With colder temperatures in full force and dryness plaguing my skin and hair, I've come up with a breakdown on my favorite hair masks and why. Whenever the seasons change, my hair texture changes with it. I am forever longing for low humidity 60 degree days where it's at it's best but that's just a fantasy world.
ABOUT MY HAIR
I'd describe my hair as being fine but having a lot of it. I have a natural wave and it tends to be on the drier side but also can get weighed down easily. I'm basically just a "combination" type gal when it comes to hair and my skin care. That being said, I'm always looking to add moisture but also want to keep that product build up astray. The following are products I've tried and tested and keep in stock.
I find that if I use one product for too long, my hair gets used to it and the benefits aren't as great! Let's get to it.
NO. 1 FOR FAUX BLONDES & DAMAGE
Olaplex deserves the No. 1 spot just because of what it can do. If you haven't heard of this already and have dark hair looking to go blonder without the crazy damage, buckle your seat belt.
Olaplex steps 1 and 2 are done in the salon. Their bond multiplier rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair. Their second salon step, the bond perfector, continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible. I've done this treatment multiple times with my balayage and I'm telling you, it's worth it. Coming from someone with fragile hair but addicted to sun kissed color, it's a dream. Ask your stylists! (Most salons will have step three in stock or order it for you!)
Now the product I keep on my shelf is Olaplex Step 3: the Hair Perfector. I make this a beauty ritual and leave it on while watching one of my favorite Netflix shows (about 40 minutes) and wash it out. Once every one to two weeks is all you need with this bad boy! Plus, it makes it last.
NO. 2 THE HOLY GRAIL
The Macadamia Professional hair mask was the first I've ever tried and every time I go back to it I remember why I fell in love. I find sometimes that if you have hair that can get weighed down, anything with oils can sound scary but on the contrary, My hair always feels beyond silky with this mask and I actually find that I can actually go longer without washing my hair again.
NO. 3 SMELLS LIKE A GARDEN
When I first used the Schwarzkopf mask after opening my first blogger mail package (which was SO cool, thanks Schwarzkopf) I could not believe how similar it smelled to the Amika mask! Both will last a while but with Amika you're paying a higher price point for a product without sulfates.
Sulfates are sometimes rumored to strip your hair color if it's been dyed so be wary and just do your research! I find with mixed use, sulfate ingredients haven't really altered my hair color.
I love these both and find them great for when I'm looking for quick nourishment. I use these as if they're everyday conditioners since every other wash I use a clarifying shampoo. I don't really ever buy bottled conditioners anymore!
If you want something where the scent lingers, give them a try!!
Pro-tip: buy a travel size version of Amika if you're not ready to invest, it's only $10! Full size is $28.
NO. 4 AU NATURAL
Want to be the Pinterest queen? Why not just go into your kitchen and make your own mask! We're constantly being told that coconut oil is great for our hair, skin, even whitening our teeth so why not take the au natural route to conditioning your hair!
My favorite recipe takes coconut oil, honey and apple cider vinegar. The key with this is to fully rinse it out. No one wants that waxy residue but if you have the patience, it's so worth it!
- 2 tbsp of organic coconut oil.
- 1 tbsp of Honey
- 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
What to do:
Melt the coconut oil until liquid and add in honey then add in apple cider vinegar.
Mix the ingredients well. If it separates a little bit, that's ok!. Just mix it up again.
Distribute through your hair evenly, using a wide tooth comb if needed. Wrap your hair into a bun and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and you're done!
What's your favorite hair mask? Comment below! I'm always up for trying new ones!
It's time for me to go rinse out my hair! Gotta love pampering yourself after a long Monday.