Alert: If you work out multiple times a week and shower more often to combat the grease and grime built up from several sweat sessions, your hair might be suffering from dryness. This is where hair masks seriously come in handy. They’re meant to supplement your hair with a super boost of nutrients and repair formations that up the ante on what your average conditioner can do. In other words, think of a hair mask as your hair’s personal trainer—it helps you break through a “hair plateau,” providing results you couldn’t achieve through your daily routine alone. Ready to give your hair a boost? Try these hydrating masks that’ll leave you with healthier, shinier and more manageable strands.
For thick, curly hair
Curly hair can be more prone to dryness and frizz, especially when it’s being pulled back into a high ponytail or bun during workout classes. What you need is a repairing and smoothing mask that’s vitamin charged and can deliver a serious hydration and moisture. This Hydrate-Me mask by Kevin Murphy infuses rosehip and evening primrose oil, which contain high concentrations of vitamin A and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to restore volume and shine to dull hair.
Buy it now: Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque, $30, amazon.com
For long hair
When it comes to hydrating long hair with thick volume, you need a mask that’s going to provide you with a lot of product. Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask comes in a 12-ounce container and only requires a ping pong ball-sized amount. Using a unique blend of moisturizing ingredients including aloe vera juice, pure coconut water and macadamia oils, it deeply quenches and nourishes long strands and tames the look of split ends.
Buy it now: Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask, $9, ulta.com
For short hair
Using sage and thyme extracts (scalp soothers) and a mix of natural moisturizers, including meadowfoam seed oil and shea butter, it helps the hair retain moisture and gives added protection from style, heat and color stress. Since it only comes in a 6.5-ounce size, it’s best for those with short hair and less ground to cover. Use once or twice a week as you please and leave on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing.
Buy it now: Eufora Beautifying Elixirs Moisture Masque, $34, amazon.com
For color-treated hair
You love your hair enough to spend a couple hundred dollars a year (or more) adding some color and shine to it, so why not invest in a quality mask that has you looking like you just left the salon when you only just left your house? This nourishing mask infuses the hair fiber with moisturizing ingredients like vitamin E to boosts radiance and protect color from fading—at least until the next time you can make it to the salon!
Buy it now: Kérastase Paris Reflection Masque Chroma Riche, $63, kerastase-usa.com
For ethnic textures
This indulgent and deeply hydrating mask uses jojoba oil to restore softness and shine to lackluster, dry hair. It’s also an excellent detangler, which allows hair to fight breakage at its main source—brushing. Angelica root extract and sweet orange essential oil gives it an undeniably addicting scent and imparts gloss, shine and vitality from root to ends.
Buy it now: Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask, $45, sephora.com
For mature, aging hair
Your hair doesn’t only change in color as you age, it also changes in density, strength and elasticity. To combat these changes, it’s best to use a high-quality moisturizer that can deliver deep, intensive nourishment and has the ability to reconstruct hair while resisting future damage. Using an age-control complex formula free from harsh sulfates and phthalates, this anti-aging treatment is a gold mine among many promising to do the same thing.
Buy it now: Alterna Haircare Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque, $42, sephora.com
For oily hair
When your go-to is hitting up the gym with your hair in a high pony, the hair that’s closest to your scalp is the hair that gets “greasy” or “oily” first, while the ends are normally dry. That’s why it’s best to use a lightweight mask but only apply it to the mid-shaft of your hair out towards the ends. Label.m’s brand is designed to quickly transform hair without over saturating it with moisture, making it ideal for hair that’s prone to grease and buildup. Leave on for no more than five minutes for the ideal amount of protection.
Buy it now: label.m Therapy Rejuvenating Mask, $30, amazon.com
For hair prone to breakage
Whether you color treat or simply over-work your strands with a blow dryer or styling tools, dry, brittle hair deserves a spa day once in a while—essentially the equivalent of using this intensely rejuvenating mask just a few times a week. It’s packed with marine-derived amino acids, sunflower seed extract, vitamin E, jojoba protein plus a UV filter, which all work to restore hair’s natural strength, fusing together split ends and adding body and shine back to your ‘do.
Buy it now: Umberto Repair Treatment Masque, $9, target.com
For fine hair
If you’re already lacking volume and “oomph,” you’re probably hesitant to use any heavy conditioner, let alone a mask that might weigh down your tresses even more. But this brand is formulated to reset your hair’s moisture balance. Their systematic approach uses natural, restorative oils and extracts that lightly coat strands from inside out without adding weight. Hair feels softer, smoother and healthier with more body and less greasy shine.
Buy it now: Unwash Hydrating Masque, $29, ulta.com