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
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
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
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
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
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
Alterna Haircare Caviar Repair Rx Fill & Fix Treatment Masque, $42, sephora.com
Strand-building proteins will help restructure and smooth damaged hair for healthy-looking locks.
7. Scalp Soothing
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
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
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
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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