There are two types of showers in this world: the ‘two-minute wash-and-go’ kind (not always enjoyable, but necessary nonetheless) and what we affectionately refer to as the ‘hair wash shower’ — or, even, the ‘everything shower‘.
The latter is no small task, but it’s one of the few times you have permission to soak in the water a little longer. Chances are, if your hair runs dry, you tend to wash only once or twice a week too.
But here’s our suggestion: If your hair does fall into the hard-to-handle ‘dry’ category, make every ‘hair wash shower’ a ‘hair mask shower’ instead.
Sure, a good old-fashioned shampoo and condition will get your hair feeling fresh in a literal sense, but a mane deprived of moisture could probably benefit from a harder-hitting product than your standard conditioner.
With a hair mask, you might just find yourself edging closer and closer toward the aforementioned objective, which is no doubt where you want to be.
So, to assist you in your journey toward healthy, hydrated hair, we’ve rounded up the best moisturising masks on the market, bound to nourish to the nines. Happy hydrating.
Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Masque
Pairing the repairing abilities of rosehip oil with hydrating Kakadu plum and nourishing shea butter, this mask was sent from hair heaven to rescue brittle, damaged and coarse strands from themselves (and/or the styling tools/oil-stripping products that made them that way).
$52.95 at Oz Hair And Beauty
Klorane Mango Butter Mask
Yes indeed, mango butter is every bit as hydrating as it sounds, and the thick, rich and velvety texture of this mask makes sure that every last strand benefits from its abilities. Softness is number one on this sulfate-free formula’s list of goals, and boy does it deliver.
$25.99 at Adore Beauty
R+Co Television Perfect Hair Masque
If your over-styled or over-processed hair is showing the most frustrating tell-tale sign of dryness (otherwise known as frizz), add this hydrating, smoothing mask to your shower shelf pronto. It’s literally formulated to cloak hair with camera-ready levels of shiny silkiness.
$59 at Oz Hair And Beauty
Alterna Hair Restructuring Bond Repair Masque
Able to address both current and future breakage through deep conditioning and repair, this targeted treatment gets right to work on smoothing and strengthening at a cuticle level, adding moisture, shine and softness with the help of its seasilk and caviar extract combination.
$66 at Sephora
L’Oreal Professionnel Mythic Oil Nourish Masque
If you’re reluctant to trade the potency of oils in for a mask, fear not; this oil masque formula offers the best of both worlds. A lightweight, creamy blend loaded with concentrated essential oils, it offers the same superior care without the heaviness that oils often bring.
$35.50 at Adore Beauty
Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Mask
Billed by the brand as a ‘tall glass of water’ for hair, it’s a moisture-replenishing, strength-restoring mix of hydrating aloe vera, fortifying white mulberry leaf and hair-healing antioxidants that takes it upon itself to perform a softening, strengthening miracle on your mane.
$29.95 at Adore Beauty
Briogeo Superfoods Avocado + Kiwi Mega Moisture Superfoods Hair Mask
Superfoods are synonymous with health (even in the hair realm), so it should come as no surprise that this avocado, kiwi and spinach smoothie-inspired moisture mask is a superior hydrator. FYI, it’s particularly skilled in aiding curls or coils experiencing dryness.
$39 at Sephora
OGX Argan Oil Of Morocco Hair Mask
Farewell distressed tresses and say hello to silky and seductive locks. This extra strong hydrate and repair mask is made with a potent blend of Moroccan argan oil to strengthen and repair dry hair. Thank us later because this is one product you’ll be adding to cart again and again.
$12.49 at Chemist Warehouse