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The Best Hair Masks to Reverse Damage and Dryness

Goodbye, split ends!

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My quest for perfect hair will probably never end. There's not a product I won't try, a chop I won't take, a tool I won't use. If you're also on this perfect hair journey, I know you understand. While getting trims and putting aside hot tools is all well and good, it's easier said than done. Trying to grow out your hair while also keeping it healthy and repairing years of damage from hot tools is a difficult task. If you find yourself searching high and low for a product that will seal split ends, stimulate growth, strengthen brittle strands and basically do-it-all, don't overlook the damage-amending powers of hair masks.

While there are countless hair masks that cater to every problem under the sun, a classic moisturizing mask that reverses damage can never be replaced. With endless masks on the market to choose from, every price point and hair texture is taken into consideration in the options below. IMO, the masks you apply a few minutes or hours before showering that leave you with shiny, hydrated locks are the best. Here, 20 hair masks to get your #HairGoals underway.

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This One-Hit Wonder
Hair Perfector No. 3 Repairing Treatment
Olaplex sephora.com

This cult-favorite mask has a following for a reason. The before and after photos alone will make you a believer. It's specifically created to help minimize and heal damage caused by excessive use of hoot tools and dye. Trust, you'll see the difference after one use.

This Fast Damage-Fixer
Resistance Mask for Severely Damaged Hair
Kérastase kerastase-usa.com

When you see "Severely Damaged" is in the name, you know the product is not playing around. This mask, a staple for your shower, is for those who don't have the patience to sit around with a mask in. Instead, use this in place of your regular conditioner. After shampooing, comb it through your ends, then shave your legs. After a few minutes, wash this out and enjoy your noticeably softer hair. 

The 10-Minute Miracle
The Renaissance Circle
Davines amazon.com

The brand says it best: this mask is designed especially for "hopeless hair." If you hair has been severely hurt by heat, these handy packets give you the perfect amount of product to evenly coat your hair. Throw it on post-shampoo, rinse it out 10 minutes later, then voíla!

This Anti-Aging Mask
CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Masque
Alterna dermstore.com

You use anti-aging creams on your face, right? So, why not on your hair, too? Damage caused by chemical processes and heat can be repaired with this luxe anti-aging mask. Not only does it help heal your split ends, but it also makes your hair stronger so you'll experience less breakage in the future. A win-win!

This Jojoba and Vitamin C Mask
Soulfood Nourishing Mask
Amika amazon.com

The most common sign that your hair is damaged is dryness, which is exactly what this mask works to combat. With jojoba oil and vitamin C, you can have nourished hair again after one quick use. If you're a lady-on-the-go, you only need to let this sit in your hair for five minutes before washing it out. 

This Hair and Scalp Soother
Omega 9 Hair Mask
Rahua dermstore.com

If your hair is looking dull and frizzy due to damage, this mask can help manage those symptoms. With quinoa, rahua oil and sunflower oil, your hair will be softer and more manageable. What's even better is the ingredients in this mask also work to promote a healthy scalp, so that new hair growth is strong and shiny.

This Biotin-Packed Mask
Gold Lust Transformative Masque
Oribe dermstore.com

This mask's key ingredient is biotin, you know, that age-old supplement we've all tried before in hopes of  getting Rapunzel-length hair. Except, this time it will work. This hair mask protects and heals your damaged locks. You can use it for only 20 minutes or overnight, depending on your preference.

The Botanical-Based Mask
Regenerating Hair Care Mask
Hair Rituel by Sisley nordstrom.com

Swap this hair mask in the shower with your conditioner. Not only will the botanical oils help your hair look and feel great after one use, but this mask actually improves the quality of your hair overtime. No quick fixes here! 

The Frizz-Fighter
Hair Repair
Sachajuan dermstore.com

This mask uses oceanic ingredients to treat frizz, dryness and damage. It's great for all hair textures, so everyone can enjoy soft strands. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then watch as the frizz you're expecting… simply never arrives.

This Restorative Mask
Restore Repair Hair Mask
Living Proof sephora.com

If time is always of the essence, try this mask that works miracles in minutes. You shouldn't leave it on for longer than 10 minutes, and in that short amount of time your curls will be redefined and strands that are suffering will feel hydrated and smooth. 

The Ultimate Hydrator
Intense Hydrating Mask
Moroccanoil nordstrom.com

This mask is perfect for those with thick hair that needs a little extra T.L.C. It uses all but five minutes of your time once a week for your hair to become less dry and frizzy. The potent does of argan oil will make your hair shiny, manageable and completely touchable.

The Supermodel Stamp of Approval Mask
Treatment Masque
OUAI sephora.com

This mask knows exactly what we want: it heals split ends, repairs damage caused by heat and chemicals, and makes hair stronger overtime. If your hair is super damaged, you can use it after shampooing for intense hydration. If it's good enough for the Hadid sisters, it's good enough for me!

The Double-Duty Mask
Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque
Aesop nordstrom.com

This is the perfect mask for people who suffer from both damaged hair and an uncomfortable scalp. Unlike some masks which are too intense to work on your scalp, this mask goes right to the root of it all. It deeply moisturizes your hair while relieving itchiness or inflammation on your scalp. 

This Mask for Natural Hair
Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Christophe Robin dermstore.com

This mask is specifically formulated for natural hair, although it's also great for hair that's been damaged by dye. Prickly pear seed oil, its titular ingredient, nourishes and repairs tired and damaged hair. Plus, it makes your natural or color-processed hair look ten times better.

This Softening Mask
All Soft Heavy Cream Super Treatment
Redken ulta.com

There's one goal this mask aims for and achieves: ultimate softness. All the ingredients in this product work together to guarantee silky- smooth hair. Say goodbye to frizz, brittle ends and dullness. This mask is intense yet lightweight enough to not weigh your hair down. 

This Insta-Famous Mask
Like a Virgin Hair Masque
Coco & Eve amazon.com

Meet the mask that launched a thousand Instagram selfies because the results are too good not to capture. Not only does it treat damage, dryness and frizz in only 10 minutes, but it's made in the USA and only uses clean ingredients that your hair loves. Bonus: it smells like a tropical vacation that you never want to leave.

This Reparative Mask
Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Briogeo nordstrom.com

This mask is a top bestseller for most retailers, with good reason. It's intensely hydrating and works to repair hair that's been damaged by chemicals, heat or general over-processing. With continual weekly use, it will dramatically reduce hair breakage. You can use heat with this mask on for deeper activation, but it works great without heat, too.

The Best-Smelling Mask
Lavender Mint Deep Conditioning Mineral Hair Mask
Paul Mitchell ulta.com

Disclaimer: I won't blame you if you want to use this mask solely for the scent. Lavender and mint both calm and stimulate the scalp and hair. I personally feel like I'm at the spa when this mask is doing it's thing in my hair. It comes in convenient packets so you can easily travel with them or throw them in your bags and don't have to deal with unwieldy bottles or tubs.

This Camera-Ready Mask
Television Perfect Hair Masque
R+Co dermstore.com

This mask promises to give Television-worthy hair, and does not disappoint. Designed specifically for frizzy and singed ends, you can use this mask in the shower two to five minutes while washing your body and step out the shower with incredibly shinier hair. TV, here you come!  

This One-Minute Mask
Damage Repairing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask
Garnier amazon.com

While it might seem unbelievable that your hair troubles can be solved in one minute, this mask makes miracles happen fast. Apply this papaya-scented product in the shower, rinse it off in a minute, then reap its healthy hair benefits. You can also use it as a leave-in for longer if your hair needs its. 


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