6 hair masks that instantly smooth dry, dehydrated hair—and the correct way to use them

If the summer heat is acting upon your hair and making it rough and dry, turn to hair masks for a booster dose of hydration. It’s a slight tweak in your routine but will be a game-changer in overall hair health. So, what’s the big fuss about the hair masks? It’s care made convenient.

Conditioner vs mask

“The conditioner usually works on the exterior layer of the hair and is usually light in texture. Masks penetrate deep into your hair and heal the damage from within, resulting in strong, nourished hair,” says Maleeha Jafferbhoy, Style Director, Jean Claude Biguine, Spa and salon. They are formulated with hydrating oils, butter and other nourishing ingredients, which give a booster shot of moisture to your hair. “If your hair is dehydrated and rough post a beach vacation or prolonged sun exposure, hair masks could be the game changer in your hair care routine.

How to use a hair mask?

Shampoo your hair. Towel dry the hair to take out excess water. Apply the mask from mid-lengths to ends. For salon-like results, detangle your hair using a detangler like a wet brush, recommends Jafferbhoy. Leave it on for 10-20 mins depending on how dry your hair is. Rinse out with cold water instead of lukewarm water as this helps to seal the cuticles.

When not to use a hair mask?

Not all things good are suitable for everyone. Masks are heavy in texture and can weigh down the hair if it’s extremely fine or scanty.

Ahead, read through our edit of hair masks to hydrate dull, dry summer-stressed hair.

K18 Leave-in Molecular Repair Hair Mask

6 hair masks that instantly smooth dry dehydrated hair—and the correct way to use them

This leave-in treatment mask comes with breakthrough patented peptide technology. It is clinically proven to reverse damage within as less as four minutes. Switch your regular conditioner with K 18, especially if you struggle with dry ends and dullness. The ease of application and the fuss-free nature of the product gives it a new-age cult status.

Kerastase Masque Hydra Apaisant

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It’s a silicone-free mask that hydrates and soothes. Whether it’s itchiness, oily roots or inflamed scalp conditions, this luxurious creamy mask with a combination of vitamin E and moringa promotes shine and helps in detangling the hair while primarily hydrating the hair.

L’Oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Smooth Steam Mask

When you want salon-like shine without stepping out of the comfort of your home, keep this single-use steam mask handy in your bathroom cabinet. It comes in two sections; one has the mask, and the other has a self-heating cap. The idea is to apply the mask and to make it penetrate better into the scalp, apply the cap, which starts to get warm upon touch with wet hair.

Kama Ayurveda Bringadi Intensive Repair Post Wash Hair Mask

A blend of bhringraj, amla, indigo leaf extracts, coconut milk, and liquorice in this hair mask helps repair broken bonds in an ayurvedic way. Besides providing intense hydration to dry scalp and hair, this formulation rich in fatty lauric acid also helps to detangle ends and reduce frizz.

The Tribe Concepts’ Root Strengthening and Conditioning Hair Mask

This powder mask might be just a little more tedious to use than the others as it requires to be mixed with either curd or water. However, this mask is worth the effort if you want to green your beauty routine with a 100 percent herb-based natural product, free of all preservatives and synthetic chemicals. The hibiscus in this also is known for preventing premature greys.

Nashi Argan Deep Infusion Restorative Hydrating Mask

Crafted especially for frizzy and thick hair, Nashi Argan Deep Infusion Restorative Hydrating Mask will deeply hydrate your hair without weighing it down. Use it once a week instead of your conditioner and observe results from improved texture, elasticity, and ease of styling.

This article first appeared in Vogue


  • Aparrna Gupta

    Transitioning from crafting stories for The Asian Age and Bombay Times to setting beauty trends in Verve, Aparrna Gupta’s journey has always revolved around resonant storytelling. Her prowess in content creation is unparalleled, with articles featured in renowned publications like Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, L’Officiel India, Lifestyle Asia, Elle, and Femina. She also excels in content ideation, trend identification, mood board creation, and product styling. Her expertise has proven invaluable to homegrown brands, enabling them to authentically connect with their audience.

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