There’s nothing better than a good hair mask. After all, what other product can take dry, dull locks and give them salon-worthy shine in just a matter of minutes? But not all masks are created equal, and not all are created for your unique hair issues. The key to finding the right hair mask is knowing the ingredients that will work for your specific issues (and then looking beyond the pretty packaging and marketing jargon). We’re highlighting six different hair problems and the ingredients that will solve them, so you can find the most effective hair mask from our line-up for your strands.
Keep scrolling for the ingredients you should be looking for and our favourite hair masks.
The Solution: Ceramides and Hyaluronic Acid
Ceramides are a go-to ingredient to fight ageing hair; they’re what keep our hair follicles together, so it makes sense to add them to your strands. They help mend and smooth damaged hair, as well as add support to your hair structure.
Everyone knows to look for hyaluronic acid in their anti-ageing skin treatment, as it plumps lines and wrinkles. Similarly, when used on hair, it helps each strands retain moisture, which is perfect for dry, ageing strands.
The Solution: Shea Butter
Dull hair can occur for many reasons—heat styling, colouring, and harsh weather, just to name a few. Boost lacklustre hair with shea butter. This super-moisturising ingredient works to repair brittleness and helps the cuticle lie flat, adding super shine.
The Solution: Bamboo Extract
When you dye your hair, the follicle is responsible for keeping all of that colour trapped. In order to fight shampoo-induced loss of colour, use a mask with bamboo extract—it helps strengthen your hair and allows it to hold onto colour better.
The Solution: Natural Oils
Oils are the best ingredients to use on dry or frizzy hair—they’re able to actually penetrate your hair follicles, while most synthetic ingredients often just coat the hair. When the oil penetrates, it adds deep moisture to the hair shaft. Look for any form of natural oil in your hair masks, as they will add major moisture and shine and smooth flyaways.
The Solution: Antioxidants and Proteins
The antioxidants in fruit that make your skin glow are also the perfect way to soothe and protect damaged hair. Look for fruits in the ingredients list, since they’re often filled with antioxidants that help protect your hair from further damage. Plus, the antioxidants act as a sunscreen for your hair, protecting it from free-radicles and the drying effects of UV rays.
The Solution: Caffeine or Clay
To give limp, lifeless hair a boost, you need to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles and stimulate the scalp. Look to lightweight hair masks that need to be massaged in at the roots and, most importantly, contain caffeine to give fine, flat hair some bounce.
Alternatively, if you find your hair is flat thanks to excess oil, then look to a clay-based mask that will mop up excess oil from the scalp and lengths to leave your hair weightless and full.