The Best Hair Masks For Reviving Damaged Strands
Or at least the ones related to your unruly strand.
Have you had one of those mornings where no matter what you do to your hair, it just won't bend to your styling desires. One problem begets another until you head up with a head covered in products and hair that looks like Keith Richards instead of Connie Britton. It won't dry smooth so you reach for your hair oil; it ends up looking flat so you reach for a volumizing spray; and on and on.
It's the same principle as when a first grader mixes all the watercolors together. The result: a muddy brown. The solution to your hair woes: a mask.
Like a reset button, the right hair mask can infuse your strands with much-needed moisture, pump up the volume, or make unruly strands more pliable. But first, make sure you hair is cleansed of the aforementioned product. I start by washing my hair with Christophe Robin Purifying Shampoo, which leaves my hair ready to absorb masking magic without drying it out. Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo is a great drugstore option too.
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If my hair is feeling damaged and parched…
I'll slather it in Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair! Since it only need to sit for 10 minutes, I can even get in a quick session in the morning if I can tell the ends of my hair are particularly frayed and frizzy.
When my hair is falling flat…
Christophe Robin's Volumizing Paste instantly course corrects back to bouncing and behaving. The $53 price tag gave me the vapors too, but the results and longevity of this product more than justify it. Just a quarter sized amount lathers all over the length of my hair, which is far past my shoulders. I've had one tub since last summer, and I'm just now reaching the bottom.
When my hair has a mind of its own…
I have yet to find a hair mask that solves more issues or makes my strands feel more smooth in such a short amount of time than Kerastase's Masque Thérapiste. Whether my bangs have decided they want to curl into devil horns or the bottom layer of my hair is stick straight while the top is doing a caddywompus wave, five minutes with this mask fixes it all. Sit with for an hour while you finish up emails or put together that piece of IKEA furniture that's been sitting in a box under your bed for months, and you will feel like you have a brand new head of hair afterwards.