5 Hair Masks to Finally Heal Damaged, Dry Hair

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5 Nourishing Hair Masks To Hydrate Dry, Damaged Hair

28 August 2017
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor, Hair.com

As an employee of L’Oréal, Emily works with celebrity stylists to make finding the right cut, color, or style easier than ever before. She's previously written for Allure, Elite Daily, and First We Feast.

Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Hair Mask

If you’ve been seeing split ends and running your fingers through your hair makes you a little afraid it’ll all just snap off, it’s time to try a mask that deep conditions to help soften and restore shine to your poor strands. Redken’s All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Hair Mask is formulated with the brand’s RCT Protein Complex, which uses a combination of three proteins to help your hair feel stronger. We haven’t forgotten about your ends, either: The formula also contains Sepicap to help protect them against the stresses of styling.

After every third wash, towel-dry your hair and apply the mask from root to tip. Set your phone timer for three to five minutes (the perfect amount of time to watch a beauty tutorial video), and let the product work. When the time is up, rinse every last bit of the product away. For extra soft results, pair the mask with Redken’s All Soft Shampoo, Conditioner, and Argan-6 Oil.

Redken All Soft Deep Conditioning Mega Hair Mask, $29 MSRP

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip

If you’re a hair color addict who just can’t stay away from your stylist’s chair, here’s good news: We’ve found the perfect product for your color-treated hair. Pureology’s Hydrate Hydra Whip mask contains the brand’s signature AntiFadeComplex, so rest assured you didn’t drop hundreds on a very Instagrammable shade of pastel pink only to watch it run into the drain.

Of course, your hair color isn’t the only thing to consider here. If you’re looking for spa-like experience, look no further than Hydrate Hydra Whip. The mask is formulated with peppermint, sage, and rosemary, not to mention scents like sandalwood and rose. Try it on just-shampooed hair, applying at the roots and combing through to the ends. Leave the mask on for up to five minutes, then rinse.

Pureology Hydrate Hydra Whip, prices may vary

Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral

If you’re already a hair mask fiend, you’re probably well aware of the Kérastase’s cult-status formula and scent. The Nutritive Masque Magistral is specially formulated for severely dry hair, so it’s a healing treatment for locks that undergo rigorous styling every day. The formula—with ceramides and xylose, a sugar derived from wood—helps to protect hair fibers and defend against heat damage.

Treat your hair to a little TLC by applying the mask onto freshly shampooed hair, focusing on its lengths and ends. Let the product sit for 5 to 10 minutes before adding water and rinsing. For the best results, follow the mask with a hair primer before styling. On a side note, we can’t get enough of the way this hair mask smells. The scent is rich, floral, and diving.

Kérastase Nutritive Masque Magistral, $63 MSRP

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Deep Treatment Masque

With so many hair products available, choosing just one can be overwhelming for those of us with hair that’s just in the middle. For manes that are neither extremely thick nor thin, neither coarse nor soft, invest in a hair mask for all seasons with Shu Uemura Art of Hair’s Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Deep Treatment Masque. You’ll be glad you showed your hair some extra love when it feels silkier and smoother after treatment.

To make the most out of your mask, distribute a quarter-sized amount of product from the middle to ends of your hair. Wait five to ten minutes before rinsing for tangle-free hair that feels so much more hydrated. If your hair didn’t feel special before, it certainly will now.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Urban Moisture Hydro-Nourishing Deep Treatment Masque, $68 MSRP

L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque

Ladies with severely damaged hair, this one’s for you. L’Oréal Professionnel’s Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque is designed for manes that need a serious refresh. In fact, it’s one part of a salon-quality treatment that will leave your hair looking and feeling healthy, shiny, and strong.

Paired with Absolut Repair Lipidium Shampoo and Primer, the one to two-minute mask works wonders. You can attribute that to its unique formula, which repairs your hair on the strand-level while protecting it from future damage. The extra cool part? The mask works to treat damage at every point on the hair strand, even if the ends need far more help than the middle.

L’Oréal Professionnel Paris Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque, prices may vary 

Is there any better feeling than waking up in the morning with healthy-looking, silky hair? Whether you’re wearing bouncy curls or breaking out the blow dryer, it’s best to start with locks that look and feel healthy.

Still, having perfect-looking hair can be more difficult than it seems, particularly in a world that seems to demand a fresh blowout every day. To restore shine and bounce to hair, we love to use hair masks once or twice a week in addition to our regular hair care routines. You’ll be amazed at the visible difference this can make for your once-damaged locks.

If months of heat styling, bleaching, and sitting in dry, radiator-heated rooms have left your locks looking straw-like and limp, it’s time to add a hair mask to the shelf in your shower. Just the way you might layer on a moisturizing face mask to address dull-looking skin, you can use a hair mask to help you press the reset button.

We love to treat the process like a mini spa vacation, playing relaxing music or watching a TV show—maybe even slipping on a bathrobe while the product goes to work. You’ll wake up the next morning with hair that looks and feels healthier—not to mention a full-body sense of wellness. Take a step back from your stressful daily routine to do something nice for yourself (and your hair).

Sit back, relax, and take a look at our favorite hair masks—from the L’Oréal portfolio of brands—for putting the va-va-voom back in your hair.

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