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18 Hair Masks That Can Save Your Strands From That Damaged, Unhealthy Look

Because SOS.

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If you're a fan of all things skincare, I'd assume you're already a proud member of the face masker club. But if you haven't yet found a hair mask to incorporate into your routine on a regular basis, you should find one ASAP.

Meet Our Experts: Paul Cucinello, celebrity stylist and owner of Cucinello Studio in New York City, Sadah Saltzman, hairstylist at Salon AKS in New York City

Hair masks are super-concentrated deep-conditioning treatments designed to target and correct a specific problem, says hairstylist Paul Cucinello. They deliver key active ingredients deep into the hair and/or scalp in a set amount of time. Hair masks are heavier than regular conditioners and give the hair a little something extra, adds NYC-based hairstylist, Sadah Saltzman. Using one will make your hair feel stronger and appear healthier.

On the hunt for the perfect one to add to your routine? Check out the best mask for your hair’s needs.

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1
Best Overall
No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
dermstore.com
2
Best Quick Treatment
Restore Repair Mask
amazon.com
3
Best Budget Buy
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque
target.com
4
Best for Fine Hair
OUAI
Fine To Medium Hair Treatment Masque
ulta.com
5
Best For Dry Hair
Intense Hydrating Mask
nordstrom.com
6
Best For Curly Hair
DevaCurl
Heaven in Hair Moisturizing Deep Conditioner
devacurl.com
7
Best For Anti-Aging
Phytodensia Fluid Plumping Mask
dermstore.com
8
Best for Deep Conditioning
Don't Despair Repair Deep Conditioning Mask
dermstore.com
9
Best for Shine
Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque
amazon.com
10
Best for Everyday Use
Miracle Hair Mask
target.com
11
Best for Blondes
Color Extend Blondage Express Anti-Brass Hair Mask
amazon.com
12
Best for Brunettes
Total Results Brass Off Custom Neutralization Hair Mask
ulta.com
13
Best for Textured Hair
Karinga Ultimate Hydrating Mask
walmart.com
14
Best for Fine Hair
Verb
Ghost Hair Mask
Verb
15
Best for Coarse Hair
Mask with Abyssinia Oil
walmart.com
16
Best for Frizz
Discipline Maskeratine Mask
amazon.com
17
Best for Dandruff
Lush
Superbalm
Lush
18
Best Overnight Mask
IGK
Antisocial Overnight Bond-Building Dry Hair Mask
IGK
Frequently Asked Questions

What's the best way to apply a hair mask?

Masks are best applied to clean, damp hair, says Cucinello. He recommends using a tool to help ensure even application and saturation, like a wide toothed comb (try the Diane Extra Wide Tooth Shampoo Comb) for weak, curly, or damaged hair. A specialty brush (like The Feel Good Brush by Spornette) is good for medium, thick, coarse, or long hair.

How long should I keep the mask on my hair?

Before you apply a hair mask, make sure you have enough time to allow it to penetrate your strands properly. Follow the brand’s instructions as far as timing goes, keeping in mind that sometimes you actually can overdo it, says Cucinello.

Saltzman suggests applying a mask and putting hair into a braid or bun while working out, which lets the mask penetrate deeply while also keeping the hair off of your face (and multitasking!).

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