Lesson 101:Picking The Right Hair Mask For Your Hair Type
As much as our skin enjoys a good facial, our hair enjoys some extra love too! With the extra time people have on their hands during quarantine, there is no better time than now to explore the benefits of a hair mask. Hair masks should be applied at least 1 – 3 times a week, can be completed in under 10 minutes and come in many variations – from rinsing immediately, leaving on overnight, or as a leave in treatment. Each hair type needs specific conditioning, so narrowing down the right hair mask for your hair type starts with the problem area you are wanting to treat - if you have dry, frizzy, curly, fine, oily, or colored hair then there is a hair mask for you.
Dry, frizzy, and curly hair basically falls under one category and can all benefit from using a hair mask that contains keratin. Keratin is a protein created in our internal organs that makes up our hair, skin and nails. Taking Keratin supplements or using a keratin infused hair mask will help smoothen and strengthen hair while leaving hair looking full and glossy. For colored treated hair, the biggest problem is having dry or damaged hair because of receiving color treatments often. Finding a hair mask that will provide deep nourishment would be the most beneficial and that is designed specifically for color treated hair. Some key ingredients that you want to look for in a hair mask for color treated hair are; argan oil, aloe vera, keratin and coconut oil. All these ingredients provide strengthening, moisture and nourishment benefits for your hair.
For oily hair, the biggest struggle is trying to find the balance between wanting to get rid of the excess oil from the scalp but also wanting to retain the moisture needed to avoid a flaky scalp. If you suffer from oily skin, I am sure you are aware of the benefits of using face masks to tame excess oil. Just like our faces, our scalp is still skin as well. If you are wanting a hair mask that provides the benefits of a nourishing, healthy and voluminous look, focus on hair masks for oily hair that contain argan oil, clay and tea tree oil, these ingredients will help tame naturally overproducing excess oil, or the oily look some products give off or just everyday wear. Fine hair is a problem for many people, rule #1 when looking for a hair mask, avoid hair masks that could potentially weigh down your hair. Fine hair mask ingredients are very similar to the ones you would look for in a dry and frizzy hair type mask as you want to focus on achieving hydration while avoiding the extra weight. Focus on hair masks that provide lightweight hydration and ones that will also strengthen and protect the hair - especially because fine hair tends to break easier and become more damaged from heat and sun exposure compared to other hair types. Another thing to note is the fact that thin hair also tends to produce oily hair, so it is suggested that you mix in an oily hair mask once a week to help with the excess oil. Focus on hair masks that contain ingredients like; keratin, tea tree oil, aloe, UV protection and amino acids. To avoid the weighed down feeling, opt for an overnight mask, this will allow you to sleep through it and can be washed out when you wake up. Another option is to find a mask you can apply before you shampoo and condition. Whether you are a seasoned pro with hair masks or just starting out, we hope that we have provided you enough insight to confidently pick the right hair mask for your hair type!