Battle of the… Hair Masks

I recently found myself surrounded by piles of hair masks… and felt inspired to do this blog post, along with a little help from my favourite guest blogger, Kirsten Murphy Rossiter!

Here she shares her thoughts on a few different hair masks she has tried over the past few months…

First up let’s chat briefly about the benefits of using a hair mask regularly and how to use them…

“Hair masks are intense conditioners that have more fatty acids and lipids in them which can return moisture to the hair and help protect it. When the hair is healthy, the cuticle stays closed, which means less frizz and your colour looks better because light reflects off your hair. Masks can help repair what styling and the environment takes out.”  James Corbett, celebrity hairstylist


How to use a Hair Mask

Applying a hair mask once a week is a good way to replenish your hair and treat specific concerns you have with your hair such as split ends, coloured hair and frizz. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your hair. Hello Winter! Applying a mask regularly makes sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.1. First wash your hair with shampoo but don’t condition.

2. Comb out any tangles with a wide toothed comb and put a towel over your shoulders.

3. Apply the mask to your clean, wet hair, concentrating on the ends. If you have fine or oily hair, only apply the mask to the body of your hair, not the roots or scalp. For thicker or dry hair you can apply all over. Massage the mask in gently. Once you’ve applied it, comb the product through your hair.

4. Wrap your hair into a towel turban or wrap in a cling film or a shower cap for an intensive moisture boost. Leave the mask on for the indicated amount of time on the hair mask packaging eg. 3 – 5 mins or 10 – 15 min. The time will vary according to the type of mask you use. If you’re pushed for time you can apply the mask during the time it takes to shave your legs in the shower. A little bit of extra mositure is better than none!

5. Rinse your hair with cold water to seal the hair cuticle and make the hair shiny. Follow up with one more shampoo and then condition as usual. This will ensure any product build up is removed and your hair is left looking in it’s best condition!
The Battle of the Hair Masks

TREVOR SORBIE Frizz Free Repair Mask

Trevor Sorbie

This extra-moisturizing mask contains Avocado oil and has been described to prevent frizz and replenish lost nutrients in dry and damaged hair.

This product has a gooey texture and a little goes a very long way. The fragrance is pleasant but in my opinion a little overpowering, I found myself not wanting to breathe too deeply in the shower as the smell is quite strong.

I don’t have dry or damaged hair but my hair can be frizzy once it starts drying naturally. When I tried this mask I was pleasantly surprised as I noticed that the frizz in my hair had been minimized quite significantly. I loved that this mask felt light on my hair, my hair was left shiny without being weighed down.


This product is described as the most intense treatment in it’s range. It is suited to extremely dry and damaged hair.
I used this product in the heart of summer when I had been spending a lot of time out in the sun and my hair felt dry and weather beaten. I love the fragrance, it is gentle and fresh.

Very little treatment needs to be used at a time, and should be concentrated along the lengths and tips of the hair and works best when the hair has been towel-dried so as not to dilute the product.

The result for me was that my hair felt like itself again, I loved the lightness of this product even though it boasts an intense treatment.
TRESSEMME Keratin Deep Treatment Masque


This Deep Treatment Masque replenishes every strand, reducing frizz and causing your hair to be smoother, straighter and easier to style for up to 48 hours.

I have really enjoyed using this masque. Even though I very seldom heat style my hair, I have found that this product controls my frizz and my waves are more defined when drying naturally. For best results, this masque must be applied generously and left on the hair for 3-5 minutes. One thing I always love about Tressemme products is their signature fragrance.

Matrix Biolage Smooth Proof Camellia Mask for Frizzy Hair

matrix biolage hair mask

Biolage SmoothProof Mask for Frizzy hair is ideal for frizzy, unruly, medium to coarse hair. It contains Camellia flower seed that is naturally water resistant which helps to continuously control frizz, even in humid conditions.

This mask is great for replenishing the hair’s moisture levels and after using this mask my hair is less frizzy and generally more manageable overall. The scent of this hair mask is gorgeous. It can be used one or twice weekly and is suitable for colour treated hair.
L’OREAL ELVIVE Extraordinary oil Nourishing Masque Balm.

LOreal Elvive hair mask

Contains 6 Flower Extracts – Rose, Chamomile, Flax, Lotus, Tiara and Sunflower and is said to nourish your hair and scalp.

This masque comes with rich fragrance and a soft gold shimmer that smells and looks good enough to eat. My experience with this masque was that it felt a little bit heavy on my hair, it could be due to the fact that I might have used too much product on my hair or the fact that it is best used on dry hair. I did a little bit of research on this masque and it was recommended that this masque be used before shampooing and conditioning, which is quite interesting and different for a hair masque.

DOVE Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask


This mask restores and reinforces your hair’s protein structure, It repairs and smoothes the hair’s cuticle and protects the hair against future damage.
I found this mask to be a lovely treatment, it can be used generously and left on the hair for 3-5 mins. The fragrance is light and the texture, creamy. It rinses out easily and the result was that my hair was shiny and felt healthy. I love that this is quite a general hair mask that can be used regularly.

MINU Hair Mask by Davines

minu hair mask

I’m a big fan of Davines hair products and this MINU hair mask is another excellent product from this Italian brand. Its formula is designed to deeply nourish coloured hair, while making it soft and silky and not weighed down, thanks to an infusion of caper blossom extract.. It also helps to improve the duration of cosmetic colour.

The scent is a gorgeous fresh orange blossom and a luxuriously creamy texture. Another big bonus for me is that this product is paraben free.


There you have it. A round up of some of the best hair masks on the market in South Africa. I hope you feel inspired to try one of these and give your hair a little bit of TLC this winter! Let me know which product you are keen to try or if you already use a tried and tested hair mask not featured here…


Images: Kirsten Murphy Rossiter & Supplied

Text: Kirsten Murphy Rossiter & Kathryn Rossiter

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Kirsten Murphy Rossiter

Kirsten is a Cape Town based Hair and Makeup Artist and Model. She also has a passion for performing on stage in musical theatre. She has an insatiable appetite for all things beauty and loves educating women with beauty advice, helping to make it attainable and unpretentious, yet still trendy and cool. She loves trying out Foundations, Highlighters (cream and powder) Mascaras, Matte Lipsticks and Cream Blush.

  1. Thank you for such a wonderful article dear and from my side I want to say that i am using sulfate free hair masque from long for my hairs and its really effective.It will improve your hairs for sure so try it once people because moisturizes and nourishes your curls to leave you with smooth, tangle and frizz-free tresses.

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