WHAT IS A HAIR MASK?
Just as face masks work to nourish and hydrate your skin, hair masks do the same for your strands. Typically available in cream and clay-based formulas, this hair care product works to penetrate your mane with the right amount of TLC to improve the overall look and feel of your hair. Whether you’re working with color-treated hair, natural hair, or just looking to give your hair a boost, hair masks always rise to the occasion.
WHAT DOES A HAIR MASK DO FOR YOUR HAIR?
As we mentioned, hair masks come in different formulas that provide various benefits, just as there are different shampoos, conditioners, and hair treatments to help your specific hair concerns. When looking for your hair mask match, consider what your hair could use a little more of. Moisture? There’s a hair mask for that. Shine? There’s also a mask for that! If you need some product recs, consider one of the following hair masks, based on your mane’s needs.
HOW TO USE A HAIR MASK
Ready to learn how to apply a hair mask the right way? Here’s what to do!
STEP #1: WASH YOUR HAIR
As we mentioned above, you may need to shampoo your hair before applying your hair mask. If you’ve selected one of our options above, you’ll want to cleanse your hair first to get the ball rolling. Kick things off by washing hair with a shampoo that coordinates with your mask. Apply it to wet hair, suds up into a thick lather, and rinse thoroughly.
STEP #2: APPLY YOUR HAIR MASK
It’s time for the main event: applying your hair mask! If you’ve opted for a hair mask highlighted above, massage the product through your damp strands.
STEP #3: LET IT SIT
Next up: Wait it out! Leave your mask in place for the recommended about of time. This is often between three to five minutes, giving you the perfect amount of time to shave your legs or wash your body. Keep in mind, some hair masks can be left on overnight in a similar fashion to a leave-in conditioner. Just follow the directions to achieve the desired results!
When it comes to how to apply a hair mask, getting the timing right is key. You don’t want to leave a hair mask on too briefly because it might not work to its full potential. You also don’t want to leave one on for too long. Yep, if you’ve ever asked, “Can you leave a hair mask on for too long?”, you absolutely can. Overdoing it can lead to hair that looks greasy and limp—no thanks.
STEP #4: RINSE IT OUT
Unless your hair mask packaging states otherwise, you’ll want to rinse out the formula with lukewarm water after the allotted amount of time, just as you would with conditioner. Allow your hair to dry, and repeat the process a few times a week to show your strands some extra love!