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Dry, damaged, oily or fading — hair masks are a godsend for practically every hair concern one might have. Aside from being the ultimate self-care practice, putting on a hair mask is a great way to restore your locks and essentially bring them back to life amidst colouring, heated tool use and more.
With hair masks being such a big trend in the beauty world, there are hundreds of formulas to choose from, meaning it’s a little tougher to find the right one. We’ve rounded up our hair mask recommendations for every hair type, from curly to straight, oily to dry and more. Keep on reading to discover your perfect match.
Those with pin straight locks are probably in the market for a little volume, especially at the roots. Although there are tons of styling products that can help you achieve this, starting with a hair mask in the shower can definitely assist your cause!
Our pick: Wella SP Volumise Mask. This mask adds weightless volume to fine hair, ensuring it’s gorgeously bouncy and appears thicker and fuller. It also works to strengthen the hair follicle, meaning less breakage and healthier locks overall!
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The goal with curly hair is to perfect and define each curl, minimising frizz and making the hair easy to manage. Curly hair can also be difficult to nourish from root to tip. A hair mask is always a go-to in any curly girl’s routine, as they’ll guarantee the perfect ringlet in addition to keeping each tress moisturised from root to tip.
Our pick: Redken Frizz Dismiss Mask. Perfect for curls (yet suitable for any hair type, really), this mask from Redken immediately nips frizz in the bud with Brazilian Praxaci Oil. It’s humidity resistant, meaning even in the heat of summer, you can use it to keep your hair under control, and also works to nourish and add manageability.
Thick hair can be ultra-tough to manage — especially if you’ve got tons of it! Frizz, dehydration, knots — you name it, thick-haired girls have experienced it. Thankfully, a hair mask is a once-weekly indulgence that’ll make sure your hair stays smooth, soft and a little less hard to wrangle.
Our pick: Wella SP Luxe Oil Keratin Restore Mask. Three nourishing oils — argan, almond and jojoba — work in harmony with luxe ingredient keratin to transform the texture and feel of your hair. Ultimate smoothing action ensures manageable locks whereas hydrating factors help to keep the hair moisturised throughout.
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Oily hair is a tough one to treat with hair masks, as often, these can contain a range of oils that might not agree with your already grease-prone locks and scalp. Instead, you’ve got one of two options — try a cleansing mask, or go for something that hydrates lightly without creating excessive oiliness.
Our picks: Christophe Robin Cleansing Mask with Lemon. Albeit very different to what you might expect from a mask, this product expertly purifies the scalp and cleanses your hair without drying it out. Use it like a shampoo before nourishing the hair with your conditioner!
If your hair is ‘combination’ (oily yet still undernourished on occasion), then opt for the Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask Light, which like their other ‘light’ products, won’t weigh down thin hair nor will it add any grease to already oily hair types. Instead, you’ll experience soft, smooth and hydrated hair with a scalp that’s totally balanced between washes.
Cure dryness by adding a hydrating mask into your weekly routine — we promise your hair will thank you! Enriched with nourishing oils like jojoba, argan and more, dry hair masks cure a lack of moisture whilst instilling health and manageability to every strand.
Our pick: Pure Sacred Mask. Incredibly hydrating and nourishing, this mask from Pure works on both the hair and scalp, transforming from the inside out. It reduces scalp flaking, instills moisture throughout and softens each strand of hair for a gorgeous look and feel.
Treating damaged hair is tricky, as it intensifies quickly if you’re constantly styling with heated tools or regularly colour or bleach your locks. A hair mask is a total must-have in your weekly upkeep routine, as these will help seal the hair’s cuticles and create a smooth, soft finish. They also work from the inside out to repair the hair shaft, leaving you with better-looking tresses than ever before!
Our pick: Moroccanoil Restorative Hair Mask. Formulated with argan oil, shea butter and more, this mask is a total godsend for damaged locks. Smooth it on and leave for 5-7 minutes to encourage healthier hair that’s shiny, more elastic and totally hydrated.
Those with coloured locks are sure to know that there can be consequences for your hair — more damage, a little dryness, and of course, colour fading. While we recommend you opt for a hair mask suited to damaged hair to treat breakage, keeping your colour vibrant is another story. There are heaps of products out there that will ensure ultimate brightness and less fading in between salon visits, whilst also keeping the hair nourished and healthy.
Our pick: Paul Mitchell Ultimate Colour Repair Mask. From this adored professional brand comes the latest in colour-stay technology paired with an ultra-nourishing and strengthening formula. Your shade of choice is bound to stay as vibrant as possible in between trips to your fave salon.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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