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How To Use A Hair Mask? – Step By Step Guide In 2021

Hair masks are those nourishment embraces for your hair that rejuvenates it from week long damages. 

No, they are not the same as a hair conditioner.

That’s why when you ask, What is the difference between a conditioner and a hair mask, you see that conditioners cannot be a substitute for a hair mask. 

To start with, the chemicals of a conditioner can do much damage to your hair if it lasts more than the suggested period, especially if it is not paraben free. A mask on the other hand can be kept in your hair for a maximum of thirty minutes. 

But, what is even a hair mask? When both of them have the same consistency? More importantly, how do you use a hair mask properly to get the most out of it? 

We will be answering all your questions and probably some bonus points on how to make hair masks for different hair types.

What Is A Hair Mask?

What Is A Hair Mask

Hair mask is more of a nourishing form of a conditioner which is the equivalent of your face mask. It is a thick solution you will have to apply throughout your hair, from roots to edges, and leave it for your hair to moisturize. 

There are different types of masks for each type whether it is curly, coloured or untreated straight. 

How To Use A Hair Mask Properly?

How To Use A Hair Mask Properly

Here are the steps you should follow.

You should never apply a hair mask on a stick of dry hair. First shampoo your hair and then dry it with a towel. 

Now, spread the solution evenly taking small strands of hair. Try to make sure that you don’t miss any inch. In order to do this, you can even comb your hair with your fingers or a wide tooth comb.

Now, the question is how to make a hair mask give the best results.

This can be done by wrapping your hair with a hot towel to really lock the moisture in.

The mask can be rinsed off within fifteen to twenty minutes depending on the hair type and the damage it has endured.

Rinse it off with cool water. Avoid hot water touching your scalp as it can dry it out and reverse the effect of the hair mask.

Can I Use A Hair Mask As Leave-In Conditioner?

A leave-in conditioner can never be used as a hair mask. However, if you wish to do this opposite, although there is no harm you will just be wasting products in haste. Because obviously if you are using it as a substitute for conditioner, you will never be using it for long which it is originally intended for. 

If you are left asking.

How Long Should You Leave A Hair Mask On Your Hair? 

While figuring out how to use a hair mask, the timing is a very common question. Because these are all chemicals after all and too much usage can cause serious damage.

However, a hair mask is made for the purpose of long lasting use without causing much harm. For Example, if you are planning to recover a very damaged hair you can apply the hair mask and sleep with a towel wrapped around it for a lustrous finish.

This same method can be used while using the hair mask in curly or kinky hair.

What Happens If You Leave Your Hair Mask On Too Long?

Considering you can actually use this overnight, I suppose there isn’t any answer for ‘too long’. There however is hair type which can be determined. For example, if your hair is thin, or greasy even after shampooing, leaving it for too long can just make it more oily.

Do You Use A Hair Mask Before Or After Shampooing?

Always apply a hair mask after shampooing. If you apply a hair mask on dry hair then it won’t be able to absorb into the hair. Having drenched hair will open up the structure and allow them the solution to penetrate properly. 

Hair Mask Recipes

Hair Mask Recipes

Now that you have received the proper guideline of how to use a hair mask, it is time for the bonus corner. We will teach you how to make a hair mask with each hair type.

Homemade Hair Mask For Hair Growth

These are the basic kitchen ingredients you will need and yet you can make the best hair masks with them:

  • 1 lemon Juice
  • ½ cup plain yogurt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Coconut oil

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and then massage it generously on your hair. This will surely answer the mostly asked question of how to use coconut oil as a hair mask.

Now, if you are wondering,

How To Use A Castor Oil Hair Mask?

Then let me give you this amazing recipe of homemade hair masks for damaged hair.

You will just require two ingredients, Castor Oil and Glycerine.

  • 4 to 4 drops of glycerine
  • 3 tablespoon of castor oil
  • 8 tablespoon of water

Mix them together and then you know the drill.

Homemade Hair Mask For Dry Hair 

The ingredients you will need for this moisturizing hair mask are:

  • I cup of mayonnaise
  • Three egg yolks
  • ½ cup of olive oil

Follow the steps of how to use a hair mask. However, as this has very active oil ingredients and egg yolks, make sure you rinse your hair properly and don’t keep it on for more than an hour.

Homemade Hydrating Hair Mask

Ingredients you will need are:

  • 2 tablespoon of raw coconut oil
  • 2 drops tea tree oil
  • 4 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 5 drops of peppermint oil

In a bowl, first mix the coconut oil and the sugar and then emulsify the essential oils. This hydrating mask will provide you the best solution for a dry scalp.

Homemade Hair Mask For Frizzy Hair

The ingredients you will need are:

  • 1 peeled Banana
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Mix all the ingredients together uniformly until it becomes a smooth paste. Wear a hair mask or shower cap to avoid any drooping as it is a thick paste.

Can I Use A Homemade Mask Everyday?

Yes, you can use a homemade mask everyday since they are not made with coerce chemicals like the store bought ones. However, you have to use the correct ingredients for your hair type. Know more about the different types of homemade hair mask that will suit your hair type.

Mask It

Hair mask is not a luxury anymore, it is a key ingredient of your shower routine on the days you wash your hair. Although it is not mandatory to apply a mask everyday, it is still advised to do it once a month.

Yes, the market products can be expensive but that is not an issue when you can make yourself the best homemade hair mask with a few kitchen ingredients.

Hopefully this guideline of how to use a hair mask was helpful. Send us your feedback with more questions and we will come up with more guidelines to make your life easy.

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