As you will know if you are a regular reader of this blog I have processed, dyed and bleached the crap out of my hair over the last couple of years. I have pretty much forgotten what my actual hair colour is. I’m currently a grown-out, roots galore pastel pink, sometimes lilac, and although it makes for a great Instagram Selfie, my hair is the worst condition it has been so I have been in and out of pretty much every hair mask on the market.
I have been colouring my hair since I was around 14, starting off with the easy red tones and sun-in experiments on my naturally brown hair, and over the years I have been ALL the shades, and more recently….blonde, bleached and then into the pastels – pinks, peaches and lilacs. Once you start colouring your hair, you need a few things from your haircare, and that is mainly anti-fade, protein and hydration. The more you treat and maintain your colour the less you will have to colour and in particular with bleach, the less chance you will have of it snapping. Yes, it literally becomes over-brittle and snaps off, I can personally vouch for this holllllla.
I have tried like 40 different hair masks over the last couple of years, I go through them RAPIDLY, using a mask around 3 times a week, and have used everything from the niche brands, the Sally’s brands, the high end stuffs and the high street familiars. Below are a few of my favourites.
Shea Moisture Superfruit 10-in-1 Masque (£12.99)
This is a relatively new hair (& body) range that is currently in Boots and is unsuprisingly all about key ingredient Shea butter which is naturally rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids & has great moisturising properties. I have a bunch of their products but the stand-out for me is the Superfruit Complex 10-in-1 multi benefit hair masque. It has a lovely thick and creamy consistency which I love in hair masks and contains antioxidant-rich ingredients including Red Raspberry Ketone, Goji, Acai & Guava. It also contains Marula Oil for super nourishment/softness and Biotin. This smells absolutely gorgeous which obviously isn’t the most vital need from a hair product but I love slathering on a nice thick mask that smells heavenly.
BLEACH London Reincarnation Mask (£6)
(I have actually used this all up and need to replace, hence why it’s just a empty packet in the snaps – I leave it out to remind me to replace!) The first mask I purchased with recommendation after I had bleached my hair. It lived up to expectations, and this fuss-free, no nonsense metal tube, may look slightly unappealing but within holds a really thick & nourishing mask that leaves my hair really soft and silky ; A hard thing to achieve when you have dried and fried your hair with bleach and dye. Contains Sunflower Seed Extract & Micro Wheat Proteins to strengthen the hair and all-importantly reduce colour fade. An absolute MUST for any of the pastel-haired & bleached peeps out there.
Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment (£56)
The most extravagant and priciest of my picks, but non-the-less a very good, indulgent treat for malnourished locks, and I have nothing similar to this hair mask. This contains key ingredients Keravis, Moroccan Lava Clay, Nopal extract and 30% Coconut Oil. It is an intensive and deep renewal mask that helps renew, restore and reinforce depleted hair. Keravis is a vegetable protein that repairs & strengthens the hair cuticle. Moroccan Lava Clay & Nopal (cactus) clarify and restore the general health of the hair, and it also contains Cedar Bark Extract (from the Atlas Mountains no less) that I’m sure does something beneficial, but this makes it smell like it was sent down from the Gods.
This is different from any hair mask I have used because of the clay element to it ; it looks and feels like a nice normal hair mask when you scoop it out the black tub, but once slathered onto the hair it turns milky and light in texture as the clay combines with water. Really unusual and I actually hated it when I first used it as it didn’t have that thick, creamy feel on my hair that most hair masks have, however it leaves my hair in great condition and really is that next-level treatment. Due to the eye-watering cost , I use this as my once-a-month treatment.
Phyto Phytokeratine Extreme Exceptional Mask (£36)
The newest to my collection of hair masks and I am absolutely loving the Phytokeratine Extreme range. This is a protein-packed buttery-rich mask that is an essential for any damaged and brittle hair. The botanical keratin in the formula penetrates the hair’s surface to mimic natural keratin & replace lost amino acids. What I also love about this particular mask is that although it feels lovely and gloopy and rich, it rinses out beautifully and doesn’t leave my fine hair weighed down.
What hair masks do you recommend for damaged and coloured hair? Have you tried any of these?