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Dry, damaged hair is always a real bummer—no matter if the culprit is frigid winter temperatures or chlorine damage from too many trips to the pool during the summer. Suffice to say, we're always in desperate need of some serious hair therapy and have been on the hunt for the best drugstore hair masks. Yes, the affordable (albeit potent) formulations to help revive our tuckered tresses with hearty deep-conditioning benefits rivaling our favorite (and much more costly) in-house salon treatments.
And luckily, our search hasn't been for naught. After all, our local drugstore shelves are fast and furiously filling with hair masks specifically designed to repair and quench overworked, over-processed, and over-dry strands. And equipped with such helpful ingredients like natural oils and strengthening proteins, we've picked the drugstore hair masks that we're especially fond of.
Keep scrolling for the best drugstore hair masks money can buy.
Best Overall: Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
While Aussie's beloved deep-conditioning mask really does penetrate your hair in just three minutes, you can also use it as a leave-in treatment for up to 30 since it's expertly blended to transform even the most dehydrated strands into spun, silky triumph. Plus, this best-of drugstore mask has that iconic Aussie scent we've loved since our junior high days… Just sayin'.
Best Value: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
This sizable tub of Neutrogena's Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask is full of natural extracts like olive and sweet almond to soothe your over-processed strands. Just keep in mind this drugstore hair mask's potency. A little will go a long way, and the brand recommends to use it just once per week.
Best Vegan: L'Oréal EverPure Repair Remedy Mask
L'Oréal's EverPure line is free of sulfates (which break down proteins and weaken your hair). Instead, the line's Repair Remedy Mask uses a 100% vegan formula to lock in your color for up to 32 washes and it's specifically formulated to fortify strands to be three times stronger. In other words, this drugstore hair mask is one of the best and exactly what the doctor ordered post-summer.
Best for Color-Treated Hair: Redken Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask
If you have color-treated hair, this mask is a must. It has zinc gluconate, which helps your color last longer and strengthens the hair fiber to strategically infuse limp, thirsty strands with charged amino-ions to extend the life of your color job. And if we're being honest, the pretty pink tube also happens to be an aesthetically pleasing addition to our shower routine.
Best Scent: Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Pick Me Up Lite Masque
If the smell alone doesn't convince you to buy this mask, its ultra-hydrating power certainly will. Fortified with coconut and cactus waters, plus blue agave, this mask is truly an invigorating sensory experience. However, it's also incredibly lightweight so that even those with super-fine strands can reap all of the nourishing hair perks.
Best Hydrating: Tigi Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Treatment Mask
Undo overworked and fried strands with this rich and creamy drugstore treatment mask. Formulated with such over-achieving ingredients like lactic acid, glycerin, and two special technologies—Tigi's Core Repair and Amino-Shield—hair will look and feel so much softer. Parched locks will definitely thank you.
Best for Shine: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque
A previous salon favorite you can now score at the drugstore, Macadamia's Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque is enriched with the brand's signature blend of oils, which rebuild weak hair by providing deep moisture. Macadamia, argan, tea tree, and chamomile oils (plus aloe and algae extracts) create unparalleled shine, and the scent is like a slice of heaven in your shower each morning.