We’ve tried & tested the best hair masks for dried and damaged hair types and to help aid hair growth. Read our reviews and find the best hair masks with our edit, including Kérastase, Moroccanoil and more
If youve got dry or damaged hair (or your locks just need a pick-me-up), you need to treat your tresses to one of the best hair masks, pronto. And to make your life a little easier, weve tried and tested dozens of products to pull together a comprehensive edit of 10 of the best hair masks out there Youre welcome.
So how to hair masks and intensive hair treatments for dry and damaged hair work? They are very similar to conditioners, but generally with a higher concentration of fatty acids and lipids to try and restore moisture levels to your locks. Leaving the product in your hair for longer (recommended mask times vary from five minutes to overnight) allows the product time to act, helping to heal damaged cuticles and lock in colour and moisture.
Hair masks are a particularly good treatment to add into your haircare routine if you have coloured or chemically straightened or permed locks, or if you regularly heat style your hair with blow-drying or straightening.
You should choose the best hair mask for you based on your hair type. Dry, damaged hair types will benefit from intensive oil-based treatments that you can leave on your hair for longer periods of time to really sink in and repair and restore your hairs moisture levels. Look out for super-nourishing oil ingredients like argan oil in your hair mask ingredient list.
You also shouldnt write off a hair mask treatment if you have fine or oily hair. Not all hair masks are heavy, or weigh down locks. Weve included several lightweight products in our edit of the best hair masks, including a foam-based mask by Percy & Reed that you rinse out as soon as its been massaged into locks, for a super-light conditioning hit. You can also treat hair issues with appropriate hair mask treatments, for example Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask is great if you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp.
Swell Ultimate Volume Masque, £10
This super-lightweight mask is a great option if you want to give your hair a reparative treatment but are worried about a heavy mask weighing your locks down. Swap out your regular condition for this volumising mask once a week its our pick for fine hair types.
Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask, £8
If you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp, this treatment is really effective in removing a build-up of dead skin or flakes. It contains organic Aloe Vera to soothe and exfoliants to help minimise flaking.
Josh Wood Blonde Glossing Mask, £12.50
Containing abyssinian oil, quinoa protein and shea butter, this glossing mask has been specifically designed to condition and brighten blonde locks.
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment, £23
Our pick for normal to dry locks, once a week apply this luxe hair mask to your hair after shampooing and leave for five to 15 minutes before rinsing.
Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence for Dry Hair, £100.30
If you bleach, colour, straighten or perm your locks and theyre in need of some serious love this Cupuaçu oil and Manketti oil rich treatment is a real life (/hair) saver. Extremely effective at regenerating hair fiber, youll notice a difference in texture after the first use.
If you colour your hair, this one’s for you: A deep conditioning treatment designed to restore your hair’s moisture without stripping the colour.
Kérastase Nutritive Masquintense Cheveux Epais – Thick Hair, £29
With a high concentration of Irisome, this is a really intensive hydrating mask treatment for thick hair in need of a moisture hit.
After just one use of this wonder mask, damaged hair becomes 20% healthier. Winner!
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, £24.75
Rich in hero ingredient argan oil, this intensive hydrating mask is a good option for dry, frazzled locks. Use once or twice a week and leave on wet locks for five to seven minutes before rinsing.
Specially formulated to combat signs of ageing in your hair, this masque will deeply nourish and repair your locks in no time.
Dove Hair Nourishing Oil Care Repair Mask, £4.59
This affordable luxury is great as a swap for your regular conditioner once or twice a week for a more intensive moisturising treatment for dry, tired locks.
Lee Stafford Coco Loco Coconut Mask, £4.66
This creamy hair mask contains super-nourishing coconut oil, and not only leaves hair feeling softer after your first use, it smells dreamy, too.
This wonder masks does exactly what it says on the tin, giving your locks the TLC they deserve.