The Haircare Practice We Wish We'd Tried Sooner

Multi-masking in skincare is nothing new – we've been using detoxing clay on our T-zone and soothing lavender on our cheeks for some time now. But for our hair? We wish we'd started sooner. With bespoke beauty gaining momentum, it makes complete sense to approach our hair and scalp in the same way we do our skin.

Sustainable hair salon Ralph & Rice has partnered with ethical haircare brand Davines to offer in-salon multi-masking. "Damaged, bleached ends, mid-length mysteries, virgin roots and don’t forget your scalp – multi-masking will help make these a thing of the past," the salon's cofounder Anita explains. "With a treatment-based system, we'll analyse and prescribe the appropriate mask required for the different levels of damage."

You can head to the salon for a 20-minute treatment and diagnosis of your haircare troubles, or you can take the masks home and apply in the bathroom. "As far as application, roots can be done with a tint brush and bowl, whereas the ends can be liberally applied by hand," Anita explains. "Processing time is typically 10 minutes, but there wouldn't be an issue if left for longer as these are clay-based masks, so won't leave hair lank and greasy."

So next time we apply a mask, we'll be attending to our hair's various needs, from frazzled ends to oily roots. Click through to find the other hair masks we'll be using to get our locks in fighting shape.

dry ends
Inspired by the sandy beaches of Bali, the world's largest coconut producer, Coco & Eve harnessed it's benefits to create a hair masque to combat parched and damaged tresses.

As 100% vegan and cruelty free, it's a 5-in-1 treatment to use weekly in place of your conditioner. Blending together raw coconut to add shine and strengthen locks, argon oil to tame frizz, and fig and shea butter to to detangle, this deep conditioner hydrates and leave hair much more manageable. Plus, it comes with a handbag-friendly Tangle Tamer.

Coco & Eve Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque Plus Free Tangle Tamer, £34.90, available at Coco & Eve
Phyto's mask contains a blend of baobab oil and sapote butter, rich in twice as many essential fatty acids as shea butter. This is perfect for the driest, most parched hair – dedicated bleachers, take note.

Phyto Phytokeratine Extrême Mask, £36, available at Selfridges
Rosehip and argan oils, algae, biotin and B-vitamins bring brittle hair back to life. This one is an intense treatment, so only needs applying once a week, to over-coloured or grown-out ends.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask, £30, available at Cult Beauty
Ouai's individual masks are a cocktail of nourishing ingredients for fried locks: amino acids, keratin, hibiscus, and tamarind seed all work to repair damaged hair. Perfect for taking on holiday, when the pool and sunshine cause havoc.

Ouai Haircare Treatment Masque, £25, available at Cult Beauty
dry scalp
Suitable for all hair types, Philip Kingsley's mask is an intensive anti-dandruff treatment for those with a dry, itchy or irritated scalp. This one's ideal for scalp build-up, too.

Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask, £17, available at Selfridges
Not only does Davines' mask bring a hit of hydration to neglected scalps, but it fights the fallout from everyday pollution – like dust and heavy metals – thus purifying the hair. You can use it pre- or post-shampoo, too.

Davines The Purity Circle Hair Mask, £8, available at Liberty
Aloe vera, pineapple, olive and rosemary relieve itchy, flaky or psoriasis-prone scalps. Every ingredient is naturally derived so there's no risk of further aggravation.

Green People Irritated Scalp Shampoo for Psoriasis & Dry Skin, £13, available at Hello Skin Shop
oily scalp
The whole of Lee Stafford's sea salt line is brilliant and although it works well for fine hair in need of a boost, it's particularly great for those with an oily scalp. The Dead Sea mud and chunky sea salt absorb the scalp's excess oil, leaving hair feeling neutralised and weightless, rather than weighed down.

Lee Stafford Sea Salt Mud Mask, £10.99, available at Boots
Sure, you've tried salicylic acid for your visage, but for your hair? Get masking, because this Paul Mitchell formula rids oily scalps of acne and other impurities. Peppermint and lavender mean it smells divine, too.

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair And Scalp Treatment, £18.25, available at Feel Unique
This mineral-rich mask is a treat for Sunday evenings. Red clay stops scalps over-oiling while apricot kernel oil hydrates, without a lank lock in sight.

Espa Pink Hair & Scalp Mud, £34, available at Mankind
dull mid-lengths
This is like a shot of energy to your mid-lengths. Rahua's rejuvenating mask contains omega 9, sunflower oil and quinoa seed to kickstart shine and softness.

Rahua Omega 9 Hair Mask, £48, available at Cult Beauty
This nifty – and great-smelling – mask from hair maestro Christophe Robin not only penetrates dull ends with prickly pear seed oil but prevents further breakages with inula flower extract. A little goes a long way.

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask With Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil, £57.50, available at Look Fantastic
These Redken self-heating mask sachets are fun to use and give 'meh'-looking mid-lengths a bit of life with soy protein and argan oil.

Redken Heatcure At Home Self-Heating Mask, £16.75, available at Look Fantastic
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