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The Best Hair Masks and Deep Conditioners to Repair Dry, Damaged Strands

These GH Beauty Lab top-tested treatments really work to deeply soften and nourish hair.

When regular conditioner just won’t do for your parched, split, broken strands, it’s time to swap in something more hydrating: an intensive hair mask or deep conditioner. Like traditional conditioners, hair masks are used after shampooing and rinsed off, but tend to offer deeper hydration. These products “help coat wet hair so it’s easier to detangle, which can lead to less damage, and softer and more manageable hair,” explains Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab director, Birnur Aral, Ph.D.

Hair masks and deep conditioning treatments tend to have a higher concentration of conditioning ingredients (like silicones and plant oils and butters), which makes for a heavier and thicker product. That texture makes hair masks “best for coarse, thick, or curly hair,” says Aral, “which tend to be drier.” Deep conditioning treatments are also ideal for hair that’s been damaged by chemical treatments (like dying or straightening) or frequent use of hot tools — which, let’s face it, is most of us.

Here, the best hair masks and deep conditioners tested by the Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab and chosen by our beauty experts to help spin your hair from straw to silk.

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Best Overall

It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin

it’s a 10
amazon.com

$14.54

The winner of the GH Beauty Lab’s deep conditioners and hair masks test, the nourishing It’s a 10 formula lived up to its name when it  earned a perfect score for its ability to condition hair and prevent damage in the Lab’s wet-combing test on hair samples.

It also rated highly for making hair look smoother without leaving it greasy after application. “This mask definitely made my color-treated and damaged blonde hair softer and more manageable,” a tester said.

2

Best Value

Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots

pantene
amazon.com

$4.97

Pantene’s innovative mask in ampoule form contains concentrated lipids to repair hair for barely more than a dollar a pop. “My dye- and hot tool–damaged hair felt stronger and even looked healthier once dry,” our Beauty Lab expert tester said. Bonus: The small, single-use mask tubes are travel-friendly, too.

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Best for Fine or Thin Hair

Pantene Pro-V 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner

pantene
amazon.com

$17.99

Deep conditioners and masks are famous for their hydrating, repairing superpowers — but also for their heavy, volume-deflating weight. Beauty Lab testing found this breakthrough formula effective, yet light enough to nourish even the finest strands. 

One tester raved, “my hair was softer than with any conditioner I’ve used before.” The mask made hair noticeably silky, smooth and sleek without weighing it down, Lab evaluations found.

4

Best Hair & Scalp Mask

Head & Shoulders Royal Oils Deep Moisture Masque

head & shoulders
amazon.com

$10.99

This next-level Head & Shoulders mask treats hair and scalp at the same time, softening strands with coconut oil and fighting flakes with active pyrithione zinc. Many Beauty Lab testers praised its scalp-itch relief. “Flakes disappeared” and “hair was softer than it’s ever been,” two said.  When we Lab tested on women with textured strands, this hydrating mask scored high for reducing scalp and hair dryness.

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Editor’s Pick

Redken All Soft Mega Mega Mask

redken
ulta.com

$29.00

GH’s beauty director, April Franzino, has tried countless hair masks from drugstore to salon brands on her split, broken strands. This unique deep treatment is among her all-time favorites, for its ability to deliver immediately noticeable results.

It contains dual chambers that dispense hair-softening ingredients like soy and vegetable proteins and botanical extracts simultaneously. The creamy, rich mask leaves strands “the softest they’ve ever been, like newborn baby’s hair, after only one use,” Franzino says.

 

6 Nexxus Keraphix Gel Treatment

nexxus
amazon.com

$8.15

Get a salon-style deep conditioning treatment at home with Nexxus’s keratin protein formula, which fortifies damaged, split, and breakage-prone hair. 

“I get chemical treatments, color my hair, and use hot tools, so I struggle with split ends and an allover fried look,” one Beauty Lab tester said of this GH Beauty Award-winner. “This mask made my hair feel stronger and look less frayed.”

7 Kérastase Fusio-Dose Hair Lab In-Salon Treatment
Kérastase Fusio-Dose Hair Lab In-Salon Treatment
Kérastase

$30 and up

If you’ve got hair problems but can’t figure out the fix, time to call in the big guns with this state-of-the-art personalized in-salon treatment. A stylist zeroes in on your issues with a high-tech hair and scalp camera that can magnify up to 600 times. It uses the data to pinpoint your hair type and concerns, then conjures up a custom mask treatment, combining ingredients to target everything from hydration to shine, smoothing, fullness, color enhancement, strength and repair.

GH Beauty Lab’s expert experienced bouncier and shinier strands than normal, and called it the perfect pick-me-up — like a facial for your hair, which earned it a Beauty Breakthrough Award. “The treatment was very quick, but produced amazing immediate results— in both volume and smoothness,” reported Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek.

 

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https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/beauty-products/hair-treatment-reviews/g26884891/best-deep-conditioner-hair-masks/

Top Rated Hair Dryers Preferred By Hair Stylists

The best hair SECRETS are no longer exclusive to the rich and famous. Find out the inside scoop on Hollywood salon style blowouts.

If you’ve been wasting time sweating in front of your bathroom mirror, holding a garbling blow dryer with shaky arms and a wet mop of steaming hair, then we are here to help you.

Blow dryers aren’t just a means of drying hair: they are style tools sent from the hair gods to smooth out frizz, heal split ends and let you style your hair no matter what type of texture you’ve got.

With the power of a quality blow dryer at your command, you don’t have to slick down unruly strands with greasy serums or shove an unmanageable mane into a ponytail. In a matter of minutes, you can transform yourself from being a frustrated hair hostage to a Grecian goddess floating down the street with glossy, tumbling waves.

In fact, salon-quality dryers you can now use at home have been proven to actually make your hair healthier and easier to style in the long run.

But many people can’t stomach the idea of spending over $50 on a blow dryer. They think, “What’s the difference between $30 hot air vs. $100 hot air?” And the answer to that is: everything.

You see, although hot air might be the only thing you physically see coming into contact with your precious hair strands, there’s a whole layer of unseen tech lurking within the body of the dryer. It is this internal technology that truly makes a difference for both making your hair healthier and making it easier than ever for you to create extraordinary, stunning styles.

Here’s What Happened When We Put Top Blow Dryers To The Test

We are here to shine the light on these holy grails of hair because as soon as you try one for yourself to see how fast and easy it is for these tools to make you look amazing day after day, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get one in the first place.

When considering the results of our research below, it’s important to remember that lesser quality devices simply don’t last as long and you end up spending just as much on replacements as you would a blow dryer that gets you gorgeous results. Below we’ve added our top choices based off of primary first-account results, customer reviews, and other significant criteria.

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SRI Salon Dry Pro

SRI Salon Dry Pro Blow Dryer

Developed with safe and effective Negative Ion Technology, its Ceramic-Tourmaline Air Composition and Cool Shot Setting will give you shine and improve hair health.

$149.00 $199.00

Our number # 1 Top Pick: SRI Salon Dry Pro

The SRI Salon Dry Pro blow dryer achieves the perfect balance of affordability and professional-quality. Both expert stylists and amateurs loved how the high-powered infrared heat technology speed-dried wet hair into soft silky sections that stayed smooth and didn’t frizz up.

The advanced infrared heating also kept this blow dryer’s air flow super gentle and more consistent – it practically styles your hair for you while you dry it.

The SRI Salon Dry Pro did the job of a $300 device at less than a third of the price, and if you haven’t checked it out yet, you can sign up for their First Time Customer Discount and get it at an even lower rate.

We definitely recommend it.

PROS:
  • Wide range of temperature settings achieved stunning styles for numerous hair types
  • Cool shot setting sealed the cuticle for a glossy smooth finish
  • Ceramic-tourmaline air outlet evenly distributed heat leaving hair healthier than ever before
  • 9ft cord made it easy-to-maneuver and the convenient hook was great for storage in small quarters
  • Had three attachments that made styling for specific textures easier than any other product we tried
CONS:
  • Only available online
  • Frequently on backorder

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Our #2 Pick: Dyson Supersonic

The Dyson Supersonic™ hair dryer

The Supersonic Dyson Hair Dryer has a super-quiet motor that’s located in the handle instead of the head, giving it a more lightweight feel, and its patented Air Multiplier technology. It also measures the air temperature 20 times every second.

$399.99

If you’ve never heard of the Dyson Supersonic, you must be blow-drying your hair under a rock. It’s basically the Beats Headphones, Voss Water, and Louis Vuitton of the blow-dryer industry. Very cool to look at, hold in your hand, and show your status in the bathroom. But how does that status translate out the streets for your red carpet Friday night?

The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer is hands down one of the BEST there is on the market. The problem is it’s also hands down one of the MOST expensive on the market too. Sometimes splurging for brand names and cool aesthetics… is cool. Especially when you consider the intelligent heat technology from the head of the dryer and the powerful digital motor in its colorful handle.

However, it does carry a ‘novelty’ feel to it that makes you question whether it’s worth the price tag. Without infrared technology, it doesn’t appear noticeably faster at drying hair. Also, its air intake is in the handle, which forces you to hold it higher up and strain your arms.

PROS:
  • Sleeve, aerodynamic design comes in lots of stylish, fun colors
  • Engineered to protect your hair against heat damage for smooth, shiny styling
  • Intelligent heat technology available at most luxury stores like Nordstroms, Sephora, Ulta
CONS:
  • PRICEY. On average, this product is at least $100-$150 MORE expensive than its competition
  • Air intake through the handle means tired arms and fatigue when you’re trying to get that perfect finish
  • No infrared technology means speed may not be noticeably quicker than its competition

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Our #3 Pick: Harry Josh Pro Tools

Harry Josh Pro Dryer 2000

The motor is designed for faster operation so that hair is dried faster with lower noise levels from the dryer and made in France

$243.99

Another extremely lightweight design that comes in a very pretty and unique mint green color. We noticed a lot of customer reviews praised it’s speed and efficiency that saved them time, but many were unable to figure out the heat settings.

The Harry Josh Pro Dry is one of the more expensive products since it comes from a professional brand used by supermodels and actors. The high price point was off putting, especially when you will receive very similar results with products like the SRI Dry Pro at half the price.

It was also hard to discern which was a real Harry Josh product as there are many duplicates and imitation products flooding the market.

PROS:
  • Lightweight design comes in a very popular mint green color
  • Multiple speed and heat settings for wide range of hair types and styles
  • Customer reviews praised it’s speed and efficiency that saved them time
CONS:
  • The motor seemed to stop running after a mere three months of use
  • The high price point, especially when other sites were selling very similar products for half the price
  • It was hard to discern which was a real Harry Josh product there are many duplicates and imitation products flooding the market.