Thanks to years of flirting with bleach and hair straighteners, my hair is sadly not the silkiest of them all.
From visible split ends to hair that takes six Taylor Swift songs to dry, I am constantly on the lookout for a quick fix.
It's pretty rude how fragile hair strands are in general, but that's a different story.
So when I stumbled upon countless Instagram stories from people going bananas (literally) for a bargain hair mask, I naturally couldn't resist trying.
It's Garnier's Hair Food Mask, which no word of a lie, makes your hair gleam.
The formula is rich, thick and boujee (essentially a Kardashian, but in conditioner form.)
I used the mask for the full three minutes it recommends and could tell from the moment I rinsed it out, I was on to a winner.
After blowdrying, it felt soft, manageable and, dare I say, glossy. It took all my willpower to not excitedly whip my hair back and forth in front of my colleagues during a 10am meeting.
It smells like bananas, which I admittedly wasn't 100% sold on at a first glance, but let me tell you, it really smells utterly GLORIOUS.
However, for proper banana-phobes, the mask is also available in coconut, aloe vera and papaya.
One reviewer wrote: '"I am so happy Amazon started selling this in the UK at a reasonable price, used to buy loads of it in Italy and was very bummed I couldn't find it here.
"My hair looks and feels so much better when I use this product, and even my hairdresser was amazed by how healthy and strong it was."
Where to buy the Garnier Hair Food Mask...
1. Garnier Hair Food Banana Mask
The banana mask is specifically tailored for dry hair. Don't be put off by the banana, it's a vibe.
2. Garnier Hair Food Aloe Vera Mask
This yum smelling mask is perfect for normal hair.
3. Garnier Hair Food Papaya Mask
If your hair is damaged it's best to go for the papaya. The Papaya Hair Food claims to visibly reduces up to half your split ends after just one use.
4. Garnier Hair Food Coconut Mask
For frizzy and unruly hair, this mask is expertly blended with coconut and macadamia.
5. Garnier Hair Food Watermelon
Garnier's newest addition watermelon is designed for fine hair and promises to plump and hydrate tresses.
Even heat's digital lead Carl Smith is a fan and told me, "I ordered this on a whim after neglecting a proper haircare routine for the best part of 30 years, and it's an absolute game changer.
"I slather this delicious-smelling stuff onto wet hair before bed and wake up with thoroughly-nourished, frizz-free locks. I've already noticed a difference in the texture of my hair after a week and its vegan formula means it's totally guilt-free. Hoorah."
There are three ways to use the mask:
- As a conditioner: on wet hair, to instantly nourish and detangle hair without weigh down.
- As a mask: on wet hair, leave for three mins and rinse out to leave hair feeling intensely nourished and beautifully shiny.
- As a leave in: on wet or dry hair, apply a small amount to lengths to leave hair irresistibly soft and beautifully healthy.
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It's not just the mask's hair transforming qualities that have the internet in a frenzy.
The mask contains 98% natural ingredients (2% is to ensure good preservation) and it's fully vegan.
A hair mask which fully works and is eco- conscious? Garnier, you are spoiling us.
One user wrote, "I love this conditioner. It is curly hair friendly so contains no nasties and smells incredible. It’s also versatile as it can be used as a leave in, normal conditioner or a mask for deep conditioning."