We do a lot to our hair—daily heating tool interactions, frequent washing, and a plethora of haircare products—yet we expect our locks to behave 24/7. Often your hair is actually begging for some TLC in the form of deep hydration. That’s where a hair mask comes in. There are a lot of options on the market, but few repair damaged tresses. There is one hair mask in particular that gets mentioned time and time again.
With 947 rave reviews and 30,000 saves on Sephora, the Amika Soulfood Nourishing Mask is a game-changer. Act fast, because it’s currently back in stock at Sephora. The nourishing mask quietly launched two years ago, and it quickly became known for being able to transform locks with just one treatment. Word caught on, and soon enough retailers couldn’t keep the mask in stock. Here’s what makes it just so special—and why you should buy a backup, just in case it goes out of stock again…
The beauty of a weekly deep conditioning treatment is that it can repair dry, damaged hair. But what makes the Amika version truly unique is its superhero mix of ingredients, specifically jojoba oil, sea buckthorn extract, and Vitamin C. When combined, the trio creates the ultimate treatment for replenishing hair back to its natural vibrancy and health (and making split ends a thing of the past). Basically, these three main ingredients turn each strand of your hair into silk, yet never weighs it down.
And if a product’s scent is important to you, great news: This one smells like sunshine and happiness. Or, more accurately: sea buckthorn and citrus. Here’s some more good news: It’s free of parabens, sulfates, and other gross chemicals, while also being cruelty-free.
Using this miracle mask couldn’t be easier, too. Just apply once or twice a week in lieu of your conditioner after washing your hair. Leave it on for about five minutes, and thoroughly wash it out. Then, be prepared to say “adios” to split ends and dull, dry hair.
Are you reading this only to find that the Amika mask is sold out again? Darnit! First, check Amika’s site—the company is excellent at keeping the mask in stock. Or, give Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask ($36) a try: It’s a beloved choice for those wanting to give tresses major TLC, STAT. Or, try out ApotheCARE Essentials The Colorist Deep Nourishing Mask ($2.99)—it’s all about healing dry hair, and it costs less than a latte, which is incredible.
This story was originally published in March 2018, and has since been updated with new information.