If you're in the throws of winter woes, a hair mask might just do the trick.
Essentially, a hair mask is a deep-conditioning treatment that restores moisture -- the same way that a facial mask brings balance back to your skin. It's not something we think about doing all the time, but it is a fast, easy solution for dry strands that are prone to breakage this time of year.
"You protect your face every day with moisturizer, so you need to do the same with your hair," said Amina, colorist and treatment specialist at Pierre Michel Salon in New York City.
The key is to find the right hair mask for your hair type.
"Everyone should use hair masks, not just those with damaged hair since there are masks for thinning hair, color-treated hair and normal hair."
Here are three noteworthy salon and store-bought masks to try:
From the salon:
Lazartigue Duo Treatment: This is great for all hair types, and it comes in two formulas -- tea oil for thin hair and bouclair oil for thick or color-treated hair.
Pierre Michel RepHair Deep Conditioner Masque: Working on the scalp and hair shaft, this is ideal for thinning hair.
Lazartigue Moisturizing Mask: Used for blond processed hair, it is recommended to have this treatment done right after your highlights.
From the store:
L'Oréal Everstrong Conditioner: This conditioner is free of harsh sulfates and can add strength and moisture after its first use.
Avon Planet Spa Conditioning Hair Mask: Available in olive oil and goji berry, this pro-vitamin formula adds shine and moisture.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask: An intense weekly treatment for extra-dry or overprocessed hair.
If you use these once a week during the winter and every other week the rest of the year, you should notice healthier, shinier, more manageable locks.
"Use hair masks all year, but especially during the winter because hair -- just like skin -- can get dry and brittle and a good mask is the best way to prevent damage,"added Amina.
Like any conditioner, make sure you have the right product. And don't overdo it.