Hair that’s curly hair is naturally drier than straight or wavy, so the intensive conditioning properties of masks are more than welcome. But which products are the best for afro hair? If yours is lacking life – whether it’s naturally dry or has been damaged by styling – a hair mask could be just the kinda lovin’ it needs. We’ve rounded up three mask-eteers, which are ready to banish breakage, hydrate hair and rev up repairs…

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For moisture

Need to hydrate your hair? The Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque is the mother of all moisturisers. The shea butter formula is enriched with argan oil, which helps to nourish and repair hair that’s dry, damaged or overprocessed. This hair hero also contains sea kelp, an ingredient rich in vitamins and minerals, and a brilliant fix for any of you with a dry or irritated scalp. Section your hair and apply the product liberally from root to tip. Leave it on for five minutes, for a quick fix or, if you’re in need of a deeper treatment, cover your hair with a plastic cap apply heat for 30 minutes Once rinsed, your hair will feel soft and look shiny – and detangling will be a doddle.

Shea Moisture Shea Moisture Shea Masque 326ml £10.99 Buy Now

For growth

Breakage is a common problem with afro hair. The drier your hair, the brittler it is, so it’s more prone to splitting or breaking – which is also an enemy of progress if you’re trying to grow your hair. To combat this, you’ve gotta give hair maximum elasticity by pumping each strand with as much moisture as possible. Any curly girl knows that shea butter is her BFF for precisely this reason, and Cantu Shea Butter Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment is FULL of it. Not only does this magic mask prevent breakage and promote hair growth, it also protects against heat damage – win, win, win! Massage into hair before styling, for a layer of thermal protection, or go deeper with an overnight treatment. If you’re opting for the latter, apply from root to tip and cover your hair with a plastic cap – then go to bed and let the mask do its thaaaang.

Cantu Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment 177g £5.49 Buy Now

For repair

Now for the ultimate damage fixer from the hair experts at Pantene. Its Gold Series Repairing Mask is a must-have for anyone with serious strand damage. Formulated for the needs of afro hair, the mask is packed with nourishing argan oil, which will help repair dry, damaged hair. The formula is also sulfate-free, so it won’t cause any further dehydration. Finger-comb it through your hair, then use a wide-toothed comb to detangle. Leave in for at least five to seven minutes, or as long as you have the time for. Once rinsed, your hair will feel as if it’s had a proper dose of TLC.

Pantene Pantene Gold Series Repairing Mask 225 ml £7.99 Buy Now