Hair Mask for Dry Hair: Your Questions, Answered

Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Why you need a Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Hair Mask for Dry Hair FAQs

Prevent Moisture Loss in Dry Hair

About the Author

If you’re looking for a hair mask for dry hair or want to know how to treat extremely dry hair, I answer your questions and share a little salon know-how on how to get the most from a hair mask for dry hair.

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Hair Mask for Dry Hair

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Hair Mask for Dry Hair

Frizzy Hair: Female with hair in pony tail, frizz free

A hair mask is the ultimate treatment for dry hair. When hair has lost its shine or the texture feels rough to touch, hair is dry and is in need of an injection of moisture. That’s why I recommend the hair mask. It’s an essential in your hair care tool kit.

Hair masks are designed to deep condition dry hair and it has 2 important jobs.

  1. Add moisture to the core of the hair. When hair has moisture, it’s less prone to breakage and damage.
  2. Smooth the cuticle. When the cuticle is smooth it helps the hair to retain moisture and a smooth cuticle reflects light so that hair is shiny.

The job of a hair mask is similar to a conditioner, the difference is that the the hair mask is more intense. That intensity and the deep conditioning are important when hair becomes dry. There are plenty of things that make our hair dry every day and the idea of hair mask is to give hair a moisture boost to combat those things.

Female with long blonde hair holding a hair dryer to lift her hair

Here are just a few examples:

  • Heat is a major factor in making hair dry. So whether you are enjoying a sunny day or applying too much heat with a hairdryer, both will leave the hair in need of moisture.
  • Handling hair too much, tying it up, bringing it back down or absent-mindedly twirling hair around your finger.
  • When hair is wet it’s at its most vulnerable and prone to breakage. Not being gentle enough with hair at this point can cause breakage. The more breakage the harder it is for hair to retain moisture.
  • Sometimes our hair is just naturally dry; curly hair types for example.

The picture below is a perfect illustration of how the way we treat our hair has an impact in making hair dry. That sunny beach is beautiful but the sun dries the hair. Yes, blue seas are a dream to swim in but saltwater dries out the hair. Plus, tying hair up when wet can cause breakage. And the elastic band is a big no-no.

Sun and Salt Water can make Hair Dry

My answer to all of the above?  Put back what you take out…

Treating dry hair with a hair mask is about replenishing the hair to combat all the things that make our hair dry as we get on with enjoying our lives; whether it’s on a sandy, white beach and full sunshine or styling hair for a big night out. Treat your hair weekly with a hair mask for dry hair and you’ll see and feel the difference it makes to the condition and texture of your hair.

Hair Mask for Dry Hair Frequently Asked Questions

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Which hair mask is best for dry hair?

Deep Hair Conditioner Restore and Shine Hair Mask was voted best hair mask in the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible.

Here’s what some of the testers had so say about it:

“Hair feels smoother and more manageable, and lasted longer between washes.”

“Glossy, super-soft, lovely smelling hair after the treatment.”

“A good thick mask that delivered smooth, manageable hair- it dealt with the damage from constant straightening very well.”

Why is Restore and Shine Hair Masque good for dry hair of all types?

For a start, it was developed, tried and tested in my London hair salon over many years. Restore and Shine Hair Masque is blended with naturally derived ingredients that add moisture to the hair, whilst softening and smoothing the cuticle. Remember, not only does a smooth cuticle leave hair shiny, but it also helps protect the moisture at the core of the hair.

When hair retains moisture it’s stronger and more elastic making it easier to style and helping it to hold a styling for longer. Our approach is to prioritise adding moisture to the hair because we know that when the hair has moisture, whatever the hair type, it looks and feels it’s best. So here’s a bit more about some of the ingredients that are in our Restore and Shine Hair Masque; our hair heroes for adding moisture to dry hair.

Hair Heroes for Dry or Damaged Hair

  • Pro-vitamin B5 is an ingredient that has been clinically proven to penetrate the cuticle to add moisture to dry hair. Getting right to the core of the hair this deep conditioning ingredient helps to leave hair stronger and more flexible.
  • Glycerin is the perfect partner for pro-vitamin B5 as it actually attracts moisture to the hair. It’s also a key ingredient in preventing water loss which in turn helps prevent frizzy hair.
  • Cetearyl Alcohol is a natural fat. It’s often found in skincare; this is good alcohol and it’s an emollient that softens and smooths hair. Its primary job in our Restore and Shine Hair Masque is to smooth the cuticle, locking in the moisture delivered by the pro-vitamin B5 and of course, adding shine to the hair.
  • Avocado is a powerhouse ingredient for conditioning hair. Want a really deep hair conditioning treatment? Avocado combined with the ingredients above adds super-shine.
  • Tocopherol otherwise known as vitamin E is another ingredient inspired by its use in skincare. Often used to help protect the skin from damage, I’ve included it our Restore and Shine Hair Masque to work its moisturising and healing magic on hair.

Is it better to put a deep conditioning hair mask on dry hair?

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It depends. If you are using water-based products such as Restore and Shine Hair Masque, then you get the best results when the hair has been cleansed, using a gentle shampoo.

After rinsing your shampoo and gently squeezing out the excess water apply your hair mask to damp hair. Hair is at it’s most porous when damp. It’s best not to leave too much water in the hair before application as the products can slide off the hair with the excess water.

For oil-based hair treatments, it’s best to apply them to the hair when dry.

However, there is an exception. If you have thick or coarse curls or afro hair and you want to add moisture in between wash days, here’s a little salon know-how. You can mix a small amount of Restore and Shine Hair Masque with water, work up in your palms and feed into your hair as you would with curl cream. This is a great way of refreshing your curls in between wash days and hair treatments.

If you are using another brand of hair mask I recommend checking instructions before applying in this way.

Don’t forget to take a look at my ultimate guide for caring for curly hair for more tips and ideas for looking after your hair and styling.

What is the best hair mask for dry, frizzy hair?

Frizzy Hair: Close up of female with auburn curls smooth and frizz free

If you have dry hair, chances are you are also fighting the frizz. Frizz can be really frustrating but I want to let you know a secret; it’s in your hands to be completely frizz-free.

This is an answer with two parts. First up, choose the right hair mask for your hair type. I take the guesswork out of that and keep it simple. Restore and Shine Hair Masque is suitable for all hair types. Packed with hair moisturising ingredients it’s the perfect product for adding moisture and smoothing frizzy hair.

The second part is all about the how. How often you apply your hair mask and How you apply your hair mask. So, let’s talk about how often you should apply a hair mask for dry hair.

How often should I use a hair mask for dry, frizzy hair?

Frizzy Hair: Female with curly frizz free hair screaming with red lipstick

I recommend using a hair mask once a week, every week. It’s not just a one-off event if your hair is feeling a bit dry. If you are serious about getting rid of frizzy hair, the answer is to build moisture in hair with a regular routine of hair mask treatments. Remember, we are constantly exposing our hair to things that reduce moisture. So keeping the moisture levels topped up along with regular smoothing of those cuticles is the surest way of getting rid of frizz for good.

How do I apply a hair mask for dry, frizzy hair?

female with long hair

Application is everything and it’s important to get the most from your hair mask.

My products are concentrated so you don’t have to use lots of product to get good results. Depending on how thick hair is or how long it is, you should be aiming to get around 15 to 20 uses out of a 200ml jar of Restore and Shine Hair Masque. So on average 10ml for each use, give or take. If you are hair masking every week, that’s 15 to 20 weeks worth of treatments.

Jar of Restore and Shine Hair Masque open

Shampoo and rinse hair. Having rinsed the hair, gently squeeze out the water from your hair. Pop a small amount of hair mask into your palms and rub together. Then apply it to the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. This has the advantage of warming it up so it’s easier to apply. Plus it means you don’t end up overloading any one part of the hair.

The other benefit of doing this is that you’ll activate that delicious essential oil blend of lemon, lime and may chang. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve been transported from your bathroom into an upmarket luxury spa. Seriously, it smells that good!

You can leave the Restore and Shine Hair Masque in for 10 minutes or longer, as required.

You can find out more about how to use your hair mask by hair type in an earlier blog we wrote on the subject. If you are on the lookout for further advice on smoothing frizzy hair, we’ve written a more in-depth piece on that too.

Do I use conditioner after a hair mask?

Female with long brown tousled hair

It shouldn’t be necessary to use a conditioner after a hair mask. If you are washing your hair 2 to 3 times a week, simply swap out the conditioner for the hair mask once a week. Remember a hair mask is an intensive conditioning treatment so after use, you can rinse and style your hair as normal.

What is the best treatment for extremely dry hair?

Close up of blonde female with tousled hair

When hair has become extremely dry, aside from looking dull, it can start to split and worse case, break. The best treatment for extremely dry hair is to use Restore and Shine Hair Masque twice a week for 2 weeks. This will help to give hair a much need boost of moisture. After that, you can revert to a hair mask treatment once a week. If the hair is extremely dry, it’s fine to leave the Restore and Shine treatment on for longer than 10 minutes. We’d say 10 minutes is the minimum amount of time but leaving it for longer is fine too. Depending on your hair type; for fine hair we recommend 2 hours and for thicker, curly or coarse hair types anything from a couple of hours to overnight.

I have years of experience working with hair and dry hair is a common problem. Take a look at my blog on fixing dry hair for more tips on how to tackle dry hair. In addition to regular hair mask treatments, there are small changes you can make to prevent hair from becoming dry or losing moisture. I’ve listed some of them below.

Small Changes to Prevent Moisture Loss in Dry Hair

  1. Gentle brushing. Avoid pulling at the roots to prevent breakage.
  2. Rinse hair in warm water. Too much heat is drying for hair.
  3. Don’t rub wet hair with a towel. Gently pat the water out of the hair to reduce breakage and tangles.
  4. Turn the heat down on your hairdryer. Excessive heat from styling appliances is drying for hair.
  5. Reduce drying time. Reduce drying time by just 1 minute to limit the damage.
  6. Styling protection. Use a good quality styling product such as a leave in conditioner to add moisture to hair prior to styling.
  7. Give your hair a break from heated styling. Try airdrying the hair once a week.
  8. Get your ends trimmed. If you leave split ends untreated they can rid up the cuticle and cause further damage so tackle them head on!

If your hair has become so dry, you would describe it as damaged, go to my blog on how to repair damaged hair for the best tips and expert advice.

About the Author

Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.

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Over the years, I’ve talked to and helped a lot of customers with dry hair concerns. I write about all aspects of healthy hair, from stopping frizzy hair to getting rid of split ends and share salon tips and techniques for looking after all hair types.

You can find all my tips and expert hair advice on the Healthy Hair Blog.

The way we style and care for our hair is not the only factor determining hair health and shine. Because good nutrition is vital.

So, if you want to delve deeper into how you can improve your healthy hair diet, take a look at our blog, Healthy Hair: Choose the Best Foods for Hair Growth.

Did you know? Colour treatments have a significant impact on reducing moisture in the hair, particularly if you bleach your hair. That makes deep conditioning essential.

So, if you have bleached hair and want to regain your shine, read my blog, How to take care of Bleached Hair. Additionally, read my case study on elasticity in bleached hair.

Have you tried styling your hair with a leave in conditioner? It’s a great option for adding moisture to your hair before heated styling. Because, it gives hair the best foundation for styling, without compromising the health of your hair.

How to Look After Grey Hair

For everything Grey Hair, from choosing the best grey hair products to the best hairstyles for grey hair. Or from how to enhance grey hair to how to soften coarse grey hair or how to transition to grey hair, go to my Ultimate Guide for Caring Grey Hair. I’ve put together a list of the most common questions for everything you need to know about how to look after grey hair and enhance what you’ve got. Plus, if you are looking for product ideas, look no further than the best hair mask for natural grey hair, Restore and Shine Hair Mask.

Taking Care of Bleached Hair and Fix Damage

If you have bleached hair and want to regain your shine, read my blog, How to take care of Bleached Hair. You’ll find everything you need to know about taking care of bleached hair, from the best hair mask for bleached hair to how to fix hair damaged from over-bleaching. Plus, don’t miss my case study on elasticity in bleached hair.

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Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. We are passionate about our products, and, delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. Do you have questions about our products? Or, would you like advice on the best products for your hair type? Maybe have another question about how to look after your hair? If you do, please get in touch at

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Restore and Shine Hair Masque was awarded best hair mask in the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible Awards. As an independent hair care brand, we are incredibly proud to be recognised alongside some of the industry’s biggest haircare brands. Because I spend time ensuring that our products deliver the best results, I couldn’t be happier to get this review and win this prestigious award.

Here’s what Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey had to say,

“Beauty Bible fell in love with this hair mask when we discovered it at a Cosmetic Executive Women product demo evening. The brand comes from a London hair salon, and the mask is a huge boon for hair – packed with avocado, olive oil, aloe vera, nettle and horsetail, together with sage (which is rich in vitamins A, C and E). Just a sniff of this rich, unctuous creamy mask perks you up. Use for gleaming shiny, healthy hair.”

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