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The 7 best hair masks - as chosen by Mumsnetters

Whether your hair is frizzy, dry, damaged, or slow to grow, we've collected Mumsnetters' recommendations for the best hair masks to give your barnet a boost

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Nov 22, 2021

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1. Bleach London Reincarnation Mask, from £10.99

Bleach London hair mask

This hair mask from edgy-salon-turned-high-street-hit Bleach London is great for, you guessed it, bleached hair. It doubles up as a regular everyday conditioner if you've got particularly damaged hair, and we love the metal packaging.

“I bleached my hair for years and it's a miracle worker even now just on my natural hair! Leaves it super soft and shiny.”

2. Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, £32.99

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

If it's good enough for Audrey Hepburn, it's good enough for us – and that's exactly who Philip Kingsley's iconic Elasticizer was invented for. This member of beauty's hall of fame comes in a range of scents such as pomegranate and cassis as well as the original – and an Extreme version if your hair needs extra TLC.

“Philip Kingsley Hair Elasticizer is amazing. My hair can be very dry and this makes it lovely, shiny and bouncy.”

“Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer is a pricey hit worth every penny. Works miracles. Truly.”

3. OSMO Intensive Deep Repair Mask, £9.79

OSMO Intensive Deep Repair Mask

A purse-friendly option and suitable for all hair types, this deep repair mask comes in a giant tub for less than a tenner. Packed with natural hair saviour castor oil, it's repairs damage and is a great choice for any dry tresses.

“I keep recommending this on threads – I don't work for them honestly! Osmo deep hair mask. Amazon or Sally's do it for about £2 for a small tub. It's actually the most effective one I've used and I have curly, dry, coloured hair.”

4. Kerastase Resistance Masque Force Architecte, £19.20

Kerastase Resistance Masque Force Architecte

If you can't put down the straighteners, this one is for you. You can't go wrong with anything Kerastase, and this mask is no different. With a butter-like texture, and full of amino acids that strengthen hair, it adds lightweight hydration to very dry hair. Brush it through to make sure it works its full magic.

“Kerastase's pale green range is amazing for frazzled hair. Mine loves it and looks shiny, swingy and bouncy despite regular battering from heat/highlights.”

5. Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner, £1.66

Hask Argan Oil Repairing Deep Conditioner

Free from nasties like sulfates, parabens and drying alcohols, this Hask deep conditioner is enriched with Moroccan Argan Oil. The convenient little sachets are good for two uses on medium length hair, or one on long hair, and are perfect if you want to try it out before taking the plunge and getting a full-size product.

“I've just started using Hask products. Their conditioners are excellent – the regular ones are superb but they also have deep treatments in sachets.”

6. Dabur Vatika Egg Protein Hair Mask, £5.99

Dabur Vatika Egg Protein Hair Mask

This protein treatment helps strengthen and repair hair, and is free of sulfates, silicones and drying alcohols – meaning it's Curly Girl Method approved. Don't worry, that doesn't mean it's for curls only – it just means it's free of any harsh, drying ingredients, so it will benefit all hair types.

“Have a look at Vatika (it is sold on Amazon). That sorted my hair out when it was fried. I used it a couple of nights a week for a few months and ta-dah!”

7. John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Hair Repairing Deep Conditioner Treatment, £4

John Frieda Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Hair Repairing Deep Conditioner Treatment

This John Frieda restorative treatment does exactly what is says on the tin – and there's a reason Frizz Ease has been so popular for so many years. If you've got curly hair that's prone to frizz, this is a great value mask from a tried and tested range which leaves hair soft and silky.

“Bloody amazing and that is saying something as I was addicted to Philip Kingsley's Elasticizer!”

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