9 best hair masks that bring your dry locks back to life

Environmental factors wreak havoc on our hair, from saltwater, sunshine and sand in summer to central heating and icy temperatures in winter.

Too much heat styling, colouring and over-processing will deplete your hair of any natural shine and moisture.

But it’s not all doom and gloom as a good hair mask can restore that much needed hydration.

We tested more than 35 masks and sought out products that gave excellent shine, bounce, elasticity, suppleness, silkiness, softness and strength.

We didn’t want hair to be weighed down, lank or lacklustre and we looked for any interesting extras, like removing brassy tones from blonde, or saving time by leaving the mask on overnight.

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Philip Kingsley elasticizer, 150ml: £33, Philip Kingsley

A cult classic with an illustrious heritage, created by Phillip for Audrey Hepburn whose hair had been ruined by over styling and over colouring on film sets. Audrey asked Philip to create a conditioner that would suit her fine hair without weighing it down. He formulated Elasticizer, she loved it and requested pots be sent to her home in Switzerland. Since its launch in 1974, Elasticizer has won more than 100 prestigious awards.

This hair mask is actually a pre-shampoo treatment and, as Anabel Kingsley, director of communications and trichologist at the brand, explains, the “elasticizer plumps the hair shaft with moisture, leaving strands stronger and bouncier. Leave a pre-shampoo conditioner on for at least 20 minutes, preferably an hour, and then shampoo and condition as usual.”

We did just that, but it is a bit awkward if you wash your hair in the morning and are short on time. So we also tried leaving it on overnight and sleeping on a towel, which worked perfectly and is great for severely dried-out, damaged hair. When we tested it overnight, we did find we had to double shampoo fine hair in the morning to remove it all. Anabel recommends using it once or twice a week and we found after just a couple of weeks, hair was significantly shinier and felt more elastic and supple.

Finding the balance between leaving hair nourished and moisturised and crossing the line into limp territory, is tricky if your hair is fine. But we found this was the best we tested for not leaving fine hair lacklustre or lifeless. It also comes in an “extreme” version if you do have thick, curly, coarse, or very porous or processed hair.

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Aveda dry remedy moisturizing masque, 150ml: £30, Aveda

The hair hero ingredient responsible for rescuing parched brittle hair in this mask is buriti oil, one of nature’s most powerful hydrators. The oil is harvested from the fruit of the moriche palm, which flourishes in Brazil’s wettest areas. If your locks suffer with feeling rough, we found this delivers some serious softness after just one use. It saturates the hair with intense moisture, but doesn’t leave finer hair limp. And the gorgeous floral scent is the iconic Aveda blend comprising organic lavender, bergamot and ginger lily.

Aside from Aveda’s holistic approach to beauty using pure flower and plant essences it is a pioneer when it comes to sustainability. For this mask, it’s combined post consumer recycled (PCR) and bioplastic packaging – the bioplastic is made primarily from sugarcane ethanol, which is a renewable sustainable resource.

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3 More Inches lifesaver hair mask, 500ml: £29, Van Clarke

This mask is a real game-changer if you’re trying to grow your hair or struggling to keep the ends of your hair in great condition. It’s a pre-wash treatment and should be left on dry hair for 45 minutes – you need to really soak the hair and coat and comb every strand. Then rinse really well once and follow with a conditioner to seal and protect the cuticle. If time is not on your side, you can leave it on overnight, or apply before you leave home when you know you’re going to be washing your hair (gym class, swimming, salon blow dry etc). Or even on holiday, apply in the morning for protection and then shampoo and condition after swimming.

High concentration cashmere proteins are the life-saving ingredients here and they’re almost identical to the molecular size and shape of human hair, so can penetrate deeply and repair broken bonds in the hair shaft – which is what causes thinning and breakage. With regular use you can expect thicker, smoother hair with more swing and shine. We tested it for just a few weeks and found it definitely started to deliver results.

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Redken color extend blondage express anti-brass, 250ml: £18.49, Look Fantastic

For anyone with highlights, this should without a doubt be your go-to mask for shiny bright blonde. Of all the purple hair products we’ve tested (and it’s a lot), Redken Blondage is the absolute best for keeping brassy blonde at bay. If cooler, brighter blonde is your holy grail, this colour depositing mask only takes five minutes to neutralise and correct unwanted warmer tones and add much needed nourishment to bleached hair.

We found you do need to wear gloves (or rinse immediately!) with this mask as it can stain skin and nails a pale lilac colour and we tried to avoid the scalp where possible for the same reason. During testing, we found six minutes did the job perfectly, but you can leave it on for up to 10 minutes if your blonde is really warm. It leaves hair silky smooth and nourished and no yellow tones in sight.

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Kerastase nutritive masquintense, 200ml: £21.80, All Beauty

If you struggle to find a mask that doesn’t weigh down limp locks, or alternatively has enough oomph to really inject some moisture into coarser hair, then this cult classic is worth a look as it comes in two options – one for thick hair and one for fine. Incredibly concentrated, you don’t need very much product at all to get good results so the pot lasted ages. We tested the fine hair option and impressively it really does manage to deliver moisture to the hair shaft, but without leaving any weight at all. Hair looked shinier and glossier after a few weeks’ use.

Only use this on the mid lengths and ends though, because we found when applied very near the scalp it’s too much for fine hair roots that like to lie flat to the head at the best of times. Masquintense is a long-term solution for dry damaged hair, as it works on improving and boosting the nutrition that goes directly into the hair fibre. Results aren’t instant, but we found hair really improved over time.

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IGK antisocial overnight bond building dry hair mask, 177ml: £30, Space NK

An overnight hair mask that doesn’t need to be washed in the morning? This is every busy girls’ dream. If time is precious and a pre-shampoo hair mask, or a leave-in for 10 mins in the shower, isn’t an option for you, then this is your go-to hair saver. It’s a weightless dry oil spray in a can – certainly not your usual mask in a pot – that uses plant-derived silk proteins to nourish and strengthen the hair’s structure from the inside.

Simply spray on at bedtime, comb through immediately and go to sleep – it’s literally as easy as that. We found after just one use hair felt softer, less frizzy and it didn’t tangle overnight. Unbelievably you just brush your hair in the morning and go – no restyling or washing required. The coconut, pineapple and eucalyptus holiday scented blend is also satisfyingly soporific. For natural beauty fans, all IGK products are vegan, cruelty free and gluten, paraben and sulphate free.

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Redken frizz dismiss mask intense smoothing treatment, 250ml: £18.38, Look Fantastic

If autumn rain is the bane of your hair life and you need to weatherproof your locks, then this mask is a very good place to start. Our tester has naturally wavy hair that will frizz up if there’s any moisture in the air. But using this hair mask in place of her usual conditioner meant she didn’t have to even blow dry her hair straight. It dried naturally with more weight to it and stayed straighter for much longer.

The babassu oil tames flyaways, reduces puffiness and increases manageability and shine and you only need to leave this one on for 3-5 minutes to deliver effective results. Used two or three times a week in place of conditioner will help keep frizz at bay.

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Garnier ultimate blends nourishing hair food banana and shea, 390ml: £6.99, Boots

If your beauty budget won’t stretch to some of the more expensive options, then this excellent value mask is one of the best we tested from the high street. Not only is it about a quarter of the price of many high-end masks, but at 390ml it’s almost double the volume too. The range comes in pots that look like ice-cream or creamy yoghurt, and smell just as delicious. This one can be used as a three-in-one as a conditioner, a mask or a leave-in. It delivers good shiny results however you choose to use it. There are also papaya, coconut and aloe vera options for other hair types.

The ingredients are 98 per cent natural origin, it’s a vegan formula and Garnier has excellent sustainability credentials: the factory is committed to 60 per cet less CO2 emissions and 60 per cent water consumption reduction per finished product by 2020, 100 per cent recyclable packaging and it has partnered with TerraCycle to keep beauty packaging out of landfill. It’s reassuring to see a global company like L’Oreal making big steps in the right direction.

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Lee Stafford cactus crush mucho moisture mask, 200ml: £8.99, Boots

Cactus oil in this mask, blended with wild lime and Kalahari melon seed oil is used to drench dry, damaged, thirsty hair. It’s simple to use and easy on the wallet – you only have to leave it on for five minutes between your shampoo and conditioner and we found it revives and replenishes dehydrated locks in just a week or so.

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The verdict: Hair masks for dry hair

For longevity in the industry and an award-winning cult classic product that has survived the test of time and is now available in options for thick and fine hair, Elasticizer wins the IndyBest mask for dry hair.

For the long-term health of long hair, you can’t beat 3 More Inches Life Saver, Aveda was working hard at their sustainability programme long before it was fashionable and have always produced kind-to-hair, kind-to-the-planet products, while Redken Blondage is a must for all blondes looking to keep their tones cool and creamy.

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CURLS sometimes get a bad reputation as unruly and difficult to manage but all you need is the right product to get that head-turning look.

There’s no better way to nourish the hair and give it the moisture boost it needs than with a hair mask.

7 The best hair mask for curly hair restores strength and moisture, leaving curly locks looking lustrous

From budget to blow-the-budget, we’ve rounded up the best hair masks for curly hair, based on the top-rated hair masks you can purchase online.

Curly hair tends to be dry, fragile and vulnerable to breakage as the result of its texture; this is why it’s super-important to apply a hair-strengthening mask weekly.

Your curls also require a mask that restores moisture and deep conditions the hair, with nourishing ingredients that can smooth and tame any frizz.

In addition to integrating a hydrating, strengthening hair mask into your curly hair routine, how you wash – or don’t wash – your curly hair is essential to getting it looking its best.

Wash your hair no more than a few times a week and swap your regular shampoo for an SLS, sulphate-free, low-foam variety that will be gentler on the hair and won’t strip it of essential oils.

Here are the best curly hair masks available on the market right now.

1. Davines Love Curl Mask

7 Love Curl taming mask by DavinesCredit: Cult Beauty

  • Davines Love Curl Mask, £23 from Cult Beauty – buy here

This ultra-nourishing mask works wonders on wavy hair, with hydrating almond extract and other conditioning ingredients to leave hair feeling soft and smooth.

It also makes for a great detangler.

As one fan said: “This mask is incredible for dry, unruly hair! I have wavy/ very loose curly hair that can be quite unruly and frizzy.

“I used this and immediately noticed a change. My hair was so soft and smooth but not flat – it still had loads of volume and basically looked like I’d had a great blow dry!

“Three days in and my hair still isn’t weighed down and loads of colleagues have commented on how shiny it looks.”

2. Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Mask

7 Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition MaskCredit: Look Fantastic

  • Phytoelixir Intense Nutrition Mask, £27.65 from All Beauty – buy here

French brand Phyto uses botanical ingredients like narcissus flower wax and fatty-acid rich macadamia oil to strengthen weak follicles and inject the hair with an intensive moisture boost.

Yes, it’s pricey, but fans swear this mask has tamed unruly curls, helping to reduce breakage and make hair look shinier and feel silkier.

Use a dollop once or twice a week.

3. John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Mask

7 Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Mask by John FriedaCredit: Superdrug

  • John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Deep Mask, £6.66 from Superdrug – buy here

This drugstore buy from John Frieda is as effective as many of the more expensive hair masks on the market, according to devotees.

With ingredients like milk protein, vitamin E and avocado oil it repairs surface damage and leaves your hair hydrated.

As one fan said: “I got this after testing loads of different anti-frizz hair masks, and I love it. Smells nice, is relatively cheap and makes my hair softer and easier to manage.

4. Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

7 Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair MasqueCredit: Feel Unique

  • Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque, £12.99 from Feel Unique – buy here

Amazing ingredients like certified organic shea butter, honey, mafura and Baobab oils are combined in this intensely hydrating hair mask which fans love to use as a deep conditioner.

Users like that it “really melts knots away,” leaves “hair defined” and “curls elongated” and how it leaves “hair soft and my curls bouncy.”

As one fan said: “The hype is true.”

5. Garnier Ultimate Blends 3-in-1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment

7 Smoothing Hair Food Coconut and Macademia from GarnierCredit: Feel Unique

  • Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Coconut Oil 3-in-1 Frizzy Hair Mask Treatment, £4.85 from Feel Unique – buy here

This recently launched hair mask from Garnier is vegan, silicone-free and contains 98 per cent natural origin ingredients, with promises to leave hair four times smoother after a single use.

It can be used as a hair mask, conditioner or leave-in conditioner and it contains ingredients like aloe vera, coconut, banana, shea, macadamia, papaya and amla to nourish and repair.

6. Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque

7 Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair MasqueCredit: Amazon UK

  • Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque, £22.90 from Amazon – buy here

This paraben-free deep repair hair mask with macadamia nut oil has a thick, creamy texture and promises to revitalise damaged hair and restore moisture to frizzy, coarse curls.

As one reviewer said: “I have natural Afro hair. I have tried so many popular hair masks in the past, however, this is by far the best.

“My hair has never felt so soft, strong and silky! It also helped to define my curls.”


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Hair masks are trending. No, that is not a typo. We did mean hair masks and not face masks.

The best hair masks might be the secret to luscious, swoon-worthy locks.

“Hair masks are intense conditioners that have more fatty acids and lipids in them, which can return moisture to the hair and help protect it,” said James Corbett, celebrity hairstylist of James Corbett Studio in New York City and color director for Clairol. “When the hair is healthy, the cuticle stays closed, which means less frizz and your color looks better because light reflects off your hair. Masks can help repair what styling and the environment takes out.”

To figure out the best hair masks to buy, we turned to Jennifer Lopez and Beyoncé’s “mane” woman, Rita Hazan, celebrity hair colorist and owner of Rita Hazan Salon in New York.

“It costs more to use good ingredients,” Hazan said. “So, the difference between luxury and mass market products will be the amount of ingredients within the formula. One percent argan oil is cheaper than a high concentration, so spend a little more for maximum benefit.”

Ready to mask away? Here are some of the best hair masks to fit every conceivable hair type, problem and budget. Many of these serve as great home remedies for damaged hair!

Hair masks for damaged hair

1.Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

How it works: This intensive weekly treatment will work to restore hydration and protect hair against future damage.

2. Hair Food Moisture Hair Mask

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How it works: Much like healthy food, a mask packed with nutrients that can hydrate and strengthen your strands from the inside out. Infused with honey and apricot fragrance, it can lock in moisture and restore damaged hair in no time.

Overnight hair masks

1. Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Hair Masque

How it works: Used as an overnight mask, this is ideal for repairing damaged hair. The evening primrose serves as a fortifier, both to repair past damage and protect for the future.

2. Sephora Collection Hair Sleeping Mask

How it works: These hair sleeping masks are brilliant. Designed to be applied to dry hair, each one addresses a specific hair concern. Just apply to hair, cover with the included cap and go to bed. Thi brings new meaning to sleeping beauty!

Hair masks for dry hair

1. Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner

How it works: What started as a cult favorite for immediate nourishment has turned into a complete line of speedy recovery products for a host of hair problems. The moisturizing mask can work as a fast home remedy for damaged hair.

2. Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque

How it works: Decades of heat treatments and hair color can leave you with dry, dull, lifeless hair. This is like time travel in a jar. Packed with nourishing and protecting ingredients, it aims to revitalize over-processed hair and leave it silky and bouncy as if flat irons were never invented.

3. Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque

How it works: Massage this repairing and smoothing masque into freshly washed hair and let it sit for up to 10 minutes. Infused with rosehip and primrose oils, it’ll leave hair smoother and shinier. It also contains Kakadu plum, seaweed and vitamin capsules that explode on contact to deliver hydration and moisture, the company claimed.

Hair masks for frizzy hair

1. Drybar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask

How it works:Made with argan oil, this hair mask expertly smooths strands to create a frizz-free look. To use, work into wet hair from roots to ends, leave in for up to 10 minutes and then rinse out. The instructions say that it should be used once or twice a week for best results.

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22 best hair masks and treatments to tame your frizzy hair

None of us likes frizzy hair – unfortunately, it is a common problem here in Singapore, where the high humidity can give us more bad hair days than good ones.

For the uninitiated, frizzy hair is usually a result of moisture entering damaged and dry hair strands. When this happens, the strands are ‘fattened’ up, and thus they stand out instead of looking smooth and defined.

Thankfully, we don’t have to resign to fate and let the high humidity take away our good hair days. These hair masks and treatments are well-loved and highly-recommended by consumers for managing to tame frizzy manes into the most lustrous hair they have ever sported.

1. Shiseido Professional Airy Flow Treatment

Shiseido Professional’s products are highly-trusted and often used by professional hairstylists to give customers the best possible hair, and their new Airy Flow series is no exception. The products in this series use the brand’s breakthrough Flow Motion Technology to control unruly hair by restoring elasticity and bounce for a smooth finish.

This treatment, in particular, has a soft texture that melts into your stiff hair to give it an airy-soft finish. It also leaves a bright floral fragrance in your tresses, with hints of peach, muscat grapes, and deep Earl Grey Tea that really refreshes your hair!

Shiseido Professional Airy Flow Treatment retails at SGD48 for 250g and SGD78 for 500g at selected salons.

2. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery

Just like how we have cures for hangovers, Percy & Reed offers a cure for ‘hair hangovers’ – yes, the dull, limp, lacklustre hair that looks and feels frazzled.

All you have to do is apply this leave-in treatment on your frizzy hair, and it will be absorbed instantly without leaving an oily, greasy mess. Proceed to get a good night’s sleep, and you’ll wake up the next day to nourished hair that can resist humidity for the rest of the day. Just take our money already!

Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Overnight Recovery retails at SGD42 in Sephora stores and website.

3. Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask

The root cause (no pun intended) of frizzy hair is the lack of moisture, so Percy & Reed’s Hydrating Hair Mask is specifically formulated to hydrate parched hair in order to leave it soft and manageable.

This also includes a cute treatment bonnet that has been designed and illustrated by famous fashion illustrator Jessica May Underwood, so that you can enjoy a salon treatment in the comfort of your home.

Percy & Reed Totally TLC Hydrating Mask retails at SGD42 in Sephora stores and website.

4. Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Only have five minutes to get your hair ready for a big day? That’s enough time for the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask to work its magic.

This deeply nourishing mask takes very little time to restore essential hydration and natural vibrancy to dry and brittle locks, which can be a result of dyeing, perming, or rebonding way too often. It has helped to save many reviewers from bad hair days, including those who have their hair severely damaged by bleaching, so we are certain that this will work for you as well. One of the best hair masks for frizzy hair in the market? That’s for sure!

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask retails at SGD14 for 30ml and SGD49 for 236ml in Sephora stores and website.

5. Botanist Botanical Hair Milk (Moist)

We love a hair treatment that smells like heaven, and this one from Botanist could probably top the list of best-smelling hair treatments in the market.

Subtle fruity scent aside, this plant-based reparative hair milk not only tames messy hair, but also penetrates the hair strands to repair damage and protect it from the heat of your hairdryers, so that it doesn’t become so dry in the long run.

The milky texture feels lighter than oil, so you’ll love this alternative if you are not a fan of hair oils. Use this any time of the day when your feel the humidity getting to your tresses, and you’ll have the most luscious locks in no time.

Botanist Botanical Hair Milk (Moist) retails at SGD24 in Sephora stores and website.

6. Mise-En-Scène Perfect Repair Serum

This is a best-seller in Korea’s drugstore chain Olive Young, and we are convinced that this must be the secret to the Koreans’ beautiful and enviable hair.

The hair serum from MIse-En-Scène protects and hydrates with seven different kinds of oil: argan, camelia, marula, olive, jojoba, coconut and apricot oil. It doesn’t claim to give instant results, but it certainly promises to increase elasticity and strength of the hair while reducing tangles in just three days: consider us sold!

Mise-En-Scène Perfect Repair Serum retails at SGD10.70 on Althea.

7. ABYSSIAN Dry & Damaged Hair Mask

Enriched with Abyssinian oil, this is a deep nourishing treatment formulated to intensely hydrate, repair and rejuvenate your hair. Not only can you look forward to straight tresses, you can also expect a natural glow that only healthy hair can have.

This hair mask is free from nasties such as sulfates, phosphates, and parabens, making this great to use on your follicles and scalp. It is also colour-safe, meaning that you don’t have to worry about it ruining your bright hair colours, especially if it is newly-dyed.

ABYSSIAN Dry & Damaged Hair Mask retails at SGD53 in Sephora stores and website.

8. CP-1 Raspberry Treatment Vinegar

Don’t be frightened off by the mention of vinegar in a hair treatment! Raspberry vinegar is actually great for your hair, as it has a slighlty acidic pH that can soften, detangle, and soothe troubled hair. It is not too harsh on the hair, and neither does it smell sour – in fact, this reportedly smells like sweet berries!

Unlike other treatments that are either more oily or creamy, CP-1’s offering has a liquid consistency that makes it easy for you to apply evenly on every strand of hair, so you can be sure that you’re getting the full protection you need.

CP-1 Raspberry Treatment Vinegar retails at SGD10 on Althea.

9. CP-1 Premium Hair Treatment

K-beauty packaging is always so quirky, and it’s no different with this ceramide treatment. Housed in a syringe for easy and mess-free application, CP-1’s Premium Hair Treatment promises to rejuvenate your frizzy hair with a mix of quinoa extracts, protein and amino acids.

You’ll definitely enjoy applying this interesting treatment on your locks, and love the amazing results you get even more!

CP-1 Premium Hair Treatment retails at SGD6 on Althea.

10. Starskin Coco-Nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask

Virgin Coconut Oil is scientifically proven as the only natural oil that can fully penetrate the hair shaft to repair and strengthen from inside out, and is actually widely used as a home remedy for damaged hair.

Starskin takes it up a notch by formulating it into a hair mask, so that you can enjoy the full benefits of this miracle ingredient in a fuss-free manner. Users are impressed by how this can actually undo severe damage caused by hairstylists, or even tame the wildest and thickest of hair. No wonder it’s hailed as one of the best hair masks around!

Starskin Coco-Nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask retails at SGD16 in Sephora stores and website.

11. Honeyce Deep Moist Repair Hair Mask

By using only good ingredients (organic floral honey) and keeping out eight major hair-damaging irritants (such as mineral oil), Honeyce Deep Moist Repair Hair Mask promises to repair hair damage from heat, colour, and UV so that you only have good hair days ahead.

Honeyce Deep Moist Repair Hair Mask retails at SGD18.90 in Guardian stores and website.

12. Moist Diane Extra Moist & Shine Hair Mask

Dull hair doesn’t mean you need to have a dull day as well – Moist Diane Extra Moist & Shine Hair Mask is a solution customised to breathe life back into your hair. It is formulated with non-greasy Organic Illipe Butter and Marula Oil that is easily absorbed by hair, and Platinum Keratin to repair uneven hair cuticles so that your tresses fall nicely into place.

DV Tip: Use this mask right before you blow dry your hair, so that moisture gets locked in, and your mane sports an exceptional glow and radiance.

Moist Diane Extra Moist & Shine Hair Mask retails at SGD18.90 in Watsons stores and website.

13. Tsubaki Premium Hair Mask

If you have fine curly hair that always looks too dry and frazzled, but don’t have the time to get an anti-frizz treatment at salons often, we highly recommend that you try Tsubaki’s Premium Repair Mask.

The Camellia Oil and Royal Jelly in the product helps to preserve moisture and nutrients in your hair almost instantly, so there is zero waiting time when it comes to getting shiny and smooth hair. The best part? You can apply this whenever and wherever you think your hair needs a little help, so you don’t have to go to the salon as often anymore!

Tsubaki Premium Repair Mask retails at SGD19.90 in Watsons stores and website, as well as Shopee.

14. L’Oreal Elseve Rapid Reviver

You may be familiar with the L’Oreal Elseve range of products, especially the Extraordinary Oil that enjoys glowing reviews from its users.

The brand has recently launched a series of deep conditioners that promise to revive hair in a second. They boldly claim that there’s no leave-in time and that it penetrates to the core of the hair fibre, repairing and nourishing it.

There are three variants in the range: Extraordinary Oil (for dry hair), Total Repair 5 (for damaged hair), and Fall Resist (for fragile hair).

Pick the variant based on the cause of your hair’s frizziness. You’ll love how much time you save with these treatments and the amazing scent they come in.

These retail at SGD9.90 at selected Watsons, Guardian, and Fairprice stores, as well as Lazada, Guardian, Watsons, and Fairprice e-stores.

15. Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream

Oribe’s Supershine Moisturizing Cream is desctibed as a ‘luxe reinvention of leave-in conditioner’, where you get even better results with the same ease of leave-in products. The supremely hydrating cream will satisfy even the thirstiest hair, calming frizz, sleekening split ends, and restoring hair to supernatural softness.

If you have medium-to-thick and extra-long hair, you’ll be happy to know that this high-gloss moisturiser will work even for hair types as challenging as yours.

Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream retails at USD52 on Beautylish.

16. Sachajuan Hair Repair

Frizzy and tangled hair that falls out easily is probably a nightmare that we all dread, so Sachajuan has released the perfect solution to that tricky problem.

Hair Repair is an intensive hair treatment targeted at damaged and stressed hair: it promotes cell regeneration and strength in your hair follicles. Not only do you get a nice shine on your locks, but also a long-lasting frizz reduction that holds up even in the harshest of environments.

Sachajuan Hair Repair retails at SGD40 in Sephora stores and website, as well as on Beautylish.

17. Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil

This could be one of the priciest hair masks you’ve seen, but we assure you that this is worth every cent of the 246ml it contains.

Pure prickly pear seed oil and prickly pear oily extract are rare ingredients that offer powerful regenerating, antioxidant and restorative properties, so the brand has added them to the formula to create a hair mask that revitalises your hair from root to tip. That means when you see your hair looking smoother, it’s also a sign that your hair has been further strengthened to withstand aggravation.

Many of the mask’s fans call this holy grail, and even describe this as their ‘salon in a jar’. It works very well for people who have thin, damaged hair and a dry scalp, but there are users who say that the effects may be less obvious on thick and curly hair.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil retails at SGD97 in Sephora stores and website.

18. IGK CRYBABY Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum

Never cry over bad hair again, not when you have IGK CRYBABY Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum!

Understanding how to care for your hair may seem like a challenge, but the trick is to think of it just as how you would do your skincare. IGK was inspired by skincare technology to create a serum-in-oil formula that absorbs quickly into hair (much like how we love lightweight facial oils) instead of oils that just add grease to your hair.

The packaging has also been designed to be easy to carry around, so you can pop this into your bag and use it whenever you need to tame those pesky fly aways – so convenient!

IGK CRYBABY Anti-Frizz Smoothing Serum retails at SGD37 in Sephora stores and website.

19. Sephora Collection Hair Sleeping Mask

What does it take to keep our hair under control without spending too much time or money? Well, the answer could be just a hair sleeping mask from Sephora! All you have to do is just apply these masks to your hair, cover with the included cap, and wake up to hair that is so much softer, more flexible, and visibly more beautiful.

The coconut variant is the most popular among reviewers for its efficacy, but if you like a hair product that smells luxuriously good, opt for the Rose variant (it smells exactly like a bed of roses!)

Sephora Collection Hair Sleeping Mask retails at SGD7 in Sephora stores and website.

20. shu uemura Art of Hair Muroto Volume Masque

shu uemura is not only famous for its hard brow products and cleansing oil: their hair treatment products are also very popular among loyal fans, and this is one of the best-selling products in the line-up.

If you want smoother hair without sacrificing volume, the Muroto Volume Masque does exactly that. It is infused with deep sea water, which has pure minerals to soften hair without actually weighing it down. You will definitely love the light texture of the hydro gel that is easily soaked up by hair, as well as the refreshing perfume that evokes memories of a relaxing beach vacation.

shu uemura Art of Hair Muroto Volume Masque retails at SGD82 on Lookfantastic.

21. Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Treatment

Innisfree has captured the essence of Jeju in this hair treatment – quite literally, as they use Camellia oil harvested from the flowers that bloom on the idyllic island.

Camellia oil is widely-acknowledged as a good ingredient to have in hair products due to its ability to make hair as smooth as silk. Another key ingredient you’ll find in this hair treatment is wheat protein, which nourishes weak hair lacking in elasticity so that it becomes more resistant to external aggressors. We’re glad that this isn’t just one of the best hair treatments around but is also one of the most affordable in the market.

Innisfree Camellia Essential Hair Treatment retails at SGD16 in Innisfree stores, as well as Shopee.

22. Tsubaki Extra Moist Treatment

If you notice your hair getting dry and stiff after an intense bleaching session, be sure to get yourself a bottle of Tsubaki Extra Moist Treatment.

This promises to soften hair after just one use, and has gotten rave reviews from users who are satisfied with the silky smooth finish it leaves on even the most tangled hair. Plus, it also comes with an elegant scent of camellia, honey, and fruit, so that your hair smells as good as it looks. If you’re looking for a hair treatment for frizzy hair that truly works, this is definitely it.

Tsubaki Extra Moist Treatment retails at USD12.10 on Kokoro Japan Store, and SGD16.90 in Watsons stores and website, as well as Shopee.

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18 Hair Mask Ingredients for Dry, Damaged Hair

1. Almond oil

Sometimes used as a carrier oil, almond oil has long been a staple in natural skin care. The moisturizing benefits could extend to hair care, too.

When used for the scalp, anti-inflammatory properties could help treat dry scales related to dandruff, eczema, and psoriasis.

Older research has also shown that almond oil is rich in emollients, which help moisturize and soften your hair overall.

2. Argan oil

Traditionally used for hair growth, argan oil may also be used as a remedy for dry hair. It’s rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which can help protect your hair and reduce damage.

Argan oil is often included in conditioners and styling products, but you can also make your own mask.

3. Avocado oil

Avocados are good sources of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, as well as polyunsaturated fats. Healthy, yes. But it’s thought that these natural oils can also benefit your hair — mainly by adding moisture.

You can reap the moisturizing benefits by using mashed avocado blended with a carrier oil, or by using avocado oil alone. The oil may also add shine and could act as a leave-in conditioner for extremely dry hair.

4. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is more than a superstar kitchen staple. The oil, which is extracted from coconut flesh, is thought to be rich in proteins that can potentially moisturize and strengthen your hair when used as a mask.

Furthermore, research shows that coconut oil may possess anti-inflammatory properties that could help with dry scalp conditions such as dandruff.

5. Jojoba oil

While often used as a carrier oil to dilute essential oils, jojoba oil reportedly has moisturizing properties for hair and skin when used alone.

You can apply jojoba directly to your hair and scalp. The oil is even light enough to use for oily skin types.

6. Lavender oil

As a popular essential oil, lavender is known for inducing feelings of calm. Research has shown that lavender oil possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which may aid dry skin.

Such effects may extend to dry hair and scalp, too.

Lavender oil must be diluted in your shampoo or in a carrier oil before use to prevent rashes and other side effects.

7. Olive oil

You probably know about the heart healthy benefits of eating this oil in moderation, but olive oil may also offer moisturizing effects for the hair.

If you have an oily scalp, consider applying olive oil to your dry ends only.

8. Sandalwood oil

Known for its warm, woody scent, sandalwood oil may be used for more than just a fragrance in your home diffuser. This oil may work particularly well on the ends of your hair, helping to moisturize and seal split ends.

It’s also known for its ability to help with eczema and psoriasis.

Amp up your haircare routine with these frizz-fighting hair masks

The dreaded F-word of haircare concerns is no picnic to deal with, especially when you factor in the daily toll that ever-escalating levels of pollution and humidity has on your strands. Preeti Singh, director, Rock Paper Scissor Salon, explains the connection between the two. “The different products that our hair is subjected to daily strip away the moisture from the shaft, which compels your hair to seek moisture from the humidity in the climate. This leads to the formation of hydrogen bonds between water molecules and proteins, which is why you’ll find that you have a hard time holding a blow-dry in place once you step outdoors,” she says.

Helping you fight the good fight are smoothing hair masks, which form the first line of defence against frizz and flyaways. “Anti-frizz hair masks serve the dual purpose of locking moisture into the hair, and also forming a protective layer against heat styling to prevent further loss of nourishment,” the Bengaluru-based hairstylist elaborates. “When shopping for one, look for ingredients that are rich in oils and lipids. For best results, towel-dry your hair after shampooing and gently massage the product into your hair, stopping until you reach a few inches away from your roots. Use once or twice a week for manageable tresses with an added lustre.”

If you haven’t added these frizz-fighting soldiers to your haircare routine yet, choose from our edit of the best hair masks and treatments available on the market right now.

The best frizz-fighting hair products you need in your beauty kit

Schwarzkopf BC Bonacure Keratin Smooth Perfect Treatment

This frizz-control formula takes on even thick, coarse hair by utilising amino compounds to coat the hair shaft with nourishment, forming a layer of defence against humidity and heat styling. It improves manageability and enhances shine.

Kérastase Discipline Smoothing Mask

Sealing in moisture from root to ends, this mask directly feeds dry tresses with nourishing lipid agents. Invite it into your daily haircare routine as a daily deep conditioning mask for pronounced control over frizz and flyaways. The mask is lighter and glossier than a hair butter—the creamy product is light and has slip. It lightly coats the hair shaft without weighing strands down.

L’Oréal Professionnel Liss Unlimited Hair Masque

This smoothing hair mask calls upon the benefits of pro-keratin complex, kukui and evening primrose oils to add lustre to unruly hair and effectively protect your tresses from up to 80 per cent humidity levels. Incorporate this once-a-week mask into your weekend haircare routine to ensure smooth, manageable tresses for the coming work week. Apply to towel-dried hair, press into the ends and work up to the mid-lengths, then rinse.

The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Hair Mask

If you don’t quite have the time to whip up a home remedy to make frizzy hair toe the line, treat your tresses to a weekly nourishment session with this vegan hair mask, pumped with the benefits of organic banana puree. For those that have super dry and super fine hair, this mask is silicone-free, so it won’t weigh hair down or leave it looking flat.

L’Occitane Masque Réparateur Repairing Mask

This anti-breakage formula works double time to serve as an aromatherapy agent with a dedicated crew of essential oils—including ylang-ylang, sweet orange, lavender, geranium and angelica—for a lingering scent that accompanies you all day. Shea butter and sweet almond oil soften and protect tresses in the quick three minutes it takes for this mask to work its magic.

Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturizing Treatment

Give your hair a timeout with this nourishing mask, which uses silk extracts to declare checkmate on frizz. If you’ve been loading up on styling products like texture sprays, have been backcombing your mane, or are simply overusing heat tools, this mask will come in handy.

Kevin.Murphy Smooth.Again Anti-Frizz Treatment

Unlike the creamy candidates on this list, this silky treatment doubles up as a handy serum that can be massaged into dry hair as a leave-in treatment. In addition to replenishing moisture levels, it works overtime as a styling aid by offering heat protection—leaving you with a smoother mane that is more amenable to varied hairstyling options.

Ouai Treatment Masque

Whether you’re dealing with moody waves or tightly spiralled coils, this healing mask works on zapping life back into dull, dehydrated locks. Finger-comb this formula into your hair after your daily shampoo ritual for a soft, fluffy mane.

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