The best hair masks for every type, every texture, and every concern

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Whatever havoc may be wreaked on your strands, you can trust a hair mask to work hard at fixing it. We round up the best formulas for every issue, from dry to damaged.

If you haven’t entered the all-consuming world of hair masks, then this is the best place to start. Often delegated to special occasions or in a crisis, these super-powered formulas act in ways that not many conditioners can, but not enough of us are using them as often as we should.

However, that seems set to change. Hair brand Redken tells Stylist.co.uk that Google searches around “hair mask for damaged hair” is up 120%. And with the recent announcement of a four-week national lockdown, which will see hair salons in England close its doors until early December, more of us will be relying on hair masks to keep our hair in good condition. But what exactly do they do?

While conditioners largely serve to coat the hair and add temporary shine and softness, masks work that little bit harder by penetrating the hair shaft with their smaller molecules. When left on longer than your standard few minutes, they work over time to deliver much-needed nutrients, traces of which stay long after you’ve rinsed the rest down the drain.

If you’re struggling with dried-out, processed hair, then try swapping out your standard conditioner for a mask, leaving it to work its magic for at least 20 minutes. Masks can also be left on overnight with a shower cap for the ultimate treat if needed, but make sure to only do this every so often to avoid your hair becoming over-moisturised.

Scroll on for the best hair masks for every hair type and concern – we’ve tried every single one and can confirm that they’ve beaten all the others. Happy hair days are here.

Best hair masks for different hair types and concerns, tried and tested by the Stylist beauty team

The best hair masks for damaged hair

  • Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner

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    Although labelled a conditioner, this formula packs more than enough power to land itself a spot in the mask camp. Even bleached hair is left smoother and shinier, and not just temporarily. It’s worth every penny.

    Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner, £52.50

  • Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector

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    The ultimate resurrection for damaged hair, this salon favourite magically whips hair back into shape with a unique bonding formula. 

    Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector, £26

The best hair masks for coloured hair

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The best hair masks for curly hair

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The best hair masks for fine hair

  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

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    Beloved by pretty much every hair expert and celebrity, this formula restores structure and shine to every hair type, despite being lightweight.

    Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £34

  • Aussie Calm The Frizz Hair Mask

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    Hemp seed extract moisturises weak flyaway strands without weighing them down.

    Aussie Calm The Frizz Hair Mask, £3.49

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