The best hydrating treatments for dry, brittle hair
Time for some TLC (tender loving conditioning)
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / February 24 2023
Just the same way that it seems like a cruel cosmic joke that chocolate is bad for us, we'll never quite get over the fact that everything that helps our hair look good (curling, straightening, bleaching, etc.) is actually bad for it. Like, who came up with that concept?
But because we definitely don't have plans to stop colouring or styling (or snacking on Dairy Milk for that matter) any time soon, we need to turn to our other option: products that replenish the hydration that our beloved tools and colour treatments take away.
After all, hydration equals all the best stuff: softness, shine, and of course, the ability to flip our hair like we're in Charlie's Angels; none of which we're happy to live without. And while the right nourishing shampoo and conditioner combo can definitely help, the truth is that nothing gets in there quite like a treatment.
So, if you're searching for a mask, balm or cream designed to treat your tresses to some seriously moisturising TLC, look no further than this list. Here's our edit of the top treatments for dry hair...
Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
Let’s be real: nobody does replenishment quite like Olaplex; their bond-building technology is no joke. So, if your hair’s feeling dry, damaged and hell, let’s call a spade a spade, dead, get a generous layer of this moisturising mask onto it pronto.
$50 at Sephora
Virtue Labs Restorative Treatment Mask
If it’s conditioning hydration you’re after, this nourishing formula will definitely do the trick. It’s jam-packed with the brand’s signature keratin complex that adds an instant infusion of moisture, shine and softness without leaving hair feeling heavy.
$97 at Sephora
Bread Beauty Supply Hair-Mask Creamy Deep Conditioner
Thirsty curls are not happy curls, which is why this creamy conditioning mask (which heroes hydrating Aussie Kakadu plum seed oil) is a godsend for textured hair. It’ll soften, detangle and take those moisture levels into downright joyous territory.
$43 at Sephora
IGK Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask
Need hydration but don’t have the time/patience for a full mask, wash and style scenario? Enter this silk extract treatment. It’s designed to be applied dry and not washed out – just spritz it on before bed, leave overnight and enjoy your soft, swishy results in the A.M.
$52 at Sephora
Starskin Coco-Nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask
Besides the fact that we just love the deeply humbling thrill of seeing ourselves in a chic shower cap, this hot oil pre-shampoo mask also boasts the nourishing benefits of virgin coconut oil. It penetrates the hair’s shaft while you wear, to repair, hydrate and strengthen from the inside out.
$17 at Sephora
Ouai Fine To Medium Hair Treatment Masque
In desperate need of hydration but living in fear of flatness? No worries. This moisture mask does everything you need (fights frizz, smoothes split ends, and strengthens strands) without weighing your hair down. The rose and musk scent sure isn’t bad, either.
$58 at Sephora
Christophe Robin Intense Regenerating Balm with Rare Prickly Pear Oil
Prefer a balmy formula to a cream? You’ve got excellent, extra-moisturising taste. This silky strand-sealer is formulated with an array of strengthening oils (shea, almond and prickly pear seed among them), and offers a particularly potent hit of hydration that your thirsty hair will thank you for.
$51 at Headcase Haircare
GROW Longer Stronger Anti-Breakage Hair Mask
A hair mask with the ability to actually help to repair breakage is definitely a blessing, and this strand-strengthening blend is just that. Designed to enhance shine and up hydration levels while working to undo pesky damage, it features a nourishing trio of aloe vera, jojoba and avocado oils.
$16.99 at Priceline