We'll beam ourselves briefly back to the Middle Ages when women's hair care looked something like this: boil water, add soda lye and fragrant herbs, and then apply the mixture into long hair. So hair care was already a big thing between the 6th and 15th centuries.
No wonder, after all, hair was already exposed to cold temperatures and UV radiation back then. Today there are also environmental influences such as exhaust fumes, styling products, and colorants. The result: dry ends, split ends, and dull hair.
What then is needed: an extra portion of care - in the form of a hair mask. Hair treatments penetrate deep into the roots and thus minimize hair damage or prevent it from occurring in the first place.
We'll show you the best hair mask for your hair type and explain how to use this must-have for hair care correctly.
The optimal hair mask depends on your hair type. Because a dry mane needs a moisturizing mask, whereas oily hair has different needs and healthy hair can be protected from damage with a hair treatment. These six hair treatments convinced us:
Dry hair needs particularly intensive care. The Moroccanoil hair treatment for medium and thick hair, with the help of argan oil, provides moisture, repairs hair damage such as split ends, and gives your mane more elasticity and shine. Plus: Your hair is optimally protected from environmental influences by antioxidant cream care.
Why would users recommend the treatment to others? Because the nice-smelling mask gives visibly more bounce, it is also suitable for curls and the hair can be wonderfully styled after shampooing!
Beauty tip: As a deep care mask, the product is also suitable as an overnight hair treatment for dry tips.
Maria Nila's hair treatment is a volume booster for limp, fine hair. The ingredient vitamin B5 gives flat hair curl and at the same time nourishes it with moisture. Wheat protein strengthens the structure and sunflower extracts have an antioxidant effect. This protects the hair from free radicals and gives the hair color a beautiful shine.
Another favorite among hair masks: the hair treatment from Wella SP, because it has a calming effect on sensitive and dry scalp and soothes itching. In addition, annoying dandruff is minimized.
But the intensive treatment can do even more: It cares for the scalp by strengthening the skin barrier and at the same time nourishing your mane. In short: this product is a real-life changer if you are struggling with scalp problems!
Buyers on Amazon are convinced by the anti-dandruff effect and that the hair does not weigh down after use, but feels silky-soft and healthy.
Your head is more like a pile of straw than a sleek mane à la top model Romee Strijd? The "Argan Jojoba Intensive Treatment" from Dr. Schedu Berlin provides a remedy. Due to its rich composition of ingredients, the mask is one of the best hair treatments for damaged hair.
Shea butter, nourishing argan oil, avocado oil, and almond oil provide moisture, jojoba oil renews the cells, silk proteins and panthenol make it easier to comb and protect against harmful environmental influences, and aloe vera revitalizes limp hair and soothes irritated scalps. On top of that, the natural hair treatment comes without parabens and silicones and is not tested on animals.
Hair damaged from dyeing needs special attention. The hair treatment with color protection from Redken is rich in nourishing ingredients (such as zinc gluconate and amino acids) that visibly improve the structure of bleached or colored hair.
The mask smells fresh and is very economical, report enthusiastic users. In addition, its anti-split ends formula is extremely effective. The result after a few applications: healthy, shiny hair.
If you have oily hair, you will find it difficult to find a suitable hair mask. We, therefore, recommend a creative solution: lava earth! The powder can be easily mixed with water until it has a creamy consistency. Then you distribute it in the hair and on the scalp. The lava soil removes excess sebum without drying out the hair.
Rinsing out will probably take a little longer than a conventional hair treatment. But with regular use, you will find that your hair regreases more slowly over time.
Bonus: Using the same principle, you can easily mix a face mask from the lava earth and leave it on until it starts to crumble. You can even apply them all over your body. So you get into the shower once, but you are well-groomed from head to toe.
Unlike shampoos and conditioners, which work superficially, hair treatments penetrate deep into the hair roots. A hair mask can stabilize and restore the sulfur bridges inside the hair - and it is these tiny particles that keep your hair healthy and shiny.
You will achieve the best results with a hair treatment if you use it as follows and carry out the treatment once a week:
Tip: If you want to save time, you can also achieve intensive care with leave-in products.
To care for your hair even more intensively, you can also use a hair treatment overnight. However, you should use a special overnight cure for a longer exposure time, the ingredients of which develop slowly. Because: With quick cures, the hair surface is swollen within minutes, so that the nourishing ingredients can unfold their effect. During the subsequent rinsing, the surface is closed again.
If the hair mask stays in all night and exceeds the specified exposure time, you wake up the next morning with straggly or even brittle lengths instead of healthy hair.
We recommend overnight care so that brittle hair does not stand a chance. That's how it's done:
In fact, the order in which you apply your hair treatment is not insignificant. When washing your hair you should therefore proceed as follows:
As a rule, hair masks contain more oils, but the difference in the treatment is so small that the beauty industry does not differentiate between the two. If you want to care for your hair and scalp with a moisturizing mask, you can confidently use both.
Looking for the best DIY hair mask recipe? This hair treatment with olive oil is quick and easy to make: