You probably heard or already know a lot about hair masks. But you find yourself wondering how often you should do a hair mask. This entire blog post is for you because we covered more than what you asked for.
In most cases, it is recommended that you get hair masks treatment every week. However, certain masks can be used multiple days a week, but it is advisable you shouldn’t do them too often.
So here’s how often you should do hair masks based on the masks and what your hair wants.
- Protein Hair Mask: 1 once a month is recommended, depending on the amount of protein available in your hair.
- Hydrating hair mask: More of once a week. However, if you notice your hair is not getting better, feel free to increase to 2-4 times a week.
- Oiling and Moisturizing hair mask: Once a week
- Repairing Damaged Hair: Twice a week
Veronica, celebrity hairstylist and natural hair bloggers once said the answer depends on both the texture of the hair and what you want the masks to perform. But I tell It is beyond this, many things are involved if you want to think outside the box.
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Do Hair Masks Work? How Does it Work
The short answer is Yes! Hair masks work, both homemade and the one bought from a store. The long answer is — Luckily, Hair mask is not made for a group of persons, there are lots of people out there or within your neighborhood who will clear you if you doubt the power of hair masks.
Hair masks do work well when you do and use it the right way. Yes! you can do it wrongly– in case you don’t know. For Example. You noticed your hair is frizzy and the ends are damaged, your friend or stylist then recommend mask treatment for you.
Because you wanted to fix it so quickly you could not differentiate between the mask for hair that needs protein –and masks for hair that needs repair.
Knowing that your hair has enough protein–you decide to do protein masks concoction and applied it to your hair. This now results in adding extra protein to your hair, And I believe you know the negative sides of protein overload.
Now, how do Hair Mask work?
Hair mask, whether purchased or made consists of ingredients that have nutrients your hair and scalp needs. Mixing these ingredients together is just like combing forces.
So when you add this hair mask to your hair starting from the root to the tip. The mask after sometime soaks down with nutrients and goes down into the hair cuticle.
When the masks work is complete it will–:
- Give you softer and shinier hair
- Moisturize your hair
- Get rid of hair breakage and damage
- Reduce frizz
- Boast a healthier scalp
- Improve hair strength.
What the mask gives to your hair is determined by the ingredients in the mask. Because ingredients for protein masks are different from the ingredients of a hydrating mask.
How To Use Hair masks on All Type of Hair
Whether natural, curly or color-treated hair. — The first thing you should do before you apply any hair repair product is to– ensure the hair is clean from dirt and buildup. So,
- Wash your hair very clean, because residue and dirt can hinder the nutrients from soaking and penetrating into the hair. Remember not to condition your hair after washing.
- Untangle your hair and make it easily accessible from the root to the tips without hanging. Although the mask can help you with this later. But you should at least try your best and leave the remaining works for the mask.
- Apply the mask to your hair starting from the root to the tip. Comb to make sure the masks are well distributed to all areas of the hair.
- Masks can be very effective in a warm environment. So I recommend you pack your hair in a bun and cover with a shower cap.
- Let it sit for 20-30 minutes or even overnight. (This depends on your hair type, condition, expectations, etc. We will discuss more on this later in this post)
- Rinse it out with cold or lukewarm water. Some say you should using shampoo to wash, while others will say you shouldn’t. But for you to make sure everything sets in well wash without shampoo.
However, you can wash it with shampoo if it works for you. Or when the mask remains are not washed out properly no matter how many times you try to rinse.
NB: Mask penetrates quickly on damp or wet hair. So If you want to sleep overnight with masks on your hair- make sure your hair not dry and clean
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How Long You Should Allow Hair Masks to Sit on Hair
On Average, Hair masks should sit on hair for 15 minutes – 40 minutes hours. Once you know and understand your hair- how long it stays on your hair will depend on the result you want to achieve.
Just be creative with timing because hair masking can go wrong if you leave it on too long. Knowing how long it should sit on your hair first try can be tricky. But as you get used to it you learn.
Like I said earlier it massively depends on your hair type, what you want to achieve, condition of hair and many more.
The more you try to go deep into time estimates from different people with different hair types, the more you get confused.
However here are recommended time estimates based on the type of hair mask.
- Hydrating Masks: 15 – 30 minutes
- Protein Masks: 15 minutes to overnight
- Damaged Hair Repair Masks: 20 – 40 minutes.
Estimate Based on What Your Hair Concerns
- For Hair Growth and Strength: 30 minutes – overnight
- To Add Shines: 15 – 30 minutes
- To Control Hair Oil: 10 – 30 minutes.
What is the Difference Between Hair Mask and Hair Conditioner?
The real difference between hair mask and condition is that hair masks work on both the outer and inner layer of hair, while conditioner whether leave-in or rinse out conditioner works on only the outer layer.
Another difference is that hair mask works lasts longer than the works of conditioner.
They both perform an almost similar task, but one is more powerful than the other.
How to Make Your Own Hair Mask at Home (Video)
I believe you know the ingredients you need to make your masks for your specific hair concerns. If No, leave a comment and I will get back to you as soon as possible (Professionals in our salon will do the recommendation anyway)
“Even the best powerful hair mask can not work for everyone”- I can’t remember where I saw this writing, but these words keep rolling fresh on my memory. Understanding everything about your hair is the basic and core solution to every hair problem.
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