Whether you have a handful of gray hairs or a whole head full of glorious gray, it isn’t just the color of your hair which can change as you get older. You can also find the texture of your hair is coarser and more wiry. That’s why this article is bringing you the best hair mask options for 40+ hair.
Just as a face mask hydrates your skin, a hair mask can give your hair a shot of instant nourishment, giving you smoother, shinier, healthier hair.
There are plenty of ingredients you could mix together at home for hair nourishment. But it you don’t want any mess or fuss, take a look at these highly-recommended ready-made hair masks.
Just rub into your hair, sit back, relax for 20 minutes or so, and rinse. Hey presto! You should have better-looking hair. Don’t forget to tell me in the comments at the bottom if you have a favorite product that I’ve missed.
Best hair mask for scalp and hair
This hair mask from Sisley Paris, which features essential oils to strengthen the hair from the root, has great reviews from women who say it has conditioned even color-damaged hair. A big plus point is it also smells fantastic.
Sisley Paris Regenerating Hair Care Mask
Best multi-tasker treatment for dry hair
Coconut oil has so many health benefits and it’s also great for skin, hair and nails. You can use Kopari’s coconut oil on your hair, as a body moisturizer, as a make-up remover, dry shave oil or to condition your cuticles if you are giving yourself a home manicure.
Kopari Hydrating Hair & Body Coconut Oil Melt
Best leave-in conditioner
Briogeo’s spray-in conditioner is designed to repair the hair shaft rather than simply coat it. Reviewers say it is particularly effective on split ends.
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave In Mask Spray
Best hair mask for thick hair
If you read the reviews for Drybar’s nourishing hair mask, you’ll see it’s a little like Marmite – some people love it, and some people hate it.
It think that’s because this one is best for thicker hair. Those who have fine hair may find this weighs hair down. However, if you do have thick hair, this works brilliantly, and a little goes a long way.
Drybar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask
Best for extra fullness
You may be used to using hyaluronic acids in your skincare regime. But how about for your hair?
Phyto’s plumping mask uses hyaluronic acids to penetrate the hair fibre as well as acacia collagen to smooth your hair follicle. Use once or twice a week for smoother, fuller hair.
PHYTO Phytodensia Fluid Plumping Mask
Best for curls
If you have curly hair that can be prone to frizz, you could use Devacurl’s Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening product. For best results, apply to your hair and then pop a hair cap on top and apply a little heat with a hair dryer. After 20 minutes, your curls should look much glossier.
DevaCurl Deep Sea Repair Seaweed Strengthening Mask
Best to keep your color
If you color your hair, there’s nothing more frustrating than having applied your color or taken a trip to the salon (if possible) only to find your freshly-colored hair starts to fade in a few washes.
The rahua® Color Full™ hair mask is designed to condition your hair as well as helping you to retain the hair color you want.
Best little goes a long way
If you would like a treat for you and your hair, Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a fantastic choice.
It isn’t exactly inexpensive, but you only need to use a little at a time. While reviewers have mixed thoughts about the smell, most agree it leaves hair shiny and manageable.
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Best reviewed on Amazon
This hair perfector from Olaplex is one of the best reviewed hair treatments on the site, with more than 14,,000 reviews, most of which give it 5-stars, saying it left hair healthier. Best for all hair types.
Olaplex Hair Perfector Repairing Treatment
Best hair mask to revive damaged hair
It’s not often you come across a product which has more than 90% of 5-star reviews, but this Cherioll hair treatment mask has won a legion of fans who say it leaves their hair looking the same as after a visit to the salon.
Best hair mask for a quick fix
You can always leave your treatment on while relaxing or completing other tasks. But, if you don’t want to wait too long, then you could try Garnier’s avocado hair mask, which leaves hair super silky after just one minute, and smells amazing.
Garnier Fructis Smoothing Treat 1 Minute Hair Mask with Avocado Extract
Best purple hair mask
If you have gray, white or blonde hair, a purple toner can work wonders to remove unwanted brassy shades of yellow or orange. A purple hair treatment can be a fantastic way to banish brassiness and brighten hair between trips to the salon.
Also, take a look at the best purple shampoos for gray and blonde hair.
Revicare Beauty Purple Hair Mask
Best to try for fine hair
I’m sure you’ve spotted keratin among the ingredients of countless hair products and that’s because keratin is a protein which can be essential for repairing and strengthening hair as well as preventing breakage.
Take a look at the Vitamins Keratin Deep Conditioner which has been designed to work for fine to normal hair.
Vitamins Keratin Hair Mask Deep Conditioner
Best hair mask for dry hair
You may have already tried Neutrogena’s skincare range on your face, but how about its haircare products? The Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask Moisturizer works well for extra dry hair. Reviewers say it works well even on hair which previously had the texture of a “brillo pad”.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask Moisturizer
Best for color AND condition
I love the idea of this conditioning mask, which also features a temporary color. It could give you the chance to play around with your hair color a little even if you can’t get to the salon.
Towel dry your hair and distribute evenly with a comb. Leave on for around five minutes and rinse. You will find that the color is more vibrant on any highlighted strands. It won’t color gray, so it’s best used as a toner for colored hair. Let me know if you do give this a try.
MOROCCANOIL® Color Depositing Mask Temporary Color Deep Conditioning Treatment
Do you usually use hair masks? I’d love to know what your best hair mask brand recommendations are.
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