Colder weather means drier air, which is why autumn is the perfect time to show your hair a little TLC - and the following hair masks prove that the best hair care products don't need to break the bank.
By Tamara Hinson
This wonderfully thick conditioning mask is an essential for anyone with coloured hair, and it takes just a few minutes to work its magic, leaving hair soft, shiny and manageable without weighing it down. A double dose of vitamins infuses your locks with moisture while reducing the damage inflicted by colouring or chemical lightening. It also scores top marks for its ability to give your hair colour some serious staying power.
Don’t be put off by the name – this isn’t just a mask for lightened hair but for locks which have been dyed or chemically straightened. Use this moisture-rich formula once a week to reduce colour fade, prevent breakage and boost shine. Our top tip? Comb the mask through shampooed hair before wrapping your locks in a warm towel and relaxing for 15 minutes. The ideal once-a-week treat for thirsty hair.
Wage war on colour fade with Aussie's brilliant mask for coloured hair. Our favourite bit about this intensive treatment is that you only need to leave it on for two or three minutes. We also love the scent – a fruity blast of peach (apparently indigenous Australians used the fuzzy fruit to make conditioning hair oils). An essential for anyone searching for a product to soften and nourish hair without the dreaded colour fade. What’s not to love?
Don’t be put off by the pink hue of this colour-protecting conditioning mask – it can be used on all types of hair. The serum-based formula allows the mask’s key ingredients to penetrate deep inside the hair shaft, leaving hair silky soft and frizz-free. We also love the consistency – it rinses out in seconds without leaving a hint of residue - and the fact that with this mask, a little goes a long, long way.
Treat your hair to some deep sea therapy with this hair care hero from John Frieda. Sea kelp and monoi oil deliver a hit of moisture to parched, dry follicles, whilst simultaneously strengthening and protecting hair. Although it’s especially suitable for lightened locks, it’s designed for all types of coloured hair. It’s another product with a wonderful scent - in this case, notes of mint and citrus. Who needs perfume when your hair smells this good?
Wondering how to protect hair from chlorine and harmful rays? Start with this mask. Whether you’re a regular toe-dipper or considering a cross-channel swim (hey, we can dream), this mask is certainly worthy of a place in your gym kit. Designed for hair which is regularly exposed to chlorine, seawater and harmful rays, this hardworking mask helps to lock in moisture and prevent colour fade. It can also be applied beforehand to minimise damage – simply comb through hair before hopping in the pool (or embarking on that cross-channel swim).
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