I Tried The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask, And It Made My Hair So Soft

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Written by Annie Walton-Doyle

Updated: March 6, 2024

We purchased the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask for our writer to put to the test. Keep reading for our full, hands-on product review.

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The Bottom Line

For anyone who wants a hair mask which effectively hydrates and conditions dry and brittle hair, the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask will not disappoint. It uses some incredible ingredients (and leaves out some significant nasties) to restore softness and calm to hair that’s at the end of its tether.

Many of us inflict heat and styling damage on our poor hair on a near-daily basis. And often, it’s reassuring to be able to rely on a high-quality hair mask to bring our hair back from the brink. This is where the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask comes in.

It’s designed to be the perfect extra treat for stressed out, dry, and brittle locks, restoring silky soft harmony use after use. Having a top-notch hair mask in your arsenal can be a real hair savior in times of need – and the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask is a true top-notch hair mask. 

Read on for my full review.

What We Like

  • Top quality ingredients
  • Effective treatment for dry and damaged hair 
  • Strengthens and hydrates hair over time

What We Don’t Like

  • May be too heavy for super finer hair types
  • A little bit pricey

The Facts

  • Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
  • Best For: Dry or damaged hair
  • Can Be Used For: Straight, wavy, curly, and coily hair types
  • Cruelty Free? Yes
  • Key Ingredients: B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, algae and biotin
  • Price: $15 – $124 dollars, depending on size.
  • Size: A mini 2 fluid ounce size is $15, while the regular 8 fluid ounce size is $39. You can also get a jumbo value-size of 32 fluid ounces for $124.

About The Brand

Briogeo is a haircare brand founded in 2013 by Nancy Twine. She based the products on DIY recipes passed down by her grandmother. Briogeo is now one of the top haircare brands in Sephora, with the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask as one of the standout products from the line. 

About My Hair: Long, Damaged, With The Potential To Be Dry.

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My hair goes through a lot. It’s box-dyed, and I swim four times a week in a chlorinated pool, which dries out and damages my natural pretty easygoing locks. Luckily, thanks to the plethora of fabulous haircare products on the market, I can combat this dryness and damage with an effective haircare routine. 

A good quality hair mask is one of the pillars of my routine, and I tend to use one once or twice per week. My interest is piqued by any mask that promises to offer deep conditioning and reparative properties, so you can see why the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask was of particular interest to me.  

I like to follow my hair mask of choice with either a reparative leave-in treatment or a finishing oil. I then want to be able to leave my hair to air dry, feeling clean and soft but without any dryness, visible damage, or frizz. 

I knew simply from the name of the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask that this was a mask that would appeal to my locks. After one use, I noticed my hair felt softer and more manageable, and I can see these improvements building over time.

The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask Feel: Thick and buttery

The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask has a rather thick and substantial texture when it’s squeezed out of the tube. You don’t need much product to coat every lock in this soft and silky mask, which grips onto the hair to ensure every strand feels hydrated.

The thicker, frosting-like texture means you don’t have to worry about it slipping out of your hair and heartbreakingly disappearing down the shower drain. In spite of this thick feel, ot rinses out nicely, leaving hair feeling hydrated, but without any potentially weighty residue in my hair that made it feel in need of a wash, either.

How To Use The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Hair Mask

After shampooing with the Body Shop Shea Butter Shampoo, I squeezed the excess water out of the hair, then applied the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. I started at the ends of my hair, where I need the most moisture and damage repair, then worked upwards through the mid-lengths, avoiding my roots.

I allowed the mask to sink in while I did my other in-shower chores, like shaving my legs and washing my face. I then combed it through with a wide-tooth comb to ensure proper dispersal before rinsing clean. 

The Results: Super Shine and Enhanced Manageability

After washing with the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, my hair felt luxuriously soft. My hair was shiny and glossy, but also felt in a stronger and more resilient condition at a strand level.

To round out my routine and offer some extra hydration and protection, I applied the Davines OI Oil to my locks before air drying as normal. I was super pleased with how my hair looked and felt – soft, strong, and shiny!

The Scent

The Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask has a gentle but addictive fragrance. I’d describe as clean, and with a sweet, subtle floral hit. It’s certainly got an expensive vibe, as it’s less synthetic and brash than some headache-inducing drugstore mask scents.

It also rinses out without lingering too much, meaning you are free to apply any fragranced lotion or perfume you like without fear of an aroma clash.

The Ingredients: Nice and Clean

Briogeo’s entire range is formulated with an ingredient focus. The Don’t Despair, Repair Mask is made from 97% natural ingredients, and spotlights a whole host of them, including avocado oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, rosehip oil, wheat protein, algae extract, and B vitamins.

Equally impressive as what is in the mask is what’s not. The formula is also vegan, cruelty-free, and made without sulfates, parabens, or silicones.

The Value: A Luxurious Treat

You couldn’t really claim that Briogeo’s haircare range is budget-friendly. However, if you are trying to save money on your haircare routine, it’s still possible to enjoy the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask. You can opt for a smaller size, which is just $15, or invest in the ginormous size once, and have enough hair mask to last you for months.

You don’t need much product to get the job done, so having this product on standby for times of extreme hair need could still offer fair value for money. After all, you can’t put a price on strong and healthy hair!

Similar Products: Deep Conditioning Masks 

The Davines Nounou Nourishing Repair Mask is another great option for anyone wanting a mask that both effectively hydrates and repairs hair strands. The product manages to offer smoothness and softness to drier hair types, while helping to strengthen the follicle over time for a healthier mane.

For more dried-out and damaged hair types, the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is absolutely wonderful. The Olaplex range is designed to treat weakened and brittle hair on a strand-by-strand level, offering a reparative quality which helps boost strength. But by adding this extra strength and healthiness to your hair, you also get a softer, smoother, and more manageable feel (plus, a glossier look) over time. 

The Final Verdict

For anyone looking for a mask that’s both softening and reparative, the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask won’t disappoint. It’s a joy to use, thanks to its thick and unctuous feel, smells delightful and leaves hair not only looking great after just one wash but feeling in better and better condition over time.

Anyone who colours or heat treats their hair would enjoy the effects of this deep conditioning treatment on damaged and dried-out locks.

The Specifications

  • Brand: Briogeo
  • Product Name: Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
  • Price: $5 – $124 each depending on which size you go for.
  • Size: 2 – 32 fluid ounces.

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