5 Hair Masks for Damaged Hair

Photo by Leonard Mc Lane
No matter what sort of damage you’ve done to your hair—dye jobs, heat, or sun exposure—these masks will help repair your strands. 

This article was originally published on Real Simple

To Smooth:

Ouai Treatment Masque

Available at Nordstrom | $32

If your hair resists styling, get it under control with this restoring mask. Artichoke leaf extract seals the cuticle for less frizz, more shine, and more protection against aggressors like heat and color. Tamarind seed extract delivers major hydration and creates a barrier to prevent further damage.

For Curls:

DevaCurl Heaven In Hair

Available at Sephora | $28

The more moisturized your curls, the more manageable they’ll be. This hydrating mask contains three types of butters (cupuaçu, murumuru, and cacao) to enrich, protect, nourish, and soften for stronger, healthier curls that are easier to work with. 

To Restore:

It’s A 10 Miracle Hair Mask

Available at Ulta | $30

Not quite sure what your hair needs, but know it needs a boost? Cover all the bases with this multitasking mask. Oat kernel extract, apricot kernel oil, sweet almond oil, and linseed extract restore moisture, deliver vitamins and antioxidants to strengthen, soothe the scalp, and promote healthy hair growth. Use a little as a conditioner daily or as a mask all over strands once per week.

For Shine:

Fekkai Salon Professional Color Care Technician Mask

Available at Target | $20

Coloring your hair can strip strands of a lot of things, especially shine. This mask is made with grapeseed oil to rehydrate and, in turn, produce major shine. For an even deeper treatment, apply the mask to damp strands, then wrap a warm towel around your hair and let it sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.

For Hydration:

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask

Available at Sephora | $16


All the stress we put our hair through (hot tools, brushing, coloring) can leave hair brittle and dehydrated. Once restore the moisture, your overall hair health improves as well. This treatment includes argan oil, glycerin, and linseed extract to moisturize, smoothen, and strengthen parched strands. Apply it to damp hair, comb through, then let sit for five to seven minutes before rinsing.

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