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If you have damaged hair—which can be marked by split ends and brittle texture—then you know that caring for it properly is a must. But aside from picking a shampoo and conditioner combo formulated to help fix damaged hair, there’s another product that should be on your radar, and that would be a hair mask for damaged hair. With the help of one of our best hair masks for damaged hair, you can help revive rough, lifeless locks! Here, find our best drugstore masks for dry, damaged hair as well as five hair care tips for your damaged locks.
You might be wondering what a hair mask can offer you if you have damaged hair. Well, a hair mask is essential if you are noticing signs of dryness and a high level of hair damage or if your hair has recently been processed—think colored, permed, or straightened. A can’t miss-step in any damaged hair routine, hair masks should be used weekly to care for all hair types, and even more often for damaged hair. That’s because hair masks offer deeper conditioning than traditional conditioners as well as added benefits, which your damaged hair could surely use.
So, now you know why you should use a hair mask on damaged hair—but which hair mask should you actually use? Hair masks come in a variety of forms, from sheet masks to balms, so try a few until you find what you like best. Below are our best hair masks for damaged hair, so have your pick from the following two options! Bonus: both options also count as our best drugstore hair masks for damaged hair, so there’s no need to break the bank!
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm: When used in conjunction with the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair & Defend Conditioner (one of our best shampoo and conditioner duos for damaged hair), this hair mask helps to restore strength and brilliance to damaged hair. It also offers color care for shinier hair. After shampooing, massage the hair mask onto damp hair from roots to ends. Leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water. Use twice a week or as needed. For added detangling and extra conditioning, use as a pre-shampoo mask.
L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm: When used alongside the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Conditioner, this hair mask helps to deeply condition damaged hair, addressing split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration. After shampooing, apply the hair mask and massage through to ends. Leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse out thoroughly with lukewarm water. For continuous results on damaged hair, use every day in place of conditioner.
Show your damaged hair some TLC by adding these tips to your hair care routine!
When you have damaged strands, it’s important to baby them. After all, you want to stop hair breakage, not contribute to it! That means no aggressive scrubbing when you’re in the shower. Instead, gently massage shampoo and conditioner through your locks.
You know how we told you to be gentle when washing your hair? Well, that same rule applies when it comes to brushing. When you do brush, work your way up from the ends of your hair instead of started at your roots. Get any of the knots at the bottom out before moving up—and if you need to, spritz on a hair detangler after shampooing and conditioning to help make brushing easier once your hair has dried. And don’t even think about brushing wet hair, since that’s when it’s most fragile! Oh, and you know that myth about brushing your strands 100 times a day? Scratch that! According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), brushing your hair 100 strokes a day can actually cause damage and breakage.
Editor’s note: Want more detangling tips? Here’s How to Detangle Knotty Hair.
After you’ve stepped out of the shower, reach for a cotton T-shirt instead of a towel since it can be gentler on fragile, wet strands.
It’s time for a fresh start! Sometimes, you just have to get those damaged ends snipped off. Why not use this as an opportunity to try a trendy haircut, such as a lob?
Frequent use of heat tools can potentially cause damage, according to the AAD, so it might be time to take a break from your blow-dryer, curling wand, and flat iron. That doesn’t mean your hair still can’t look fabulous, though. Embrace your natural texture and air dry your hair instead. Here are three ways to style your hair sans heat.
Option 1: Use mousse. Enhance your hair’s natural shape by applying an egg-sized amount of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle CURVE IT Elastic Curl Mousse to wet hair, evenly distributing it from roots to ends. Flip your hair over and scrunch, then let your curly hair air dry.
Option 2: Spritz on a wave spray. Post-shower, spray a little bit of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray onto damp hair, then braid your hair to make waves. Create one braid for looser waves or multiple braids for tighter waves. Once your hair has dried, undo the braids and tousle your hair for a carefree effect.
Option 3: Apply a hair pomade. Use the L'Oréal Paris Studio Line Overworked Hair Putty to create a messy, textured look. Apply a dime-sized amount to dry hair, scrunch, and add more product as you go. Make the look as messy and carefree as you choose! This style looks particularly flattering on those with lots of layers.
Ready for more damaged hair care tips? Here are 20 Hairstyles for Damaged Hair.