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11 of the best hair masks to help repair damaged hair

11 of the best hair masks to help repair damaged hair

When your hair is in need of some TLC, hair masks are your secret weapon. Used once or twice a week, depending on your hair type and condition, they work to reverse damage and leave your locks looking healthy with a luminous finish.

How do you know if your hair is damaged?

If you use heat stylers, have coloured hair or expose your hair to harsh climates, you might have hair that needs a little extra care; all of these everyday things can cause damage to your locks.

There are a few signs that are simple to spot: you may notice that your hair becomes easily tangled after cleansing, has lost its shine and feels dry. In more extreme cases, it might be brittle and show signs like split ends or breakages.

Whilst a hair cut is the only way to actually remove split ends, the right treatment from the right hair masks can go a long way to help repair and revitalise damaged locks.

How can a hair mask repair damaged hair?

Hair masks are intensive treatments that work a little harder than your regular conditioner. They penetrate the hair cuticle and their active ingredients work deeper inside the hair follicle than your regular conditioner meaning they’re an important part of your weekly haircare routine.

Hair masks are usually formulated with a blend of key ingredients that are all targeted at helping to strengthen, protect and repair your hair.

  • Proteins like Keratin, Silk and Wheat Proteins help to reinforce the hair cuticle, strengthening the hair again
  • Oils like Argan, Sunflower and Jojoba add moisture back into the hair follicle, making it more supple and flexible.

For thicker or curlier hair, which usually really need moisture, look for more oil based formulas to help with hair elasticity. If you have fine hair, then look for protein rich formulas to reinforce without weighing down your hair.

11 best hair masks for damaged hair

  1. OUAI Treatment Masque
  2. System Professional Repair Mask
  3. We Are Paradoxx Game Changer Multi-Task Hair Mask
  4. TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask
  5. Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
  6. Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste
  7. Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask Intense
  8. Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
  9. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
  10. Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence
  11. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Which are the best hair masks for damaged hair?

  1. OUAI Treatment Masque
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    OUAI Treatment Masque

    Suitable for all hair types and delicately scented with rose, bergamot and lychee, the OUAI Treatment Masque works magic in minutes to revitalise and restore dull, lifeless hair.

    Smoothing split ends and transforming the look and texture of your hair, the blend of artichoke leaf, essential amino acids and keratin nourishes your hair from root to tip. Simply smooth through wet hair, leave for 5-10 minutes and style as normal.

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  2. System Professional Repair Mask
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    System Professional Repair Mask

    Particularly wonderful for very damaged, colour-treated hair, the Repair Mask from System Professional works to deeply nourish and restore your locks for a healthy, more manageable finish.

    Conditioning your hair from root to tip, its intense formula minimises split ends and frizz and uses a host of repairing ingredients to soften and hydrate the hair. In just 5 minutes, hair is left silky soft and shiny.

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  3. We Are Paradoxx Game Changer Multi-Task Hair Mask
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    We Are Paradoxx Game Changer Multi-Task Hair Mask

    Vegan, cruelty-free and organic, We Are Paradoxx Game Changer is the perfect hair mask for eco-conscious beauties. Blending antioxidant-rich matcha green tea and ginseng to revitalise and transform lacklustre hair, the nourishing formula can be used in so many different ways to repair damaged locks.

    Either as a wash-out mask, an overnight treatment or a finishing cream, Game Changer leaves hair noticeably healthy and luminous.

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  4. TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask
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    TIGI Bed Head Urban Antidotes Resurrection Treatment Mask

    Bring your locks back to life with the ultra-nourishing Resurrection Treatment Mask from TIGI. Working to repair damaged locks, seal split ends and tame frizz and flyaways, the rich formula is a must-have for dry and distressed hair.

    Enriched with Core Repair Technology, the intense formula works from the inside out – repairing hair proteins to protect against further damage from heated styling and chemical treatments. Hair is left stronger and replenished with a healthy shine.

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  5. Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
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    Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector

    Loved by those with bleached and highlighted hair, the salon-approved Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector works at a molecular level to revitalise and regenerate dry and damaged hair in need of nourishment.

    Working wonders on colour-treated hair, it build and strengthens bonds in the hair to leave your locks healthy, refreshed and vibrant. Smooth a generous amount into towel-dried hair and leave on for at least 10 minutes (the longer the better) then shampoo and condition as normal.

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  6. Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste
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    Kérastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste

    The Kérastase Resistance range is a must-have for damaged hair and the Masque Extentioniste is no exception. Enriched with Maleic Acid and Creatine R, the intensive mask nourishes and transforms even the most dry and brittle hair.

    Preventing against further breakage, it seals the hair cuticle to minimise the appearance of split ends and provides long-lasting hydration to leave your locks healthy and shiny.

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  7. Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask Intense
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    Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask Intense

    Perfect for those with thin, fine hair which is also damaged, Grow Gorgeous Thickening Hair & Scalp Mask combines the volume-boosting effects of their Intense range with a restorative treatment to create the perfect nourishing mask for damaged hair.

    Blending coconut oil and hyaluronic acid for hydration with caffeine for lift and body, it leaves your hair visibly healthy and volumised with a luminous finish.

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  8. Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
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    Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil

    Infused with pure prickly pear seed oil to penetrate deep into the hair to repair and restore from the inside out, the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask is a treat for very dry and damaged hair.

    Restoring and nourishing your locks from root to tip, this wonder mask also stimulates the scalp, seals split ends and illuminates your colour, whether natural or dyed, with inula flower extract. Hair is left vibrant and full of vitality with a silky soft feel.

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  9. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
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    Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque

    Perfect for all hair types, particularly thick, curly hair, the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque from Shea Moisture uses natural and organic ingredients to deeply nourish and lock in moisture to repair damaged hair.

    Working wonders on chemically-processed and colour-treated hair, it strengthens each individual hair and combats breakage so your locks are left smooth, sleek and healthy.

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  10. Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence
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    Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence

    Truly luxurious and the most decadent treat for very dry and damaged hair, Leonor Greyl Masque Quintessence is infused with conditioning cupuacu and manketti oils to completely transform your tresses.

    Reversing damaged caused by in-salon treatments and heating styling, the rich formula uses time-release technology to keep your hair sleek and shiny as vital moisture and nutrients are released throughout the day. Free from silicones and parabens, it leaves your hair silky, glossy and so healthy.

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  11. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
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    Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

    The iconic Philip Kinglsey Elasticizer continues to be one of the best treatments for damaged hair. Designed to deeply hydrate the hair and replace much needed moisture, the nourishing formula improves the elasticity and suppleness of your hair to prevent further breakage.

    Used before your shampoo, it nourishes the hair from root to tip and leaves your locks smooth, healthy and much more manageable. Use each week to completely transform dry and damaged hair.

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