The best hair masks for dry hair

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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 you’ve 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, we’ve tried and tested dozens of products to pull together a comprehensive edit of 10 of the best hair masks out there… You’re 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 hair’s moisture levels. Look out for super-nourishing oil ingredients like argan oil in your hair mask ingredient list.

You also shouldn’t write off a hair mask treatment if you have fine or oily hair. Not all hair masks are heavy, or weigh down locks. We’ve 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 it’s 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.

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