I first fell in love with hair masques a few months ago. At the time, I’d been assigned a story on this little realm of hair products, but was basically clueless about their function. So it was with great curiosity and excitement, (and, I’ll admit, a bit of skepticism) that I tested out a range of masques. It was at this time that I found my current favorite: Oribe’s Signature Moisture Masque.

If you’ve never used a hair masque before, it’s basically a more intense version of your favorite conditioner. While shampoos and conditioners are typically applied then rinsed right out, masques function best when left to linger a bit and penetrate the surface of the hair. This particular deep-hydrating masque from Oribe claims to transform dry damaged hair into smooth, soft locks. But then again, many brands make similar claims, so did this one live up to its hype? The answer is yes.

When I first started using masques, my hair was going through an unfortunate fried-out, bland phase, and I was ready for some major SOS. But after venturing out of my tired shampoo-conditioner rhythm and adding in masques, my hair has improved 100% and my once dry strands are now filled with bounce and moisture. Now for the Oribe masque specifically, let’s just say that it works wonders.

The first thing I noticed about the masque was its sleek packaging, and then as soon as I opened it, I was pleasantly greeted by its fresh, light smell. The masque goes on smooth and I always let it work its magic for 10 or so minutes, to give my hair a deep, intensive treatment.

After rinsing out the masque and letting my hair air-dry, I always notice a visible improvement in the appearance and texture of my hair. And you know what? I really do notice the difference in my hair on those weeks when I get a bit lazy and decide to skip my masque for that week. I guess you could say I’ve become what you could call a masque-aholic!

Are the results worth the ingredients, though? Let’s break it down. Some of the positives: The masque is paraben-free, color safe and includes UV protection. Lychee Extract protects hair from keratin deterioration and photo-aging; Wild Mango Butter boosts shine; and Macadamia Nut Seed Oil provides smoothing and antioxidant properties.

Some possible ingredients that may cause concern: Cyclopentasiloxane (great for giving hair a silky, slippery feel, but potentially harmful to the environment), Behentrimonium Chloride (a toxic compound and irritant). Overall, in this case it seems like the benefits outweigh the risks and I’m still comfortable using the masque in spite of the few ingredient flaws if may have.

Is it worth the hefty $59 price tag, though? Even though that’s definitely a personal and financial decision to be made on a case-by-case basis, if you’re willing to spend a little extra money on your hair masques, I’d definitely recommend it. Since you’ll likely only use the product once a week, it will last you a long time and every gal deserves a bit of pampering once in awhile.

Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cetyl Esters, Isododecane, Amodimethicone, Fragrance, Behentrimonium Chloride, Isohexadecane, Stearalkonium Chlordie, Glyceryl Stearate, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Quaternium-91, Dimethiconol,  Cetrimoniium Methosulfate, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogentated Coco-Glycerides, Butylene Glycol, Guar Hydroxpropyltrimonium Chloride, Irvingla Gabonensis Kernel Butter, Cinnamidopropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed VEgetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cystine Bis-PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Keratin, Hydrolyzed Keratin, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Litchi Chinensis Percarp (Lychee) Extract, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum (Elderweiss) Flower/Leaf Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PvP Corsspolymer, Octyldodecanol, Apigenin, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinnyl Palmitate, Ethyl Linoleate, Ethyl Linolenate, Ethyl Oleate, Lecithin, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Arachidyl Propionate, Trideceth-12, Proplylene Gycol, PEG-40 Hydrogentated Castor Oil, Benzophonone-4, Citric Acid, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Iodoprpynyl Butylcarbamate, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool.