There are several questions surrounding the use of hair masks. ‘What hair mask should I use?’ and ‘How many times should I apply a hair mask?’ being the most common ones. The reason why there is so much confusion out there is because some equate hair masks to regular conditioners and, as such, use them interchangeably. We are here to ask you to stop doing that. A hair conditioner is specially designed to put moisture back into hair after shampooing. It can have other benefits too, depending on which one you use. But a hair mask is formulated with a potent dose of ingredients that penetrates deep into your hair and repairs damage, nourishes weak tresses and strengthens the hair fibres.
Turns out, the ideal frequency of using a hair mask depends on your hair type. We are decoding how to pick the right hair mask and how often to use it based on the unique needs of your hair type…
How to pick the right hair mask for your hair type
Like skincare, haircare products, too, need to be chosen keeping your hair type and texture in mind. Here’s how to pick the right hair mask depending on your hair type.
1. Dry, frizzy hair - Hair that is dry and frizzy is in serious need of a moisture boost. Look for oil-based hair masks, which contain ingredients like argan, marula or calendula oils that help deeply hydrate the mane. An added plus is to use keratin-rich hair masks, preferably a formula like TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Deep Smoothing Mask to replenish lost moisture in curly or coarse hair and add bounce and shine!
2. Dull, damaged hair - Daily hair habits like rough combing, teasing the hair, tight hairstyles, towel drying, sleeping on wet hair and heat styling can really take a toll on the health of your hair. Your usual routine might not be able to cater to all the needs of your damaged tresses. Look for an intensely moisturising and creamy formula like the Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask to give your locks the essential TLC it needs to stay strong and healthy.
3. Coloured or chemically treated hair - Subjecting your hair to frequent chemical treatments can ruin its quality and leave it dry, brittle and more prone to hair fall. Introducing a nourishing, damage-repairing hair mask in your hair care routine can do wonders for your tresses. Our top pick is the Dove Healthy Ritual For Strengthening Hair Mask. Enriched with oat milk and honey extracts, this nourishing hair mask repairs all forms of hair damage, leaving your tresses stronger and healthier. Plus, it also tames frizz and smoothens hair surface to give you shiny, manageable hair.
How often should you be using hair masks?
There is no simple answer to how often you should be using a hair mask to show results. The key is to do a thorough analysis of your hair and take stock of the level of damage (your stylist can help you with that), hair porosity, etc. It can be used once a month or after every hair wash if needed. A good tip is to start using it at least twice a week and then reduce the frequency once you begin to notice your hair regaining its health. Curly and wavy hair types can use a hair mask biweekly; however, if you have fine hair that is in a comparatively good state, once every 3-4 weeks is all you need.