Our favorite hair masks for smooth and shiny strands

Whether you're strands are *still* recovering from the harsh winter weather (more on that, here) or you've been cranking the heat up a little too high on your straightener, dry and damaged hair is an unfortunate fact of life. If you've tried serums and slugging and your hair is still not where you want it to be, we found five amaze hair masks that might do the trick. Give them a try—more shiny smoothness means that your healthy-looking hair can be styled to last all day long (no more worrying about frizz and flyaways).


Sephora, $38

This OUAI Treatment Mask hydrates, repairs split ends and breakage and also adds shine, making it perfect for dry and damaged hair. It's also gluten-free and free of parabens. (Bonus: It smells great, too.) This mask works best for fine to medium-textured hair, whether it be straight, wavy or curly. To use, just apply after shampooing and rinse. Goodbye, frizzy flyaways!


JVN, $24

The JVN Deep Moisture Mask is another great option for dry hair. It includes camellia seed oil and rice protein which conditions, smooths and softens locks to create healthy-looking hair. The recommended use is just once a week, in place of your conditioner. After shampooing, let sit in your strands for 3-5 minutes, comb through and rinse. Oh, and did we mention it's also vegan, sulfate-free and silicone-free?


Ulta, $15

This Therapy Session Hair Mask from Eva-NYC provides 48-hour smoothness (which sounds a lot like less time styling in the mornings and more time catching some much-needed zzz's). It is said to provide three times more hydration after just one use. It's also free of sulfates and parabens, which are known to make hair even drier. To use: Apply to wet hair, wait 2-5 minutes and rinse.

Olaplex No.8

Ulta, $30

The No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask from OLAPLEX is a highly concentrated mask that treats damaged hair while hydrating strands and adding shine and smoothness. It's another option that is free of parabens and sulfates. To use, apply to damp hair, let sit for 10 minutes and rinse. 


JCPenney, $21

This Deep Caring Hair Mask from Ikoo is infused with vitamins and nutrients that leave hair smooth and shiny. Ingredients include macadamia oil, which helps the hair retain moisture, camelia oil rich in antioxidants and honey, which makes your strands stronger and more resistant to damage. It is perfect for dry and brittle hair in need of some serious hydration. 

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by Melanie Dowling | 2/4/2023