The Most Hydrating Hair Masks to Use Before Your Wedding
As far as big-day beauty prep goes, most brides don't give their hair too much thought. Sure, they may consider changing their color or cut, but few think hard about the overall health of their hair. That's why we're here to make it clear that your pre-wedding beauty routine should focus on your mane, too. That means you should invest in a few moisturizing hair masks—especially during the fall and winter, when hair tends to be more fragile, drier, and more brittle. (And while we're on the subject, lay off the heat tools, too—this simple change can make a huge difference in the health of your hair, especially if you're trying to grow it out for your wedding.)
Whether you're looking for a treatment you can use time and time again or you're after a quick fix before before an engagement party or bridal shower, we've found the mask for you. But why do they work so well? Hair masks are essentially intense conditioners that treat a wide range of problems, so they can help protect and repair your strands while also making damaged hair seem healthier and shinier than it actually is. Some of our favorite ones even make it seem as if you just stepped out of the hair salon with a color refresh.
Not all treatments are created equal, though. For the most effective masks, look for those that contain antioxidants, omega fatty acids, biotin, and amino acids. Here, we've rounded up a few we're obsessed with right now.
Keep blonde hair bright and radiant with this moisturizing purple mask, which prevents brassiness between salon appointments and adds shine.
Kerastase "Blond Absolu" Anti-Brass Purple Mask, $59, kerastase-usa.com
If you have long hair and want to ward off split ends, use this a few times per week. It makes hair more flexible so strands won't become brittle and split.
Philip Kingsley "Elasticizer Extreme" Mask, $28, philipkingsley.com
Leonor Greyl Paris
Frizzy hair doesn't stand a chance against this silk protein-infused mask. It's a hairstylist favorite!
Leonor Greyl Paris Masque a L'Orchidée, $65, net-a-porter.com
Bumble and bumble
This featherweight mask is incredibly nourishing yet won't weigh hair down, making it a perfect option for those with fine hair. Use it before shampooing to protect strands from drying out.
Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's "Invisible Oil" Balm-to-Oil Pre Shampoo Masque, $43, sephora.com
Use this rich oil mask to get bouncy, shiny curls without the need for a leave-in product.
Shea Moisture Mongongo & Hemp Seed Oils High Porosity Moisture Correct Masque, $13.99, sheamoisture.com
This option is perfect for any type of dry hair—whether the cause is color treatment or heat styling—since it's free of sulfates and phthalates, and adds shine and moisture. The gist? You can't go wrong.
Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair!" Deep Conditioning Mask $36, net-a-porter.com
Environmental pollutants in the air, free radicals, the sun—all of those things that age your skin can also have detrimental effects on your hair. This one contains tons of vitamins and antioxidants to protect from these types of stressors on a daily basis.
Oribe Moisture & Control Deep Treatment Masque, $63, net-a-porter.com
Looking for a great natural moisturizing mask? This one contains hydrating shea butter, lavender oil (which can aid hair growth), and sunflower oil to strengthen strands.
Rahua "Omega 9" Hair Mask, $58, follain.com
Protect any shade of colored hair with this mask, which gently helps repair damaged locks.
Christophe Robin "Color Fixator" Wheat Germ Mask, $43, us.christophe-robin.com
This mask, which contains a variety of oils and moisturizing butters, can be used as a pre-shampoo or post-shampoo treatment, or even as a leave-in, hydrating protectant. It adds so much shine.
R+Co "Palm Springs" Pre-Shampoo Treatment Mask, $32, randco.com
Get the salon treatment at home with these individually-packed hair masks (each packet comes with a plastic cap that you wear to ensure the product goes deep into your hair follicles). For maximum effect, Briogeo recommends sitting under a dryer for a few minutes with it on. Made with algae extract, biotin, and B-vitamins, this mask delivers shine instantaneously and stronger hair in the long run.
Briogeo "Don't Despair, Repair!" Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System, $36, sephora.com
Oribe's treatment dispenses as a balm instead of a cream, but turns into an oil once you rub it between your hands. About 20 minutes before your shower, apply the product from the middle of your hair to the ends, then shampoo and condition as usual. It contains coconut and macadamia oils to help protect your hair from water damage (that's right, even the water from your shower can damage your locks!). Our tester noticed that her hair color was so much richer and multidimensional after one use.
Oribe "Gold Lust" Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment, $68, neimanmarcus.com
Turn to Kérastase for an intensive treatment mask that's formulated just for your hair type—from fine to super thick. Those with fine hair tend to shy away from these kinds of products, fearing they'll weigh down your strands, but that's not the case with this universal line.
Kérastase Nutritive "Masquintense Fine" Nourishing Treatment, $63, kerastase-usa.com
The beauty in this Devacurl mask is not just the fact that it works, but that it's malleable to your needs: If you need a deep-conditioning treatment, wear it for 20 minutes once or twice a week. If you want a fast touch up, pop it in for just three minutes and you'll notice softer, shinier curls. You can even wear it overnight for intense hydration.
Devacurl "Melt Into Moisture" Matcha Butter Conditioning Mask, $36, sephora.com
Those with long hair can help prevent split ends with this Phyto Paris mask. Super-rich sapote butter replenishes your hair's suppleness, while a blend of 18 amino acids help thicken and strengthen strands. Brides with already-thick hair can wear it for ten minutes; if you have fine hair, you'll notice a difference in just three.
Phyto Paris "Phytokeratine" Extreme Masque d'Exception, $59, ulta.com
As the name implies, this Pureology mask is packed with superfoods, like avocado and coconut oils, for intense moisturization and shine. Those with color-treated hair will also love that it helps preserve the integrity of your color.
Pureology "Hydrate Superfood" Treatment, $44, ulta.com