Best hair masks for dry hair

Split ends? Regular colouring? Soothe dry, frizzy hair with these revitalising creams

Sunshine, sea salt and chlorine wreak havoc in the summer, while central heating and cold winds create chaos in the winter. Year-round blow-drying and colour treatments added on top and no wonder our thirsty locks need a drink.

We tested lightweight creams for fine hair, heavy rich ones for thicker hair, masks you leave in overnight and ones you rinse out, to find the best for delivering strong, shiny tresses.

ESPA Pink Hair and Scalp Mud

This mud mask is a cult classic in the beauty world and feels like a spa treatment. Choose from a 180ml glass pot (best for the bath) or the easy, squeezy shower-friendly plastic tube (200ml).

Mineral-rich red clays, vitamin C-packed watercress and apricot oil soothe and nourish the scalp and hair, stimulate the circulation and improve overall condition and manageability.

This one is designed to help chemically treated hair, but isn’t a quick fix – you need to leave on for at least 20 minutes or overnight, if possible. We tried both. It’s messy if you leave it in while you sleep, so we’d advise putting a towel down to protect your pillow. However, it was perfect for using in a long hot soak in the tub.

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Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Treatment Masque

Dry hair can be ultra-brittle and by the end summer, breaks further up the hair shaft are common, leading to frizzy, out-of-control, flyaway locks. Give your thirsty hair a boost with this deeply hydrating, fast-acting mask.

Use it with caution if you have fine hair and rinse thoroughly as we found it can leave it limp. Better suited to thicker hair, it packs in buriti, pomegranate and olive oils for the ultimate nourishment for soft, supple, shiny locks.

You only need to leave it in for two to three minutes, comb it through and then rinse.

Aveda recommends a cool rinse to smooth and calm the cuticle – a smooth cuticle is able to reflect light better and hence look shiny and glossy.