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21 Best Hair Masks for Damaged Hair in 2023 for Instant Strand Maintenance

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It’s downright annoying how easy it is to damage your own hair. Color-treating hair or heat-styling alone can eventually lead to strands that are dry, dull, and very prone to breakage. Take it from an editor who’s dyed her hair every single color of the rainbow — the longer you wait to treat hair damage like that, the harder it gets to repair and style without cutting it all off.

Thankfully, there are plenty of miracle-working hair masks out there with nourishing ingredients that’ll prevent you from needing to bust out the scissors. Whether you’ve just got a few split-ends from straightening your hair every few days or need a complete overhaul from years of color treatments, there’s a hair mask to help you treat the consequent damage.

These are Allure editors’ favorite picks, which cover every hair type, price point, and every level of damage possible. See the best masks for damaged hair from brands like Pantene, Briogeo, Redken, and more below that are available at Ulta Beauty, Sephora, and there are even some picks you can snag on Amazon. What are you waiting for? The best treatment masks for healthy hair are just few scrolls away.

Our Top Picks

  1. Best Overall: Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
  2. Four-Minute Wonder: K18 Leave-In Molecular Repair Hair Mask
  3. Expert-Endorsed: Amika The Kure Intense Bond Hair Repair Mask
  4. The Frizz Solution: Naturelab. Tokyo Repair Treatment Masque
  5. Brittle-Be-Gone: Verb Hydrating Mask
  6. Drugstore Favorite: SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Masque
  7. For the Finest Hair Types: Sachajuan Hair Repair

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  • JVN Nurture Deep Moisture Mask

    Allure associate editor Annie Blay says the JVN Nurture Deep Moisture Mask is a must-have in her routine for its curl-reviving properties, which are thanks to dryness-reducing ingredients like squalane and rice protein. “I love how this mask brings my curls back to life after weeks in a protective style,” she says. “It’s heavy enough to coat my thick curls but doesn’t leave any residue. Not to mention it smells amazing.”

  • L’Oréal Professionel Metal Detox Mask

    When Talia Gutierrez, Allure’s associate manager of special projects, wants a buildup-removing cleanse for her thick hair that won’t compromise its softness and shine, she slathers on L’Oréal Professionel’s Metal Detox Mask. “After a quick wash and rinse with the line’s shampoo and conditioner, I’ll rake this rich and creamy mask throughout my wet strands of hair, which boosts hydration for revitalized, soft-to-the-touch hair,” she says.

  • Dae Monsoon Moisture Mask

    Moisturizing masks can sometimes weigh down fine hair or make it look greasy, but Allure associate features director Dianna Mazzone says the Dae Monsoon Moisture Mask provides all the elasticity-boosting and softening powers she desires in her hair products without feeling too rich on her thinner strands. “One too many hydrating masks have left my ultra-fine hair totally limp and deflated, but this nourishing mask is in a league of its own: with prickly pear seed oil and cactus flower extract, it revives my parched ends without weighing down my delicate strands,” she says.

  • Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Masque

    Since Allure news editor Nicola Dall’Asen’s hair has been through bleach and “more color processing than an inkjet printer this year,” she relies on the Oribe Hair Alchemy Strengthening Masque to keep dry hair at bay. “This mask from Oribe always leaves my hair feeling softer and healthier than it was before I used it, and I can’t put it down,” she says. This formula improves the feel of your hair texture with its nutrient-rich formula that contains moisturizing shea butter, castor seed oil, and fatty acid-rich chia seed extract.

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