The Absolute Best Hair Masks, According to Editors and the Internet

I'll be the first to admit that I was never really good at taking care of my hair. I have a set routine for my skincare, but when it comes to my hair, it's pretty bare bones. Granted, I am pretty low-maintenance with my hair overall. I don't dye my hair, I rarely use hot tools, and most days, I air-dry it. So the extent of my hair maintenance up until now has been shampoo and conditioner. End of story.

Recently though, I've been experimenting with new-to-me products to take care of my hair in between washes or as an extra treat for my hair when it's feeling dry or frizzy. I've also been using scalp treatments to deal with the weird scalp issues I've been getting in quarantine. And I've been testing out new shampoos and conditioners. So I've had quite the hair journey in the past couple of months.

20 Best Hair Masks for Every Type of Hair Concern



One thing that I've been loving is a good hair mask. I can't believe I've never treated my hair to one of these before! The ones I've tried have made my hair feel silky soft and a little bit stronger, which comes in handy, especially right now as I can't get my hair cut as often as I would like in these quarantine times and am battling some gnarly split ends.

The best thing about masks is that there's pretty much one for every type of hair concern. Got dry, damaged hair? Try a deep-conditioning one. Dealing with frizz? There's a mask for that. Want something that will also treat your scalp? You got it.

Ready to buy a new mask? Take a look at some of the best hair masks below, broken down by hair concern or type.

For Damaged Hair

1. Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

This highly rated hair mask is formulated to treat damaged hair and strengthen your strands to prevent future damage. Ingredients like rosehip oil control frizz, while algae extract and B vitamins nourish, strengthen, and improve texture.

2. Christophe Robin Regenerating Hair Mask With Prickly Pear Seed Oil

The prickly pear–seed oil in this mask is packed with antioxidants to smooth and soften dry, damaged hair. You'll also notice added shine after using this product. It's safe to use on color-treated hair, too.

3. Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector 

Beauty editor Erin Jahns uses Olaplex's No. 3 Hair Perfector regularly to keep her strands healthy. "It's been my saving grace ever since I started bleaching my hair, and I swear it's the reason I only lose about three strands when I carefully comb through my fragile blonde strands," she explains. "That said, it's great for every hair texture and every level of damage. It's one of those products every being with hair on their head needs in their arsenal."

4. Redken Extreme Mega Mask

This is another editor-recommended pick that is super nourishing. The product actually has two formulas: a deep-conditioning hair mask and an extender so you can see the effects for up to three washes. Apply to towel-dried hair after shampooing and leave on for three to five minutes.

5. Gloss Moderne Clean Luxury Masque

Give your hair a boost of hydration and shine with this clean mask. It contains papaya extract to moisturize your scalp and prevent any itching. Although it's on the pricier side, Jahns says it's worth it, and you only need a tiny bit for each use. "Although people with non-damaged hair can also benefit from this mask due to its luxe, super-creamy consistency, it's an especially great antidote for damaged hair and might veer a little heavy for those without problem areas," she says.

6. DPHue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque

This mask targets damage while adding moisture and protecting your hair color. Reviewers say it makes their hair so soft, but everyone seems to be divided on the scent. Some say it smells great, while others don't love it. If you're okay with fragrance, this one's definitely worth a try!

7. Ouai Haircare Treatment Mask for Fine and Medium Hair

For seriously dried-out hair with split ends and breakage, Ouai's Treatment Masque can be a big help. The formula contains shea butter, panthenol, and hydrolyzed keratin and protein to hydrate, protect, and add shine. This one is for fine-to-medium hair, but there's also a version for thick hair.

8. R+Co Television Perfect Hair Masque

Say goodbye to dry strands and frizz with this mask. It contains snow mushroom extract to seal in hydration, coconut oil to strengthen and make the hair shiny, and murumuru butter to condition.

9. Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask

You can use this ultra-nourishing mask daily or weekly to strengthen and condition your hair. It works well on every hair type and is just such a luxe treatment. You'll notice your hair is softer, shinier, and healthier after applying.

10. Verb Purple Toning + Hydrating Hair Mask

Verb's mask does double duty: It neutralizes brassy or yellow tones and provides plenty of hydration. Ingredients include açaí extract, provitamin B5, and sunflower-seed extract.

For Curly Hair

1. Pattern Beauty Heavy Conditioner for Coilies

Hairstylist and groomer Timothy Aylward recommends this treatment for 4a to 4c curls: "Pattern prides itself on generous portions of texture-specific formulas that are rich and thick, perfect for hair that loves a little extra weight to keep it together, and promote healthy hair growth."

2. Kérastase Discipline Oleo Relax Anti-Frizz Mask

Celebrity hairstylist Matthew Collins gave us this rec, saying, "Humidity and frizz are the biggest nightmares for kinky hair texture. This hair mask won’t weigh down your hair or remove the curl. It will only hydrate and give max control so your coils hug each other for voluptuous coil glory."

3. L'Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourishing Masque

Collins also recommended this mask for 3a to 3c curls since it helps the hair stay moisturized. It also balances the hair's natural oil levels. The formula contains argan, vitamin E, cotton-seed, and omega-3 oils.

4. Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Ultra Nourishing Mask

Associate beauty editor Courtney Higgs recommends this mask from Carol's Daughter: "This mask makes my hair feel soft and manageable. The almond oil, aloe butter, and shea oil make detangling a lot much easier, so I'm causing less stress fallout, and in turn, my hair looks thicker and healthier."

5. Sisley Paris Regenerating Hair Care Mask

Branded content editor Anneliese Dominguez says this is one of her favorite products for her curly hair. Even though it's pricey, she says it's just that good. "It has plant-based extracts, proteins, vitamins, and minerals that claim to energize the scalp to strengthen damaged hair from the root. My hair immediately felt stronger and shinier after one use," she says.

6. SheaMoisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner

This leave-in conditioner does so much. It smooths, repairs, nourishes, and moisturizes thanks to ingredients like shea butter, peppermint, and apple cider vinegar. Dominguez says she loves wearing this in her hair for a few hours: "Even my most-dehydrated curls are no match for this mask. It took my dull hair to shiny in just one use. Plus, the peppermint adds an extra-cooling bonus."

7. Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque

Oribe's hair mask is specially formulated to deliver deep moisture to curly hair types. It repairs damage and protects the hair from future breakage. It's infused with coconut oil and shea butter to deal with frizz, enhance shine, and soften.

8. DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask

This conditioning treatment is great because it won't weigh your curls down. Ingredients include matcha butter, sweet almond oil, and beetroot extract to leave your strands super moisturized. After washing your hair, leave it on for three minutes, but you can also leave it on for 15-20 with a plastic cap or overnight for even more moisture.

For Scalp Health

1. Omorovicza Revitalizing Scalp Mask 

Use this treatment mask before you shampoo your hair to detoxify your scalp. The menthol and camphor in this product will soothe any irritation or itchiness, and salicylic acid exfoliates any dead skin cells.

2. Kristin Ess Weightless Hydration Daily Scalp + Hair Mask

You don't have to worry about this mask weighing you down—it has a lightweight texture. You'll also love that it does double duty. It rebalances the scalp and strengthens and smooths damaged cuticles.

3. Hask Tea Tree Oil & Rosemary Hair & Scalp Treatment Mask Packette

Use this refreshing and revitalizing mask to hydrate and nourish your scalp and hair. Botanical ingredients like tea tree oil and rosemary work to rebalance, refresh, and soften.

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