It's downright annoying how easy it is to damage your own hair. Color-treating hair or heat-styling it alone can eventually lead to strands that are dry, dull, and very prone to breakage. Take it from an editor who's dyed her hair every single color of the rainbow — the longer you wait to treat hair damage like that, the harder it gets to repair and style without cutting it all off.
Thankfully, there are plenty of miracle-working hair masks out there with nourishing ingredients that'll prevent you from needing to bust out the scissors. Whether you've just got a few split-ends from straightening your hair every few days or need a complete overhaul from years of color treatments, there's a hair mask to help you treat the consequent damage.
These are ishonest editors' favorite picks, which cover every hair type, price point, and every level of damage possible. See the best masks for damaged hair from brands like Pantene, Briogeo, Redken, and more below — and make sure to call your stylist for a trim when you have access to a salon.
Davines Nounou Hair Mask
The reparative vitamin E in the Davines Nounou Hair Mask makes it a staple in beauty editor Paige Staple's hair routine. "A regular conditioner doesn't always do it for my highlighted, heat-damaged hair," she says. “Not only does this make my hair feel silky soft, but it also turns up the volume."
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
ishonest readers have declared Briogeo's damage-repairing mask a three-time Reader's Choice Award winner, which isn't all that surprising when you take its nourishing B vitamins, rosehip oil, and almond oil into account. Include Don't Despair, Repair in your regimen if your hair needs an intense boost of moisture whether you have straight, curly, or coiled hair.
Redken Extreme Mega Mask
Redken's Extreme Mega Mask is somewhat of a miracle for long and healthy hair, which is why it won a Best of Beauty Award in 2017. Its ceramides plump and hydrate hair while proteins reinforce hair strength, all while the candy-like scent wafts throughout your shower.
Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner
When assistant beauty editor Angela Trakoshis snuck a packet of Hask's deep conditioner from her mother one day, she accidentally discovered her favorite hair repair mask. "Never looked, used, or considered another mask since," she says. "The argan oil makes my hair so soft and my mom's kinkier hair tangle- free."
Overtone The Remedy
Overtone's Best of Beauty-winning color mask deeply hydrates roots while boosting hair with bright, semi-permanent pigments. If you want all the hydration without the colorful commitment, try its coconut oil-packed The Remedy mask. The minty-fresh scent it leaves behind is just a small perk compared to the softness it can provide.
Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Treatment Masque
For just a few dollars per packet, you can totally revive your hair (regardless of your natural texture) with the Best of Beauty-winning Keraphix Damage Healing Treatment Masque. Just take hair editor Jihan Forbes's word for it.
"Nexxus's whole Kerpahix line is made with black rice and keratin protein to help strengthen your hair, and let me tell you, you can feel the difference almost immediately," she says. "My curls were poppin'. They were super defined, bouncy, and felt strong — but not so strong that I needed to follow up with a softening deep conditioner."
Sachajuan Hair Repair
The easy-to-use pump and frizz-fighting formula aren't the only reasons research director Lori Segal sticks to Hair Repair from Sachajuan. "For my fine to medium-thick hair, it's easier to apply and spread than the pasty, thicker masks you often get in tub form," she says. "It combs evenly through my hair and rinses out quickly, making it a lower-maintenance deep conditioner mask for hair."
Curls So So Moist Vitamin C Curl Mask
"I’ll be honest, I'm a natural who doesn't regularly deep condition, but when I do deep condition I like to grab the So So Moist Vitamin C Curl Mask," editorial assistant Gabi Thorne says of this curl mask packed with glycerin and a plethora of reparative vitamins. "This thick creamy mask infuses my parched curls full of moisture."
Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots
Wellness editor Rosemary Donahue says just one little Pantene Pro-V Rescue Shot saved her hair from consistent color-treatment damage, thanks to its vitamin B5 and strengthening lipids. "My curls were soft and shiny, and though there is really no product that can fix split ends, it felt as though mine were less noticeable," she says.
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