10 of the Best Drugstore Hair Masks Under $15
Sure, we all love having a treat yourself moment, but let's be honest. Some of us are on a budget. That doesn't mean you've got to skimp on hair care, though. If you've been on the hunt for a drugstore hair mask that won't break the bank, there's good news. It's totally possible to find.
Whether you're searching for a mask that will add moisture back into your dry strands or want a treatment that'll renew shine, one of these 10 drugstore hair masks might be your new holy grail. The best part, though? All of them are under $15.
Go ahead and grab your wallet. We promise this roundup of hair masks won't hurt it and you might just find a new must-have.
Kristin Ess Fragrance Free Deep Treatment Mask
Kristin Ess is a cult favorite brand at Target, and this deeply nourishing mask promises to restore shine, add moisture, and soften your strands. Apply the mask from midpoint to ends of hair after shampooing and let sit for just two to 10 minutes and rinse. Not only is it quick, but for those with sensitivity to fragrance, this mask also has no scent. One Target reviewer, in particular, called out this feature as a favorite, writing in a review, “Absolutely love that it has no fragrance at all. The intense smells of regular hair products have been a huge issue for me lately, and this is a godsend. I have fine hair and use this on the last 1/4 of my hair ends whenever I shampoo and my ends are looking very nice!”
Maui Moisture Heal & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask
“This was another Shape Beauty Box find! Right off the bat, the product smells AMAZING. Not too perfumey, just the right amount of tropical clean — like I stepped out of the ocean without all the sand getting in my hair. There’s plenty of product in this one jar, and it really works wonders for moisturizing my hair (especially in the winter months) whether I apply it in the shower or as a leave-in mask.” — Bianca D.
Kate Blanc Cosmetics Castor Oil
Swearby editor Maham L. doesn’t use a traditional hair mask. Instead, she opts for straight-up castor oil. She explains in her swear that she has thin hair, and when she was younger, her mother told her to use castor oil for hair growth. Now, she uses it as a mask “mixed with some other hair oil for your hair because it’s very thick in consistency,” she writes. “Then, use it as a mask and wash it out. The longer you leave it on, the better the results, so I recommend overnight, but with a towel around your hair so the oil doesn’t get everywhere.
Not Your Mother's Matcha Green Tea & Wild Apple Blossom Nutrient Rich Butter Masque
For those with curly hair, people can’t seem to get enough of this nourishing mask from Not Your Mother’s. It uses matcha and green apple to detoxify the hair while nutrient-rich butters moisturize. Reviewers on Ulta are more than happy to sing its praises for curly strands. One reviewer says, “I have 3a/3b curly low porosity hair. It makes my curls feel soft and the slip is amazing. I use it every other week. I alternate between a protein mask and a hydrating one. I usually combine it with a heat cap to maximize effectiveness.” Another adds, “[I] was surprised that this deep conditioner went onto my 3c/4a hair so easily. [It had] plenty of slip to detangle and leaves my hair moisturized and smooth (no frizz) after.”
Garnier Fructis 1 Minute Hair Mask
“This is my go-to overnight mask. What, an overnight mask? Yes. I put this in at night, and sleep with a shower cap on (because mess) and then rinse out in the morning to have touchable, silky hair. I have some pretty unruly curly hair, and this takes the frizz out of it immediately, and also tames my winter static.” — Caitlin K.
Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner
Struggling with damaged hair? Mielle Organics’ Babassu and Mint Deep Conditioner is the way to go. Not only does it feature fatty acids and natural oils to deeply hydrate the hair, but babassu oil also helps soothe the scalp. With the inclusion of mint, it gives the perfect tingle as you let it sit for 15 minutes after shampooing. Yes, it gets rave reviews. One Amazon purchase says, “I absolutely love this deep conditioner. It truly did give my hair the perfect protein-moisture balance. I used this deep conditioner in conjunction with my hair steamer and my curls came out so moisturized, defined, and beautiful.” The only thing to note with this mask is that it is a protein treatment, so if your hair is sensitive to protein, tread lightly.
OGX Extra Strength Hydrate Repair + Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask
OGX is a true drugstore staple, and for good reason — the products work. Using silk proteins, this mask is designed to repair the hair as it penetrates the strand to strengthen and improve elasticity. Add in Moroccan oil for moisture, and it’s an all in one masterpiece for under $10. One loyal user explains in an Amazon review, “I have been using this mask for a few months now, and I can’t live without it. I use it every time I wash my hair right, after I shampoo but before my conditioner. My hair is way more shiny and manageable when I use it, and if I ever skip it I regret it all day long.”
Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque
“I use this masque as a deep conditioner and LOVE it. The smell is amazing and it always leaves my curls feeling softer. I steam my hair with this on to activate even more hydrating power! I highly recommend for curly heads to keep it on for at least 15-20 mins before rinsing it off!” — Cat L.
Aussie On The Mend 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor
You can probably already smell this one just by looking at the image. Aussie’s 3-Minute Miracle range has been a staple drugstore item for many since they were in middle school (including myself). There’s a reason it has stood the test of time. The deep conditioning treatment (which only takes three minutes, by the way) is full of plant-based oils to restore hair to its former shine and repair dry and brittle strands.