your hair back to life. Packed with nourishing properties, vitamins and antioxidants, a good mask is the best gift you could give your hair. Keep reading for ten of our favorites, and find the one that’s right for you.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask: There are some pretty phenomenal hair masks available at the drugstore that won’t break the bank. This Neutrogena treatment is a beloved classic because it truly brings dry, damaged hair back to life. A must if your hair has lost some of its luster this winter. Leave it on for just five minutes and you will see a difference – consistent use results in stronger, shinier hair after every treatment. ($7.49)
Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner: Three minutes, three dollars. This product is both quick and inexpensive…aka it’s definitely worth a try – you have nothing to lose! If that wasn’t enough to convince you, this deep conditioning mask is an Allure Best of Beauty winner. With good-for-you ingredients like aloe and jojoba seed oil, this moisturizing mask will revitalize dry and damaged locks. ($2.97)
Goldwell Dual Senses Color Extra Rich 60 Second Treatment: If you color your hair regularly, you’re well aware of the amount of time and money that goes into maintaining your color-treated tresses. To minimize the amount of touch-ups and glazes you get between dye jobs, consider this regenerating treatment. It intensifies color, nourishes dry hair and tames unruly, thick strands…plus, you only have to leave it on for a minute to see results. ($21)
Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Deep Conditioning Protein Pack: By now, you’re probably aware of the dozens of beauty benefits of coconut oil (if you need a refresher, click HERE). This affordable, single-use treatment from Palmer’s combines coconut oil and coconut milk for a super nourishing formula that will add volume, bounce and shine to dry, lackluster hair. If you have fine hair, use only half the pack to avoid it weighing your hair down. This pack also reverses damage done by the sun – bring it with you on your next vacation (it’s travel friendly). ($4.62)
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask: Packed with nourishing ingredients like B vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, the first thing you will notice after using this intense treatment is how smooth your hair is. Frizzy-haired girls, this one’s for you. After shampooing, distribute the mask evenly from root to tip. Leave it on for up to ten minutes, then rinse. If you style your hair post-use, it will look like you just stepped out of the salon. ($26)
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Protector: I will try any product that has Jennifer Aniston’s seal of approval. Living Proof is one of the best haircare lines out there, and this overnight treatment is one of their best products. Apply it to damp or dry hair right before bed and give new meaning to the phrase ‘beauty sleep’! Overnight the product will work its magic, leaving you with vibrant, bouncy, more manageable hair that will last you up to two weeks. ($28)
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque: If your hair is feeling brittle and dry from coloring or just the cold temps, consider this replenishing mask from Alterna. With unique ‘anti-aging’ properties, plus Color Hold to protect color, ten minutes of this treatment will bring new life to dyed hair. The formula is extremely lightweight, so it won’t hold down hair – perfect for those with curls. ($42)
Carol’s Daughter Marula (Curl Therapy) Softening Hair Mask: If you want to add some life to your curly hair, look no further than this intense mask from Carol’s Daughter. Infused with intensely hydrating Marula oil, this product will tame even the most unruly, unmanageable curls. You’ll be left with shiny, soft curls that have the perfect amount of bounce. ($24)
Moroccanoil Smoothing Mask: Moroccanoil products always leave hair silky smooth and frizz-free, and this mask is no exception. Specifically made for unruly or frizzy hair, using this once a week will result in lasting shine and more manageable tresses. Apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair, leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse. You can find the normally pricey treatment for half off on Amazon right now! ($23.75)
Redken Blonde Idol Mask: Blondes may have more fun, but they also know it takes some work to maintain bright, flaxen hair. If you want to bring out the best in your blonde, use this weekly treatment. Leave Blonde Idol on towel-dried hair for fifteen minutes every week, then rinse. The lightweight formula brightens color, nourishes damaged areas and leaves hair soft and smooth. ($20.50)
Have you used a hair mask before? What’s your favorite one? Let us know in the comments below!
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