8 hair masks for every concern
We've found the best across the board
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / September 03 2020
Hair masks can be pretty life-changing for our locks; in fact, not to be dramatic or anything, but considering our extremely strong affinity for curling irons, we pretty much credit them with keeping our hair attached to our heads.
But just like a face mask designed to de-slick the skin won't work do a thing for a dry complexion, hair treatments are not a one-size-fits-all scenario. You have to find a formula specifically suited to your concerns and goals in order for the magic to really happen.
With every option under the sun claiming to give you the best hair of your life, though, it can be tricky to choose, even once you've identified the category you should be working within.
Luckily, we've done the applying, rinsing and blow-drying legwork to find the very best of the bunch across the board. Ready to find your mask match? Here are the top treatments for every hair concern.
Best for: damaged hair
Hair Rituel by Sisley Restructuring Nourishing Balm
Billed as a ‘wonder balm for hair’, this botanical oil-enriched delight is so outrageously silky that we swear you can feel your poor damaged mane getting stronger as it works. It’s designed to go on dry to best penetrate the strands, so distribute along lengths and ends (especially split ones) and either shampoo out 30 minutes later, or leave on overnight to give tresses a little extra TLC. FYI, you'll want to avoid the scalp with this guy; it’s not playing around in the restoring realm, so it’s a little too oil-based to agree with that area.
Best for: dry hair
Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque
Give your strands a tall drink of water (or rather, shea butter and sweet almond oil) with this hair-hydrating superstar. Not only is it the most moisturising mask we’ve ever tried, but you know the results are real thanks to its silicone-free status – it’s working way below the surface instead of just putting a band-aid on a bullet wound. You won’t believe how silky, soft and strong your strands will feel post-rinse; all the telltale signs of a truly phenomenal hydration treatment.
Best for: curly hair
bumble and bumble Curl Butter Masque
Finding the perfect treatment fit for curls isn’t always easy – they need a lot of moisture, and yet too much can weigh them down. This spiral-specific situation handles hydration (shoutout to its velvety blend of cupuacu butter and babassu oil) without leaving curls lifeless, thanks to the clever Hydrasculpt Blend technology within the formula – it hits them with plenty of shine-boosting and softening action, just none of that flattening business. In fact, you’ll find your spirals, corkscrews and coils are more energised than ever after use – ideal.
Best for: coloured hair
Christophe Robin Colour Shield Mask
A salon appointment isn’t the only solution if your colour’s looking lacklustre; this dye-reviving colour shield mask is certainly worth a whirl, too. It’s actually quite a fancy formula – with an acidic pH that’s able to retract the hair’s cuticles, it helps to lock in the artificial pigments at the core of the hair’s fibre. Sounds too science-y? Long story short, it’s a shortcut to restoring your chosen shade to as close to its former shimmering, salon-fresh glory as possible, all without leaving your own bathroom.
Best for: blonde hair
Kérastase Blond Absolu Masque Ultra Violet Treatment
If your blonde comes from a bottle, a shade-specific treatment is a shower shelf must-have to keep your colour looking fresh. This purple formula is perfect for lightened or highlighted hair, brightening your blonde and sending brassiness and yellow tones on their less-than-merry way. It also seals strands with a salon-worthy gloss (thanks to its hyaluronic acid and edelweiss flower duo), rebuilding fibres that may have been weakened by bleach. Just be sure to stick to the suggested time limit (5-10 mins max) to ensure the desired icy finish instead of pixie-style purple hair.
Best for: fine hair
Kevin Murphy Angel Masque
Keen to thicken up? This mask is ready to take your tresses from limp to voluminous. Just like in the case of curls, the right fit for fine hair needs to be hydrating without being heavy, so a botanical-based formula is just right. Created to bring thinning locks back to life in the volume department, it’s filled to the brim with bamboo extract which, despite being packed with antioxidants and vitamins able to strengthen and fortify each individual strand, is surprisingly weightless. Basically, it’ll bless you with a head full of swishy, shiny hair that looks a lot thicker than what you started with.
Best for: frizzy hair
R+Co Television Perfect Hair Masque
Ever seen a hair out of place in your favourite TV show? Exactly. That’s the very fact that inspired this restoring treatment – it was formulated to give us mere mortals the same levels of smoothness, shine and perfection that our on-screen friends always appear to be blessed with. Ideal for dry, stressed, processed or over-styled hair that’s suffering from an attack of frizz, it harnesses the hydrating, strand-sealing abilities of snow mushroom extract and coconut oil to leave hair flyaway-free and completely camera ready.