10 of the best hair masks for strands in need of a little TLC
Save. Our. Strands.
By Briar Clark
Beauty Crew Content Producer / August 17 2021
We think by now you’ve probably got the basics of your haircare routine down (well at least we hope so). And with a foolproof regimen of clarifying shampoos and hydrating conditioners (and maybe leave-in conditioners if you’re feeling a bit fancy) sorted, it’s now time to find yourself a hair mask for those days when your hair’s in need of a little extra lovin’.
Thankfully, there’s a plethora of hair mask formulas out there that’ll love your strands just the way they need. We’re talkin’ everything from dry hair hydrators to cleansing formulas that make light work of scalp build-up with a quick shower sesh.
Regardless of your follicular proclivities these 10 hair mask formulas are here to give your locks that extra special treatment – you’re welcome.
OLAPLEX No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
The lesser known sister of everyone’s favourite hair treatment OLAPLEX No.3, allow us to introduce you to OLAPLEX No.8. The difference? She takes the cake in terms of hydration. We’re talking the same infusion of OLAPLEX Bond Building technology that makes No.3’s formula so beloved, as well as hydroxy acids and antioxidants that work to add shine, smoothness and body back into hair, while intensely moisturising particularly damaged strands.
$50 at Sephora
Klorane 2-in-1 Mask Shampoo Powder
If scalp build-up is the biggest bane in your life then you need to add this ingenious 2-in-1 shampoo powder mask to your shower lineup. Formulated to reduce the amount of water used in your routine, the clarifying powder can be mixed with a small amount of water to form a lather that is then massaged into the scalp to absorb oil and cleanse hair of impurities prior to the rest of your in-shower hair routine.
$21.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
If you’ve never had the opportunity to slather this luxuriously nourishing prickly pear-infused offering all over your strands, then can we just say, you have not lived. If there is something to have FOMO about, it’s this mask. Boasting an ingredients list that includes antioxidant-rich pure prickly pear seed oil and prickly pear oil extract, this pick is going to restore and rejuvenate strands, reinforcing the hair follicle from the inside out.
$60.45 at RY
Kérastase Reflection Masque Chromatique Epais
Kérastase® Reflection Masque Chromatique Epais is our go-to mask for colour-treated hair. Seriously, we have yet to find an offering that boosts shine, colour intensity and softness than this pick right here. Enjoy nourished, manageable strands and rich colour that extends past your visit to the salon.
$60 at Adore Beauty
Davines LOVE Curl Hair Mask
Curly hair in need of some TLC? Lay it on real thick with this LOVE mask from Davines that includes powerful conditioning agents to nourish and hydrate stressed strands. Sweet almond seed extract is the key player in this formula for adding much-needed shine, softness and bounce back into your curls.
$47.95 at OZ Hair & Beauty
ELEVEN Australia Miracle Hair Mask
Formulated with aloe vera and white mulberry leaf, this sweetly-scented (seriously you’re going to have a hard time stopping yourself from huffing the stuff), antioxidant-rich treatment is here to restore your damaged strands in as little as five minutes – meaning there’s no excuse not to treat yourself to a little bit of somethin’ somethin’ the next time you wash your hair.
$27.95 at Adore Beauty
evo mane attention protein treatment
Dealing with some hardcore damage? Then you need to employ the help of this protein reconstructive treatment stat. Coloured, chemically afflicted, brittle and damaged hair is no match for this hair strengthener. Healthy strands here we come.
$34 at Adore Beauty
Wella Professionals Care INVIGO Nutri-Enrich Deep Nourishing Mask
Wella Professionals Invigo Nutri-Enrich Deep Nourishing Mask features an impressive Nutri-Enrich Complex which combines the powers of oleic acid, panthenol and vitamin E, as well as vitamin, mineral and peptide-rich goji berry to deeply moisturise, nourish and protect dry, stressed strands.
$36 at RY
Pantene Miracle Hair Mask Jar Collagen Repair
Pantene Pro-V Miracle Mask Collagen has officially won the favour of our Review Crew® thanks to a formula enriched with vitamin B5 and collagen. The duo works to reinforce the hair follicles structure and protect against further free-radical damage by employing the help of bond-strengthening amino acids and antioxidants. And all for $7? Yes please.
$6.99 at Chemist Warehouse
Nioxin 3D Deep Protect Density Mask
Nioxin Deep Protect Density Mask is the mask to add to your kit when your hair is damaged and thinning. Whether stress or product build-up is the root of the cause, this pick is going to alleviate the problem by utilising Densiprotect technology to deeply condition strands, strengthening and protecting the hair shaft.
$34 at Adore Beauty
Briar is a Content Producer at BEAUTYcrew. She is a self-professed skin care obsessive, always on the hunt for the perfect mascara, and can't go past a plumping lipgloss.