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Guide: Hairmask for dry hair - find the best hairmask for frizzy, dry and dull hair

by Lotte Lindgren on May 17, 2022

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on April 9, 2024.

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How to find the best hair mask for dry hair

Is your hair dry and frizzy? Do you have split ends or annoying frizz? Is your hair constantly breaking even though you want long locks? Then it's time to pamper your hair with a nourishing hair mask.
On this page, you will learn more about hair masks for dry hair, so you can get your hands on the right one. We guide you through different ingredients so that you get the most out of your hair mask.

Why should I use a hair mask for dry hair?

Your hair is exposed to all sorts of things during the day, which both wear and dry out. Styling with heating devices, for example hair dryers and straighteners, is hard on the hair. The same applies to cars, salt water, cold and sun. As soon as you step outside your door, it wears on your hair.

Disappointing, we know. But luckily there is a lot you can do to take good care of your yarn so that it stays healthy and shiny. And it is precisely here that a hair mask for dry and frizzy hair comes into the picture.

It is of course sensible to take care of your hair with a good shampoo and conditioner in your everyday life, but that is not enough. You should also use a hair mask for damaged hair once or twice a week if you want to keep your hair healthy. It takes care of the hair in depth and counteracts frizz and split ends, among other things.

A hair mask for damaged hair both repairs existing damage and prevents new ones. Whether your hair needs a little extra love or you just want to make sure it stays healthy, you will always benefit from a good hair mask for dry hair.

What is a hair mask?

A hair mask – ​​or hair mask – is related to a conditioner. Just like a conditioner, a hair mask cares for and nourishes the hair strands so that the hair stays healthy. Basically, the difference is that a hair mask for dry hair penetrates deeper into the hair than a conditioner does. The hair mask provides nourishment in depth, while a conditioner works more superficially.

A conditioner is good for everyday use, when it needs to be done quickly, but it does not treat the hair as effectively as a hair mask does. That's why it's smart once in a while to give yourself time to care for your hair with a nourishing hair mask for dry and frizzy hair , if you want healthy and shiny hair.

Conditioner makes the hair feel healthy and soft by sealing the individual strands. This also relieves split ends. Precisely because conditioner seals the hair - which a hair mask does not - it is important that you use your hair mask between shampoo and conditioner. So you must first wash your hair with your shampoo, then use the hair mask and finally finish with the sealing conditioner. And that takes us on to the next item on the agenda.

Hair treatment for dry hair

How to get the most out of your hair mask for damaged hair

A hair mask usually needs to sit in the hair for 10 minutes or more to be able to penetrate the hair strands. To get the full effect, it is important that you do not rinse out the hair mask before the time has passed. On the other hand, in the vast majority of cases, you can safely leave your hair mask in your hair for a longer time - for example overnight, if that makes sense to you.

Of course, we agree that it can be difficult to find time for extra care, but your hair will love it. That's why we have a little advice for you: Make sure to include the hair mask in your beauty routine in a way that optimizes your time consumption. For example, let your damaged hair mask work while you shave your legs, apply your face mask, brush your teeth or use a body scrub. Or leave the treatment in the hair overnight.

If your hair regimen is an integral part of your routine, it's much easier to get it used regularly, and your hair will appreciate it. Although it is obviously better to use your hair mask once a month than not at all, it is most optimal that you use your hair mask for dry hair once or twice a week. In this way, you get the most out of your hair mask, so that it not only repairs superficial damage, but actually strengthens the hair and has a preventive effect. However, always follow the instructions on the product so that you are sure to get maximum enjoyment from it.

Which hair mask should I choose?

There are many different hair masks. It can therefore be difficult to find your way around the options. A little further down, we take a closer look at the ingredients and their properties, so you are absolutely sure to choose the right hair mask. However, you can simply read on the different products which specific properties they have. For example, you will find hair masks for curly hair or fine hair, just as you will find versions for frizzy hair.

On the hair masks on this page, the properties are described below the product. This means that it is easy for you to find the right match.

Still not quite sure what you need? Then we can console you with the fact that virtually everyone can benefit from a hair mask for dry hair. Unless you're lucky, your hair will appreciate a little extra love, and here a hair mask for dry hair is a good bet. With that in place, it's time to look at slightly different ingredients.

Two fantastic hair masks

Oils in your hair regimen for dry hair

If you are looking for a hair mask for dry hair, look for hair masks that contain oil. This can be, for example, olive oil, argan oil, coconut oil, inca inchi oil and avocado oil. Also butter, for example shea butter and cocoa butter, is good for hair that is sad and tired.

Coconut oil penetrates deeper into the hair strands than other types of oil and fat. This is why this particular oil is ideal in a hair mask for dry hair. At the same time, coconut oil has some special properties that alleviate scalp problems such as dandruff. You can read more about coconut oil for hair here . 

If you want to protect your hair from heat and UV rays, a hair mask with argan oil is a good choice. This oil is also rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which gives shine and moisture to the hair. The same applies to olive oil, which softens the hair. Olive oil works well for all hair types, but the oil is an especially good choice if you have curls. It provides increased elasticity, so you get plenty of bounce and avoid frizz. Read more about olive oil for hair here .

Avocado oil promotes hair growth, just as the oil strengthens the hair and prevents the hair from breaking. If you want longer, fuller hair, a hair mask with avocado oil is worth going for. Inca inchi oil is also a good choice if you want to strengthen the hair and ensure that it retains its moisture. The oil is rich in fatty acids such as omega-3, as well as containing lots of nourishing vitamin E.

In general, natural oils are effective. If you are looking for a hair mask for damaged hair or dry hair, oil is a must. As you can read, the many oils have different properties, but what they all have in common is that they provide moisture and have a softening and strengthening effect. As long as there is some form of oil in your hair regimen, you are well on your way to happier and more beautiful hair.

Aloe vera – a wonder ingredient

Aloe vera is a true miracle ingredient when it comes to both skin and hair care. Therefore, of course, it must also be included in this guide on hair care for dry hair.

There is almost no problem that aloe vera cannot solve – or at least reduce. This applies if your hair splits, breaks or frizzes, you have scalp problems or your hair lacks shine. This is because aloe vera is rich in both enzymes, minerals, vitamins and amino acids. In short, everything you and your hair need.

The antioxidants in aloe vera fight free radicals and help protect hair from UV rays. At the same time, the miracle ingredient contributes to maintaining the right pH value in the scalp.

If you are looking for a hair mask for dry and frizzy hair, you can safely choose a product with aloe vera in it. This way you get a hair mask that both cares for and strengthens the hair, and that leaves it soft and shiny.

It is important to avoid silicone in your hair regimen, it prevents ingredients from properly penetrating your hair ❌

Protein restores and strengthens

The best hair mask for damaged hair that really needs some love contains micro proteins. Because hair is made up of proteins, it needs proteins if it has been damaged and needs to be rebuilt. A protein hair mask is therefore a good choice for you who have chemically treated hair or who regularly style your hair with heat appliances.

If your hair is very dry and damaged, you can use a protein hair mask to give it a loving push in the right direction. When your hair has become healthy and strong again, you can switch to a moisturizing hair regimen that maintains the health of the hair.

Protein hair masks are brilliant for rebuilding hair, but overuse can damage hair in the long term. Hair can simply be damaged by too much protein. Therefore, the rule of thumb is that a week should pass between you using your protein hair mask. If you have gone all in on rebuilding very damaged and dry hair, you can use it once a week for a few months, but slowly taper off so that you eventually only use it once a month. The rest of the time, you use a nourishing moisturiser, so you can keep the locks healthy and fresh.

If you are looking for the best hair mask for damaged hair, don't be intimidated by the fact that protein hair masks require a little more thought. Just avoid using your protein hair mask several times a week, and don't leave it on the hair for too long. Follow the instructions on the product and you are good to go. And then it is simply a matter of supplementing with a moisturizing hair mask for dry hair.

Always avoid silicone in your hair regimen

Some hair maks contain silicone, but silicone is actually not good for the hair. Silicone forms a film around the hair strands and prevents other ingredients from properly penetrating the hair. If you use a hair mask with silicone, you will probably find that your hair feels softer and looks shinier afterwards, but it is a quick fix and not a long-term solution.

If you want hair that stays shiny, soft, healthy and strong, it needs lots of care and nourishment – ​​and you need a little patience. A damaged hair mask helps every time you use it, but if your hair is very dry or damaged, don't expect it to change overnight. It takes a continuous effort to strengthen and moisturize the hair, so give it time.

Pamper your hair with a delicious hair mask for dry hair

Whether your hair is fine, thick, curly or straight, you can benefit from a moisturizing hair mask. It keeps your hair both beautiful and beautiful. If you are looking for a hair mask for damaged hair, you can advantageously choose one with micro proteins that rebuild the hair strands. If you are looking for a hair mask for dry and frizzy hair, you can for example choose one with olive oil or inca inchi oil. It is also a good choice if you have curls.

Use your hair mask as a natural part of your routine and make sure to apply it at regular intervals. You should typically use your hair mask a few times a week, but always follow the instructions on the specific product to achieve the best results. Feel free to supplement with other forms of hair care that give your hair exactly what it needs - regardless of whether it's moisture, grease, oil or something completely different.

Accessories for hair care

Frequently asked questions about hair masks

What is a protein hair mask?

A protein hair mask contains micro proteins. The treatment is effective for damaged hair, as the micro proteins rebuild the hair strands and return them to their normal state. For example, use a protein hair mask if you often style your hair with heating devices or if your hair is chemically treated.

What is the best hair mask for dry hair?

The best hair mask for dry hair contains plenty of nutrients, including oil and/or fat. A good hair mask for dry hair also retains moisture and prevents drying out. In this way, it also works preventively, so that your hair remains healthy and shiny.

Is oil good for hair?

Yes, oil is almost always good for the hair. It can weigh the hair down if you put pure oil in your hair, but if you include the oil in a hair regimen, it moisturizes, nourishes and cares for it. For example, look for products with olive oil, argan oil, avocado oil, inca inchi oil or coconut oil.

How long should a hair mask stay in the hair?

A hair mask should typically sit in the hair for at least 10 minutes. However, many hair masks can be cleverly used for a longer period of time - for example overnight. However, always follow the instructions on your product so that you get the most optimal results.

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