Rene Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask


I'm going to say it: I really hate showering. I find it boring. And the pressure for it to be a relaxing, rejuvenating, Herbal Essences-esque experience is just too much. There are better things I could be doing with my time than standing under a stream of not-so-steady, not-so-temperature-controlled New York City water. Which means I like to keep my showers short—seven to ten minutes, max. Plenty of time to check all the hygiene boxes (People who spend 20 minutes in there, a question: What are you doing? And is it worth missing multiple Today Show segments for?). My only issue is that I have very long, highlighted hair, which, when subjected to the frigid winter air, becomes something more akin to a bundle of dry, brittle, split-ended sticks, rather than my desired bouncy mermaid locks. This is where deep-conditioning hair masks—and, unfortunately, extra shower time—comes in.

Many masks require at least fifteen minutes of leave-on time in order to properly hydrate your strands. I’m not quite sure what I could do in the shower for fifteen minutes or more—you can only gingerly apply shaving cream and Schick your legs for so long. But not so with the Rene Furterer Karité Intense Nourishing Mask (thank you for the reco, Ms. Codinha): you take the thick butter-colored conditioner, comb it through your battered hair, and leave on for two to five minutes. That’s it! Perfect amount of time to shave your legs. Then, just wash it out and go about your business.

After a few goes with the Intense Nourishing Mask, my hair feels thicker, looks glossier, and has a bit more weight to it than before. And whether due to these treatments or the weather, static and frizz have also dissipated. So thank you, Rene Furterer, you time-saving genius—you've now got a coveted spot on my shower shelf.

—Elizabeth Brockway

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  • Becca Dean

    Perhaps the remedy for my "dry bundle of split end stick" woes. thanks!

  • Loubu

    7-10 minutes? Thats a lot. I use three. Its really bad for your skin + the environment to take to long showers. Keeps them short!

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  • Kat

    I am really envious of the leg hair-amount that allows for 3-5 minutes shaving time. 15 minutes doesn't sound like much at all for that task, to me - that is absolutely what I am doing, when my flatmate thinks I've decided to live in the bathroom. Or are stumpy legs the reason? I almost hope it's stumpy legs, so I can feel all speedy and superior instead of super, crazy envious.

    • ITGAlessandra

      Unfortunately, Elizabeth is decidedly un-stumpy. We'll all just continue to live with our envy. x

    • unvanquished

      How long could it possibly take you to shave your legs? I can do it in 2 minutes.

  • Nina

    Although I absolutely LOVE pampering myself in every way, I hate stepping out of the shower to do the hair mask thing, wait for 20 mins and get in there again to rinse too. That's why I rely on oil treatments (the genius Philip B): apply to dry, "dirty" hair at night and go to sleep, then wash out in the morning = soft silky hair heaven in no time! Besides it's much better suited for my fine easily weighed down hair than creamy masks.

  • unvanquished

    The hot water dries your skin out . . .

    • Lana

      You don't have to be in the shower to use a hair mask...I usually wash my hair and then step out and dry my hair and then put the mask in, and leave it in a little chignon on top of my head until it's done doing it's magic, then I rinse it out in the sink. No biggie.

  • babs

    I usually put a hair mask and whatever facial stuff I'm using on simultaneously, put my hair up with a clip, and then do my exfoliating routine and brush my teeth. It all takes 15 - 20 minutes. But then, I LOVE showering. I could stay in a shower all damn day.

  • BeautyholicRomy

    Wow is it sold in the UK? Also LOL on the commercial! x

  • Margaux Shops For You

    I have used Furterer karite conditioner for years now, I would never use anything else! Those products are brilliant!! Smell delightful as well!

  • Christine

    I KNOW I am extremely late to the comment party on this one - but Elizabeth, thank you for introducing me to my hair mask holy grail. No joke, I have forsaken all others since I started using this. It's the perfect amount of richness so it feels very luxurious while applying and this has the added benefit of not sliding out of my wet hair when I apply it.

    If it weren't for you, I never would have been tempted to try this product and then would have likely never known about this gem. So a big big big THANK YOU to you!


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Rene Furterer Karite Intense Nourishing Mask