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Some Much Needed Winter SOS: Hair Masks That Will Make You Feel Like You Again

Want to save your locks this winter? Follow Ingrie Williams as she test-drives a sleeping mask, and recommends other hair masks for all hair types.

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winter hair masks

Winter hair masks will help you fall in love with your locks again

There is tons of talk about taking care of your skin during the winter with a #SelfcareSunday mask. But it is your hair that really needs some love. Enter hair masks. Hair masks rank high on my list of ride or die beauty products. Without them my many-textured curls appear more frizzy, less fabulous.

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winter hair masks Sephora Rose Hair Sleeping Mask

Hair apparent

When I discovered a line of overnight masks from Sephora I was instantly intrigued – thanks in no small part to the adorable and highly ’grammable packaging.

Sephora Rose Hair Sleeping Mask, $6 at sephora.ca.

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winter hair masks Sephora Collection Hair Mask Rose cap

Getting ahead

Designed to be left on while you get your beauty rest, each pouch comes complete with a dollop of mask and the cutest hair cap you ever did see. (Discovering this well-designed cap was a game-changer. SO cute, right?)

I chose the rose formula, which claims to smooth and prevent frizz. There’s also coconut for nourishing and repairing (currently sold out online), açai to protect colour and boost radiance and shea for preventing breakage. Priced on par with a festive hot beverage, you can treat yourself to more than one with zero guilt.

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winter hair masks sephora collection hair mask results

The mane event

As the owner of a lot of hair, that takes up a lot of space, I doubted there would a) be enough mask product offered to saturate my strands, and b) that the shower cap could effectively contain my not-small mane. Once the application process was complete I went off to bed happily wrong on both fronts.

Sleeping hair mask success! Not only did the cap manage to stay on, but my curls felt seriously hydrated in the a.m. Now that cold weather and heated indoor temps have settled in – a.k.a. torture for dry hair – I’m adding this overnight treatment to my beauty routine from now until the spring thaw.

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winter hair masks Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque

Best for blondes

Tailored to keep your golden glow going while removing trace minerals intent on causing dullness and yellowing. Softness, bounce and shine are also dialed back up.

Joico Blonde Life Brightening Masque, $26, at select salons.

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winter hair masks Maui Moisture Revive Hydrate Shea Butter Hair Mask

Best for thick hair

Ideal for anyone with thick hair that soaks up a mask like a sponge, this rich cream is loaded with hydrating essentials, like coconut and macadamia oils and shea butter. Bonus: the sizeable tub has a sweet price tag.

Maui Moisture Revive & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask, $11, in major drugstores across Canada including Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Jean Coutu, and London Drugs.

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winter hair masks Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask

Best for fine hair

Limp hair in need of a just-right dose of moisture? This speedy five-minute treatment calls on argan oil to get the job done without weighing hair down.

Moroccanoil Weightless Hydrating Mask, $46 at moroccanoil.ca.

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winter hair masks Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasure Repairing Mask

Best for frayed or split ends

Choosing this royal jelly and honey-infused treatment is a smart first step, but to finish strong you must hair mask like a pro!

Follow these three steps from Roger Medina, Garner hair expert, to maximize results:

  1. Take time to brush hair thoroughly before applying mask to dry hair, focusing on the ends.
  2. Use enough product to saturate hair and massage it in.
  3. Wrap hair in a shower cap, or plastic bag, and let mask absorb for 20 minutes.

Garnier Whole Blends Honey Treasure Repairing Mask, $9, available at mass and drug retailers across Canada.

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winter hair masks Yves Rocher Repair Sleeping Care

Best for strengthening hair

This hair mask transforms very dry and damaged hair with a lot of what you want (jojoba, olive and macadamia oils), and none of what you don’t (zero silicones, colorants or parabens).

Yves Rocher Repair Sleeping Care, $9 at yvesrocher.ca.