by Hair Magazine

Hair masks can take your hair from good to great, here’s all you need to know…

You know full well that the secret to super shiny hair is a care regime that combines a balanced diet with the right products and plenty of TLC, but chances are you don’t always treat your hair the way you should. If your hair is naturally dry, chemically abused or crying out for care and attention – hair masks are the simple answer.

Blow-drying, central heating, sun exposure and chemical treatments can all leave hair dry and damaged. Even shampooing strips hair of its natural moisture, so its important to apply conditioner after every wash but sometimes our hair needs a little extra help.

Introduce a regular hair mask into your regime. Hair masks are intensive conditioners that give the hair a much needed boost. They penetrate the hair cuticle and their active ingredients work deeper inside the hair follicle than your regular conditioner. Choose from protein variants like keratin or wheat proteins that strengthen the hair, or moisturising types that leave hair soft and manageable. Treat your hair to a hair mask and you’ll see an immediate difference. If your hair needs to be restored to its former glory, include a hair mask into your weekly hair care regime.

Always apply your hair mask on to clean, wet hair. A big mistake a lot of people make is applying your hair mask the night before your hair wash. Most hair masks work best when applied to clean, towel dried hair. Use a wide toothed comb to ensure even distribution. Sit back and relax for 15-20 minutes then rinse out and follow with conditioner.

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector RRP £26
Olaplex is famous for its bond building technology, the mask helps to repair all types of damage from heat to colour leaving your hair looking healthier. It works on a molecular level to regenerate dry, damaged hair. Use once a week to bring your hair back to life.

Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask RRP £26
Olaplex No.8 is the new kid on the block. It’s an intensive conditioning treatment that is suitable for all hair types and helps strengthen fragile bonds.

Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair and Scalp Mask RRP £25
Perfect for those with thin, fine hair looking for volume and nourishment. A great quick fix that only needs to be left on for 10 minutes. This mask is ideal for bleached hair that is prone to breakage.

L’Oréal Professional Series Expert Inforcer Masque RRP £30.60
This fabulous L’Oreal mask is perfect for damaged hair, enriched with biotin and Vitamin B, it will help strengthen and tackle breakage and split ends.

Garnier Ultimate Hair Blends 3-IN-1 RRP £3.50
For only £3.50 this mighty hair mask can also be used as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner. Three uses for a little over £3, this hair mask treatment nourishes and conditions dry hair leaving it feeling intensely nourished without weighing it down. And yes, this hair mask is 98% natural and vegan.

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