10 ultra-hydrating hair masks for repairing summer damage


All that ‘fun in the sun’ during the summer months may mean great things for our social life and general happiness levels, but it can wreak havoc on our hair. 

If the texture of your hair is starting to feel as dry and gritty as the sand you’ve been planted on for the last few months, it’s time to take action before the damage becomes irreversible. 

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So now that you’ve had your fun in the surf and sun, it’s time for some hair R&R. Ahead, you’ll find 10 of the best hair masks (plus some alternatives) that will help repair summer damage for when your conditioner just isn’t cutting it. 

Essano Argan Oil Recovery Hair Mask

Essano Argan Oil Recovery Hair Mask gets deep into the hair cuticle with its blend of oils and vitamins to deeply moisturise, repair and protect hair against any future damage. 

I came across this product after I bleached my hair, dyed and toned it to blonde (keep in mind that I am naturally black. My hair was dry, brittle, breaking everywhere and overall just very very weak and unhealthy. After using several other products from the organ range I decided to give this a go. I have used many hair masks before but I have to say this has to be one of the best, my hair felt amazing, it obviously couldn’t undo the breakage or the split ends but it definitely left it looking more hydrated and stronger so I would be less prone to breakage and split ends.” – bh member joannachiem.

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Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Masque is an all-natural, intensive treatment formulated with macadamia nut oil, Buriti oil, pomegranate, jojoba and sunflower oils to rescue dry and brittle hair. 

“The mask is a yellowish thick cream that is very easy to apply to your hair after shampooing. I leave it on my hair for the full five minutes. My hair can become dry but after using this treatment a few times it has left my hair feeling soft and luxurious. The treatment appears to deeply moisturise my hair and gives it the appearance of well conditioned hair. I really like this product and will buy it again.” – bh member Green_jaguar.

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Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask has been formulated with liquid keratin to help rehydrate damaged hair, while also repairing gaps in the hair cuticle. 

A thick, luxurious and fast acting hair mask that smooths hair, leaving it deeply hydrated and manageable. My hair was less frizzy and healthy in appearance after using this product twice a week and leaving it on for up to 5 minutes at a time. My hair still retained volume after using this hair mask and there was no greasy residue. At a full cost of less than $9, this mask represents amazing value and provides great results.” – bh member blackkittykat.

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De Lorenzo Equilibrium masque

De Lorenzo Equilibrium masque is a deep conditioning treatment enriched with organic rosehip oil, vitamins A and C and oat peptides to repair hair and give it back its shine. 

This is probably one of the hair treatments that I have used consistently for over 10 years. I love that it isn’t too expensive to buy a big tub and that I can see real results after each time I use it. I have bleached hair, it’s super parched and dry and damage just comes with the colour. I shampoo my hair and towel dry it. I apply the mask, pop my hair into a bun and leave it on for a few hours, to really give my hair a good drink. It smells beautiful and it spreads through my hair so nicely. When I wash it out my hair just feels like silk. Brushing it is so easy and when it air dries my hair just has a nice wave and curl instead of just being a fried frizz ball. I would recommend it to anyone with damaged hair. You will definitely notice the difference.” – bh member Karlie 361.

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Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment

Pureology Hydrate Superfood Treatment has been formulated especially for colour-treated hair. Containing a blend of avocado oil and coconut oil to promote shine and hydration, as well as full spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen to preserve colour and prevent sun damage. 

I really love this treatment! It is a super thick off white hair treatment that you apply after shampoo and conditioner, if you wish, or just used in place of conditioner. I love that it’s nice and thick so I can take a minute or two to really work it through my ends without it running all over the place. The smell is pleasant, but not overpowering like some hair products.” – bh member Lucrecia629

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Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus

Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus is enriched with high levels of ceramide and protein to strengthen the core of the hair fibre, as well as condition very dry hair. 

After years of colouring my hair an array of colours the damage had well and truly been done. I had lots of breakage, split ends and was shedding lots of hair! I just wanted long thick hair again. I eased up on the colouring and started using the Redken Extreme strength builder plus along with shampoo and conditioner. My hair has improved dramatically. It’s growing faster! My hair feels super strong and healthy. I’m finding a lot less hair fall and breakage and it’s a lot less frizzier! Love it!” – bh member Meeegan88

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bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque

bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque has been enriched with bio-active keratin technology to rebuild the internal structure of the hair and restore strength and elasticity to damaged locks. 

I had used this mask when I went overseas and it was incredible for my hair. I was out in the sun almost everyday on this trip as well as spending time in the ocean. The combination of sun plus sea salt made my hair really dry. I used the Bhave deep intense masque at least once a week to keep my strands in tip top shape and it was great. My hair instantly felt so smooth, hydrated and soft. It had detangled my hair which made it easy to run my hands through and even easier to brush. For the rest of the week my hair would look great. It gave my hair shine and it looked very healthy!” – bh member Miss19.

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Blonde muk 1 Minute Blonde Toning Treatment

Blonde muk 1 Minute Blonde Toning Treatment penetrates the hair folicle to improve the strength of the hair, while toning and conditioning. 

I am so in love with this product! A little does go a long way with this product. I have only used it 3 times, but already I can see my brassy balayage has gone so blonde. It also leaves my hair feeling very silky and detangled, much better than my normal conditioner! And another bonus is that it smells divine!” – bh member JadeMarie. 

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Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 60 Sec Treatment

Goldwell Dualsenses Rich Repair 60 Sec Treatment is a quick-working but deeply hydrating conditioner that helps repair dull, dry, stressed and damaged hair. 

“I picked this product up as part of a special that hairdressing salon had going. Amazing product would so recommend trying if you have dry and frazzled hair. My hair is always unruley and frazzled as i dye it regularly and straighten every day. Using this once a week has really brought my hair back to life in a matter of uses. Usually my hair gets used to product quickly, but I am still seeing results. More lush and much more healthier.” – bh member Emma171

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Hair Recipe Honey & Apricot Moisture Mask

Hair Recipe Honey & Apricot Moisture Mask is free from parabens, gluten and mineral oil, and the creamy formula leaves hair smooth and hydrated. 

This product really is ‘food for your hair’. It smells great, comes in an easy to use squeeze tube, and covers your hair in a smooth mask. I was a bit sceptical at first, but now that I have used the product on multiple occasions, I ‘m really noticing the difference. I don’t have as many knots when I comb my hair after washing it, and I’ve even stopped using a conditioner. Great for winter especially because I always end up with dry hair and flyaways.” – bh member Kar148

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What’s your current summer hair condition? Do you have a go-to repair treatment? Main image credit: @kaiagerber

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