Hair masks have become quite the popular hair treatment in recent times, and for good reason. Thanks to the natural hairfluencers all over socials like YouTube and TikTok, many naturals have started to consider the importance of these hair treatments.
In the past, people have used hair masks as an easier and more affordable way to create more strength and thickness in their hair. To learn everything about these hair treatments and how to incorporate them in your hair routine, we gathered up everything you need to know.
A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment designed to penetrate the hair follicles and help repair and rejuvenate your hair from within.
An instant conditioner and hair mask only differ in the concentration of their ingredients-the latter is much more concentrated and can be left on your hair for a longer time.
With regular use, hair masks can help bring back the natural luster and shine to your locks, while also combating common hair problems such as dryness, frizz and damage. These treatments can be effective in reviving color-treated and heat damaged hair.
Whilst they won’t help to speed up the hair growing process, hair masks often containing ingredients like avocado and olive oil which can aid scalp health, stimulate the hair follicles, and prevent breakage-which can help you notice new growth and retain length.
Think of your everyday food stuffs like bananas, avocados, eggs, olive oil, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, honey; the list goes on and on. All these ingredients serve different purposes like boosting hydration, strengthening hair and improving the overall health of your hair.
According to Healthline, here are some of the best ingredients to look out for when buying a hair mask or making one of your own:
The most important consideration for what hair mask you should use is your hair’s individual needs. Hair needs may vary from one hair texture to the other, or the kind of treatments it has gone through.
Color or chemically treated hair is weaker and much more prone to damage. For chemically processed hair, opt for protein-rich hair masks that aim to strengthen the hair. Masks with apple cider vinegar can also help close the cuticle of color-treated hair, hence reducing fadage.
If your strands are dry and damaged from practices like heat styling, use rejuvenating hair masks that contain ingredients like banana, avocado and olive oil. Masks with such ingredients can help repair your strands, leaving them healthier and stronger.
Additionally, if you’re struggling with an itchy or flaky scalp, hair masks with apple cider vinegar can be helpful in can even clear the hair follicle from debris and relieving itching.
For hair that’s thinning, consider using a hair mask with ingredients like cinnamon. Cinnamon is a stimulant that may increase blood flow to the scalp, which can encourage growth in affected areas.
There are a number of basic yet effective DIY(Do It Yourself) hair mask recipes you could try. You can vary the quantity of ingredients used depending on your hair length.
These are only a few of the numeral DIY recipes that could work for you-there’s plenty more you could try out. There’s also always the option of buying a ready-made hair mask that addresses your specific hair needs.
Hair masks typically work best when applied to clean damp hair. For masks that are oil-based(made primarily of oils like coconut or olive oil), it may be more effective to apply them when the hair is dry. The reasoning behind this lies in the fact that dry hair may be able to absorb oil better than dry hair.
Otherwise, some things to consider as you apply a hair mask are as follows:
Typically, a hair mask will take up the place of your regular conditioner. The frequency with which you use one depends on the health of your locks. For normal healthy tresses, usage can be limited to once a week.
If your hair feels dry, or is frizzy or damaged, you can increase application to twice a week.
If you want to give your hair the TLC it desperately needs, a hair mask is definitely the go-to. The combination of deeply nourishing ingredients can give dry, damaged hair the boost that it needs.
Not to mention, the DIY recipes can be fun to try out. Don’t hesitate to try one out today for yourself, and even your little one. Because you are a GEM.