I’m sick of this love/hate relationship I have with my hair. She’s beautiful and all, but way too high-maintenance for me. So I tend to pile on the styling products, or stash her away in buns, or underneath hair extensions. But then I recently had an epiphany when someone told me that I’m too high-maintenance. I love myself, and in this instance high-maintenance just means that I have high standards, which is fine with me. But if my standards are so high, why am I faulting my hair for being the same way? I can’t expect people to accept me when I’m not accepting of my hair, which is figuratively a mirror image of me. So I went on a mission to embrace my hair, and bring back its vibrancy. I found the best hair masks to nourish and strengthen my natural hair, to allow it to flourish freely.
This epiphany about my hair was such a wakeup call. I realized that my hair wouldn’t be so high-maintenance if I proactively gave it the care it needed. I have a daily skincare routine, but only wash my hair when it needs it without much thought. Terrible. Your hair needs to be cared for and fed nourishing ingredients just like the rest of your body. Especially because we put it through so much stress and tension without realizing it. Hair masks are a way to deeply hydrate and replenish your hair, while also nurturing it to keep it healthy. Hair masks contain rich ingredients like natural oils, and with weekly use as a deep conditioner they can be immensely beneficial. And because my hair and I have high standards, I had to find the best hair masks for healthy hair.
BRIOGEO DON’T DESPAIR, REPAIR DEEP CONDITIONING HAIR MASK
The BRIOGEO Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Mask is a saving grace for super dry and damaged hair. Use it weekly to bring your hair back to its original glory, and more importantly keep it there. Almond oil, argan oil, and B-vitamins provide restorative treatment for your hair. They not only nourish and moisturize the hair, but also create a luxurious shine so you can see the improvements. This hair mask also has rosehip oil, which hydrates the hair and heals visible damage like split ends and frizz. And the mask is also formulated with algae extract for more, and continuous, damage protection. It’s literally a super hero for your hair.
AMIKA SOULFOOD NOURISHING HAIR MASK
The AMIKA Soulfood Nourishing Hair Mask feeds your hair what it needs to be vigorously strong. It’s a thick, but not heavy, cream mask that penetrates hair for deep conditioning and hydration. The Jojoba seed oil sinks deep into the hair to strengthen it, and also to make it visibly healthy. To be cliché, it really satisfies your hair like a hot plate of soul food, leaving it super soft and manageable. And this hair mask also has Vitamin-C, from sea buckthorn berry, for antioxidant protection. And to top it off with another cliché, it smells delicious too.
NATURELAB. TOKYO PERFECT REPAIR TREATMENT HAIR MASQUE
The NATURELAB. TOKYO Perfect Treatment Hair Masque gets to the root of your hair problems, using natural ingredients and technology. It works from your scalp to the ends leaving your hair smooth, soft and full of luster. Bamboo stem cells and keratin works deep into your hairs natural makeup to strengthen and protect it. Also while helping new hair strands to grow in healthily. Prickly pear is used to further protect your hair from damage. And then argan oil provides moisture and gives your hair bouncy body, and shine. Plus it has a nice, light scent inspired by Japanese bamboo forests, with a splash of green tea as well. So you can really tune into the nature experience that’s revitalizing your hair.
MOROCCANOIL RESTORATIVE HAIR MASK
The MOROCCANOIL Restorative Hair Mask does exactly what it says it’s going to do. Your hair and roots are nourished back to health with necessary vitamins and nutritious keratin proteins. You use it weekly, before conditioner, and watch your hair gain back its vitality. Argan oil and shea butter both intensely hydrate your hair and scalp, and make it feel softer and overall healthier. They provide much needed moisture and nurture to repair dryness, frizz, damage, and split ends. It also has Caryocar Brasiliense fruit oil, which is a fancy name for the pequi fruit, which is rich in vitamins and necessary fatty acids to replenish your hair. This hair mask simply gives back all that your hair’s been missing.
MIELLE ROSEMARY MINT STRENGTHENING HAIR MASQUE
The MIELLE Rosemary Mint Strengthening Hair Masque deeply moisturizes your hair to restore its health and help it flourish. This hair mask is infused with biotin to stimulate hair growth, and is also packed with other strong nutrients. Certified organic ingredients such as rosemary and mentha oil that penetrate the scalp to strengthen its circulation, which in turn prevents breakage and promotes length retention. Then there is honey and coconut oil to repair and bring next level moisture to your hair. The result is strands that are strong, soft, and luscious Give your hair the backing that it needs.
VERB HYDRATING HAIR MASK
The VERB Hydrating Hair Mask is a miracle worker for dry and damaged hair. The over-styling and coloring of your hair looks beautiful, but leaves your hair dull and destroyed over time. This is a super hydrating mask that makes your hair shine and feel soft as ever. The babassu oil in the mask deeply moisturizes your hair and brings back its elasticity. The mask also has Glycerin to double down on the moisture and lock it in. And the subtle, yet bomb grapefruit and oatmeal scent seals the deal. A little love and lots of moisture is what your hair truly needs.
PATTERN INTENSIVE CONDITIONER FOR TIGHT TEXTURES
The PATTERN Intensive Conditioner for Tight Textures is a necessary addition to your hair care routine if you have textured hair that is always thirsty. This hair mask is super hydrating and is able to moisturize deeply, even if your strands have the lowest porosity. Shea butter and avocado oil are used to penetrate your hair leaving it beyond moisturized and soft. Along with safflower oil and acacia decurrens flower, these ingredients also work to prevent future dryness and breakage. So your hair comes out from this deep conditioning treatment juicy, beautiful, and your curl pattern is restored and defined. And if you need a cherry on top, this hair mask smells like sweet florals from a fragrance made with rose, neroli, and patchouli.
Moral of the story is that there’s nothing wrong with being high-maintenance; you just don’t settle for less. But if you expect the best, you have to be willing to give the best as well. I’m no longer going to hide my hair because she requires so much work. I’m going to use the best hair masks to give it the care and attention it needs. And make sure my hair is healthy and happy at all times. Of course I’ll still wear weaves or sleek ponytails when I want to add a little razzle dazzle, but my natural hair comes first. We deserve it.