For me, winter means dry skin head to toe, and I mean that literally — even my scalp craves moisture. With fine hair that’s prone to oil buildup, I normally only condition my ends, keeping anything too moisturizing away from the roots, and usually that works well, as I’m not really prone to dandruff or that dry, tight feeling. But over the last few weeks, I’ve felt the need to treat my scalp with a little more TLC than usual, and this mask from hairstylist Kristin Ess’s brand has become my go-to.
The super-dense formula is so thick it’s almost difficult to squeeze out of the tube and massage into the scalp and hair. But what feels heavy at first is actually surprisingly lightweight in action; it rinses off much more easily than other conditioning masks I’ve used. That’s because in addition to moisturizing ingredients like glycerin, mango seed butter, sweet almond oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil and castor seed oil, it also balances oil production with kaolin clay and doesn’t contain traditional conditioner standbys like silicone that can create residue and buildup on strands.
It also gets to work quickly, meaning you can let it sit for just two minutes while going about the rest of your shower routine before rinsing and still get results. Namely, soft, smooth, shiny, not-the-least-bit-dry results. There’s no heaviness left behind — just shiny hair and a pleasant but unobtrusive floral scent.
Kristin Ess Weightless Hydration Daily Scalp + Hair Mask, $14, available here.
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