If there was ever a time to embark on a healthy hair journey, it’s now. With so much going on outside, it can be calming and empowering to take control of what we can, whether that be our manicures, pedicures or even the state of our hair.
Whether you’ve touched up your roots or embraced the growth, cut your own hair or are growing out a look that’s starting to look very ‘80s, you can still make sure your strands are soft and stunning. To find out how, we reached out to Los Angeles-based celebrity hairstylist Dominick Pucciarello and Ouidad brand ambassador Irinel de León, who also styles celebs in LA, who offered some of their favorite ways to pamper your locks during this lockdown.
“Honestly any deep conditioning hair mask is great. Look for a moisturizing one,” says Pucciarello. “Load your hair from ends to roots with the conditioning treatment and then wrap your head in a plastic cap or plastic wrap for 20 minutes or overnight. Conditioners will never hurt your hair.”
Below are just some of his and de León’s favorites.
Ouai Treatment Mask ($32; sephora.com)
This mask from stylist Jen Atkin’s line is formulated to work on a wide variety of hair types, and leave strands incredibly soft and smooth after just one treatment.
Playa Healing Hair Mask ($38; sephora.com)
This certified clean mask has a 4.5-star review from fans, and is designed to cleanse the scalp to rid it of buildup while moisturizing hair.
Shu Uemura Ultimate Reset Mask Treatment ($69; sephora.com)
This luxurious mask is excellent for repairing and restoring damaged hair that has undergone frequent bleaching, coloring or heat styling.
“Mask as much as you can to increase hydration and moisture back into your hair,” says de León, a curly hair expert. “Try putting a mask on and braiding your hair to sleep in, rinsing the mask out in the morning for best results.”
Ouidad Ultra Nourishing Intense Hydrating Mask ($32; dermstore.com)
“If your curls are feeling lifeless, damaged, over-processed or dry, this is a great option to detangle instantly, and replenish moisture and shine, since it’s infused with a number of different natural oils,” says de León. “This treatment mask is great for any wave or curl type.”
Ouidad Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner ($38; dermstore.com)
“For anyone with coily or kinky curls, this treatment has moisture-rich ingredients like coconut and avocado oils to infuse curls with maximum hydration,” explains de León. “Doing this once or twice a week will help the strands retain moisture and strength. You’ll see a difference with just one use.”
NatureLab Tokyo Perfect Haircare Repair Leave In Treatment ($16; amazon.com)