Sitting back and watching celebrities sample any cut, color, and style without suffering the dry, split-end-induced consequences that we ordinary folk must overcome is a tough pill to swallow. Before you get all green with envy, know that the secret to slaying every style under the sun isn’t hiding in their seemingly super-human genes—nope, it’s lurking in their treatment hair masks. For proof that celebs actually use drugstore products sometimes, look no further than our round-up of celebrity hairstylist-approved drugstore hair masks below. These masks make hair soft and shiny and don’t come with a preposterous price tag either.
SheaMoisture Fruit Fusion Coconut Water Weightless Hair Masque: $16.66
Celebrity hairstylist Christine Symonds loves this mask for a multitude of reasons. “It doesn’t weigh your hair down and it’s a great option for fine to medium thickness. It’s made with coconut water so it’s lighter on strands than treatment hair masks made with super heavy oils. It makes frizz and static less of a problem too, by leaving a coating on your hair to moisturize and protect against environmental stressors.” She suggests using it “once or twice a week and leave it in for five minutes without heat, or 30 minutes with heat.”
SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque: $13.49
Christine is also a fan of this SheaMoisture mask because of its ingredients. “This mask contains peppermint and castor oil, both amazing ingredients to stimulate the scalp and increase hair growth,” she says. “The shea butter and keratin soften and strengthen to treat chemically-treated hair. This is great for normal to over-processed hair.”
She recommends using it “once to twice a week and to use it from your roots to your ends and leave on for at least 15 minutes. If possible, place a plastic shower over the mask and blast your hair with some low heat from a hair dryer or sit in the sun. Keep on for as long as possible then rinse.”
Tresemme Repair and Protect 7 Instant Recovery Mask: $6.09
Celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan says she loves this mask “because it leaves my hair feeling super silky and hydrated without weighing it down or leaving any greasy residue.” She shares that she loves to use it before she goes to “hot yoga so it can sink into my strands while I’m’ working out and I can let the heat settle in all the moisturizing ingredients even deeper.” It’s even great to use on extensions, Justine notes.
Carol’s Daughter Rhassoul Clay Softening Mask: $15.50
Emmy-nominated hairstylist Derick Monroe recommends this mask for those with active lifestyles. “If you shampoo and condition a lot, it prevents hair from drying out,” he says. The best (and easiest way to use it) is to sleep in it.
(via Carol’s Daughter)
Suave Professional Keratin Heat Defense Leave-In Conditioner: $3.99
Hair artist Jenny Cho is a big fan of this leave-in conditioner because “the keratin strengthens weak hair while adding tons of moisture and protecting hair from heat. It’s a do-it-all, super budget-friendly treatment that delivers.” She even notes you can use it as a standalone styling product. “I love how it can be layered with a mousse or thickening spray,” Jenny says. “You can even use it alone as a styling product to add shine and protect hair from heat styling. Also love using this leave-in treatment to tame down frizz and bring out curly waves.”
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioning Treatment: $2.97
Wall Group hairstylist Laura Polko is all about this drugstore hair mask. “It honestly makes my hair softer than any other mask I’ve ever used and trust me, I’ve used everything.” She uses it “in the shower and leave it on while I shave my legs and that’s plenty of time for it to work.”
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