10 of the best hair treatments for dry and damaged hair
Is your hair feeling fried and fragile? We have some of the best masks on offer for parched locks as well as some top tips to get your hair new-season ready.
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Parched tresses will benefit from having a weekly mask ritual, which will amp up the moisture levels and smooth the hair shaft making it much more manageable for the week. Make it your weekly maintenance hair habit and your locks will love you for it.
Invest in a good mask
Not all masks are designed to do the same thing, so if dry hair is something your hair is suffering from, make sure you get a mask that is designed for that and seeing that you are only using them once a week, it’s worth investing in one that does the job well – not all masks are created equal.
Fine locks love them too
While those who have fine hair can often be gun-shy from using a mask, don’t be. Yes, it’s true that some can feel too heavy for your hair, but a great tip is to avoid the scalp area, instead concentrating on the mid-lengths and ends which will love the pampering.
Take your mask to bed
Extra-dry hair will benefit from having a sleepover with their mask. Pop it on just before bed, throw your hair into a top knot, and allow it to work its magic all night – we guarantee a silky-smooth result in the AM.
It doesn’t have to take hours
A few minutes of mask-magic is better than none, so if you’re put off because you think it’s too much of a chore, don’t be – pop one on while you’re in the shower if that’s the only time you have free – by the time you’ve shaved your legs, you can rinse it off.
bh loves: Ouai Treatment Mask, $58; Kevin Murphy Leave In Repair, $72; Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Vitality Treatment, $52; Schwarzkopf BC Repair Rescue Deep Nourishing Treatment, $29.90; Bumble and Bumble While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque, $84; Oribe Signature Moisture Masque, $98; L'Oreal Professionnel Absolut Repair Lipidium Masque, $38; Kérastase Masque Thérapiste, $65; Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, $60 and Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, $55.
Shampoo and condition after
If you’re worried about build-up (fine-haired girls, I hear ya), shampoo and condition afterwards – that way you know you have rinsed everything out and you won’t feel like your hair is greasy half-way through the day.
Comb your mask through
Keep a wide-tooth comb handy to be able to work the mask through your hair – it’s also a great way to detangle while you’re at it. This is especially important if your hair is wet, as this will avoid any damage to your hair.
Concentrate on the ends
The ends are the most important part to focus on –think of how many years they have been there! Pay extra attention to them and load them up with extra to make sure they’re well and truly pampered.
Greasy locks are difficult
Difficult in the sense, that they will throw a tantrum if you get one that's too heavy. If your hair gets oily easily, a lighter formula will be the best bet to avoid anymore build-up.
Don’t have the extra moolah to get a mask right now? Why not try a DIY mask by mixing up some yoghurt, honey, and coconut oil and applying to your hair – these natural pantry ingredients are nourishing and hydrating.
Do you have any tips for treating dry locks?