Soften dry hair and split ends with these rich, nourishing masks

Blow-drying, cold weather, hair colour, bleach and over-washing – they can all cause our hair to become dry, prone to snapping and just a little bit dull.

Don't just tie it up in a bun and forget about it though, reclaim your crowning glory this spring by finding a rich conditioning treatment that will have your hair back to its glossy state in no time.

Notebook's beauty team has rounded up the best new masks that claim to strengthen, nourish and soften your hair, but which ones actually did the trick?

Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourishing Hair Food Banana & Shea, £6.99

Beauty director Lynne says: ‘Yum! This is one of four new vegan, silicone-free, 98% natural “smoothies” for hair.

'I loved everything about this version for dry hair, from the “good enough to eat” banana scent to the incredible silky, soft and shiny result it gave.’

The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12

Beauty ed Octavia says: ‘It has a thick, butter texture so it really feels like it clings to damp hair and gets working.

'After one use my ends went from noticeably dry to soft and nourished and my hair smelled like angels.

'I love it.’

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, £5.50

Fashion stylist Lauren says: ‘I have very dry, brittle hair.

'This was intense enough to make it feel silky and soft and my red colour doesn’t wash out as fast anymore – it looks more vibrant.

'The only downside is I’ve noticed is my hair is a bit more static when it’s dry.’

Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Nourishing Coconut & Fig Masque, £34.90

Beauty writer Zoe says: ‘Yes, it is expensive but you do get a very big tub and a de-tangling brush.

'My hair felt softer than ever after 10 minutes wearing this (then brushing it through wet), but not at all weighed down or greasy.

'The coconut smell is also amazing.’

Soap & Glory Wonditioner, £9

Beauty writer Zoe says: ‘It only had to be on my hair for 3-5 minutes, but it took a while to rinse all the mask out as it’s really thick, and I felt there was some residue coating my hair.

'It felt soft but not as clean as usual.

'I think it’s just too heavy for my fine lengths.’

Toni&Guy Damage Repair Mask, £7.19

Beauty writer Zoe says: ‘Newly reformulated with “advanced strengthening” ingredients, this is for the 67% of us who routinely damage our hair with colouring and chemicals.

'I’ve used this a few times now and I’ve noticed less hair comes out when brushing, and it feels very healthy and shiny after I leave it on for 10 mins in the shower.’

Aussie Calm The Frizz Hair Mask, £6.99

Reader tester Lisa says: ‘Usually on the day of washing, my hair is poofy, but it was more manageable after using this.

'It has hemp seed extract, which is high in omega oils, so gave my lengths a soft feel.

'It comes with a cap that you wear for 10 mins once hair is towel-dried and the mask is applied.

'Nice, but not the most conditioning one I’ve tried.’

Moroccanoil Colour Depositing Mask, £28.85

Features ed Emma says: ‘The deep conditioning of a mask with the added bonus of a subtle tint.

'There are rose gold, auburn and champagne versions (as well as a blue!), but I tried the cocoa, which was great for giving my mid-brunette hair a richer tone.

'It felt like I’d just had a glossy treatment when I blow-dried it.’

IGK Prenup Instant Spray Hair Mask, £27

Beauty director Lynne says: ‘The big sell of this product is that it only takes 60 seconds, but – like any prenup – you need to check the small print carefully.

'A close squint at the bottle recommends you actually leave it on 2-3 mins if you want “deep conditioning” (and for £27 I’d want max effects.)

'It did leave my hair reasonably silky, but it wasn’t SO amazing I’d be prepared to pay this much for it.’

Herbal Essences bio:renew Coconut Milk Hydrate Mask, £6


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