From The Straits Times    |

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As women get their hair exposed to chemical processes like perming and colouring, as well as frequent heat styling, it’s inevitable that our hair gets drier, weaker and more damaged. And while many of us might enjoy regular hair treatments at the hands of our trusted stylists, it’s always important to use suitable products to maintain healthy hair in the comfort of our own homes.

And that’s where hair masks come in. Often packed with nourishing ingredients that repair, rebuild and strengthen brittle hair, one generous dollop instantly softens dry and rough locks as it replenishes hair with lost nutrients gradually over time. After shampooing, apply a generous amount of hair mask onto the lengths of your hair and leave on for five minutes to let your tresses drink up all the goodness it contains.

Use a wide-toothed comb to ensure that it is evenly distributed and always avoid the scalp when apply hair masks or conditioners as they might cause scalp to become greasy due to their rich texture. For an intensive treatment, put on a shower cap after you’ve applied the hair mask and leave it on for a longer period of time. This helps the active ingredients to really penetrate into the hair shaft rather than just coating hair’s surface.

And while products from pricey brands often boast cutting-edge technology, many budget-friendly ones are also great options as they are enriched with botanical oils to deeply condition parched strands. Here, 11 of the best hair masks under $25 that will leave your hair softer and smoother: