Ask a haircare buff about their topmost indulgence, and a quick answer would be a hair mask. Whipped into a luscious creamy formula with rich vitamins and proteins, there’s nothing more nourishing for the tresses than a good hair mask. While some are well-versed with a hair masking routine, others are probably still a little confused about how to go about using a hair mask correctly. Right?
Lucky for you, we like to make things easy. Ahead, we break down the five dos and don’ts of applying a hair mask correctly to reap its incredible benefits to the fullest. Check it out.
- 01. Do: Pick the right hair mask for your hair type
- 02. Don’t: Apply it on a greasy, dirty hair
- 03. Do: Spread the mask evenly
- 04. Don’t: Leave it on overnight
- 05. Do: Mask once or twice a week
01. Do: Pick the right hair mask for your hair type
Just like any other hair care product, hair masks, too, are made for different hair concerns. Instead of picking any random mask from the counter, choose one that’s specifically formulated for your hair type and targets the right problems. If frizz and dullness are your biggest enemies, we suggest adding the TRESemmé Keratin Deep Smoothing Mask to your hair care arsenal ASAP. Infused with keratin and marula oil, it deeply conditions your hair to make it frizz-free, smooth, soft, tangle-free and manageable with lasting shine and bounce.
02. Don’t: Apply it on a greasy, dirty hair
There seems to be a lot of confusion around this, but here’s the thing. Using a hair mask on dirty (and dry) hair doesn’t work well as the grease coating your hair and scalp prevents the mask from penetrating deep inside. So, it’s smarter to apply the mask on wet hair after you’ve cleansed your mane with shampoo, as it allows the mask and its nutrients to absorb better and give you the lustrous shine that you desire.
03. Do: Spread the mask evenly
Simply applying the mask on your hair won’t work its magic. Make sure you apply the formula on every strand of your hair (mid-length to tips) to repair any damage or dullness. You can use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to evenly distribute the creamy mask on your tresses. Once done, massage your hair lightly to thoroughly blend the mask in and leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
04. Don’t: Leave it on overnight
Hair masks contain potent vitamins, antioxidants and natural oils and require no more than 20-30 minutes to deeply condition your hair. If you go the overnight route, the mask will likely end up making your hair overly oily and heavy. Not to forget, the chemical compound present in the product could damage the outer layer of the hair cuticle and make your hair highly porous. High porosity usually means the hair shafts can’t retain moisture and eventually lead to breakage and frizz.
05. Do: Mask once or twice a week
Once you realise how gratifying a hair mask routine can be, you’d probably find yourself reaching out for the product every time you step in the shower. But, overusing a hair mask every day could backfire. Because the mask is loaded with rich ingredients, including butter, oils, proteins and vitamins in high concentrations, using it daily will likely lead to buildup and your hair will feel weighed down. Over-absorption of the mask and moisture could also disturb the elasticity of strands and make your hair prone to breakage. Hence, it is recommended to use hair masks once or twice a week for best results.