Hair Masks? Are They For You? What Do They Do?

Everything you read tells you that you MUST use deep conditioning masks and treatments on your locks, but does anyone actually tell you how to use them? Or what they are for?

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Brittle, frizzy, damaged and lack of shine, that is what 90% of us are feeling about our hair at this time of the year. I know i am! Winter is not always on my side, from running out of your warm house into your freezing car, and then switching on your heating on full blast, your skin suffers as well as your hair, this is where conditioning treatments come in.

I’ve tried a lot of different hair products over time, the products mentioned are the best so far, I have used all of them and go back to them as and when required depending on the needs of my hair, So if your feeling hair blues at the moment, i’ve gathered together my top 8, so out with the ones that are not working for you, and in with new amazing products to make a big change to your confidence and leaving your hair feeling completely hydrated.

Not all hair masks are the same, they have different uses, consistencies, some will work miracles on your hair, others may not be right for you, so it is always best to do your research to find out which treatment is suited to your hair type and lifestyle. 

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How Often Do I Need To Use A Conditioning Treatment?

I would suggest to use a mask/treatment on your hair at least once a week, if not twice, depending on how dry/damaged you feel your hair is at that current time. Hair treatments cannot repair split ends. Once they have formed you need to have them cut off, but… treatments can prevent dry hair becoming split. So even if your hair feels ok after a period of time, i would definitely continue to treat your hair once a week with a hair treatment to keep it at it’s very best.

My Top 8 Products To Try & What They Are used For

Each conditioning treatment is designed for different unique purposes.

OLAPLEX Hair Perfector No.3, KERASTASE Resistance Cement Anti-UsureAVEDA Damage Remedy and Redken Extreme Megamask are for reconstructing and repairing hair that is damaged from chemical treatments i.e, pre-lightening/colouring services.

Redken Colour Extend Magnetics and PUREOLOGY Superfood contain an anti colour-fade component.

MOROCCAN OIL Intensive Hydrating Mask and Bumble and Bumble B.B Hairdressers Invisible Oil is purposely designed for total hair conditioning and frizz control.

So is your hair is dry from the elements, cold wintery months or do you need masks for hair control and moisturising? or is colour fade your main concern?

OLAPLEX Hair Perfector No.3

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Hair Perfector No.3 100ml

Absolute Hair savour! the hype is real! Olaplex is truly revolutionary, i’m sure hairstylists around the world will agree with me thats it’s transformed our perception on haircare. It’s on the pricier side for the bottle size but you can’t go wrong, it really will change how you feel about your hair. Olaplex will help increase hair strength and improve condition. The formula works best when paired with No.1 and No.2 (hair salon pre treatments) and mostly recommended for pre-lightening treatments although No.3 will help any damaged and brittle hair.

The advanced formula utilises a Bond Multiplying System, which seeks to reconnect broken disulphide sulphur bonds in hair, effectively resetting the hair from within to allow enhanced regrowth and structure. If you are looking for a highly intense treatment then i would highly recommend using Olaplex.

Use once a week between chemical services to strengthen hair

How do i use it?

Apply a generous amount from roots to ends on unwashed towel dried hair. Comb through. Leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes.

For damaged hair, repeat without rinsing.

Rinse from hair then shampoo and condition.

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KERASTASE Resistance Cement Anti-Usure 

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Kérastase Resistance Ciment Thermique Resurfacing Reinforcing Milk 150ml

I had to include one of my favourites, I have been using Kerastase Ciment Anti-usure for well over a year now, and it will definitely be staying as part of my treatment collection for the near future. The product itself is beautifully lightweight so it’s not to weigh your hair down, after using this formula my hair still feels full of life and easy to style. For me this product is one of a kind and perfect for treating my pre-lightened hair and it will protect my hair in between shampoos.

Strengthens damaged, brittle hair when used in Resistance Force Architecte regimen of shampoo and rinse out treatment.

How do i use it?

Apply to shampooed and towel dried hair, leave on for 1-2 minutes, rinse thoroughly.

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AVEDA Damage Remedy

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Aveda Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment 150ml

Another amazing product, an instant feel of hair recovery. This conditioning treatment is designed for reconstructing and repairing brittle hair damaged from chemical treatments i.e, pre-lightening/colouring services. Since embracing Aveda into my haircare collection my hair has felt nourished and smooth, the formula consistency is slightly thicker than i would normally use but you can instantly feel your hair absorbing the Intensive Treatment and feeling totally nourished.

This Intensive weekly treatment packed with quinoa protein, strengthens damaged and chemically treated hair with deep repairing qualities. Leaving hair feeling healthy, smooth and strong.

So…How do i use it?

Use once a week, after shampooing, smooth Aveda evenly through damp hair from roots to ends, Leave in 2-5 minutes and rinse thoroughly, Style as you wish.

For best results use in conjunction with Damage remedy daily hair repair.

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MOROCCAN OIL Intensive Hydrating Mask

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Moroccan oil Treatment 125ml + Intense Hydrating Mask 75ml – Special Edition

I had to include this classic product, simply because it’s amazing! This two part product makes my hair feel thoroughly hydrated every time i use it. If your hair feels dry, frizzy and uncontrollable then this is the product for you, the Intense Hydrating Mask will help to smoothen and condition your hair ready for the perfect partner oil treatment to finish the result.

So…how do i use it?

Apply a generous amount of the Intense Hydrating Mask to freshly shampooed & towel dried hair, let it penetrate the hair for 5-7 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, now use Moroccan oil Treatment throughout mid-lengths and ends and style as normal. Use 1-2 times weekly.

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PUREOLOGY Superfood

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Pureology Strength Cure Superfood Treatment 170g 

This is a new product to my collection, an exciting addition in my bathroom cabinet. The main active component in this product is the anti-fade complex which is perfect for coloured hair. Out of the new treatments i was testing Pureology Superfood stood out to me, the formula has a slightly thicker consistency then i had be using. It has left my hair with a beautiful shine and feeling silky soft, it really is a superfood for your hair.

If your hair is coloured and feeling dry and dull then this is the perfect product to help regenerate your hair and to make you feel brighter.

Conditioning Formula with goji berry extract and olive oil helps fortify and strengthen damaged hair. Featuring the exclusive Antifade complex

So…how do i use it?

Use weekly. Massage into wet freshly shampooed hair from roots to tips, wait 5 minutes and rinse out.  

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Redken Colour Extend Magnetics and Redken Extreme Megamask

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Redken Colour Extend Magnetics Megamask

Redken Extreme Megamask

I had to mention these amazing megamask treatments as it’s the perfect 2 in 1 treatment to give your hair the best overall hydration. Ive also been using Redken products for a while now but I’m new to the Megamask duo’s, but now I’m hooked!

The Extreme Megamask formula is lightweight yet feels extremely hydrating; the perfect combination for my hair right now. You can almost feel the moisture penetrating your hair, leaving you with the ultimate confidence. The Colour Extend Megamask gives the full experience of nourished and vibrant locks to keep your hair colour bright and fresh whilst the care extender offers health benefits for up to three washes. I would thoroughly recommend both of these products, they are a great addition to your cleanse and condition routine, Use Weekly.

Redken Extend Magnetics – Treatment and care extender for colour-treated hair

Redken Extreme Megamask – Treatment and care extender for distressed hair

How do i use it?

After shampooing, apply to towel-dried hair. Leave on 3-5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly.

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Bumble and Bumble B.B Hairdressers Invisible Oil

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Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-To-Oil Pre-Shampoo Masque 140 g

I couldn’t not mention this product, simply because its amazing, The Invisible Oil Balm leaves my hair feeling silky soft with the most amazing shine. It’s a wonderful treat to add into your haircare routine, The formula is applied before cleansing so you can really feel the masque soaking into your locks, leaving you feeling completely hydrated. The formula is great for a overall treatment for your hair for deep nourishment.

This masque liquefies in hands to release six transformative oils, leaving hair beautifully soft.

How do i use it?

Scoop out enough to saturate strands, warm between hands to melt.

Distribute throughout dry hair, and let sit for 20 minutes, then cleanse with invisible oil shampoo and condition.

Use weekly.  

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With Love Chelsea xx

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