winter hair masks

4 masks your winter-ravaged hair will love

Nikki Parkinson Beauty Leave a Comment

How’s your hair holding up with the onslaught of winter’s cold, dry air?

Mine’s not doing so badly, thank-you very much … or should I say, thanks to my hair stylist chopping off about 10cm. With that 10cm went all the dried-out chemically treated bits from colouring sessions many, many moons ago.

I’m also fond giving my hair a little Sunday pep-me-up. A little weekly something to give back what my blow drying, ironing and colouring takes out.

Just like your face, your hair would be very happy with a bit more love and attention than it is given with a regular wash and condition. If you’re hair is particularly in need of TLC, then swap to using a mask as your conditioner for a couple of weeks.

I’ve been sent a few hair masks to trial lately* so I thought I’d share them here with you. One of them could be just what your hair needs right now.

1. Moroccanoil Instense Hydrating Mask $44.50: Leave this on for five to seven minutes, rinse off and say hello to manageable hair. It’s a big tub that will go a long way and is designed to re-hydrate and bring back shine to your hair. My daughter’s hair is pictured in this photo and her long, naturally wavy locks are a little bit in love with this mask.

2. Sodashi Deep Conditioning Hair and Scalp Mud $113.90: The price of this one is definitely at the luxury end but it’s a 250ml size tub that will actually last you a very long time. So, why up the budget for this one? It’s one that’s designed to treat the scalp and the hair with a paraben, petrochemical, GMO, sulfate, synthetic preservative, dye, pathalate and triclosan-free formula. In those chemical’s place there things like Argelitz white clay to balance and purify the scalp and jojoba oil for protecting and moisturising the hair. Macadamia oil strengthens the hair structure and shea butter adds shine. A little bit addictive.

3. Alterna Caviar 3 Minute Shine Boost $36: Big ticks for the tube this comes in – perfect for travelling and in the shower (without getting water in an open tub!). It’s described as a lip-gloss for your hair because it leaves your hair with beautiful shine after just three minutes. With coloured hair, it can start to lose its lustre the longer it is from its application – you’ll get that salon glow back quickly with this one thanks to grapefruit extract and vitamin B5. It’s also free of parabens, gluten, phthalates, mineral oil, paraffin, DEA, TEA, petrolatum and PABA.

4. Molton Brown Mer-rouge Deep Conditioning Mask $55 (on sale $41.25): Disclaimer: I’m a huge sucker for Molton Brown products. Full. Stop. They turn my over-used and tiny bathroom into a spa haven (well in my over-active imagination) and this mask is no different. It not only looks stylish from the outside but delivers a mandarin, jasmine and ambergris-scented treatment that draws on mer-rouge seaweed to soften and condition your hair. Vegetable proteins enrich and smooth and amino acids work on the shine factor.

Looking for some inspiration for a homemade hair mask featuring products from your pantry and fridge? Check out these recipes. Good enough to eat!

How’s your hair looking right now? Do you use a hair mask weekly to keep it looking its best?

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