Soften dry hair and split ends with these rich, nourishing masks

Blow-drying, cold weather, hair colour, bleach and over-washing – they can all cause our hair to become dry, prone to snapping and just a little bit dull.

Don’t just tie it up in a bun and forget about it though, reclaim your crowning glory this spring by finding a rich conditioning treatment that will have your hair back to its glossy state in no time.

Notebook’s beauty team has rounded up the best new masks that claim to strengthen, nourish and soften your hair, but which ones actually did the trick?

Garnier Ultimate Blends Nourishing Hair Food Banana & Shea, £6.99

Beauty director Lynne says: ‘Yum! This is one of four new vegan, silicone-free, 98% natural “smoothies” for hair. I loved everything about this version for dry hair, from the “good enough to eat” banana scent to the incredible silky, soft and shiny result it gave.’

The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask, £12

Beauty ed Octavia says: ‘It has a thick, butter texture so it really feels like it clings to damp hair and gets working. After one use my ends went from noticeably dry to soft and nourished and my hair smelled like angels. I love it.’

L’Oréal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner, £5.50

Fashion stylist Lauren says: ‘I have very dry, brittle hair. This was intense enough to make it feel silky and soft and my red colour doesn’t wash out as fast anymore – it looks more vibrant. The only downside is I’ve noticed is my hair is a bit more static when it’s dry.’

Coco & Eve Like a Virgin Nourishing Coconut & Fig Masque, £34.90

Beauty writer Zoe says: ‘Yes, it is expensive but you do get a very big tub and a de-tangling brush. My hair felt softer than ever after 10 minutes wearing this (then brushing it through wet), but not at all weighed down or greasy. The coconut smell is also amazing.’

Soap & Glory Wonditioner, £9

Beauty writer Zoe says: ‘It only had to be on my hair for 3-5 minutes, but it took a while to rinse all the mask out as it’s really thick, and I felt there was some residue coating my hair. It felt soft but not as clean as usual. I think it’s just too heavy for my fine lengths.’

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