Masks For Dry, Damaged Hair

Straightening, perming, and colouring can wreak havoc to your hair. Topped off with the year-round humidity and daily blow-drying, it’s no wonder our tresses are screaming for dear life, desperately in need of a hair mask to revive them.

In pursuit of glossy hair worthy of a Pantene commercial, we rounded up the most nourishing mask formulas with the best reviews.

These treatments can be found in Watsons, Guardian, and Sephora too, so you can conveniently pick one of these up in case of a hair emergency.

Mask treatments

How to use: Apply to the lengths of your hair, avoiding the roots. Rinse off after 10 to 15 minutes.
How often: Once or twice a week

Tsubaki Damage Care Treatment 

Made with pearl protein and arginine, Tsubaki’s hair treatment restores both hair and scalp that has been damaged by constant colouring. The formula repairs and detangles without weighing strands down, so you can use this in place of your regular daily conditioner too.

Kose Cosmeport Je L’Aime Relax Soft and Moist Hair Mask 

Our hair gets more frizzy when the water seeps into cracked cuticles of each strand. This treatment mask seals torn cuticles and coats the hair shaft, so you’ll have silky straight tresses. It contains heat protectants to care for heat damage caused by curlers and irons too.

John Frieda Frizz-Ease Miraculous Recovery Intensive Masque 

If your hair needs extra TLC, treat it to John Frieda’s reparative mask. Designed to protect against breakage, it contains avocado oil to fortify dry, damaged hair.

Rinses off clean without leaving a greasy residue behind. That way, it doesn’t weigh the hair down, so it works best for those with thick hair.

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L’Oreal Paris Hair Expertise Ever Creme Renourishing Butter Mask Gardenia (S$19.90)

This buttery mask from L’Oreal Paris coats every strand in gardenia and coconut oils to soften and strengthen hair. According to reviewers, the rich formula leaves hair feeling silkier without weighing it down with a sticky residue.

Amino Mason Butter Milk Mask Pack

Free from sulfates, mineral oil, and synthetic dyes, this rose-scented mask is full of ceramides and collagen to strengthen and nourish each strand. It uses 18 types of amino acids from avocado, manuka honey, and shea butter to lock in moisture, even after you’ve rinsed it off.

Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector

The Olaplex No.3 is often viewed as a conditioning treatment, but it actually rebuilds broken strands. A patented active ingredient in the formula repairs disulfide bonds to strengthen and smooth the hair, so it’s especially helpful for those who colour or heat-style regularly.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair!™ Deep Conditioning Mask

Loaded with B-vitamins, argan oil, collagen, and algae extract, this mask replenishes and restores damaged hair to a glossy, healthy state. The vegan formula promises a reduction in hair breakage by up to 75% after 3 uses, sans silicones, sulfates, and parabens.

Nourishing Hair Masks

Our hair goes through a lot daily. Harsh styling tools, UV rays, and colour jobs can make our hair frizz up and break off, which is why we need a few nourishing masks in our rotation to strengthen and smooth them out.

This article was first published on 15 November 2018 and last updated on 7 July 2024. 

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