Since coming stateside, sleeping masks have grown in popularity thanks to Korean beauty products and practices basically taking over the world. As a beauty editor, I can admit that I’ve spent more than a few nights with my face slathered in goop, waking up to wash off the film that’s absorbed into my face to reveal hydrated, plump skin with an almost blinding glow. The magic of the overnight treatment has been well-documented, and folks say that nighttime is the best time for your skin to reap the benefits of whatever jams, jellies, and serums you swipe on before bed.
So if sleeping masks can do wonders for your face while you snooze, why not apply the same principle to your hair? As a woman with kinky, curly hair, deep conditioning is my bread and butter. My hair would be a giant nest of dry, breaking frizz if I didn’t do it regularly. I am always switching up my DC’s, because like Lil’ Wayne, I can never let my strands get too comfortable with the same thing. And as a deep conditioner freak, when one of Sephora’s new hair sleeping masks (launching in-store today) came across my desk, I was so psyched to try it.
The masks come in a two-sided package. The top part contains a cap to cover your conditioner-drenched hair as you sleep, and the bottom part is the conditioner. There are four different masks formulated to address specific hair needs. The coconut mask repairs damage, the shea mask helps prevent breakage and smooth split ends, the açai mask is for color-treated hair, and the rose mask — the one I tested — is for taming those frizzies, which I promise you I have a LOT of.
I tried the mask at night, of course, after shampooing and conditioning my hair. The minute the stuff touched my locks, I knew it was love. The cream was thick enough for it to feel like it was going to moisturize my hair, but it also melted into my strands seamlessly. I knew almost immediately that I would wake up to a head of criminally soft hair. I also love the smell of roses, so my olfactory senses were pleased. I coated my strands and put a plastic shopping bag over my head before placing the cap included in the pack over that. (What can I say, I like to be extra cautious when it comes to my bed linens.) Over that, I threw on my trusty Silke London sleeping turban, and passed out.
When I woke up the next morning and rinsed out my hair, it felt just as soft and wonderful as I expected it to. I proceeded to style my hair as I normally do in a twist-out, let it dry fully over the course of a day, and then took out my hair. Yes, I felt as if the conditioner had provided the extra smoothness it promised. The front part of my head always frizzes up regardless of what products I use, but this time, the frizz wasn’t as out of control as it could be.
Overall, this is a good conditioning pack, though to keep it a buck, I do think that similar results could be achieved by sleeping in whatever deep conditioner you usually use. Of course, it might not come with a cute sleep cap, which is a perk of this product. I also think that folks with thicker hair than mine might want a bit more product than what is currently offered. Some people need extra conditioner because they got it like that. Still, I think this is a great option if your hair needs a one time boost. And at $5 a pop, you won’t feel guilty about spending the money. These masks would be great for a spa day at home with your loved ones, so if you were planning on getting the gang together for some good old fashioned pampering, This is a good bet.
You can grab some of Sephora’s new hair sleeping masks in stores and at sephora.com.
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