The Best Budget Hair Masks Under £20

The Best Budget Hair Masks Under £20

Google searches for hair masks have soared by 333% this year, with many of us looking for affordable at-home solutions to tide us over between trips to the salon. If you’re still on the hunt, we’ve rounded up some of the best under £20.


Garnier Ultimate Blends Hair Food Banana & Shea, £6.99

Best For: Overall Results

Throughout lockdown 1.0, this mask became a firm favourite among SL staffers. It works wonders if your hair is dry, dull or brittle. Using a blend of banana and shea butter, it absorbs excess oil while conditioning thirsty strands. Apply it to wet hair, leave for a few minutes and then rinse it out – your hair will thank you for it.

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Aussie 3-Minute Miracle Reconstructor, £4.99

Best For: Speedy Results

The clue is in the name, but Aussie’s popular Reconstructor really does quickly smooth and soften. Harnessing the benefits of macadamia nut (which is rich in fatty acids), it adds shine and hydration, but it also smooths the hair to minimise frizz and static. You only need a small amount distributed evenly through your hair for best results – no more than a 5p-sized blob. Experts often recommend this to those with thicker, coarser hair that’s been damaged by heat styling, too.

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Davines The Quick Fix Circle, £9

Best For: Weak, Brittle Hair

Dubbed ‘skincare for your hair,’ these handy masks have been created to target your individual needs. This one consistently earns the best reviews, and is often spied in the kits of several top stylists. It imparts serious hydration, thanks to conditioning ingredients like hyaluronic acid and red clay – with the latter also working to remove excess oil and impurities for more volume at the root. A true multi-tasker, it’s seriously easy to use, too – just leave it on for three-minutes post-shampoo before rinsing it off in the shower.

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Biolage HydraSource Deep Treatment Mask For Dry Hair, £9.35

Best For: Hydration & Nourishment

Promising up to three times more moisture, Biolage’s hydrating mask is another one which always receives rave reviews. With a vegan, plant-based formula, it uses aloe and spirulina to boost hair’s elasticity and strength. Results are long-lasting, too, so you only need to use it every couple of weeks. Expect hair to feel much softer and smoother afterwards – you’ll love the uplifting scent.

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Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque, £7.99

Best For: Afro & Curly Hair

Brimming with pure shea butter, this thick, unguent mask penetrates the hair shaft in seconds, leaving it moisturised, supple and bouncy. It makes light work of matted knots, too, so that you can run a comb or brush through snag-free. The longer you leave it on the better – let it sit for at least 15 minutes or so with a towel or cap on top to boost hydration and smoothness. Ideal for those with afro or thicker hair, even a small amount can help seal split ends, too.

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Frank Body Caffeinated Hair Mask, £12.95

Best For: Scalp Health

A two-in-one formula, this well-loved mask softens, while also promoting stronger strands over time. This is thanks to scalp-smoothing coffee, niacinamide and keratin, which work in tandem to restore moisture, softness and shine. These three ingredients also remove any product build-up for extra volume and a lightweight, bouncy feel. You might feel a slight tingle after using it, but this quickly disappears – just consider it a sign of beneficial exfoliation. Massage it into wet, shampooed hair, leaving it on for at least 10 minutes before rinsing away.

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L'Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Mask, £3

Best For: Smoothing Split Ends

Packed with vitamins, castor oil and keratin, this innovative mask protects hair from heat damage, while locking in shine and disguising split ends. You only need a small amount massaged into damp hair and the formula will automatically bind itself to your strands, preventing further breakage. You’ll find your hair is less frizzy and static afterwards, too, as well as being more manageable in the long-run.

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