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Hair Masks That Work Miracles In Under 5 Minutes

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Hair Masks That Work Miracles In Under 5 Minutes

Hair masks are my favourite at-home treatment right now, especially as my hair gets angry if I don’t keep indulging this new habit at least once a month.

I have been so impressed with the results from using hair masks regularly, even my husband noticed that my hair is looking ‘less terrifying’, and that, believe me, is a sincere compliment. I promise you that fried ends, dehydrated tresses and straw like texture can be smoothed into shape with a little help from the right hair mask. (And in less time than it takes to get a good selfie.)

Tim Pateman senior Stylist at The Lion & The Fox told me more about why you should invest in hair masks, like right now.

Essentially, he says, “A hair mask is maintenance for the hair, it allows you to condition your hair more deeply and a decent hair mask can be up to ten times stronger than your average conditioner.”

These masks take five minutes or less, and are well worth it.


Deep MUK Ultra Soft 1 Minute Treatment $23.50. If you literally don’t have any time, like barely time to even read this article, then this is the one product you need to add to cart right now. Muk is an Australian brand and the Australians really know how to revive desperate tresses. This intense hair mask will add softness to stressed hair, improving hair elasticity in only 60 seconds. Use with every shampoo if your hair is genuinely frazzled, otherwise a weekly top up will reap amazing results. Side note – the gardenia fragrance is divine.

Deep MUK Ultra Soft 1 Minute Treatment
Deep MUK Ultra Soft 1 Minute Treatment
Shea’s got it going on

Pateman says to “match your choice of hair mask to your hair needs.” If you’re not sure if you need added protein and strength or simply more hydration, ask your stylist for their opinion.
For treated hair, we love Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque $16.63. Sure it’s a bit of a mouthful to say, but it really does pack a punch of restorative power to your hair, in only 5 minutes. This product is incredible for transitioning chemically treated hair to natural, and all using the power of Shea butter.

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
Snap back

Remember being a kid with pure, untouched hair that actually looked healthy and felt healthy? Until recently I actually winced when I heard brittle bits breaking off in my brush, and honestly? That’s not how I want to live.
Luckily Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask $32.58 is a literal lifesaver for unhappy broken down hair. It adds a high shine as well as a hit of moisture and protein to support healthier, stronger hair. And all in only 5 minutes. To get the best results from your hair masks, Pateman suggests, “Towel dry your shampooed hair lightly and apply the mask, afterwards, when rinsing, follow by a conditioner to seal the properties of the mask .”

Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
Give me strength

As hair pro Frédéric Fekkai says, “A lot of things women do to their hair can damage it. By adding daily strength, you can prevent damage before it happens.” I know I’m guilty… not only do bite off split ends for fun (shocker!) and straighten it on the highest setting, I’ve also been known to rough brush and generally disrespect my hair. I’m ashamed. But like I say, things are changing for me and my hair-lationship. I highly recommend the Fekkai PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque $25.00 for protecting hair from future damage while restoring it’s potential by infusing hair with argan oil extract. It’s literally a hug for your hair.

Fekkai PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque
Fekkai PRX Reparatives Intensive Fortifying Masque
Cheap thrill

I love a bargain beauty buy that delivers and $2.97 has cult status for me and my friends. When times are hard, your hair is screwed and cash is scarce, there’s always Aussie, the light at the end of the hair horror tunnel, with their 3 Minute Miracle mask that quickly nourishes damaged hair, leaving silky feel and fragrant. Thank you Aussie. I really mean that.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist

—Ursula Brunetti

Read more of MBS’s Spotlight column over here.

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    The Muk mask sounds fantastic!

  • tpoage

    I need a miracle for my hair.

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Start with a mask!

  • Susan West

    This is something I need to do for my hair. I need to learn to pamper myself and give myself a beauty lift.

    • Ursula Brunetti

      It definitely makes a huge difference!

  • Brenda King

    I definitely could use a hair mask. Conditioners aren’t working as well as they used to.

  • thepittsmn

    My hair sure could need a hair mask. Got to try it.

  • Tanya

    I always liked the Aussie price, such a great bargain.

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Totally! Can’t go wrong!

  • vicky molina

    I love Aussie

  • tpoage

    i never knew they made hair mask. Will have to try one.

  • Alicia Hewitt

    I have to try these.

  • Calvin F.

    Good for a quick magic refresh

  • Brenda King

    Aussie’s 3 minute miracle has been around for decades. Loved it then and love it now!

  • chava zewicky

    Deep Muk sounds perfect for me. I have long thick course hair I have been looking for a hair mask that does not require a lot of time.

    • Ursula Brunetti

      Let us know how you get on!

  • Bridget Byrd

    I love the Deep Muk I have thick long hair, & so does my daughter & Granddaughters this stuff is amazing & doesn’t leave your hair grease

    • Ursula Brunetti

      It is amazing isn’t it!

  • 1alwaysnyc1

    I’d love to try one of the more expensive hair masks.

  • Lisa Herrera

    My hair feels like straw these days. I never heard of a hair make before but I’m down to try anything to give me back a softer texture. And you even included a brand of mask for us that can’t really afford to pay high prices!

  • tpoage

    I had to revisit this post. I was born with the worst hair in the world.

  • Callie Carver

    I have tried the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask and I love it, it really does revitalize your hair

  • thepittsmn

    I need to try a hair mask.

  • Kathleen

    I love the price of the Aussie, that is, if it really works!

  • kaarie gillis

    Love this list

  • PattiAnn Green

    My hair could really use the help! Thanks for the info!!

  • nelle

    Love Aussie 3 minute Miracle!

  • Bethel Biru

    love shea moistures deep treatments!

  • desithebonde

    i woul love to try this i live in country lot dirt and wind and see if works

  • Jennifer Nichole Richmond

    Definitely need to try at least ONE of these!

  • Monalisa Pardosi

    I’ve never tried a hair mask before, I need to already (:

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