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Lockdown has brought on hair care nightmares for many. The longer salons stay closed, the longer coloured roots continue to grow.
If pre-pandemic visits to your hairdresser included special conditioning treatments for stronger, more hydrated hair, then you’ve most likely seen a lack in both areas.
The good news is, there’s a variety of new health-focused products on the market that can help hair recover from prolonged gaps in treatment, restore its natural brilliance, and provide you with quick fixes on the go.
Ready to find out which one is made for you?
Check out the stylist-approved masks listed below that will impress your hairdresser with their results when you return to the salon.
A new creation from luxury French hair care line Kérastase, the Masque Intense Régénérant revitalizes tired strands using a blend of hyaluronic acid, abyssine and vitamin E. Customers can’t stop bragging about its effects - according to Kérastase’s website, 92 per cent of reviewers recommend this product for it’s ability to provide long-lasting moisture, add softness, and restore a beautiful shine to the hair.
Actual customer review: “This product literally changed the texture of my hair to a beautiful, silky shine. It has volume and movement, which is life changing for mature hair. Your hair is left looking like you stepped out of a salon. Last but not least, the scent is beautiful. I would highly recommend this hair mask to anyone needing intense conditioning.”
SHOP IT: Kérastase, $77
Biolage recently introduced a collection of deeply-penetrating treatment packs to provide nourishment to damaged hair. For hair experiencing breakage from over-processing, the Recovery mask balances moisture levels and repairs with the power of amino acids. With nearly 800 positive reviews, it’s said to leave hair hydrated, soft and more manageable.
Actual customer review: “I have coloured, thin, frizzy, long hair and I can tell when my hair needs some good hydration back in to it. I love the application of this product. It wasn’t too sticky or too watered down, and it applied smooth. My hair feels great after! I would highly recommend this product for hair recovery every few weeks. My hair dresser likes how healthy my hair feels and looks!”
SHOP IT: Ulta, $19 ($15 USD)
Beloved for its “light-as-air” texture, VERB’s Ghost Mask deeply conditions using glycerin, which naturally binds moisture to hair for added softness, and moisturizing moringa seed to detangle and smooth. The Ghost Mask nourishes, de-frizzes and promotes shine without leaving behind any residue or added weight — perfect for any hair type in need of weightless hydration.
Actual customer review: “First time using it, it left my hair so silky-soft and looking healthy. I have very thin/fine hair and my struggle is having oily hair by the end of the day, so I never do a hair mask because I thought it would leave my hair super oily and heavy. However, this mask doesn't do that at all! I would definitely recommend to people with fine/thin/oily hair.”
SHOP IT: Sephora, $18
If your mane is in need of of intense hydration, look no further than the Hydrating Hair Masque by Innersense. When your locks are feeling dry and coarse, the Hydrating Hair Masque’s rich concentration of tamanu, flaxseed and monoi oils restore nutrient levels in combination with ultra-smoothing shea, coconut, and avocado butters. To keep hair strong, quinoa protein gives this formula a boost.
Actual customer review: “My hair instantly comes back to life when I use this mask. I love everything about it except for the tube. I wish it came in a tub because it's amazing. Every curl is separated and bouncy and light. My curly-kinky hair can't handle coconut oil and I really appreciate that they use a variety of oils to make this hydrating. I will forever have this on hand and am on my second tube! My hair drinks this stuff up.”
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $36
When you’re anywhere but home, Mane Club’s conveniently packaged hair masks come in handy. And when staticky flyaways make up the majority of your worries, whip out the pear-scented Expert Procrastinator Frizz Control Hair Mask to smooth, hydrate, and condition on the go. Established in 2019, the brand’s mask made Elite Daily’s list of editor picks the same year. Five minutes is all you need for it to work its magic.
Actual customer review: “Love all Mane Club products. I have well water which ruins my hair and this product is the only thing I have found on the market that revives it, leaving it soft, shiny and light.”
SHOP IT: Mane Club, $3
A fan favourite amongst natural beauty enthusiasts, Briogeo’s Deep Conditioning Mask turns dry, brittle, over-processed hairs into nourished, vibrant strands. Made with a unique NOVA complex and a potent formulation of B-vitamins, rosehip, argan oil, algae and biotin, it hydrates until hair is completely restored.
Actual customer review: “Real life hero! I’ve had a life of dry hair that frizzes any chance it gets. I then went and got my hair coloured, which of course compounded the dryness. So I bought this mask out of desperation and it saved my relationship with my hair. Like other reviews said, the change is noticeable after just one wash!”
SHOP IT: The Detox Market, $46
Created by celebrity hairstylist Kristin Ess, this whipped mask is light enough for daily use and is perfect for soothing dryness or skin irritation caused by salt water and chlorine. In other words, if you spend the majority of the summertime in the pool, the Weightless Hydration Daily Scalp + Hair Mask is your new go-to. Ess formulated this treatment so that it wouldn’t leave roots looking and feeling oily. Instead, it uses natural minerals and botanical oils to calm and rebalance the scalp.
Actual customer review: “I have a Kristin Ess Hair obsession! I have very thin, scraggly hair that I’ve been growing out for a few years. My scalp is very dry and flaky, very sensitive yet so very oily where it needs to be washed daily! I can’t use dry shampoos and I’ve had such a hard time literally my entire life trying to find hair products that work with my crazy scalp. This mask is phenomenal. I will never switch, this is my favourite and has changed my life!”
SHOP IT: Kristin Ess, $14
Launched in 2020 by founder and CEO Dianna Cohen, Crown Affair was introduced as a love letter to those who seek to change their relationship with their hair and appreciate its natural beauty. The brand’s first mask hydrates the hair without weighing it down. Tsubaki seed oil and smoothing yuzu reinvigorate dry, dull, and damaged tresses while Crown Affair’s signature fragrance, a cool combination of bergamot, yuzu, and lemongrass, perfume the Renewal Mask to delight the senses.
Actual customer review: “It makes your hair feel new again. It makes it feel moisturized and shiny and soft. As a hairstylist, I am constantly on the look out for products that actually work for not only my clients, but for myself. And when there is a product that I feel has lived up to its expectation, I tell every client and friend I know. Being in the hair industry and seeing new products appear daily, sometimes it’s hard to sift through what is worth the money and what truly benefits the hair. This product is both. I’ve truly never loved a hair mask so much!”
SHOP IT: Crown Affair, $58
Looking for a hair serum to follow your hair mask with? The Ordinary makes one that you don’t want to miss.