Today, surrounded by overwhelming Instagram content, pinterest inspirations, celebrity trends and our own out-of-the-box ideas – our hair has become a canvas for when we want to channel our inner artist. Fringes? Check. Edgy undercuts? Check. Heat styling? Check. Hair dyeing? Double-check. Our hair endures 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 damage in time.

Contrary to a common dilemma that a hair mask routine may get messy or time-consuming, 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 hair mask products in the market. And if you love some homemade magic for yourself, then mark our words, a quick DIY hair mask is just what your tresses need! A hair mask requires not more than 30 minutes of your time to mend the dullness and breakage caused to your mane throughout the entire week.

 

What is a hair mask

What is a hair mask?

A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment for your hair made with a rich blend of superfoods, nutrients, vitamins that are especially beneficial for your mane. These masks are big-time saviours of your scalp and strands because they restore all the hydrating, moisturising, growth-inducing goodness into your hair that it may have lost in the past.

Typically, a classic hair mask will have a luscious, thick, creamy consistency when compared to a regular hair conditioner used post shampoo. The thick texture comes from the many ingredients that go into the mask and ideally requires a longer time to sit on the hair, so that each strand absorbs every bit of the nutrients. If you’ve applied a hair mask, you need not follow it up with a hair conditioner that day.

 

Benefits of using a hair mask

Benefits of using a hair mask

In a nutshell, a hair mask is your evergreen friend. It is a form of self-care that you need to do only once or twice every week. While we’re at it, here are some key benefits that a hair mask offers.

1. It hydrates

Hair mask hydrates your hair

Infusing copious hydration to hair is one of the most fundamental features of a hair mask. The mask needs to stay on for a considerable amount of time to drench your mane with its moisturising properties and re-hydrate the strands. Ingredients such as honey, aloe vera, jojoba oil, coconut oil, avocados act as great hydrating elements in a hair mask and help your hair hold on to the moisture.

2. It strengthens hair shafts (controls breakage)

It strengthens hair shafts (controls breakage)

Besides adding shine and luster to your tresses, a hair mask also builds the strength of your hair shafts and reduces hair breakage. The constant use of straighteners and blow dryers can weaken your strands and strip it off its moisture levels, leading to increased hair fall. This is taken care of by hair masks, especially with ingredients like bananas, coconut milk and argan oil.

3. It targets specific hair concerns

It 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.

4. It heals you hair

It heals you hair

Hair masks heal various concerns across all hair types, but one common characteristic is that they soothe your mind too. Be it the fragrance of the hair masks, their rich texture, the experience of indulging in it or the end result of soft, lustrous hair – it all adds up to a pampering hair routine, a mini spa at home!

Hair masks you can invest in right now:

 

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask

On a daily basis, your hair battles recurring frizz, tangled strands and lacklustre hair texture. A fitting shield against all these issues, TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask 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.

 

Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask

Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask

Hair masks are made for the long-term health of your hair, infused with ingredients that keep pumping in nourishment and moisture. Two of the most common concerns for hair are dryness and breakage that need immediate attention (read, solution). A formula like Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask that is full of keratin actives and moisturising creams, targets damaged and lifeless hair, giving generous hydration, softness and manageable texture to your hair.

Whip up DIY hair masks:

 

Avocado + mayo + olive oil + honey

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.

  • 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.
 

Banana + honey + curds

Banana + honey + curds

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, 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.
 

Aloe vera + fenugreek + coconut oil

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 the 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.