Editors' Picks: The Best Hair Masks for Dry, Ravaged Strands
It’s that time of year—snowflakes (real or faux) start appearing, red cups abound, and “gifting” becomes a verb. Oh, and your hair starts getting really dry and brittle. Yes, the winter season brings holiday cheer aplenty, but it also brings colder temps and blustering winds—which are great for the collection of knit scarves you’ve accumulated over the year, but not so great for your hair. How to fix dry hair, you ask? We’re here to help—in the form of sharing our favorite hydrating and repairing hair masks, ever. From all-natural soothers that smell of Palo Santo to a cheapie drugstore favorite beauty editors love, you’ll find something for your in-need-of-repair strands here. Here’s to shiny, hair-commercial locks!
Keep scrolling to see how to fix dry hair, aka our editors’ favorite hair masks.
David Mallett Mask No. 1: L’Hydration ($75)
The idea behind French hair guru David Mallet’s cult-favorite hair mask is as simple as the chic black-and-white packaging: to hydrate your strands like a tall glass of water. Made with keravis, a powerful protein complex, the unscented formula penetrates deep into your strands to restore shine, body, and bounce. We can’t get enough.
Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque ($65)
White tea, baobab oil, and jasmine extracts help make this creamy hair mask a Byrdie editor favorite—oh, and Oribe’s obsess-worthy signature scent doesn’t hurt, either. Slather it on your strands, and let the plant collagen, biotin, and niacinamide absorb. Then, rinse out for super-soft, heavenly-smelling hair.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($6)
Designed for extra-dry, over-processed, and color-treated hair, this orange tub is a beauty editor favorite—and rings in at less than $10. Olive and sweet almond oil are just two of the ingredients that make this wallet-friendly mask super hydrating, leaving frizzy hair and dried ends in the dust.
La Tierra Sagrada Treament ($18)
Consider this the medicine your sad, sick, lifeless hair needs—and an all-natural medicine, at that. Coconut oil, vitamin E, Palo Santo (a scent said to have healing properties), and more all make this a hydration powerhouse. Apply the healing mask to dry or towel-dried strands, leave it in for an hour (or sleep with it in overnight), and then rinse out for happy, moisturized hair that smells so good.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($36)
Briogeo’s nourishing formula works for all hair types, but it is especially life-changing for those with curly strands. B vitamins, rosehip, and argan oils replenish damaged, dry hair without silicones, which means you’ll get the hydration without the heaviness.
Long by Valery Joseph Nourish Mask for Dry Hair ($50)
Long hair comes with its own set of problems—namely, split ends and frayed strands aplenty. Hairstylist Valery Joseph’s line was created specifically with longer manes in mind, and the hair mask is formulated with Smart Keratin, artichoke leaf extract, and rice protein to repair over time, as well as instantly smooth.
What’s your favorite hair mask? Tell us below—and tag a friend who’s been searching for the perfect hair mask!