HAIR LOOKING STRAGGLY RATHER THAN SWISHY? TREAT YOUR LOCKS TO THESE HAIR MASKS TO BREATHE NEW LIFE INTO DULL, BRITTLE OR BLEACHED HAIR
There’s nothing like a hair mask to breathe life back into locks that are looking a little worse for wear, especially if you haven’t been for a trim for a while. It seems like hair masks are on our minds more so than ever at the moment, with a 120 per cent rise in Google searches for ‘hair mask for damaged hair’ in the last seven days. “During the winter months, the condition of our hair can change. You often find that a change in the weather, turning the heating on and using more heat tools – due to not wanting to go out with wet hair – can have an effect on the condition of our hair. This can cause hair to dry out and in result can become brittle,” says Redken and Pureology senior educator Jimmy Green.
If you’re experiencing dry, brittle or unwanted frizzy hair, a specialist hydrating hair mask or a repairing hair mask (or hair masque, if you want to be fancy) is a must-do once or twice a week. (By the by, for smoothing and sealing split ends we recommend Virtue’s Perfect Ending Split End Serum which uses a keratin protein identical to the one in hair to seal broken ends and prevent further fraying).
Which hair mask will refresh, recharge and rehydrate your locks back to shampoo ad swishiness? These are the picks we’ve tested and rated.
BEST MASK FOR DRY, BRITTLE, LIFELESS HAIR
John Frieda Hydrate and Recharge Deep Soak Masque, £6.99
John Frieda created the Hydrate and Recharge range (there’s a shampoo and conditioner too) in response to real women’s brittle hair woes, pumping it full of ingredients such as monoi oil (though this isn’t heavy or oily) to help restore the hair’s lipid barrier. GTG’s editorial director Victoria is a big fan of this, saying that it added movability to her dehydrated, brittle hair. It also didn’t weight down her fine curls.
BEST HAIR MASK FOR THICK HAIR
Living Proof No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask, £33 for 200ml
I’ve always has Living Proof’s Restore Mask Treatment in my hair regime but this month sees the launch of three new masks from our favourite silicone free haircare brand. This particular mask tames frizzy hair and strengthens your strands by boosting the protective layer on each hair, preventing pollution from seeping in and damaging as well as stopping humidity in its tracks. After just one use this reportedly improves breakage by 70 per cent. It’s an intense mask so perfect for thick hair that needs maintenace. The other two new masks are the Restore Repair Mask, £33, for dry and damaged hair and the Weightless Mask, for soft and shiny manageable hair, great for adding movement into locks.
BEST HAIR MASK FOR DRY BLONDE OR BLEACHED HAIR
Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra Violet Treatment, £29.10 for 200ml
Last summer I went much, much blonder than my natural colour and this was the only mask I trusted to keep my salon-treated hair shiny and brassiness-free. It leaves purple mess ALL over the shower (and in the ears) but when I used it weekly, it kept my blonde light and shiny and protected against the dullness caused by pollution. Ingredients include hyaluronic acid and edelweiss flower to deliver soothing moisture, rebuilding weak hair fibres and infusing strands with a healthy, salon-worthy gloss.
BEST HAIR CONDITIONING MASK FOR FINE HAIR
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, £8.50 for 30ml
Those with fine hair sometimes shy away from hair masks, thinking that they’ll be too heavy but that is far from the truth with this mask. This natural blend restores hydration to dry, brittle hair with 98 per cent natural, nourishing ingredients, such as avocado oil, sweet almond oil, lemon oil and biotin. It’s also free from parabens, sulfates and silicones.