SPLASHING out on a hair mask might feel like an unnecessary indulgence. But, just like a nourishing face mask is to skincare, it’s actually an essential part of your haircare routine.
Stressed tresses need reviving? Flat hair need a bounce-boost? Dry mane need a moisture-moment? The best hair masks will do all that and more.
It’s important to choose the right hair mask for your needs and your mane.
Intensive hydration masks are perfect for anyone that loves using heat styling tools; split end-sufferer? A repairing mask will be your new BFF; those infuriating flyaways? A frizz-taming formula is just the ticket.
Whether you have damaged, fine, dry, thick or curly locks, we’ve rounded up the best hair masks for you below.
Now you can be the best tressed every day. Ready? Go…
Best hair mask for damaged hair
Heat tool addict? Straighteners, wands and curling tongs – if you use them regularly they can all leave hair dry and brittle.
Time to call in the rescue team. Aveda’s Damage Remedy mask uses quinoa protein to penetrate the hair shaft and strengthen and restore it from the inside out.
Castor, jojoba and meadowfoam seed oils smooth the hair’s surface, leaving you with silkier, shinier, and healthier tresses.
- Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, £27 from Feel Unique – buy here
Best mask for curly hair
Curly, frizzy, or thick tresses need a powerful smoothing mask for a more manageable mane.
This mask is just that: potent. It uses vegetable ceramides, silk proteins and vegetable oils to detangle and add shine, bounce and a smooth-surface finish.
Expensive? Yep. Worth it? Definitely.
- Leonor Greyl LMasque à L’Orchidée, £38.50 from Space NK – buy here
Best hair mask for split ends
Regular hair cuts are the best way to get rid of split ends but, in between salon visits, you can keep breakage at bay with a nourishing, repairing hair mask.
The Body Shop’s replenishing formula not only hydrates with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana, it also uses cocoa butter and Italian coconut oil to repair breakage and protect damage-prone hair from doing the splits.
Not only is it good for your hair, it’s also vegan and eco-friendly. Boxes all ticked.
- Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12 from The Body Shop – buy here
Best hair mask for dry hair
When shea butter meets almonds and linseed extracts, a magical hair-hydrating dream team is formed.
This mask locks in moisture, boosts strength, prevents breakage and split ends, and leaves your mane moisturised, smooth and glossy.
All for a purse-pleasing tenner. We’ll take two, thanks…
- Korres Natural Almond and Linseed Hair Mask for Dry/Damaged Hair, £!0 from Look Fantastic – buy here
Best mask for fine hair
Fine, flat or thin hair will get a big volume boost with this thickening mask.
A powerful cocktail of amino acids and caffeine (ooh an espresso martini for your mane), it strengthens individual strands, while moisturising coconut oil and hyaluronic acid create a hydrated scalp to promote healthy hair growth.
Use regularly for smooth, shiny, thicker-looking locks.
- Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask Intense, £25 from Look Fantastic – buy here
Best hair mask for frizzy hair
Does what it says on the tin! This mask tames those pesky frizzy flyaways.
Lightweight but hydrating, it utilises lactic acid to strengthen locks, while Stearoxypropyl Dimethylamine (try and say that after a glass of vino), to smooth the hair’s surface.
As well as repairing, it also protects hair, so is great to apply to shampooed locks before you blow dry.
- KMS California Tame Frizz Smoothing Reconstructor, £14.40 from Feel Unique – buy here
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Why not treat your face too, whilst you’re at it? Check out our top face masks, right here!
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