10 Hair Masks You Need That Go Beyond Hydration

by Miki Hayes
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I'm a big believer in the power of a good hair mask, and often use them in lieu of a traditional conditioner. But as amazing as a deep conditioner can be for your locks, there are plenty of other hair masks that do more than simply moisturize, and they don't get enough credit. Just like there are facial masks that help exfoliate, detoxify, and soothe your skin, so too are there hair masks that will help balance your scalp and strands.

That's why if you feel like you constantly have product buildup, oily roots, or a flaky scalp, adding a new hair mask to the mix could help. Not that you have to trade out your moisturizing masks or anything though— multi-masking your hair is totally a thing and works amazingly to keep your strands satisfied from root to tip. And hey, it's only fair to treat your hair how you treat your skin, right? So whether your tresses need more shine, strength, volume, or all of the above, introduce one or more of these 10 masks into your hair routine to help. You may be surprised just how much healthier and more manageable your locks become.

1. Scalp Clarifying

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L'Oreal Hair Expert Paris Extraordinary Clay Mask Pre-Shampoo Treatment, $6, Target

If your roots too often feel greasy, try a pre-shampoo mask that will absorb oils and impurities at the scalp so your hair will actually feel clean when you wash it.

2. Color Maintaining

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Matrix Biolage ColorLast Mask, $14, Amazon

Help your color-treated hair better maintain its depth, tone, and shine with a mask made specifically for managing dyed locks.

3. Scalp Exfoliating

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Keranique Micro-Exfoliating Follicle Revitalizing Mask, $45, Amazon

Not only will this exfoliating mask remove flakes from the scalp, but it will also help thicken the hair shaft and even repair split ends.

4. Color Enhancing

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Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care, $52, Amazon

This nourishing mask neutralizes the effects of dye oxidation and delivers a boost of the color of your choice.

5. Scalp Balancing

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Revitalash Cosmetics ReGenesis Detox Hair & Scalp Masque, $42, Amazon

Promote thicker locks with this mask that detoxifies the scalp to create an environment for hair to thrive.

6. Hair Repairing

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Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Rx Fill & Fix Treatment Masque, $42,

Strand-building proteins will help restructure and smooth damaged hair for healthy-looking locks.

7. Scalp Soothing

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Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Dream Come True Wonderful Scalp Exfoliator, $32, Sephora

Soothe a dry scalp with this exfoliating mask that revitalizes while it removes buildup.

8. Hair Strengthening

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SHOW BEAUTY Sublime Repair Treatment Mask, $55, Sephora

Damaged locks will be no more with this protein-enriched mask that restores strands and adds tensile strength.

9. Scalp Stimulating

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Grow Gorgeous Back Into The Roots 10-Minute Stimulating Scalp Masque, $25, Amazon

In need of a little extra volume? This mask stimulates the scalp and lifts the roots to give your hair more body.

10. Hair Restoring

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Phyto Phytoplage After Sun Recovery Mask, $26, Amazon

Reverse the damage of a day spent at the pool or beach with this mask that corrects dehydration and the effects of the sun, wind, salt water, and chlorine.

Because your hair needs treatments that do more than just moisturize.

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