The Mask That Saved Dara's Heat-Damaged Hair

Its intense conditioning formula gave my split-ended strands a new life.
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Amika Nourishing Mask, $28, available at Amika.

Amika Nourishing Mask, $28, available at Amika.

I take my hair very seriously. Mind you, I didn't actually get my first curl until third grade — I was genetically doomed to a pixie cut — so I've cherished every subsequent (straightened) curl since. With that being said, I have never gotten a keratin treatment, dyed my hair or cut off more than two inches at a time, but I am guilty of exposing my ultra-thin, shoulder-length strands to their fair share of heat products.

Many years of using a flat iron have stripped my delicate strands of their body and elasticity. Enter my solution: Amika's Nourishing Hair Nask. Its magical, fabulously scented conditioning formula has spared my split ends from permanent damage. 

I was introduced to this product when I visited the Birchbox store in Soho a few summers ago and it was love at first whiff — really the sweet scent is addictive. I quickly incorporated the mask into my weekly hair routine and found that my hair's smoothness and shininess reached never-before-seen heights. In fact, my love for the vitamin-rich, restorative mask has gotten stronger: I've ditched my regular conditioner altogether and now exclusively use the nourishing mask in its place. Granted, I try to limit my hair washing to two (realistically three) times a week, and this nourishing mask from Amika is the gold standard for shiny, near-perfect, Pantene commercial-worthy hair. 

Amika Nourishing Mask, $28, available at Amika.

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