Give your hair the TLC and nourishment it deserves by investing in or by making a hydrating hair mask; the right solution to thicker, silkier and shinier locks.
Hydrating Hair Masks: The Basics
Wonder how all those red carpet divas have their locks looking picture perfect? Well, it’s not just the professional hair stylists that do the capture-worthy magic but also what these celebs do at home. After all, good results are never born out of quick fixes. All the massive mane ladies rely on hydrating hair masks to keep their strands healthy and happening.
And if you wonder why they go the extra mile to give their hair all this extra TLC, it’s because our hair endures a lot for us; every styling and chemical treatment we put it through. On top of that, it also bears the brunt of the changing weather, pollution levels, UV rays and umpteen such daily damages. This leads to hair turning lustreless, rough and parched for moisture — indicating an urgent need of hydrating hair masks to reverse this. Which is why downtime should be used wisely to what's needed for your hair.
Contrary to a common dilemma that a hair mask regime eats a ton of time, it is in fact one of the most simple and straightforward ways to treat your hair with nutrient-filled conditioning. There is absolutely no dearth of effective hydrating hair mask products in the market -- and one that’s been proving itself over and over again is Love Beauty & Planet’s Argan Oil & Lavender, paraben free smooth and serene Hair Mask.
However, if you love some homemade magic for yourself, then mark our words, a quick DIY hair mask is just what your tresses need. Plus, you can have a long day and still decide to pamper yourself with a hair mask as it requires no more than 30 minutes of your time to push off the drabness from your locks.
So, to take you a stop closer towards your luscious locks and all those compliments, we’re about to show you how to make your very own hydrating hair masks at home. So, cling as we unfold the benefits and recipes.
What are Benefits of Using Hydrating Hair Masks?
In a nutshell, a hydrating hair mask is here to be your evergreen buddy. Wonder why? Because it always does what it says and delivers the best results and tbh, is super low maintenance, it is a form of self-care that you need to do only once or twice every week to enjoy long and charming locks. And while you’re at it, here are the key benefits.
1. Benefit #1: Hydration
Ever gone for a long sprint and needed to chug a ton of water. Well, that’s exactly what your locks need after a tiresome week of being outdoors. Which is why, a hydrating hair mask is what you should get your hands on - because it does what it says, it drenches your mane with its moisturising properties and re-hydrates the strands. And want to know what makes a great hydration-laden mask, well its ingredients such as honey, aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocados; not just palette pleasing after! Plus, these foods don’t just add moisture but also better your hair’s moisture retaining properties. So, just don’t get them to your plate, make space for them in your hydrating hair mask domain as well.
2. Benefit #2: Strengthening
A hydrating hair mask does the fancy job of adding shine and lustre to your tresses but it also does the more important job; it builds the strength of your hair shafts and reduces hair breakage - which means no more embarrassing hair strands everywhere and no more clogged drains - we’ve all been there. And yes, the constant use of straighteners and blow dryers can weaken your strands and strip it off its moisture levels, leading to increased hair fall. And to watch out for you, hydrating hair masks have got your back and your locks - especially with ingredients like bananas, coconut milk and argan oil. So, if you’re looking for the ultimate shine without cutting much time, here’s the answer!
3. Benefit #3: Targets specific hair concerns
It’s no secret, each hair mask caters to different hair types and concerns, just as a face mask does for different skin types. Hair masks can restore hair that is dry, dull, dehydrated, dandruff-prone, thin, colour-treated and simultaneously promotes hair growth. So, whatever your problem, you no longer need to make your pockets lighter. Just a one-stop-solution for all your concerns.
4. Benefit #4: Heals
Hair masks solve various concerns across all hair types, but one common characteristic is that they do their bit for your mood and mind too. Imagine, unwinding after a long day with a fragrant hydrating hair mask. Plus, while you lay back, the mask's rich texture is only doing your locks good. It makes for an indulgent experience with the result of soft, lustrous hair at home. And viola, there’s the recipe to a mini spa session at home!
PS: You can amp it up with a few candles (mood is everything) and show your skin some love with a hydrating cream.
What are the Hydrating Hair Masks Product Options?
You’re never going to be short of options when it comes to hydrating hair masks
1. TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask
Ever stepped out of your home looking prim and proper, only to be shocked by nothing but static hair - the frizz panic is real. And why do these pesky strands peep out because of lack of hydration and improper care (let’s admit, we all hate untangling our mane.) So, to deal with the hydration aspect and to give your strands that deep plus much-needed nourishment, we vouch for the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask for it readily imbues your tresses with lasting softness, shine and detangled hair ends. Thanks to its rich blend of keratin, Marula oil, vitamins C and E, the mask keeps frizz at bay and all that confidence alive in you!
2. Dove Healthy Ritual for Strengthening Hair Mask
Hydrating hair masks are made for the long-term health of your hair, infused with ingredients that keep nourishing and moisturising your hair. And one that I personally swear by is the Dove healthy ritual for strengthening hair mask; loaded with oat milk and honey; this one of a kind hydrating hair mask targets damaged and lifeless hair, giving generous hydration and making it manageable. So, whenever you’re in a hurry you don’t need to make a salon appointment, you just need to opt for the goodness of the much-loved hair mask.
Now that we’ve told you all about the best in the business masks you can add to your cart or pick up from the racks, we’re now about to shed light on what you can whip up for yourself AKA DIY hydrating hair masks!
3. Avocado + Mayo + Olive Oil + Honey
You might as well call this DIY hair mask a superfood for your mane. Loaded with avocado, mayonnaise, olive oil and honey, this homemade recipe not only deep conditions your hair, but also promotes hair strength and growth. The four ingredients are a great source of moisture, proteins, vitamins, biotin, amino acids and oils that restore the health of your cuticles and scalp. So, what’s the wait for, get going to make this hydrating hair mask…and for that you need to:
In a bowl, mash one avocado into a smooth paste and mix it really well with 3 tbsps. of olive oil, 3 tbsps. of mayonnaise and 2 tbsps. of honey.
Section your hair and apply the mask liberally on the hair lengths and scalp. Cover it with a shower cap for about 30-45 minutes.
Rinse it out with lukewarm or cold water and shampoo as usual.
Because it is a rather heavy, rich formula, you should not use it more than twice a month.
4. Banana + Honey + Yoghourt
The sheer ordeal of having an itchy and flaky scalp even after shampooing that very day is concerning. Dandruff not only takes over your hair, but also your life; you just can’t take your hands off your scalp, which honestly, aggravates the itchiness and scalp dryness. We urge you to hurry to the kitchen to make this hydrating hair mask; for that get one banana, some honey and curds to cure dandruff once and for all.
Mash the banana in a bowl, add 2-3 tsps. of honey and mix well.
Then top it with 4-5 heaped tbsps. of curds (or as required according to the length of your hair) and mix again to a smooth paste.
If you like some fragrance, add in a couple of drops of any essential oil of your choice.
Apply this mix to your mid and end lengths of hair nicely.
Then go back to the remaining mask in the bowl and touch up your scalp with it.
Make sure not to smear it too much on the scalp, as this hair mask will be a little more gooey than the usual masks.
5. Aloe vera + Fenugreek + Coconut Oil
While aloe vera alone is laden with anti-bacterial and hydrating properties, the other two ingredients in the hair mask – fenugreek and coconut oil – help to bind all the nutrients together and inject it in your tresses. The best thing about this hydrating hair mask is, it typically is capable of addressing all sorts of hair problems, be it a dry scalp, damaged cuticles, ragged hair texture, hair fall, frizz or other issues.
All you need is about 3 tbsps. of fresh aloe vera gel, 3 tsps. of soaked and ground fenugreek paste and 3 tsps. of coconut oil.
Combine it all together and whip it into a hair mask.
Apply it from root to tip generously and let it sit for at least 30 mins.
Next, wash it off with cold water and shampoo as usual.