Hair treatment masks are deep conditioning products that moisturize and repair. Anyone with dry, damaged, or over processed hair can benefit from using a mask one to two times per week. If you are trying to maintain healthy hair, newsflash: you still need to use a mask once a week, minimum. Many of these conditioning masks utilize various types of oils, butters and proteins to restructure and smooth. Many salon services (Brazilian keratin treatments, coloring, highlighting) require harsh chemicals that can dry out the hair. By using a specialty mask, you can minimize damage and replenish your strands. I chose the following masks based on one simple factor: effectiveness. Each of the following products has that "wow" factor. As a woman with naturally curly, color treated hair, I have tried a variety of masks, from every price point. I keep all five of the following products in rotation in my regimen. For best results, shampoo and rinse hair with warm water. Saturate hair from root to tips with one of the following masks. Wrap hair in a warm towel for 7 to 30 minutes. Rinse well with cold water to seal the hair cuticle and increase shine. I promise, your hair will thank you for the extra TLC!
When using this product, hair grows longer, faster. Hair color stays vibrant, and you have less breakage and damage from heated styling tools. The formula is so moisturizing, you don't need to apply a styling product when you air-dry your hair. The tingle factor in this mask helps you wake up in the morning and doubles as a scalp treatment. It truly is a multi-tasking miracle worker and worth every penny. Read Full Review
TIGI S Factor Serious Conditioner smells amazing with the invigorating scent of mint. The formula contains sunflower oil, which penetrates deep into the hair. The mint has a rejuvenating effect, increasing circulation and oxygen flow to the scalp. This creates the ideal environment for new hair to grow. If your hair is over processed, dry and brittle, the grape seed oil protects the integrity of surface proteins in the hair shaft. Translation: hair is smooth, fuzz-free and resists breakage.
There are so many things to love about this product. The thick consistency, the intense moisture, the subtle scent. The moisture molecules in All Soft Heavy Cream are small enough to penetrate hair, boosting moisture retention and resilience. Read Full Review
I have been using the Redkin All Soft Heavy Cream for 11 years, and with good reason. After a bad experience with a harsh bleach, this product was the only thing that prevented my hair from turning into mush. While the entire All Soft line is star studded, the Heavy Cream is one of my indispensable products. Reformulated with argon and avocado oil, this intense cream works best on hair that has been saturated in warm water. Apply a generous amount from root to tip and wrap in a towel. After 30 minutes, rinse out the product with cold water. Your hair will be sleek, smooth and damage-resistant.
Although pricey, this mask continues to improve your hair each time you use it. The scent is exclusive to Moroccanoil and is one in a million. Prior to using this product, I could not stop my hair from splitting. No matter how many trims I got, my curly hair always had damage at the ends. My stylist noticed a big difference after using this mask for eight weeks. I was finally able to grow out my hair and my last trim was over three months ago. Read Full Review
This rich, hydrating mask is euphoria for the senses. The exotic, mellow, rich fragrance will leave you day dreaming every time you shower. It has that indescribable signature scent exclusive to the Moroccanoil hair care line that makes this product a cult classic. Not only does this product drench the hair with moisture, it also contains proteins that help fill in damaged areas. It is rare for a mask to contain both protein and hydration. The added benefit of the protein makes this the ideal product for someone who needs to rebuild and strengthen as well as moisturize their hair. In addition, this product does not require additional heat to penetrate the shaft of the hair. The processing time is only seven minutes, which is faster than traditional masks.
The blend of oils in this product make it extra effective. Neutrogena addresses all of the layers of the hair, inside and out. Although this product is concentrated, it leaves no residue on the hair. It has an understated scent and it leaves hair extra soft and shiny. As a drug store brand, Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask works just as well as products at a much higher price point. Read Full Review
This mask is amazing for anyone with hair in great condition as well as someone that needs a miracle, fast. Neutragena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask utilizes three oils that penetrate the hair from the cuticle to the core. Sweet almond oil works great on the outside of the hair while the Meadowfoam oil and olive oil penetrate deep inside the inner layers. The molecules are small enough to penetrate the cuticle and restore hair. A tub will last you about two months with regular use. Best of all, this mask really gives pricey competitors some stiff competition. It really does a wonderful job at moisturizing and reviving fried hair.
This balm protects hair color with natural sunscreen. This balm is light yet moisturizes and repairs the structure of damaged hair. It works better than a lot salon brands. The formula is concentrated, so a tube will last about three months with regular use. This balm is ideal for the summer months. Read Full Review
Aquage Hydrating Balm is one of my all time favorites. This product contains sea algae, which is a rare find in a hair mask. Algae is used in a variety of beauty products for its moisturizing and anti-aging benefits. What makes this product so unique is that the deep sea extracts moisturize the hair and continues to attract moisture molecules long after it is rinsed out.