Hair masks are all the rage lately, but what do they actually do? A hair mask is basically a deep-conditioning treatment for your hair. Some can be applied to dry hair while others recommend that you apply them wet. Either way, if you have a hair concern, there’s a hair mask out there for you.
If you’re interested in diving into the world of hair masks, here are 5 tips to help you get started.
1. Determine your needs.
Not all hair masks are created equal. Some are hydrating, some are clarifying, some claim to help hair grow faster, et cetera. The first step is figuring out what you want in a hair mask and finding one that does what you need it to do.
Plan to leave at least 15-20 minutes for your hair mask to sink in and do its job. If that sounds like too long, some hair masks can be applied in the shower if you’re always on the go. Simply apply, wait a few minutes, then rinse.
2. Focus on the ends.
The ends of our hair tend to be the part that needs the most TLC. Focus your hair mask on the ends of your hair rather than the roots (unless it’s primarily a scalp mask, of course.) This will ensure that the ends receive the nourishment they need without making the roots too greasy.
3. Comb it all through.
If you’ve gone through the trouble of buying or making a hair mask, you want to make sure you’re applying it right in order to get the most out of it.
Once you apply the mask, use a wide-tooth comb to work it through your hair and make sure it’s completely saturated. You don’t want to miss any areas!
4. Leave on as long as you’d like.
While most hair mask instructions usually recommend that you leave the mask on for 15-20 minutes, there’s really no harm in leaving them on for longer than that. Some people even like to sleep in their hair masks to maximize the benefits!
This can be especially useful if you have super dry hair; if your hair is oily, you might not need or want to leave them on that long.
If you do want to sleep in your hair mask, just pop on a shower cap.
5. Use sparingly.
Using hair masks too frequently can overload your hair and, if it’s a particularly moisturizing mask, can even weigh your hair down or make it overly greasy. Start with using a hair mask once per week and see how your hair reacts. If you find you need it more often than that, work your way up from there. Some lighter hair masks can even be used every time you shower.
Hair masks can be a great tool for repairing dry or damaged hair. If you have any questions about what type of hair mask is right for you, just ask your hairstylist next time you stop into Cloud 9! They’ll be more than happy to recommend brands or ingredients to look for to address your particular hair concerns.