When it comes to masking, why should our face get to have all the fun? Our hair is just as susceptible to damage, dryness and general dullness at the turn of seasons, meaning a weekly (or bi-weekly) mask can work wonders to replenish lost moisture and add back shine. Below, we’ve rounded up our pick of the best hydrating and strengthening hair treatments to try this winter, all hair types and budgets included.
Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, $56. SHOP NOW
This is more of a protein-rich mask, so try it if your hair feels weak or broken. Whilst some protein treatments can leave the hair feeling a little stringy, this one also contains a bunch of lush oils (jojoba and medowfoam seed) to add shine and that hair-flipping silky finish. Free from sulphates and parabens, it’s safe for sensitive scalps and coloured hair. Use it weekly.
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector Treatment, $50. SHOP NOW
The at-home version of the famed in-salon treatment truly is a miracle for damaged, broken, processed hair. It repairs bonds – that is damage caused when hair is subjected to hard styling/colouring, meaning hair will not only look better for a day but over time – the more you use it, the stronger the hair. Try applying it before a walk or workout, letting it do its thing before you wash and dry.
R + Co Television Perfect Hair MAsque, $59. SHOP NOW
Buttery and thick, this is the perfect mask to use when you want television commercial hair, fast. It’s a moisturising mask (hello, coconut oil, murumuru utter, olive oil) so will leave the hair soft, shiny and frizz free. As is the case with all R + Co products, it also smells like expensive perfume. All hair types will benefit, too. Apply before a big event – it will make your DIY blow dry a hell of a lot better.
A’Kin Miracle Shine Conditioning Hair Mask, $22. SHOP NOW
This clean supermarket hero used to come in a single-use sachet only, but in a bid to give the people what they want, it’s now available in the 200ml tub so you can mask to your hearts content. It’s super rich (full of avocado and jojoba oils) so works a treat for curly, dry, frizzy hair in desperate need of a little moisture. Also, it’s Australian made, cruelty-free and contains no silicones.
Vernon Francois OVERNIGHT~REPAIR Treatment Oils, $53. SHOP NOW
This hair treatment is more or less and overnight oil that will add moisture back into frazzled, wirey hair. It’s especially fantastic for curly or coiled hair, but works on all hair types thanks to its light, dry-oil texture. Mist the vial onto damp hair in the evening, adding a silk scarf or bonnet if you have one. The jojoba/sweet almond/argan mix is light enough so that there’s no need to rinse the next morning.
Davroe Luxe Leave In MAsque, $23. SHOP NOW
This leave-in treatment is the perfect way to mask in a hurry because it melts in and leaves a glassy shine, making for a great slick bun or pony tail. It’s ace for maintaining the hair’s integrity during summer, but works just as well in winter to prevent frizz and static. Also, it’s a perfect styling option for air-dried curls.