This mud mask is something of a cult classic in the beauty world and feels like dry capsule mask sheet spa treatment. Mineral-rich red clays, vitamin C-packed watercress and apricot oil soothe and nourish the scalp and hair, stimulate the circulation and improve overall condition and manageability. Dry hair can be ultra-brittle and by the end of winter, breakage up the hair shaft is common and can create frizzy out-of-control, flyaway locks. Better suited to thicker hair, it packs in buriti, pomegranate and olive oils for the ultimate in soft, supple, shiny locks.
We tested it on fine hair and even at root level it doesn’t weigh it down. Expensive, but worth every penny if your hair is looking lacklustre with age, this mask is great for mature locks that need a boost of youthfulness. Just as our skin shows our age, hair looks finer and loses radiance and suppleness as the cuticle breaks down over time. If over-processing is your hair predicament, and it’s medium-to-thick in texture, then this is the mask for you. This mask delivers a huge shot of moisture to smooth out and strengthen, improve control, and make styling easier on frizzy hair.
Use sparingly on finer hair though, as it can weigh it down too much. Sulphates help hair products foam up, they’re cheap to include and they remove the oily build-up feeling in dirty hair. But they can strip the hair of oils needed to maintain shine and bounce, leaving it dried out and prone to frizz. They can be irritating to the scalp too and if you dye your hair they can speed up colour fade.
With all this in mind, if you prefer to go sulphate-free, try this smoothing, frizz-controlling mask that uses botanical oils to boost nourishment. British beauty brand Mauli uses techniques inspired by Ayurvedic medicine for its organic range. It’s an easy overnighter, simply add two-three drops to the scalp and roots and massage in. Rinse out and wash as normal in the morning.