Long May You Grow

Best Hair Masks

Every time I see Robin Wright’s chic pixie cut on House of Cards, I fantasize about chopping off all my hair, but I’m holding on to my long locks for now—if only because they are fun to play around with. The downside: Long hair needs more love to stave off woes like breakage and split ends. Here, the potions I rely on.


Every Sunday night, I massage this thick cream into my damp hair and leave it on for a good half-hour. It’s got keratin and ceramides to mend split ends, as well as an anti-glycation complex to improve elasticity. It also helps get my hair in shape for my Monday-morning salon blow-out.

Valmont Recovering Mask, $135, saks.com.


Bess, who already has chic makeup and skincare lines, has branched out into hair, using the same ingredient—Black Sea algae—that is in his face and eye creams. The algae is loaded with hair-strengthening vitamin B12, but I mostly like how a tiny bit of this cream smoothed over my ’do keeps flyaways at bay.

Edward Bess Black Sea Hair Hero, $38, qvc.com.


Hairstylist Tommy Buckett, who recently clipped my layers into a nice “lob” (long bob), raved about this product, which he sprayed on my hair before blowing it dry. The ultralight formula—with jojoba, algae, sunflower, and something called Theobroma grandiflorum seed butter—gave my hair such a sleek softness that I nabbed a bottle as I left the salon.

Pravana Nevo Intense Therapy Leave-In Treatment, $18, ulta.com.