We all are familiar with face masks. At one point in her life,
every girl has shellacked her face her face in the hopes of either treating a
problematic complexion or simply giving it a little pick-me-up. While we’re all about pampering your marvelous mug, we’re going to put it on a shelf for now and
focus on another important asset: your hair. You’ve probably heard about the wonders of masks designed to revitalize your locks but never pursued them as an option for your own beauty routine.
Take it from us: Once you go hair mask, you never go back. Whether it’s for their hydrating and
nourishing properties or shine-delivering action, hair masks should be a staple
in every girl’s life. Want to
know the ins and outs of hair masks? We break down the do’s and don’ts of these hidden haircare
Do: Like any beauty treatment or product, research is key.
Figure out the key benefits of a hair mask and determine if they align with
your specific haircare needs. For example, Pureology Damaged Haircare Mask is designed to
prevent breakage and shouldn’t
be enlisted to combat a flaky scalp. Do your homework before diving in
Avoid taking hair mask advice from your bestie. Just because her color-treated
hair is obsessed with Kiehl’s Sunflower
Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak, doesn’t mean it will work best for your pristine locks. We hate saying
this, since we know you consult with her about everything under the sun, but
for something as crucial as your hair, we recommend you discuss hair mask
options with a professional hair stylist who can give you some solid product
recommendations specifically for your hair.
Do: Follow directions. No hair mask is created equal, and
therefore they don’t all have the same instructions. Make sure you read the
application instructions thoroughly to achieve the best results. The moral of
the story: 5 minutes means 5 minutes!
A hair mask is not a replacement for a daily conditioner. Although some
have serious deep-conditioning powers (like Redken Real Control
Intense Renewal Super Moisturizing Mask), it can be used as a
substitute once or twice a week. On these days, your regular conditioner should
Do. Use regularly. For best results, work a hair mask into
your beauty routine (according to instructions). Using it once a month usually
won’t cut it.
Avoid only applying product to the areas that bring you the most distress (for
example, the scalp or ends). Evenly distribute the mask so that all of your hair gets a little
What hair mask are you currently in love with? Give us the scoop in the comments below.