From platting 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. We’ve put together a comprehensive list of the best hair masks that take all hair types into consideration.
From that insta-famous Coco & Eve Hair Mask to everyone’s favourite Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3, 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 treat curly locks to an ultra-nourishing action.
Best for thick/coarse hair:
Acting as a cocktail for your hair, this deeply nourishing formula helps to revive and restore stressed-out strands. The intensive mask is filled to the brim with conditioning ingredients that work together to coat each and every hair in a protective veil of hydration. Jojoba oil and vitamin C join forces to ensure stronger, healthier hair that boasts an enviable gleam.
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.
Best for fine hair:
There’s a reason why this cult-followed mask has raked in multiple awards, and it’s probably something to do with the fact it totally transforms limp, lacklustre hair.
This hydrating formulation contains the brand’s Smart Technology Complex as well as artichoke leaf extract to seal down the cuticle and protect the hair from external aggressors. The result? Silky-smooth tresses that feel stronger than ever before.
Finer hair types sometimes require a treatment that won’t weigh their strands down, which is why the Moroccanoil Hydrating Mask Light is the perfect solution for thinner hair. This argan oil hair mask has a lightweight formula that delivers an almighty punch of hydration without adding any weight, resulting in featherlight locks that are suitably quenched.
Best for dry/brittle hair:
This Insta-famous hair mask brings salon-worthy results into the comfort of your very own home, providing strong and shiny results in a flash. The formula itself contains argan oil, coconut, linseed and shea butter to rehydrate dry and brittle strands, whilst linseed extract produces a softer-than-soft texture that smooths down unwanted frizz.
If this hasn’t won you over, check out our guide on hair masks for dry and damaged hair types.
When a hair mask is specifically designed for Audrey Hepburn, you know you’re in for a treat. This best-selling treatment mask 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 that revamps dry hair types.
Best for oily hair:
Oily hair, you’ve met your match. The Grow Gorgeous Scalp Detox works its magic on the scalp rather than the ends of the hair to prevent oiliness and excessive grease from occurring. This pre-shampoo treatment contains plant-based actives and ultra-nourishing ingredients to nurture both the scalp and the roots of the hair, helping to keep your ‘do shining in the right way.
If you’re a city dweller, this hair mask is for you. The PHYTO Detox Pre Shampoo Mask specifically addresses the concern of overexposure to pollution, which can in turn cause greasy hair. Its potent formula traps and lifts away the likes of pollution, product build-up and dust to ensure that the scalp doesn’t look greasy or weighed down. Mineral-rich Ghassoul clay draws out the pollutants and toxins, leaving the hair to feel lighter than a feather with a healthy-looking shine.
Best for wavy/curly hair:
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!
Make that mane of yours more manageable with the Kérastase Elixir Ultime Masque. This moisturising mask restores duller hair types with a vitamin-rich action that adds an enviable shine, all the while softening coarse strands for a silky and controlled finish. The best part? It contains vitamin C, D, and omega 9 to strengthen and revive the hair fibres!
Use this mask as a weekly treat or as a conditioner for severely parched hair types.
Bets for frizz-prone hair:
If you’re after a solution that’s a little more budget friendly, try out the Garnier Ultimate Blends Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut Oil 3 In 1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment. This deliciously thick ‘n’ creamy mask boasts a silicone-free formula that contains coconut and macadamia nut extract to nourish and hydrate frizz-prone hair types. Once applied, the mask seals down the hair fibre to reveal a sleeker, silkier result.
Treat your hair to a buffet of nutrients and hydration with the iconic Living Proof No Frizz Intense Moisture Mask. This smoothing formula combines innovative technologies and ingredients together to treat misbehaving hair. It works by strengthening the hairs’ own defences, supporting the protective layer to stop the likes of pollution and humidity from wreaking havoc on your ‘do. This in turn minimises frizz and lets hair live up to its full potential.
Best for coiled hair:
Tight curls deserve a little extra lovin’, which is why the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque is our go-to product for an unbeatable shine. This advanced treatment utilises the potency of shea butter to nourish dry strands, adding a smoothing and soothing action that makes coils more manageable.
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.
Best for coloured hair:
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!
Bleach London know a thing or two when it comes to treating coloured hair, which is why we put our full trust in their BLEACH LONDON Reincarnation Mask. Specifically targeting bleached locks, this nourishing formula resurrects neglected, dried-out strands that need a little extra TLC.
A powerful cocktail of wheat proteins and sunflower seed extract join forces to impart a lust-worthy shine, super strength and a renewed colour vibrancy.
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.