Hair Mask Friday

Hair Mask Friday

I am a huge advocate of hair masks. Even before I started my blog I was a faithful user of them. Basically they are a heavily concentrated conditioning formula that will help restore and repair your hair. We do a lot to our hair and it sometimes requires some TLC. They can contain anything from the obvious coco-butter to honey and anything in between.

Hair Masks in the drugstore, like a lot of things in the drugstore beauty product aisle, has undergone some changes. They are much more effective, and plentiful, now than a few years ago.

Mostly they are inexpensive but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great products.

They can come in single use pouches, although, depending on your hair length and texture you may be able to use them more than one wash. They also come sold in jars or tubs for multi-use. I will talk about all of them here.

Can you find prestige hair masks that have better products than those in the drugstore aisle? Maybe, although I’m not convinced, but I know for a fact that you can find quality hair masks in the drugstore.

Here every Thursday I will review a hair mask. To help make it easy I will use the following labeling system:

  • HEAVY || this one is for the most damaged and dry hair out there.
  • MEDIUM || this one is for your average girl just wanting to try out a hair mask
  • LIGHT || this one is for the girl with very fine hair
  • OILY || this one for the girl with oily hair (yes, oily hair needs conditioning too)

L’ORÉAL Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm

My label || MEDIUM

Many masks will be specially formulated for all types of hair. This one is for color-treated hair. It’s not a beauty secret that coloring our hair damages it. I mean there is no way around that fact. It just happens. The more you color it the more damage. Even the color or shade you color it can determine the damage you inflict. Going Kardashian blonde will cause some damage.

It is especially important for those of us who color our hair to use masks such as this one during summer. The hot summer sun will further dry out our hair and the UV rays will help to strip our color causing it to fade.

This mask is one part of a whole system targeted at color treated hair. You can purchase this in both single use pouches and tubs for multi-use.

This product contains:

  • a UV protectant that will wrap your hair shaft to help to prevent the damaging UV rays from hurting our hair.
  • ceramides || what are they? well they are a kind of “glue” that helps to bind the hair shaft together. this will help that important moisture from escaping. basically it keeps the good things in and the bad things out.

I have used another Elvive product for YEARS, I recently did a Featured Products post on it, to me this one isn’t has heavy as that one. This hair mask is effective but also not so heavy that the average girl couldn’t use it. Anyone, despite the damage of their hair or the thickness of it, could benefit from using this mask.

HERE is a link to purchase

Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask

My Label || Medium

I promise you girls, I think I looked for this stuff, maybe, three years, I know at least two years before I found it a couple of months ago. I found it at Kroger of all places. I first read about it when I was hunting for a dupe for my beloved Olaplex #3, it’s not a dupe (go HERE to read what product made me give up Olaplex and not look back). Just because it isn’t a dupe for Olaplex doesn’t mean I don’t like it. I did.

What is it?

It’s a once a week hair mask, but I used it twice. As I have shared (over and over), I use a hair mask every single time I wash my hair. I believe that everyone’s hair can benefit from a hair mask. However, not every hair will benefit from the same type of mask. Thankfully, there are literally hundreds available to us.

It is a Triple Moisture mask because it contains three naturally derived extracts: Olive (which penetrates to the center of the hair shaft), Meadowfoam Seed (which helps to provide moisture to the middle layer of the hair shaft), and Sweet Almond (which wraps the surface of the hair). In theory, this mask supports and moisturizes every part of the hair.

HI*PRO*PAC Extremely Damaged Hair Repair

My Label || Heavy

My first impression…

This is the thickest hair mask I’ve ever used, It has a minty sort of smell that is kind of medicine-y…like a good quality dandruff shampoo. Sort of, but not that heavy (Yeah, that wasn’t confusing at all right?)

Despite it’s heavy nature it washes out well and did not leave my hair heavy or weighed down.

Most of these single use hair mask packs have a lot of product in them. Depending on your hair type or length, you could possibly get at least two uses from them. This one especially because it is so thick and rich plus there seemed to be more product than usual.

The package says that it is an

“intense protein treatment”

that will help to fortify hair to prevent split ends and breakage.

It contains collagen that will help trap in moisture as well as Wheat Amino Acids that aides in moisture building. Stroll down the hair aisle and you will see many products boasting about containing protein.

Why protein?

Just like our bodies need protein (hello, steak I’m looking at ya) our hair needs it too. If your hair feels weak and limo it might need protein.

Get to know your hair…when it looks at it’s best or when you love it the most. Think about the products you used or are using when your hair was at its best. This will help you recognize what might be missing when your hair starts to look less than awesome!

I purchased this from Walmart.

HASK Cucumber Aloe Water

My Label ||  Medium

If you were alive and doing your hair in the late 80’s early 90’s you might be familiar with LA LOOKS Hair Gel. Do you remember that stuff? If so, that is what this hair mask reminds me of.  It feels and smells so much like that old hair gel.

This is a thick mask but that doesn’t mean it is too heavy for the average girl. I think that this mask would be great for the average gal.  

The package says that this gives you “weightless shine” and I agree. This was a great mask. Even despite it’s heavy gel-like texture, it washes our easy. I was impressed with how this made my hair feel after use. So very soft.

I purchased this at Ulta.  

TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 Instant Recovery Mask with Biotin

My Label  || Light

This isn’t a horrible mask but it’s not a great one either. It’s a middle of the road hair mask. 

If you’re a girl with extremely thin or fine hair and you are afraid of using a heavier mask this would be a good one for you to try. 

This one is also a fairly inexpensive option. So, that might be beneficial as well. 

TRESemmé Repair and Protect 7 contains biotin.  Biotin is a B Vitamin that is commonly used for hair health by improving the structure of your hair’s keratin.  

HI*PRO*PAC Moroccan Mend Aragan Oil

My Label  || Medium

This is the second mask I have reviewed from HI*PRO*PAC and I have liked both of them.

This one is a thick creamy mask that doesn’t have much of an argan smell at all.  In fact, if I have anything negative to say about this at all it’s the smell. It doesn’t smell bad at all. It doesn’t really smell like anything. If you are someone that can’t handle fragrances this would be a great option for you.

This one is thick but not too heavy. Making it a better option for the girl who’s hair doesn’t have tons of damage.  

Again, like I have said before many of these single use masks have tons of product in them. Depending on your hair type and structure, you might be able to get more than one use from them!

Hi*Pro*Pac coconut oil & african shea butter

My Label || Medium

The label on this package says that this mask will…

  • Restore silky, soft, healthy hair
  • Helps tame frizzy strands
  • Moisturizes & restores shine

These claims aren’t unusual to hair masks but undoubtedly some are much better than others. I believe that this one fulfills all these claims especially the “helps tame frizzy strands.”

I have tried and reviewed several from this company and this one smells…the BEST of any I have ever used from them.

The smell is definitely coconut but not in your face strong coconut. Instead, it’s a slight pleasant coconut smell.

Along with coconut, this one contains “african shea butter” this is a rich moisturizing agent. It is made from the nut of the African Shea tree. This one is beneficial because the amount of fatty acid that it contains.

I loved this mask. It washed out nicely and left my hair silky and soft. I would absolutely recommend you trying this one out if your looking for a treat for your hair.

HASK Keratin Protein

My Label || Heavy

This is one of the best hair masks I have ever used. It makes my hair feel so healthy and soft but not weighted down. I have used it several times over the years and I am always pleased with the results.

Keratin | A structural protein that makes up our hair and nails. It works by smoothing down our hair cuticles. In theory, our hair strands will soak up Keratin making it look full and shiny.

If you happen to be a gal with curly hair it can make your hair less frizzy.

I know that I labeled this as HEAVY but this is really for every girl no matter what your hair type. Naturally you may not need the whole packet, depending on how thick your hair might be.

According to their website they have a proprietary blend that will leave all hair types “smooth, shiny, and frizz free”…and I want to say again it will do all this while at the same time not leave your hair weighted down with too much product.

The directions say to massage the product into your hair placing special attention to the problem areas and leave on for 10 minutes. I, as I usually do with all hair masks, left it on way longer than the 10 minutes.