Treat your tresses

Oct 20, 2009 at 11:54 p.m. ET

When hair isn't giving off its usual healthy shine, and Shell is looking at your head with interest, it may be time to enlist some help. The same is true if your scalp is so dry that a mirage could appear between your hair follicles. What you need is a mask - a simple treatment that will get some life back into your tresses. With this you have two options: professional and homemade.

Woman wearing hair mask at salon


Designed by smart people in lab coats and guaranteed to work, professional products are a great way to get a healthy bounce back into your locks. But there is a lot of choice. So to help you out, SheKnows asked one of Australia's top hairdressers, Sharon Blain from The Art of Hair, to recommend three lock-a-licious options:

trichovedic HydroSpa Deep Therapy Treatment Masque

lnfused with the highest concentration of SWS TriProtein Complex, jojoba and macadamia oils, shea butter, aloe vera and panthenol this mask offers a rich, intensive treatment for dry, damaged and coloured hair and only takes 5-10 minutes to apply.

Goldwell dualsenses

Created with time management in mind, the new Goldwell dualsenses range takes just 60 seconds to cater for different hair needs. The "Colour Extra Rich" restructures hair for more colour brilliance and a well nourished feeling, "Rich Repair" repairs hair leaving it with a healthy shine and silky smoothness and "Ultra Volume" strengthens and restructures hair for visibly enhanced volume.

trichovedic SpaTherapy Hair + Scalp Treatment Masque

Infused with SWS TriProtein Complex, sage, tea tree oil, nettle and peppermint oil, this mask is an intensive treatment that takes 5-10 minutes to apply and leaves the scalp in an aseptic condition that stimulates blood flow.

Au natural

If you're more of a DIY kind of woman, there is an alternative – going natural. Aside from being cheaper, homemade masks are easy to make and very effective. So raid your kitchen and see how you go:

Egg mask

A constant feature in home beauty remedies, the egg masks uses eggs and water to treat dry, damaged hair. Simply beat two eggs (yolk and all) with two tablespoons of water, massage into damp hair, leave for 10-15 minutes and then wash it out.

TwoOlive oil hair mask

Not only delicious in pasta, olive oil is also great for treating Sahara-like scalps. Beat five tablespoons of olive oil with two eggs and apply to slightly damp hair. Wrap your head in cling wrap for a minimum of 30 minutes to allow the oil to penetrate into your scalp and locks. Shampoo.

ThreeMilk and honey mask

Both milk and honey have many healing properties – more than that they are full of nutrients that help to restore a balance and add shine to a scalp in need. To prepare this mask combine half a cup of full-cream milk with a tablespoon of honey and mix well. Massage into hair and leave for 15 minutes. Shampoo.

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