Deep conditioners, treatments or hair masks come in a wide variety of formulations. Some add moisture to quench dry strands, others infuse protein to help rebuild or strengthen weak or over-processed hair, and others offer the benefits of both moisture and protein. Knowing which type of treatment is best for your needs is very important, or you could risk over-proteinizing and causing more brittleness or over-moisturizing making for limp locks.
When it comes to any type of hair care, only your hairdresser knows what’s best for your specific hair type and condition. If your hair is curly or coarse, it’s likely naturally dry and needs moisture, so look for a deep treatment that lists moisturizing or hydrating benefits on the bottle. However, if your hair is weak, brittle, breaks easily, or is over-processed, you might need at least some protein to help restructure any damage. If your hairdresser prescribes protein, ask if you should go for an all-protein restructurizer, a mostly protein treatment with a tad of moisture in the mix or one that offers an even protein to moisture ratio. Just keep in mind that more protein is not always the best thing for your hair.
To help sort through some of the confusion, we assembled these popular deep treatments based on their protein to moisture ratio…
Redken Extreme Mega Mask
A two-in-one strengthening hair mask that is both a treatment and a care extender explicitly designed for damaged hair. A dual chamber mask intended to provide deep, intense conditioning, and a care extender that lasts up to three washes. Key Ingredients: RCT Protein Complex: Soy Protein, Arginine, Sepicap
ECRU New York Acacia Protein Masque
A nutrient-rich, intensive treatment that penetrates deep into the hair shaft to repair and renew dry, damaged hair and replenish lost nutrients. Soybean lipids balance moisture retention, increase elasticity and protect hair from chemical and thermal abuse. Key Ingredients: Acacia Collagen, Soy Bean Lipids
OWAY Rebuilding Hair Mask
A protein-based hair mask that regenerates and repairs damaged hair with a restorative blend of plant butters, Phytokeratin, and OWAY's ProDew500 amino acid complex. Key Ingredients: Babassu Oil, Phytokeratin, Lavender Essential Oil
Davroe Rebuilder Protein Hair Reconstructor
This concentrated protein treatment restores and strengthens weak, damaged hair while adding body, shine, and natural elasticity. A rich source of Vitamin C that neutralizes the hair's free radicals. Key Ingredients: Sunflower Ceramides
Kérastase Résistance Masque Thérapiste
A reparative bandage treatment fiber renewal care for thick hair. This masque deeply nourishes and works at the very core of the hair, for very damaged, over-processed thick hair. The hair fiber regains its strength and elasticity and is toned and revitalized. Key Ingredients: SP94 Gluco-Peptide, Amino Acids, Wheat Protein, Resurrection Sap
NUME Mane Goals Deep Repair Mask
A protein mask formulated with active ingredients to hydrate, nourish, restore, and invigorate hair. It moisturizes and locks in essential nutrients for hair that's healthy, resilient and ready for styling. Key Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract
CHI Deep Brilliance Protein Masque
Formulated with a blend of olive oil and Monoi oil, this strengthening treatment reconstructs dry, damaged hair while a protein-rich complex of natural essential oils, botanicals, herbs, and vitamins leaves hair softer, stronger, and manageable. Key Ingredients: Olive Oil, Monoi Oil
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare
This deeply nourishing formula leaves hair shiny and protected without weighing it down. Plant ceramides strengthen, while extracts of inula flower revive the pigment in natural and colored hair. Great for highlighted, colored, damaged, and dry hair. Key Ingredients: Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Plant Ceramides, Inula Flower
Serge Normant Meta Morphosis Hair Repair Treatment
This intensive, deep renewal prewash therapy helps restore, replenish and reinforce dry, brittle, over-worked and even the most damaged hair to its brilliantly lustrous, healthy state - all while protecting color from the washing process. Key Ingredients: Vegetable Protein, Rice Probiotics, Jojoba Oil, Phospholipids, Shea Butter
Pravana NEVO :60 Deep Treatment
Restores and repairs hair from past and future environmental strains and heat styling. This mask envelopes hair with high concentrations of nurturing ingredients such as quinoa and soy proteins. Key Ingredients: Quinoa Protein, Soy Protein, Argan Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Jojoba Seed
Living Proof Restore Mask Treatment for Dry or Damaged Hair
A deep, weightless conditioning treatment for dry, damaged hair that heals and strengthens strands while adding softness and shine. It increases strength and manageability, leaving hair soft, shiny and smooth. Key Ingredients: Tucuma Seed Butter, Glycolic Acid
Kevin Murphy Re.Store
Cleansing conditioning treatment with superfood proteins naturally binds moisture to reconstruct damaged hair. Amino Acids like Arginine and Lysine, the building blocks of repair, will help to rebuild and restore hair with elasticity, strength, and moisture.
Key Ingredients: Green Pea Protein, Papain (papaya enzyme), Pineapple Fruit Extract
Amika The Kure Intensive Repair Mask
An intensive turnaround treatment that repairs, restores, and revitalizes weakened damaged hair. Essential omega-6 fatty acids reinforce hair to make it stronger, shinier, softer, and more manageable. Safe for color-treated, Brazilian-treated and keratin-treated hair.
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Borage Oil
John Masters Organics Hair Mask For Normal Hair
Developed to help balance moisture levels, repair split ends, and cleanse the scalp. Ideal for normal hair, this mask maintains shiny, lustrous locks and a healthy scalp. Key Ingredients: Wheat Protein, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Butter, Aloe Vera
Number 4 Reconstructing Masque
A restorative treatment that infuses moisture and protein. It reconstructs, strengthens, detangles, and soothes with a blend of soy proteins, Vitamin B5, and natural conditioners to impart shine. Key Ingredients: Soy Protein, Sweet Potato Protein, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil
Kenra Nourishing Masque
Repairs, reconstructs and rejuvenates dry, damaged hair. Moisturizes and conditions, leaving hair silky soft, smooth, and manageable. Imparts a polished, radiant shine.
Key Ingredients: Sweet Almond Extract, Avocado Extract, Hydrolyzed Silk & Soy Proteins
Lakmē K.Therapy Repair - Nourishing Mask
Deeply conditions and restores the hair back to a nourished, healthy state. This mask is formulated with Babassu oil to condition and strengthen hair while restructuring. Hair is left with a lasting hydrating effect, soft, shiny and easy to comb. Key Ingredients: Babassu Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil, Oleifera Seed Oil
Moroccan Oil Restorative Hair Mask
A revitalizing treatment that quickly repairs hair that's weak, damaged or color-treated. This formula is rich in argan oil and protein, which fortifies and restructures hair damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling. Key Ingredients: Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Vegetable Protein
Bumble and bumble While You Sleep Damage Repair Masque
An overnight restorative masque that helps reverse the appearance of damaged hair for silky, distressed strands by morning. It’s infused with evening primrose, a source of omega-6 essential fatty acids and linoleic acid to help repair and fortify against future damage. Key Ingredients: Evening Primrose, Camellia Oil
Leonor Greyl Paris Masque Quintessence
Cupuacu and Manketti nut oils deeply moisturize and regenerate the driest, most damaged hair. Repairs hair after bleaching, highlighting and straightening. Gives immediate and long-lasting softness, shine and easy styling. Key Ingredients: Cupuacu Nut Oil, Manketti Nut Oil
DevaCurl Melt Into Moisture
This nourishing treatment mask is an elixir for dehydrated waves or curls. This nutrient-rich, buttery formula melts into hair without feeling heavy. All curl types are left feeling shiny, silky-soft and completely transformed. Key Ingredients: Matcha Butter, Beet Root Extract, Sweet Almond Oil, Soy Protein
Keune So Pure Moisturizing Treatment
Intensive treatment for dry, porous and damaged hair. This treatment penetrates deep into the hair to restore the moisture balance and repair damage caused by chemical, mechanical and environmental stress. Key Ingredients: Palmarosa Oil, Ylang-Ylang, Argan Oil, Moringa Seed Extract
MOP POMegranate Nourishing Mask
Mask is packed with moisture and utilizes pomegranate enzyme with punicic acid to make hair stronger, thicker and healthier. Restores dry, dull hair while hydrating the follicle.
Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba, Grapeseed Oil, Pomegranate Seed Oil, Soy Protein
Neuma Neumoisture Intensive Masque
Intensive weekly hydrating masque seals in moisture while enhancing overall condition, strength, and manageability. Plant extracts and essential oils maximize color hue, vibrancy and longevity and protect from UVA & UVB oxidation. Key Ingredients: Shea Butter, Jojoba, Sweet Almond Oil, Grape Seed Extract
Aveda Dry Remedy Treatment Masque
Seal in moisture, softness and shine with this dry remedy treatment. The deep-conditioning treatment helps hydrate hair with buriti oil while leaving behind the scent of organic bergamot, lavender, and ginger lily. Key Ingredients: Buriti Oil, Olive Oil, Castor Seed Oil
ColorProof Deep Quench Moisture Masque
Quench color treated hair with this creamy masque specifically designed to infuse moisture deep into the hair shaft. It intensely hydrates, nourishes and repairs, all while prolonging color life. Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Soybean Extract, Geranium Maculatum Extract
Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Mask
Inspired by the aloe plant that never seems to dry, this moisturizing hair mask helps optimize moisture balance for healthy looking hair. It revives dry strands for more shine and manageability. Key Ingredients: Sunflower Seed Oil, Aloe Vera, Glycerin
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