It’s cold and it’s winter, and now is the perfect time to get some life back into your hair with a moisturising hair mask. Here is a selection of some of my tested favourites for Winter 2016:
bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque RRP $41.95
bhave is one of those brands who quietly entered my life and one I always go back to. The Deep Intense Conditioning Masque is one of the best products in their range and is particularly suitable for damaged or coloured hair. This product is applied after shampoo and conditioner and left on for 5-10 minutes. Keratin and Argan Oil are two key ingredients and it has a nice light fragrance. For dry hair that needs a deep treatment, try bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque. 145ml tube.
Stockist: 1300 40 20 64
Keune Care Line Satin Oil Intensive Treatment RRP $34.49
Keune have a new release, at home treatment available from the 1st July called the Care Line Satin Oil Intensive Treatment. This one utilises the properties of oils to leave your hair with a shiny, softer finish. In addition, it gives a deep conditioning treatment while protecting against the effects of UV. Ingredients include Sweet Almond Oil, Yangu Oil and Maracuja Oil. Dull, dry hair will soak this up and it comes in a 200ml tub.
Arbonne Pure Vibrance Hair Revitalizing Masque RRP $54.00
Packaged in a striking 142ml purple tub, Arbonne’s addition to this feature is the Pure Vibrance Hair Revitalizing Masque. Used up to twice a week, this is applied after shampoo and conditioner and left on for 2-5 minutes making it a quick solution for busy people. This lightly scented product uses ColorLast technology making it suitable for coloured hair.
Stockist: 1800 650 760
Catwalk by Tigi Oatmeal and Honey Nourishing Mask RRP $31.95
Being quite the fan of the Tigi Violet Mask, I am pleased to add the Catwalk by Tigi Oatmeal and Honey, Avoine and Miel Nourishing Mask to my collection. Oatmeal is one of those scents which is always warm and comforting making this a luxurious hair washing experience with the added honey smell! This is an intense treatment for hair which is dry and damaged and should be left on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. Key ingredients include Vitamin E, Wheat protein and Acacia Honey. 200g.
Stockist: 02 9889 0435
Pureology Strength Cure Restorative Masque $49.95
Another hard working hair mask is the Strength Cure Restorative Masque from Pureology. Colour treated hair that is suffering from dryness and breakage needs something special and this is one solution. This is left on for 5 minutes before rinsing and can be used once a week. All ingredients are 100% vegan friendly and their ingredients are chosen for their antioxidant properties, strengthening abilities and anti-fade. The tub weighs in at 150g.
Stockist: 1300 138 803
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Repair Rescue Deep Nourishing Treatment RRP $28.95
It wouldn’t be a hair feature without an entrance from Schwarzkopf Professional and the Repair Rescue Deep Nourishing Treatment from the BC Bonacure Hairtherapy range is a lovely pick for dry winter locks. Packaged in a red and white 200ml tub, this hair mask gives dry hair a much needed moisture boost. It’s a rich, creamy formula and has an appealing scent.
Stockist: 1800 251 887
Matrix Biolage HydraSource Aloe Mask $30.00
Once again we have a luscious tub for dry hair, this one is from Matrix Biolage and it’s the HydraSource Aloe Mask. Aloe has some amazing properties and this product utilises it as one of its key ingredients. You can use this instead of conditioner up to twice a week, leaving on for 3-5 minutes before rinsing. There are no parabens and this can be used on all hair types, and won’t contribute to colour fade. Lightly perfumed, it has a fresh and clean kind of scent to it. Packaged in a white tub at 150ml with a purple tub.
Pure Elements Lavender Softening Mask RRP $32.00
Moving on from Aloe, the Pure Elements Softening Mask is focused on Lavender. The scent reflects this and is unmistakable the moment you open the 250ml pump bottle. In addition to Lavender you will find Patchouli, Lime Blossom, Keratin, Wheat Protein, Lanolin, Panthenol and Vitamin E. After shampooing, leave on for 2-3 minutes before rinsing. No artificial colours or parabens, this is used to add softness back to your hair while working to fight any damage.
Reference of Sweden Hair Masks RRP $38.00
Onto a brand which was new to me before this feature, Reference of Sweden has a range of different hair masks and there’s a few I want to tell you about. REF. 542 is the Colour Treatment Mask, REF. 550 is the Repair Treatment Mask and REF. 552 is the Moisture Treatment Mask. They use a number system to show you how strong the Care, Shine and Volume functions are. Choosing between the three varieties is not an easy decision as my hair suffers from all three issues but I am going to focus on the Repair Treatment Mask (pictured). This one helps to mend hair which has been damaged (think chemical services and straightening irons) giving it a smooth finish. Gentle on colour, the key ingredients are Black Current, Lingonberry, Walnut Seed Oil, Tamanu Oil and Keratin. Tub size is 250ml.
Bambi & Sammi No. 1 Hair Masque RRP $16.95
Packaged in a brown pouch, the No. 1 Hair Masque from Bambi & Sammi may look like a novelty but it is so much more. With a wooden spoon to assist with application, this is a vegan friendly hair mask packed with natural goodies. Used on the mid-lengths and ends, you only need a small amount and it should be left on for a minimum of 5 minutes before rinsing. This will bring back moisture and shine, and the fact it is Australian made and owned is worth celebrating.
Have you tried any of these hair masks or do you have another personal favourite? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.