For curly hair
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If you are lucky enough to have naturally curly hair (though you might not feel lucky at times when the weather is humid!), you should treat it with products that will enhance your bounce and keep curls frizz-free and defined. “If you are air drying your natural curls you want to use a mask that won’t weigh down your strands and instead allow your curls to stay light and bouncy,” says Deycke Heidorn, New York-based celebrity hair stylist. Her go-to mask for curly hair comes from the curl experts at Ouidad—their Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner. “After shampooing, apply the mask mainly to the lengths and ends,” she says. “Rinse out after 20 minutes or so and let your curls air dry or use a hair dryer with diffuser.” Try it once or twice a week. For more of a moisture boost, since curly hair tends to be dry (hence the bounce and texture), try Dove Quench Absolute Intense Restoration Mask. It has proteins and Buriti oil to prevent frizz and protect against breakage.
For long hair
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To keep long strands lustrous, moisturized, and manageable, use the right shampoo for your hair type, then follow with a heavier, restoring mask once a week. Alex LaMarsh, celebrity hair stylist and makeup artist who’s worked with the likes of Kim Kardashian, Cher, and Sarah Jessica Parker, recommends Phyto Paris Phytojoba Intense Hydrating Brilliance Mask because, while it’s deeply hydrating, it won’t weigh your hair down—something that comes in handy when you’re rocking a long ‘do. “The jojoba oil melts right into the hair to keep hair tangle free and the angelica root extract and sweet orange essential oil add shine.” Your hair will have a weightless vibrance that you’ll love. If you’re looking for a hair mask that simultaneously helps straighten hair, try label.m Honey & Oat Treatment Mask. “This mask straightens hair from the inside out while, hydrates, and prevents damage,” says Netty Jordan, celebrity hair stylist.
For short hair
With short hair, your strands are relatively young and fresh, hair masks are typically only required when your hair has been bleached, color-corrected, or undergoes damage from heat styling tools. If your locks fall into one of those three categories, start with Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque. “I love this mask because you use it before shampooing, which gives you all the richness of the ingredients but doesn’t weigh down short styles,” says LaMarsh. “It’s full of super hydrating ingredients like coconut oil, argan oil, and macadamia nut oil.”