Summer has come to an end (le sigh), and while we're left with memories of rooftop cocktails, beach days, and picnics, we're also left with slightly more damaged hair than when the season began. The sun, chlorine, and the general reckless abandon we're overtaken with during the summer months wreak havoc on our hair. For that reason, we decided to try out the best hair masks on the market. Each Byrdie editor chose one to try and then recorded each and every subsequent thought below. Keep reading for all the hair health–related information and you'll be able to choose the one that suits you best.
The Product: Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil With Lavender ($47)
The Editor: Victoria Hoff, news editor
The Review: "I'm obsessed with Christophe Robin's lavender hair treatment. My hair is so thick that I can even use it as a daily moisturizer without looking greasy—my strands just drink it up, and it never leaves any gross residue. But what I usually do is wait until I'm due to the wash my hair, and then I'll slather it on and slick it back into a ponytail or topknot for the day before shampooing that night. That way my hair gets treated for several hours, and it just looks like I'm rocking a cool wet look."
The Product: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask ($6)
The Editor: Deven Hopp, beauty director
The Review: "I'm not hair mask girl. Well, I'm just not a hair girl. I rarely take extra steps (aka hair masking), but this product has been a staple of my shower for years—probably close to a decade, in fact. Whenever my lax hair-care regimen is starting to take a toll on my ends, I use this mask. It smells wonderful, it's budget-friendly, and most importantly, it's easy. You don't have to leave it in for 20 minutes (or overnight—do people really do that?). I can wash my hair, apply the mask, shave my legs, rinse, and go.
After masking, my hair is silky soft—like, can't-stop-touching-it soft—and so shiny."
The Product: Gloss Moderne High-Gloss Mask ($65)
The Editor: Lindsey Metrus, managing editor
The Review: "Everything about this mask screams luxe. It's primarily coconut oil, so while it's a rather expensive coconut oil hair treatment, it's accompanied by exotic floral and fruit extracts to not only hydrate dry, damaged strands, but also to make them smell like a dream. What I love most about it is it isn't heavy—you could totally use it every day as a deep conditioner without feeling weighed down or greasy. And it can also be used on virtually any hair type, from pin straight to kinky and coiled.
Keep it nearby, though—your friends and roommates will be tempted to steal it."
The Product: Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Treatment for Ultra-Damaged Hair ($68)
The Editor: Amanda Montell, associate features editor
The Review: "This mask was recommend to me by my colorist, Matt Rez, who is responsible for keeping my once brassy blond hair light, bright, and blended. I laugh/cringe every time I talk about this product because the name is so melodramatic. But the results are legit. What makes the formula special is that it works to bind the hair cuticle and cortex, making your locks not only soft and shiny, but physically stronger as well. For colored hair, I consider this an absolute essential."
The Product: Joico K-Pak Color Therapy Luster Lock ($20)
The Editor: Faith Xue, editorial director
The Review: "I had the pleasure of trying out Luster Lock with Denis De Souza at Mare Salon when it first launched, and I have subsequently not let it out of my sight. It makes my dry, brittle, color-treated hair silky smooth and super soft after just one use, and it also happens to smell slightly like suntan lotion tinged with marshmallows. Yes, it's made with silicones, but the ingredient list also contains hair-strengthening peptides that absorb instantly and turn straw-like hair into silk. Use it once a week—or whenever your hair is looking sad—and you'll be hooked."
The Product: Daniel Galvin Jr. Organic Head Detox Hair Masque ($9)
The Editor: Hallie Gould, senior editor
The Review: "I had the pleasure of meeting the brain behind the product line, celebrity (and royal!) hairstylist Daniel Galvin, and he explained just how great this particular mask is for overprocessed, overworked hair. The ultimate deep treatment, this hair mask smooths, softens, and adds an unbelievable shine—and my hair never shines. My usual complaint is masks often leave my hair too soft and flat—I like big curls and big volume. Not the case with this one. The formula cleanses the scalp to remove product buildup and incorporates volumizing agents to keep my hair from falling limp.
The best part? It's completely organic, with a cocktail of coconut and argan oils, vitamins C and E, and color-protecting amino acids. I wrap my head in a heated turban (to allow the product to better seep into the hair follicle), turn on Netflix, and unwrap really, really great hair."
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