- Best Hair Masks
The Best Hair Masks for All Hair Types
From plaiting to pollution, colour dyes to heated appliances, your hair goes through a lot. On a daily basis, your strands are exposed to damaging external aggressors that result in your ‘do looking a little lacklustre. The answer? Hair masks.
It’s time to let your hair in on the VIP action by updating your hair care routine with a mask that reaches deeper into your hair cuticle than a regular conditioner to bring it back from the brink and revive your hair. But what works for one type of hair doesn't always work for another, just like with skin. Some hair types, like curly hair, naturally need more moisture than others, or hair of any type that's been damaged from excessive heat styling or bleaching needs more intensely nourishing ingredients than fine hair that's just a little lacklustre.
To take away any confusion and hours of online shopping, we’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best hair masks, with all hair types taken into consideration!
From everyone’s favourite Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 to the versatile Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque, our tried-and-tested guide covers the beauty world’s most-loved hair treatments. Here, you can find the best hair mask for dry hair as well as discover how to pamper curly locks with an ultra-nourishing treatment.
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR THICK/COARSE HAIR:
Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment£7.50 £9.99 (25% off)
With a 97% natural formulation, the Noughty To The Rescue Intense Moisture Treatment is an ideal solution for those that crave pure hydration without any of the nasty added chemicals. Black oat extract, lecithin, sweet almond and a unique blend of plant oils work together to impart an enviable shine whilst keeping each and every strand thoroughly nourished.
L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Masque For Thick Hair£12.65 £19.30 (35% off)
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR FINE HAIR:
weDo Light & Soft Mask£11.16 £14.95 (26% off)
If you're already fighting to make your fine hair have some volume, you definitely don't want to weigh it down with too intense of a mask. Try a weightless mask that still offers hydration, strength and anti-frizziness, like this restorative one made especially for fine hair. Bamboo leaf water protects each individual hair strand and the minimalist formula is free of silicones, artificial dyes, sulphates and more.
Kevin.Murphy Angel Masque£19.50 £30.00 (35% off)
You only need two to ten minutes a week of this Kevin.Murphy restorative mask to condition and repair your fine, dry and coloured hair, thanks to the powerful blend of quinoa proteins, tri-peptides, lotus flower and bamboo. It also promotes hair growth and strengthens your hair against damage, leaving you with super shiny, healthy and voluminous hair!
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR DRY/DAMAGED HAIR:
K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask£9.00 £11.50 (22% off)
This restorative hair mask from K18 works wonders on dry and damaged hair types, helping to revitalise stressed-out strands that require a little extra TLC. Featuring the brand's patented K18Peptide™, this mask travels deeper into the inner layers of the hair to fix broken keratin chains and ensure a professional level of hydration.
Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Deep Conditioning Treatment£23.40 £36.00 (35% off)
If only using a hair mask designed specifically for Audrey Hepburn could make us as talented and stylish as her too! This best-selling treatment has made a real name for itself, winning over the hearts of Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Georgia May Jagger.
The pre-shampoo mask focuses its attention on improving the elasticity in brittle strands, helping to provide an overall strengthening action with hydrolysed elastin and castor oil that revamps dry hair types.
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR WAVY/CURLY HAIR:
Bumble and bumble Curl Butter Mask£38.01
Specifically made with curly hair types in mind, this thick and buttery mask melts in to provide instant hydration that tames tantrum-prone tresses. Once applied, the mask gets to work on injecting each strand with a surge of moisture that smooths down frizz and detangles knotty hair. We love this mask for its intoxicating smell and fast-working action!
Fanola Curly Shine Curly & Wavy Hair Mask£6.75 £9.99 (33% off)
Giving your curls the moisture they need can quickly turn into weighing your hair down with overly-heavy formulas if you aren't careful. We love this weightless conditioning mask from the salon favourite brand Fanola for banishing frizz from curly and wavy hair and bringing back bounce and shine with silk proteins and coconut oil.
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR FRIZZY HAIR:
L'Oréal Professionnel Serie Expert Liss Unlimited Professional Mask£25.22
Intensely nourish, repair and smooth your frizzy, unmanageable hair with this Masque form the L’Oréal Professionnel Série Expert range. This pampering treat works in minutes leaving you with super smooth, luscious locks.
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Mask£38.01
In just five minutes a week, this mask from bestselling brand Bumble and bumble infuses your hair with their signature six oil mixture (including coconut, sweet almond and grapeseed) to boost your hair's hydration for up to 72 hours. The result is de-frizzed, detangled hair that's silky soft.
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR COILY HAIR:
Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment£4.45 £7.50 (41% off)
Let your hair reach its full potential with the Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment. Filled to the brim with pure shea butter, this thirst-quenching mask works on all layers of the hair to impart true nourishment that strengthens broken hair types. This specialised mask can be used on textured, relaxed, coloured and/or permed hair types, making it a real hair care saviour.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque£3.49
Designed for natural hair and chemically treated hair, but supporting healthy growth for all hair types, this mask uses black castor oil to repair the hair and scalp, apple cider vinegar to clarify and balance pH and rice protein to smooth strands. You'll also enjoy the invigorating effect of peppermint on the scalp and the moisture lent by panthenol, shea butter and coconut oil. This rich mask also contains only natural, organic and ethically sourced ingredients!
BEST HAIR MASKS FOR COLOURED HAIR:
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector£23.49 £28.00 (17% off)
Abolish breakage and dryness for good with the Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector. This special hair treatment has shaken up the beauty world with its small-but-mighty formula that transforms broken strands back to a healthier state.
So how does it work? Well, the formula contains a unique Bond Multiplying System that helps to reconnect the broken bonds in hair, making it stronger and shinier. This means the formula has the ability to reconstruct the hair from within, helping with regrowth and fixing up dry, brittle strands. It’s an absolute must for those that regularly colour their hair!
Sebastian Professional Penetraitt Masque Hair Strengthening Mask£18.29 £26.00 (30% off)
This professional-quality mask soothes stressed out hair, repairing damage at a structural level and intensifying colour. At the same time, jojoba oil conditions your scalp and softens your hair while rice bran oil and hydrolysed silk help strengthen.
Hair mask FAQ's:
What are the benefits of using a hair mask?
Using a hair mask is one sure fire way to get moisture back into your parched locks. Not only do they help mend damaged tresses, but they also make your hair soft, shiny and oh-so healthy. Better still, hair masks can also have dreamy scents that create the perfect pampering pick-me-up.
Hair masks are great for beauty lovers who suffer from heat damaged locks or have extra-long, thick hair. They add much needed hydration, but also help revive coloured hair or locks that have been chemically treated. Browse our wide collection today to find a hair mask that suits your hair type and your hair concern.
How do you use a hair mask?
The first step is ensuring your hair is clean, so hop in the shower and shampoo your locks with your favourite formulas. Then take a generous amount of the mask and massage into your damp strands. Leave to sit for at least ten minutes and relax. Once the mask has worked miracles rinse out and towel dry as normal.
Top tip: When you've applied the mask to your hair take a wide tooth comb through the length of your tresses to distribute the product from root to tip. This helps evenly cover your hair and makes sure your ends are just as nourished as your roots. We recommend a hair mask at least once a week, but if your hair needs some extra TLC use two to three times.
What is the best hair mask?
At Cosmetify we have a range of nourishing hair masques, creams and balms. From restorative Olaplex to deeply conditioning Philip Kingsley, there's a brand and a product to suit every hair type. Search by hair concern to find the best hair mask for your specific routine, whether it's dry, damaged hair or chemically treated, weak strands.
Our handy search filters mean you can find hair masks for all routines, all price points and all ingredient preferences. Find formulas using well-known and well-love ingredients, including argan oil hair masks, which help improve the strength of your strands while boosting hydration.
What ingredients do you need for a homemade hair mask?
When creating homemade hair masks, it's easy to get carried away with weird and wonderful concoctions. Coconut hair masks are a great way to add hydration, as well as common kitchen cupboard ingredients such as honey and olive oil.
However, if your hair is truly suffering it's always good to leave the hair masks to the hair care professionals. They use an innovative combination of these ingredients to create industry-leading hair masks that help take you hair from zero to hero in a matter of minutes (without the mess of slathering honey on your head).
And if you worried about added chemical and toxins, use our drop-down options to filter out any nasties. It couldn't be easier to find natural, organic, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free formulas here at Cosmetify.
We’re so excited for you to unlock the secret behind a glossy new ‘do. Why not spread the love to your visage and browse through our selection of the best face masks for every skin type too!
Written by Ellie Child
With five years’ experience under her belt, Ellie has worked alongside a range of highly regarded makeup artists, giving her a real insight into what consumers should be spending their money on.