The Best Hair Masks to Undo Summer Damage

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By Hannah Zahner

Hopefully quarantine has given your hair a much needed break from the usual heat styling and coloring, however, summer time brings its own set of hair issues. As much as we adore the sunny afternoons and dips in the pool, our hair suffers the consequences of all that summer fun. On top of some usual product build up and heat styling damage, chlorine, sun and salt water aren’t exactly your hair’s BFF. And to make matters worse, the season’s ponytails and buns that help us survive the summer heat can also cause breakage.

So if you’re looking to nourish your locks, we’ve rounded up the best masks for healthy hair for all concerns, textures, and budgets. With active ingredients like manuka honey, vitamin E and shea butter, these masks will get your hair back in shape. Let us know in the comments if you have a go-to hair mask we should try!

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Hair Issue: Damaged Strands

If your hair is brittle, fragile and breaking from one too many highlighting sessions, try one of these repairing masks. They’re also great for preventing damage, so don’t wait to use one until your hair is desperate. Bye bye split ends!

Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots
Camille’s secret to her lush locks, Pantene’s Intensive Repair Shots are uber affordable and work to undue damage from all the heating, straightening and styling.

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
A holy grail staple for hairstylists everywhere, Olaplex’s hair treatment is truly magic in a bottle. This mask helps to restore life to brittle, over-processed and fragile hair on a molecular level by healing broken bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage, restoring a healthy look and feel to hair.

Briogeo Don’t Despair Repair

This intensive weekly treatment restores essential hydration and enhances hair’s resilience to protect against future damage. Don’t Despair, Repair blends rosehip, sweet almond and argan oils with vitamin B5 and biotin to revitalize your hair, leaving it visibly healthier and stronger.

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Hair Issue: Dry Strands

For some of us, no matter what we do, our hair always seems to be dry. Add sun, water and heat styling and your hair is as parched as ever and veering into scarecrow hair territory. Keep your hair smooth, moisturized and happy with one of these ultra-hydrating masks.

SheaMoisture Extra Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
For when your hair requires some immediate restoration, this buttery cocktail of manuka honey and mafura oil fights frizz and has great slip so the product penetrates into the hair shaft seamlessly.

Drybar Mudslide Nourishing Hair Mask 
Tackle unruly hair with this intensive mask that delivers instant but long-term results by hydrating and strengthening hair with moringa seed oil and yuzu oil for a silky-smooth, shiny finish.

Beneath Your Mask Nourish Skin & Hair Serum
This multi-use serum is supercharged with a potent cocktail of pure plant and essential oils, to help bring new life to skin and hair. Apply to hair pre-shower and leave on for 10-15 minutes before showering and washing hair as usual. Or add a dab to dry ends for a little hydrating pick-me-up!

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Hair Issue: Fading Color

Nobody wants to finally get an appointment with your colorist, drop a pretty penny and spend three hours at the hair salon only to have fading color two weeks in. Protect and preserve your glossy color or sunny highlights with these protective masks.

Briogeo Color Me Brilliant Mushroom Bamboo Color Protect

This anti-fading conditioner is formulated with Turkey Tail Mushroom, a vegan keratin protein alternative that prevents your hair color from fading too fast between salon visits. It’s blended with nourishing Pomegranate and Bamboo Leaf Extracts to leave tresses extra shiny.

Redken Color Extend Magnetics Deep Attraction
This mask’s dual chamber design includes two different formulas: a mask that provides intense conditioning, and an extender to provide ultimate vibrancy that lasts up to three washes. So not only does it boost shine and smooth frizz like any decent hair mask, but zinc gluconate works to keep dye where it belongs—in your hair.

Christophe Robin Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask
Let’s face it. It’s just tough to protect colored hair from fading and dryness once summer hits. With this reviving mask, you can neutralize and / or boost your color and buy yourself some time before your next colorist appointment. Plus, it comes in multiple shade options!