Moisturising Hair Mask
How would you describe the condition of your hair? Are you happy with it? If we could grant you one wish to improve the condition, what would you wish for? How about adding volume, showing off shinier, healthier hair, ditching dry ends, making it easier to style or preventing breakage? If you’ve ever wished for those things, the moisturising hair mask is just what your hair is calling out for. How do we know? Because we’ve been working with hair for over 35 years and the moisturising hair mask has the ability to grant a whole multitude of hair wishes. Hence, you can think of the moisturising hair mask as your Hairy Godmother.
Sorry if we’ve overdone the metaphor! 🙂 But you get the picture. As a result of years of experience working with hair, we think that the benefits of hair masks are central to getting hair in the best condition.
We write a lot about all kinds of hair types and dry hair comes up a lot. Mainly because most people get dry hair at some point. We try to make our blogs as relevant as possible and for this article, we’ll focus on some of the key questions we’ve been asked over the years. First of all, we’d like to talk about what a moisturising hair mask is and why you should use one.
What is a Moisturising Hair Mask?
Hair masks are all about deep conditioning. As a result, moisturising hair masks are more concentrated than conditioners. For example, Restore and Shine Hair Masque contains key ingredients that you will also find in our conditioners. Those ingredients have the job of getting moisture to the core of the hair, helping the hair to retain moisture and smoothing the cuticle to prevent moisture loss. The ingredients are listed below so that you can see what each of them does. However, the key point here is that whilst these moisturising and smoothing ingredients are in our conditioners and hair mask, they are more concentrated in the hair mask formulation.
- Pro vitamin b5: Penetrates the cuticle to get moisture right to the core of the hair.
- Glycerin: Helps the hair retain moisture.
- Cetearyl Alcohol: Natural fatty alcohol that smooths the cuticle to lock in moisture.
So, what does this mean for your hair? The moisturising hair mask is designed to complement your conditioner. Therefore, to maintain moisture in the hair, conditioners should be used every time you shampoo, whereas the hair mask gives hair an extra injection of moisture and should be used once a week.
Why use a Moisturising Hair Mask?
The question here is why does hair need that extra injection of moisture? Here’s why. We put our hair through a lot. Every day the moisture of our hair and skin is challenged by weather, central heating or air-conditioning. As a result, we moisturise our skin and condition our hair. However, if we compare our hair to our skin, our skin doesn’t have to suffer nearly as much. In contrast to our skin, our hair takes the brunt of the conditions that make it dry; from colour treatments to heated styling. Above all, a regular routine of washing and conditioning is essential to keeping your locks hydrated and in good shape. However, sometimes it’s not enough. Step forward the moisturising hair mask.
Ok, we’ve talked about what it is and why you should use it. Now, we’ll focus on some of the questions we are often asked about moisturising hair masks.
Can you put a Hair Mask on Dry Hair?
It depends. If you are using an oil-based hair mask, the norm is to use them on dry hair.
If you are using a water-based hair mask such as Restore and Shine Hair Masque, it should be used on damp hair. Here’s what we recommend:
- Shampoo and rinse hair as normal.
- Gently blot out the water from your hair with a towel.
- Apply the hair mask on damp but not dripping wet hair.
- Leave the hair mask for as long as recommended (check manufacturer’s instructions) rinse, towel dry and style as normal.
Moisturising Hair Mask Tips: If you are using Restore and Shine Hair Masque and you want to inject a bit of moisture in between washes, here’s what we recommend. Take a small amount of Restore and Shine Hair Masque and mix it with a small amount of water. You can then smooth the hair mask mix into the ends and mid-lengths of the hair and leave until you next wash your hair. This is especially effective on curly hair or for anyone who has hair that is prone to frizz.
How can I Hydrate my Hair?
In our experience when the hair needs help to improve the condition, the answer more often than not is hydration. Because hydration helps fine hair have more body, dry hair becomes shinier and when it retains moisture, hair is less prone to breakage and split ends. The answer to the question of ‘How can I Hydrate my Hair’ is simply this…
Getting into a regular routine of adding moisture to hair is the most effective way of getting it hydrated. Here’s what we recommend.
- Always apply conditioner to hair after shampooing. Conditioners are not only about adding moisture to the hair, but they are also developed to seal the cuticle of the hair. This means that conditioners can help your hair can retain moisture.
- Getting into a routine with regular cleansing and conditioning helps to add moisture. Yes, we hear you! The question we are so often asked, “Will washing my hair too often make it dry?” No, not necessarily. Always choose a gentle shampoo and always following cleansing with conditioner. A general guide for washing and conditioning hair is 2 to 3 times a week. Remember, you are not just washing your hair, you are conditioning to add moisture and hair needs a routine of regular moisture.
- Do what works for your hair. So, we recommend shampooing and conditioning most hair types 2 to 3 times a week. However, there are always exceptions. if you have very fine hair with an oily scalp, for example, you may find your hair looks best when you wash and condition every day. For those with dense, coily hair such as afro hair once a week can be enough. Look what’s going on with your hair. See how it responds and build a routine around it.
Healthy Hair Tips: What you eat has an impact on the health of your hair. To grow healthy, strong hair, eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of water.
How do I Fix Dry Frizzy Hair?
Frizz can mess up an otherwise fabulous hairdo! If you wondering how to fix dry, frizzy hair you are not alone. Frizz happens when everything from the weather to heated styling conspires to leave hair dry. When hair is dry, the cuticle lifts and the whole process of getting moisture to the core of the hair, not to mention retaining moisture is disrupted. Hair seeks out moisture from the atmosphere and frizz occurs.
The moisturising hair mask is a vital part of taming frizz and preventing it in the first place. In contrast to conditioner, it’s more concentrated so it’s designed to combat all the extra stuff we put our hair through.
A good quality moisturising hair mask should:
- Get moisture to the core of the hair.
- Seal and smooth the cuticle to help the hair retain moisture.
After using a moisturising hair mask, your hair should feel silky, smooth. If you don’t feel you are getting enough from your moisturising hair mask, get some inspiration from our blog, Salon Know How: Why use a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask?. There you’ll find our tips on how to apply a moisturising hair mask by hair type.
Frizzy hair is something lots of us have to contend with. If you are looking for more in-depth info on taming frizz, we’ve written a blog that you’ll love. Take a look at our best tips on how to stop frizzy hair.
Which Hair Mask is Best for Dry Hair?
We’ve worked with a lot of hair in our time and Restore and Shine is quite frankly the best hair mask for dry hair that we’ve ever worked with. It adds moisture to even the finest of dry hair types, without leaving any residue. In addition to the ingredients we talked about earlier, contains one of our favourite ingredients for dry hair. Avocado.
Avocado contains oleic acid which works in partnership with the glycerin in Restore and Shine Hair Masque to help dry hair retain moisture.
Can you Leave a Hair Mask on Too Long?
It depends on the hair mask. We strongly suggest you follow the instructions for whichever moisturising hair mask you are using. If you are using Restore and Shine Hair Masque, we recommend leaving it on for a minimum of 10 minutes but longer if you feel your hair needs it.
The wonderful thing about a Restore and Shine Hair Masque is that you can multi-task while letting it work its magic! If you leave it on for several hours or even overnight, that’s fine. The longer the better. When you are ready you can rinse it out of your hair and dry as normal. No need to shampoo it out.
We’ve given some recommendations below for timings for Restore and Shine Hair Masque based on hair type:
- Fine, dry hair – a maximum of 2 hours
- Coarse, dry hair – anything from 2 hours to overnight.
- Grey, dry hair- hair tends to be finer as we age so unless your hair is very coarse so we recommend no more than 2 hours
- Dry, curly hair – if your hair is curly and thick overnight will be fine. For fine curls, we recommend a couple of hours
- Dry, colour treated hair -overnight if your hair is thick/coarse. Otherwise anything from 2 to 4 hours. Try a plastic cap to add heat intensity to the treatment.
Is Hair Mask better than Conditioner?
Not better, just more concentrated. Conditioner should work in partnership with your shampoo, to add moisture and seal the cuticle. Because the moisturising hair mask is an intensive hair treatment it works to combat the damage from heated styling and exposure to environmental factors be it the weather, colour treatments or other damage.
How often should you use a Moisturising Hair Mask?
We are often asked how frequently you should use a hair mask. As a general rule, we’d say every week. However, if you have particularly dry or damaged hair we recommend using it twice a week for the first two weeks and then revert to once a week after that. We very much believe that looking after hair is about routine. Get the routine right for your hair and stick to it and you’ll find your hair condition improves over time.
How much Moisturising Hair Mask should I use?
As for how much you should use, it really depends on the product. Because our products are concentrated, we say less is more. Most people will find around 10ml of product is about right. If you find its too much for your hair, use more or less the next time. Application is everything. We recommend, towel-drying your hair after washing (remember squeeze, don’t rub!), take a little of the mask and rub it between your palms before use. This helps warm the product up so that it will spread more easily in the hair. Don’t apply all at once, apply in layers to the ends and mid-lengths of the hair.
So, back to our original Hairy Godmother metaphor (sorry!) and hopefully we’ve shared our enthusiasm for the wish-granting moisturising hair mask. As you’ve probably gathered, we see the moisturising hair mask as a hair essential and we hope we’ve inspired you to say NO to Dry Hair!
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