One Small Change Made My Hair Thicken Crazy-Fast


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Box braids are one of my favorite protective hairstyles. They're low-maintenance, give me tremendous length, and offer a much-needed break from using heat tools on my delicate natural hair. I'd say these stylish plaits are an all-around win, except that after a couple of months of carefree living, my strands are left in serious need of help in the thickness department. That's where hair masks come in to save the day.

These handy pots of nutrient-dense goodness are a catchall for any hair problem you might be experiencing that's causing your tresses to appear more thin than you'd like. My post-braid thinness is mainly perpetuated by the overuse of clarifying shampoo, which I have to use for a few days to get my hair clear of product and scalp debris. Not to mention the weeks of routine hair shedding that's finally free to fall—a process I can only imagine is akin to that of a husky losing his winter coat. Yes, it’s that intense.

So you get it—hair masks are an absolute must for getting my hair back to its thick, lively self after it's been braided, but they can also help thicken up hair that's suffering from dehydration, over-styling and more. Here, you'll find 15 of the best masks out there to help you achieve the thick hair of your dreams. Happy scrolling!


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1. Carol's Daughter Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask

2. DP Hue Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque

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

4. Moraccanoil Restorative Hair Mask


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5. SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque 

6. Kerastase Resistance Masque Extentioniste

7. Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque

8. Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3


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9. Sol de Janeiro Triple Brazilian Butter Hair Repair Treatment

10. Creme of Nature Pure Honey Hair Mask

11. Miss Jessie's Super Sweetback Treatment

12. Virtue Restorative Treatment Mask


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13. Amika Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask

14. Together Beauty Dreamer Overnight Repair Mask

15. Christophe Robin Shade Variation Mask

Associate Beauty Editor

Courtney Higgs is a Cancer sun, Libra rising beauty enthusiast with about six years of experience in the editorial space. She was previously Who What Wear's associate beauty editor after spending many years working on the West Coast edit team at InStyle Magazine. She graduated from California State University, Northridge, with a BA in communication studies and pivoted to editorial after spending her college years working in the legal field. Her beauty philosophy is simple: She believes there are no wrong answers and that discovering our favorite beauty products and rituals is a journey, not a sprint. When she's not geeking out over products, she can be found adventuring around L.A. with her fiancé; watching reality TV with their French bulldog, Bernie Mac; or relating way too hard to astrology memes.