best hair masks

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 that Google searches around “hair mask for damaged hair” is up 120%, with more of us relying on hair masks than ever 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


    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.

    Shop Oribe Gold Lust Repair and Restore Conditioner at Cult Beauty, £52.50

  • Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector


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

    Shop Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector at Lookfantastic, £26

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