JLo's Hairstylist Chris Appleton just launched the MONEY mask for glossy hair

Hello 'rags to riches' hair.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 02: Jennifer Lopez attends the 2019 IFP Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on December 02, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Steven Ferdman/FilmMagic)
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What do Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian and Ariana Grande have in common? One man: Chris Appleton, their go-to hairstylist for creating bouncy blowouts, sky-high snatched ponytails and the cutest space buns we've seen this side of the 90s. And out today is the Chris Appleton Color Wow MONEY Masque to prove that A-list hair starts in the shower.

You could say that Chris Appleton is best known for creating looks that are always on the money. So it's no wonder this is the moniker for his first product collaboration with Color Wow.

Appleton, who also happens to be Color Wow’s Global Creative Director, says: “The foundation to any style starts with the hair texture. To achieve this perfect texture, I’ve always had to turn to cocktailing different products to get it right.” Until now, of course.

What makes Chris Appleton Color Wow MONEY Masque so different?

Why a hair mask, rather than, say, a styling product or even jumping on the increasingly hip best shampoo bar trend?

When Appleton started working with Color Wow’s in-house chemist, Dr. Joe Cincotta, he knew he wanted a singular mask that would create his signature 'glass shine' on any hair type - fine, thin, frizzy, coarse, thick. But there was one caveat: it had to do so without adding any weight to strands, which he saw as a pitfall with other masks on the market. 

Appleton explains: “What I wanted was one formula that could give optimal texture for styling hair so it always looks and feels amazing in the finished style."

And although you use the MONEY Masque after shampoo, it looks nothing like your traditional hair mask. It's neither a cream nor a gloopy paste but a jelly cream formula that looks more like an expensive pot of moisturizer. It also doesn't work in the same way.

Traditional hair masks tend to be a cocktail of oils and waxes that sit on the surface of strands, ultimately dragging them down. MONEY contains neither, so it's able to penetrate the cortex of hair better. 

The mask's nourishing benefits are credited to blue sea kale (binds to damaged keratin to improve hair's elasticity), hydrolyzed vegetable protein (to strengthen the cuticle) and sea kelp and algae (rich in minerals, antioxidants and hydration).

How do you use the MONEY Masque?

Appleton advises using the Money Masque after you’ve shampooed your hair, and to apply it on both roots and ends. Leave on for about five minutes and rinse - the results should last around three days.

Appleton says: "I’ve been doing hair since I was 9, and what has always meant the most to me is seeing how great hair completely changes how a woman feels about herself. MONEY Masque is a total game-changer. It totally transforms the hair texture… which makes a woman look - and feel! Like a million bucks.”

I've tried the MONEY Masque and all I can say is my comb slid through my hair like a knife through butter after using it. And for me, that type of manageability and smoothness is priceless.