It’s no news that in order to have healthy, soft and shiny tresses, it is imperative to keep them moisturised and hydrated. And what better way to do so than by using a conditioner after every hair wash and applying a hair hydrating hair mask at least once a week? But if both, conditioner and hair mask, do essentially the same thing – moisturise and hydrate your strands – then do you really need both? Is this question giving you sleepless nights? Let’s put an end to it right here, right now, shall we?
Ahead, the difference between a conditioner and hair mask and if you really need both.
The main characteristic trait of conditioner is its consistency and texture. Conditioners have very light and runny consistency and spread more easily on your strands. When you apply a conditioner to wet hair, it breaks down very easily and spreads without any hassle. Additionally, since they have a lightweight texture, they do not weigh down your hair and make them easily manageable.
Hair masks have a slightly thicker consistency and do not spread as easily as a conditioner. A hair mask is also applied onto wet hair, but instead of just washing it out in five minutes, it needs to be kept on a lot longer to show results. Hair masks are usually SLS-free and do not have any cleansing properties. The main ingredients in a hair mask are heavy oils, butters and silicones, all of which work to deeply condition your hair. Also, since hair masks have such heavy ingredients, they may end up weighing down your strands, especially for people with thin and fine hair. Therefore, it is best to use a hair mask once every fortnight or once in three weeks.
Do you need both?
Conditioners work like an everyday boost of hydration that help to improve manageability and reduce breakage due to tangling and frizz. But they do not provide long term moisture or possess many repairing abilities. Hair masks, on the other hand, contain a host of amazing ingredients that penetrate deep into your scalp to not just provide hydration, but also repair and rejuvenate your strands. Therefore, using just one product may not give your strands the amount of hydration it needs.