Hair masques are a great way to get extra nutrients into your hair very quickly. We all have those times that our hair becomes dull, breaks easily or just doesn’t have good texture. Whether you had an illness, started a new medicine, or accidentally fried your hair with a hair straightener, masques can help you on the road to recovery. As a fashion and beauty expert, and someone with frequently damaged hair, here is my list of tips and tricks for helping you achieve healthy hair with a masque.
Store Bought vs Home Made
You can very easily whip up a hair masque at home using ingredients you already have on hand. One easy one is to heat up a teaspoon of honey in a cup of whole milk and massage it into your hair, rinsing gently after about fifteen minutes. There are also some that used mashed fruit and oil to treat your hair. These are more natural than store bought packet masques, and usually smell really good too. Some people find them to be quite cost effective as well.
However, a home made masque is going to lack some oils and other components that make store bought masques great. Buying a masque at a store can also be relatively inexpensive while being effective, so the cost you save making one at home may not be worth it. I purchase mine for around three dollars at a beauty supply shop, so look up one near you to get the best deal. The one by my home is always running specials, making these masques about a dollar. Beware bargain brands, though, as they may have chemicals in them that actually dry your hair. Only buy from beauty retailers that have a good reputation or are part of a national chain.
What are These Oils?
If you go store bought, there are tons of masques that can target your specific hair needs. For me, I like choosing one that is oil saturated with argan or monoi oil to help get rid of damage from coloring my hair. Tea tree oil masques can get rid of oil and dandruff, and ones with honey add extra shine. The packet will tell you what hair types work best for a particular masque, so read up before you purchase. For girls with thinner hair, I recommend finding one that is relatively light or only using half the recommended amount, because masques will weigh down your hair.
How to Use the Masque
Once you’ve decided on either making or purchasing a masque, you need to prep your hair to accept the masque. I like to first wash my hair with a nourishing shampoo or at least one that is very light. Gently squeeze some of the water out of your hair in the shower so the hair is still very damp, but not soaked. Next, slather you head with the masque, targeting your problem areas the most. For me, my ends are quite dry so I focus on coating them. If you have oily roots, skip the roots entirely.
After the masque is in your hair, simply wait the required time on the packet or per your recipe. I usually like to leave mine on at least ten minutes. I pop a shower cap on my head and finish showering, as the shower cap keeps my hair from getting wetter and also lets the masque truly cure. I then rinse my hair under cool water and gently squeeze to remove excess water.
Masques are best used once or twice a week, at the most. Using masques more often than that can lead to excess oil build up, making the benefits of the product a lot less noticeable. I also recommend starting a shampoo routine where you only wash every other day to help protect the moisture you’re depositing with the masque. I hope this easy guide sheds some light onto hair masques, and how they can help you get the healthiest hair you’ve ever had.