There is definitely a nip in the air. When I walk outside, I can’t get enough of the gorgeous caramel-colored leaves that keep on piling up, practically begging someone to jump in them. I’ve also started collecting wood and can hardly wait to give my new fireplace a go.
Can you tell that Fall is definitely my favorite season (with winter not far behind)? But, the one thing I can do without is the dry outdoor air and even drier indoor heat combo that more often than not leaves me with thirsty, dull, lackluster, fried-looking locks. This year, instead of doing major damage control post-damage, I plan on being proactive and switch out my usual conditioner with a moisturizing hair mask every single time I wash my hair. I suggest you do the same.
Masks are thicker, more hydrating and should be left on longer than your usual conditioner. To get the most from your deep conditioning mask, simply shampoo hair and towel dry before applying a generous amount mid-shaft through ends and combing through. Then, depending on your hair, leave on as little as 2 minutes or much longer for ultra-hydrating benefits that go to work restructuring, repairing and helping your hair.
Here, 5 secret weapons to choose from:
O&M 7 Day Miracle ($35) uses Macadamia Seed Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Aloe Vera and Pro-Vitamin B5 as its secrets weapons so it easily gets and keeps your hair hydrated and healthy looking in no time. Expect it to soften, strengthen, reduce frizz, add glossy shine, keep color rich and vibrant and supply your hair with antioxidant protection.
Phytokeratine Extreme Mask ($59) is the magic bullet for dry, brittle, damaged hair. Contains the mega-rich sapote butter, botanical keratin and baobab oil for super-shine, repair and supple, healthier hair. Leave on 2-3 minutes for thin hair and 10 minutes or longer for thick hair.
L’Oreal Kerastase Masque Elixir Ultime ($65) is formulated with Maize, Pracaxi, Camellia and Argan Oils to deliver nourishment, deep conditioning, antioxidant protection, incredible shine and strength to hair that needs some help. Massage through to ends before rinsing and styling as usual.
Leonor Greyl Creme Aux Fleurs Deep Conditioning Scalp Treatment for Dry Hair ($45) instantly transforms dry or frizzy hair into gorgeous, shiny, manageable tresses. It’s a little different than most hair masks since it treats and shampoos out in one easy step. To use, apply to wet or dry hair at the scalp and massage into scalp and hair section by section. After leaving on for at least 10 minutes, add a little bit of water to create a gentle lather, rinse thoroughly and style as usual.
Redken Extreme Strength Builder Plus Fortifying Hair Mask ($17.50), an intense mask for dry, damaged hair contains a proprietary blend of ingredients to repair and strengthen from the inside out. Redken’s 18-MEA offers mega protective shine, Ceramide to repair structurally and a special protein network for added strength.