The best hair masks for dry and damaged hair is like your wash day’s MVP when it comes to boosting moisture, strength, and the overall health of your hair. While leave-in conditioners, regular rinse-out options, or a DIY hair mask can also be helpful for keeping your hair full of bouncy shine, the best hair masks, and deep conditioners are optimized with intensely hydrating ingredients like coconut and almond oils to help retain moisture, detangle knots, and fortify your strands even further.
“You should use a hair mask when your hair feels extra damaged; maybe after a trip to the beach or after having your hair colored,” Devin Toth hairstylist at Salon SCK in New York City tells SELF. “Hair is most porous when it’s really damaged. Routine-wise, you can use a hair mask about once every week or so.” He adds that if you use them too often your hair can be “overly conditioned and become greasy.”
For dry and damaged hair types—whether you have color-treated or natural and tightly coiled hair—hair masks can also add that extra boost of softness, shine, and thickness when your hair needs it the most.
If you’re looking to find the perfect complement to your go-to shampoo and conditioner, we’ve pulled together a list of best-selling, raved-about hair masks from brands like Amika, Pattern, Kérastase, and Olaplex that might come in handy if you’ve been looking to expand your hair-care regimen.
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