There are many reasons one may find themselves in the ‘dry and damaged’ hair camp.
And whether you decided to go from brunette to blonde in one swift douse of bleach or have been hitting it hard with the heat styling, just know that you can come back from this. It just might not be easy.
The first step to finding hydration and smooth ends again? Adding a seriously powerful and nourishing hair mask to your weekly ritual.
And we mean weekly. Because while some of the masking options found below can provide impressive results after one use, it’s consistency that counts.
The best hair masks for dry and damaged hair
Wella Professionals Fusion Intense Repair Mask
We say: If your hair is fine as well as damaged and dry, the Wella Professionals Fusion Intense Repair Mask could be the one. It’ll supply the intense nourishment your mane needs without weighing it down.
You say: “I’ve been using this mask as my conditioner for the past few weeks along with the wella fusion intense repair shampoo and my hair has never felt better. I can visibly notice the difference in my hair, it’s less frizzy, a lot shinier without weighing my hair down and smells incredible” – taylormcgrath
$25.50 at Oz Hair & Beauty
TONI&GUY StrengthPlex Bond Repair Mask
We say: A salon-like treatment at a supermarket price? Sign. Us. Up. The TONI&GUY StrengthPlex Bond Repair Mask features Plex technology to reconstruct broken bonds in the hair fibre. It’s affordable damage control in a tub.
You say: “Instantly my hair was smoother and so much softer. After using once a week for a month there is a visible difference. [My hair] is smoother and frizz-free even without leave-in products. My curls are more defined and my hair has a beautiful shine to it. I can’t wait to try the shampoo and conditioner.” – 2663anne
$19 at Woolworths
muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Mask
We say: This reasonably priced gem has been a favourite of our members for years. And while the muk Spa Argan Oil Repair Mask may harness the power of one of the world’s most moisturising oils, it doesn’t leave dry hair oily in the slightest, simply soft and manageable.
You say: “The mask is thick, creamy, and smells so nice. It is such a treat to apply to my hair, and the shower smells like an exxy salon, so it’s a win-win. A little goes a long way and it does not leave my hair feeling oily as some hydration masks do. I use it once a week, and I notice that my hair is much softer and hydrated than it was previously. I would definitely recommend this mask for anyone with dry and brittle hair.” – shanny_
$25.95 at hairhouse.com.au
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Strengthening Treatment Mask
We say: With a winning formula that features liquid keratin and pearl extract, the Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Strengthening Treatment Mask is one repairing and shine-restoring powerhouse.
You say: “I have very dry, damaged hair from straightening. Sexy (not). This is my favourite hair mask, I have tried a few.This was also the cheapest.It lasts a few weeks if you use it just once or twice a week.I get best results by leaving it in overnight,apply about half a hand full onto damp hair and cover hair with a hair cap.” – Honey_Bunches
$10.99 at Priceline
OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrate Mask
We say: Rich and buttery, the OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Repair Argan Oil of Morocco Hydrate Mask doesn’t play around when it comes to giving hair a moisture boost. Apply it to the ends only if that’s where your damage resides. Or, if your mane is dry and coarse all over, go for it.
You say: “I have used this on myself on colour damaged hair and my daughters who swim weekly and have dry hair from the chlorine and it has worked really well. It has hydrated our hair which was damaged from different factors and it has replenished the softness giving it a nice silk feeling rather than feeling dry and slightly brittle when touched.” –ThisIsMe
$22 at Woolworths
Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine
We say: If you’ve just about given up on your dry and damaged hair, try kicking it up a notch with this professional haircare buy. We promise it’s worth the price tag, plus the Kérastase Discipline Maskeratine formula is so concentrated, you can make it last by using sparingly.
You say: “My hair has been dry and damaged for at least the past 10 years it is also thick and frizzy and needs some TLC. After using the mask along with the shampoo and conditioner 1-2 times per week, I have found my frizzy hair is much more under control. It’s more smooth, manageable and looks so much healthier. I would highly recommend this hair mask to use 1-2 times a week to maintain a smoother, softer and more manageable hair.” – Saffy86
$62 at Adore Beauty
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthening and Restore Masque
We say: Thick and luscious, the SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthening and Restore Masque may be beloved by curly hair types, but it also works a treat on any kind of dry and damaged hair. Our advice? Take your time and allow it to get to work for the full 30 minutes – your hair deserves it.
You say: “My hair has never felt has smooth or looked as shiny as it does when using the product. My hair has been damaged from having had a lot of hair colours in my hair. It was looking very dull and lifeless. But it’s never looked better as it does now that I have been using the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Mask.” – Jodylouise4
$27.99 at Priceline
Have you ever had dry and damaged hair? What’s your all-time favourite hair mask?