Over the past 10 years, I have been a blonde, then a brunette, then a blonde again.
The transformation can be brutal.
I’d like to introduce you to the mask that I use to get myself through the over-processing, and just to keep my hair moisturized in general.
Let’s take a look at what I believe to be the hair mask for dry hair you can’t live without, and compare it to two other deep conditioning masks.
One of them you shouldn’t bother wasting your money on 🙂
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1. Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
What I Love:
- This mask is hair life.
- The smell is amazing
- You only have to use it once to feel a difference in your hair
- The entire product line is fabulous, so you don’t have to look far to find compatible products
- You can use it as often as you like – I have never had an issue with hair appearing greasy. If you have extra fine hair, it is also available in a lighter version.
- A little goes a long way
- Your hair actually improves as you work it into your shower routine (a lot of deep conditioning masks are only helpful until you wash your hair again)
- It’s a professional product, therefore the ingredients are most effective
- It comes in all sizes, so you can stash it away for traveling, and keep a large jar in your shower at home
What I Don’t:
- It is definitely not the cheapest product on the market
If your hair is damaged, you should be using a repairing shampoo.
If your hair is colored, grab a shampoo that is safe for color treated hair, and won’t strip the color.
If you have blonde hair, use a purple shampoo (at least twice a week), to cut the brassiness.
After shampooing, wring your hair out really well. Grab a towel and briefly dry it out a little bit.
Trust me, you want to towel dry at least a little bit or the cuticle will be too saturated, and the conditioner won’t absorb.
Squeeze a little into your hand and run through THE ENDS of the hair. You could go about halfway up the hair shaft, but you don’t want to get it near the scalp. Your hair will look heavy and very greasy.
I usually run my fingers through a few times, but feel free to use a wide tooth comb.
Roll hair up on top of head, or put in a clip. Don’t let the hair sit on your back if you have long hair. It might cause back breakouts. Let the mask work its way through for about 5 minutes.
Style as usual.
Your hair will feel and smell wonderful. The cuticle should be smooth, and frizz shouldn’t be a problem.
Now, let’s talk about two other hair masks and see how they compare!
2. Marc Anthony Strengthening Grow Long Anti-Breakage Mask
What I Love:
- The smell. It’s smells a little like fruit and bubblegum. Weird combination, good smell.
- The price. You can find this brand in drugstores or online, and it’s definitely cheaper than some options.
- There are other similar products in the line to pair with it.
- You could probably be safe using this mask all the way up to the scalp because of the consistency – just don’t glob it on.
What I Don’t:
- Honestly, I’m thinking in this case you must get what you pay for. Not great quality.
- The directions are exactly the same as Morrocanoil, the outcome is different.
- You can’t really smell it after you get out of the shower.
- My hair wasn’t even close to as smooth as it is when I use other masks.
- The consistency felt a little thin…I really expect a hair mask to feel thick.
I received this mask as a sample to try, and I kind of got my hopes up! I like to experiment with new products…but this one was a little bit of a bummer.
I wasn’t very impressed with the outcome.
The directions for use are the same as with the Moroccanoil Mask.
3. Amika Triple Rx Mask (Sea Buckthorn Berry)
What I Love:
- This mask is in a jar. A cute one at that. And I’m not sure why, but I feel like if it’s in a jar it must be really effective 🙂
- Again, the smell. Wow, this one might have the best smell out of the three.
- Great products to pair with it.
- The consistency is nice and thick.
- Can actually be used as a mask AND scalp conditioner. Be careful with how much you use at the scalp, but it soothes itchy, dry scalp.
- Lasts a long time. I’ve had this mask for months and just recently ran out.
- Professional brand = Professional results
What I Don’t:
- Downside to a jar: your hands are too slippery to open it in the shower, haha.
- Can’t find it in the store. You have to order it online or get it from a salon professional.
- You really have to be careful with how much you use. I’ve noticed that if I use too much, my hair is greasy by the end of the day.
Directions for use are the same as the previous two masks 🙂
What’s The Verdict?
Overall, I’d have to honestly tell you that I’m glad I didn’t spend money on the Marc Anthony Mask.
It’s not that it isn’t effective, I think I’m just spoiled!
Amika, in my opinion, would be better if used as an actual regular conditioner that you would use after washing your hair each time.
The consistency and effect are more consistent with a conditioner, not a mask.
Morrocanoil wins, in this case! It has really saved my hair through my most recent hair transition (going blonde again), and I will continue to use it!
I hope this article has helped you to make a decision on which hair mask offers the most bang for your buck!
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Until Next Time!
Beauty and Blessings,