Hello, hello and welcome back to Style As Needed! Today, we will be talking about my top 5 favorite hair masks. I recently did an Instagram poll on whether or not you guys would rather read about my top hair masks or beauty sponges and while it was very close, hair masks came in first. So, that’s what I’ll be talking about today.
If you know me personally, you know that my hair is probably my number one priority when it comes to beauty/personal care/etc. I have very curly, dry, thick hair but luckily, it is very manageable and can be blown out and straightened very easily. A little bit of background – I wash my hair about twice a week and I blow it out about once a week so there’s definitely a lot of heat applied to my hair between the blow outs and the curling wand I use to keep up the blow out. No matter how much heat protectant I use and how great my products are, my hair still gets very dry and is very prone to breakage. Because of this, I am a religious hair mask user. I actually don’t use conditioner very often because I substitute it with a deep conditioning mask after I wash my hair. So knowing all this, you can trust me when I say, I’ve tried a lot of hair masks. A lot. Probably in the twenties. So the fact that I can narrow it down to my five favorites means that the masks I’ll be talking about today are pretty freaking great.
So let’s get started…
Redken All Soft Megamask – This is a dual action mask that combines two formulas to provide treatment for dry and brittle hair (like mine). You actually have to push on a certain spot on the tube to make sure the formulas mix and come out evenly (something I didn’t realize till probably my 4-5th time using the mask). If your hair dresser or anyone has ever told you that your hair needs more protein – this mask will be perfect for you because it has a protein complex. You’re supposed to apply this to towel dried hair after shampooing and leave on for 5 minutes. I do it a little differently. I apply it while still in the shower after shampooing and leave it in for a good 10 minutes or more. Your hair will feel so soft after using this. The name of this mask is definitely appropriate.
Drybar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask– Another great hair mask for dry and brittle strands. You can definitely tell this is a very nourishing formula when you are applying just because of how thick the hair mask is. It just seems like a mask that would penetrate through every strand and leave a lasting effect. Because of just how intense this mask actually is, those with fine hair are only recommended to apply from midshaft to ends so something to note. I do the same thing with this mask as I do with all others and apply it after shampooing while in the shower and keep it in for 10-15 minutes with my hair tied up in a bun.
Macademia Deep Repair Masque – I actually picked this up at TjMaxx which is great because this is a pricey brand and I ended up paying about half of what I would have actually paid at either Ulta or anywhere else that sells this brand. So, I recommend checking out the TjMaxx hair products section if you want to not spend too much money on this mask. This is, just like all the other masks today, a mask for dry, damaged hair and will do a great job bringing your dead strands back to life. This jar will last you forever because a little of this product goes a really long way. It also has a pretty nice scent which is always a plus. Ulta doesn’t sell this exact product but it sells other Macademia masks. Not sure the reason for that but I was able to find this on the Wal-Mart website for a very affordable price so I’ll be linking that in the product title.
Olaplex Hair Perfector N3 – Now let’s talk about a product you’ve probably seen at your hair salon. This is a very concentrated treatment that works on strengthening your hair, reducing breakage and overall making it look its best after things like color treatments, chemical treatments, etc. Basically, if you’re someone that does a lot of damaging things to your hair such as dying, heat styling, chemically treating, this is something that you need to try. There’s a reason so many salons carry this product. It is actually now available at Sephora, making it that much easier to find. I don’t use this very often. Maybe once very 2-3 months just because this is so heavy duty. The bottle does say you can use this once a week between chemical services to strengthen hair though so if you want to use it more often, you totally can.
Oblepikha Siberica – Mask for Severely Damaged Hair – Saved the best for last. Now, I know that I’m Russian and may be slightly biased towards a Russian based company but this mask is no joke. It is made of oblepikha or seabuckthron oil, which for us Russians is a known health giant with so many benefits. The statement on Natura Siberica’s website about this mask is that it “…saturates hair with essential moisture and nutrients, bringing back beauty and health to it, and protects hair from heat exposure during hot styling. Makes hair look tame and neat, reduces its brittleness, makes brushing and styling easier. Vitamins and amino-acids in the mask formula nourish and repair hair, Altai sea-buckthorn oil, Moroccan argan oil and oil of white Siberian flaxseeds help produce keratin, which gives hair strength and shine”. Doesn’t that all sound amazing? Seriously, this mask is amazing and my hair has never looked healthier than after I’ve used this mask. I use this once a week usually for a month at a time to repair and strengthen my hair. I love this stuff. One jar will probably last you two to three years because the consistency is so thick, you only need a little bit. Also, the packaging is absolutely gorgeous and the color combinations just can’t be beat. This product comes in a mask for severely damaged hair and normal hair as well. I can’t wait to try out more products from this brand.
Well, that’s all I have for my favorite hair masks. I am constantly trying new ones, so don’t be surprised if eventually, this list is updated or re-done. Let me know if you guys use any of these masks or if you know of others I should try out! As always, thank you for reading!
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