I Hate Waiting Around, But These Hair Masks Work in Less Than 5 Minutes

If anyone were to ask me what my least favourite day of the week was, I would say, without hesitation, wash day. To wash, treat, detangle, dry and style my hair is not a quick job. And while I do try to lean into seeing the time as productive and meditative with specific hair-washing playlists to sing along to in the shower and podcasts to ponder on when I’m detangling, I do spend a lot of the time wishing it was over. 

Anything that can speed up the process is greatly received, which is why I’m a huge fan of quick hair masks. While most masks need at least 10 minutes for the formula to work on the hair (something which I don’t always have time for), traditional conditioners just don’t always cut it when it comes to providing the deeply nourishing ingredients that most masks have. Enter fast-working hair masks. Yes, I’ve tried and tested them all but these quick hair masks genuinely work so well to provide your strands with some much-needed TLC even if you’re strapped for time.

Best quick hair masks



Keep scrolling for my top quick hair masks below and then decide what you’re going to do with all your extra time.

This mask uses the nurturing powers of coconut to help seal in hydration and leave hair smooth.

If your hair is feeling fragile or just generally in need of a little extra nourishment, then this mask is for you. Not only does it look and smell incredibly chic, but it also contains hydrolysed keratin and shea butter to really deliver on moisture too.

Imagine your wholesome post-gym smoothie but as a supercharged mask for your hair. With avocado and kiwi it has fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin C to recharge hair in need of a quick boost.

With monoi oil to smooth and hydrolysed keratin to repair, this mask helps to revitalise hair that’s lacking lustre.

For anyone that’s played around with colour and heat, you’re probably in need of a reparative treatment to restore hair health. This mask from Aveda penetrates all three layers of hair to repair damage from within.

This mask forms a protective but undetectable layer on your strands to protect your hair from damage from pollution and to help reduce breakage.

If shine is something your hair is seriously lacking this mask will help with that in bucketloads. The banana and shea butter in the formula aid in restoring natural shine in the hair—and it’s affordable.

To keep brassiness at bay, use this luxurious mask one a week. In just five minutes, it lightly neutralises hair for a cooler, stronger blonde hue.

This treatment is a brilliant choice for anyone with coloured hair. It uses a natural blend of coconut and avocado oils to soften and moisturise even the most parched of locks.

This salon-standard mask has ten benefits in one quick treatment, and from strengthening to shine it takes just three minutes to work on damaged hair.


This 8-in-1 mask is a real strand saviour. With argan oil, lupine and caffeine, it protects the hair strands as well as stimulate new hair growth. 

Up next, 39 celebs and fashion girls who are making me want to chop off all my hair.

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