Moisturising Hair Mask
How would you describe the condition of your hair? Are you happy with it?
If I could grant you one wish to improve your hair’s condition, what would that be?
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, your hair is calling out for a moisturising hair mask.
How do I know? Because I’ve been working with hair for over 35 years, and I know from experience that the moisturising hair mask is the answer to a multitude of hair wishes.
You can think of the moisturising hair mask as your Hairy Godmother.
Sorry if I’ve overdone the metaphor! 🙂
But you get the picture.
Working with hair for over 35 years, I know the benefits of hair masks. They are vital to getting hair in the best condition.
I write a lot about all kinds of hair types, and dry hair comes up a lot. That’s because most people get dry hair at some point.
I try to make our blogs as relevant as possible, and for this article, I’ll focus on the questions I’ve received from clients over the years.
First of all, I’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 instance, Restore and Shine Hair Masque contains ingredients that you will also find in our conditioners.
Those ingredients have the job of getting moisture to the core of the hair. They help hair to retain moisture and smoothing the cuticle to prevent moisture loss.
However, the vital point here is that whilst these moisturising and smoothing ingredients are in my conditioners, they are more concentrated in my hair mask formulation and provide more intensive treatment for your hair.
The ingredients are listed below so that you can see what role each of them plays.
Pro vitamin b5
- Pro vitamin b5 is a cornerstone ingredient for my product range. Everyone one of my products contains pro vitamin b5. Because pro vitamin b5 is small enough to penetrate the cuticle, it can get moisture right to the hair’s core.
- Glycerin is the perfect partner for pro vitamin b5 as it helps the hair to retain moisture. That means pro vitamin b5 benefits stay for longer.
- This is a natural fatty alcohol that smooths the cuticle to lock in moisture. Cetearyl alcohol, in its raw form, has a soft, creamy texture. It’s often found in high-end skincare to soften the skin. It shouldn’t be confused with sensitising alcohol. It’s safe to use on sensitive skin.
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 moisture boost and should be used once a week.
Why use a Moisturising Hair Mask?
The question here is, why does hair need that extra moisture boost?
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; those conditions might be colour treatments or heated styling.
For instance, a routine of washing and conditioning is vital for keeping your hair hydrated.
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 I’m 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.
For a water-based hair mask such as Restore and Shine Hair Masque, use it on damp hair.
Here’s what I 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 add moisture in between washes, here’s what I recommend.
Take a small amount of Restore and Shine Hair Masque and mix it with a small amount of water.
Smooth the hair mask mix into the ends and mid-lengths of the hair.
Then leave until you next wash your hair.
This approach works well on curly hair or for anyone who has hair that is prone to frizz.
How can I Hydrate my Hair?
In my experience, when the hair needs help to improve the condition, the answer more often than not is hydration.
The answer to the question of ‘How can I Hydrate my Hair’ is simply this…
Getting into a routine of adding moisture to hair is the most effective way of adding moisture. Here’s what I recommend.
- Always apply conditioner to hair after shampooing. Conditioners are not only about adding moisture to the hair, but they also seal the cuticle of the hair. That means that conditioners can help your hair can retain moisture.
- Getting into a routine with regular cleansing and conditioning helps to add moisture. Yes, I hear you! The question I am 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, I recommend shampooing and conditioning most hair types 2 to 3 times a week. However, there are always exceptions. For instance, if you have very fine hair with an oily scalp, you may find your hair looks and feels its best when you wash and condition every day. If you have dense, coily hair, such as afro hair, once a week can be enough. I recommend you look at 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 are 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 hair’s core and 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 with which lots of us have to contend.
If you are looking for more in-depth info on taming frizz, I’ve written a blog that you’ll love. Look at my best tips on how to stop frizzy hair.
Which Hair Mask is Best for Dry Hair?
It adds moisture to even the finest of dry hair types without leaving any residue.
In addition to the ingredients we talked about earlier, it contains one of my favourite ingredients for dry hair; avocado.
Can you Leave a Hair Mask on Too Long?
It depends on the hair mask. I recommend you follow the instructions for whichever moisturising hair mask you are using.
However, if you are using Restore and Shine Hair Masque, I recommend leaving it on for a minimum of 10 minutes but for 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 it as normal. There’s no need to shampoo it out.
I’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 I recommend no more than 2 hours
- Dry, curly hair – if your hair is curly and thick overnight will be fine. For fine curls, I 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. Your conditioner’s job is 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 or exposure to environmental factors such as the weather, colour treatments or other damage.
How often should you use a Moisturising Hair Mask?
I often get questions about how frequently you should use a hair mask. As a general rule, I’d say every week.
However, if you have particularly dry or damaged hair, I recommend using it twice a week for the first two weeks and then revert to once a week after that.
I believe that looking after your hair is about routine. Get the routine right for your hair, 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 depends on the product. Because my hair products are concentrated, I say less is more.
For instance, most people will find around 10ml of product is about right.
However, if you find it’s too much for your hair, use less the next time. Conversely, if you find it’s not enough, apply a little more.
I recommend layering a small amount of product at a time. Application is everything. I recommend towel-drying your hair after washing (remember squeeze, don’t rub!), taking a little of the mask and rubbing it between your palms before use.
That 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.
As you’ve probably gathered, I believe that the moisturising hair mask is a haircare essential, and I hope I’ve inspired you to say NO to Dry Hair!
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.
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 frizz 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.
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Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. Because we are passionate about our products, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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 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.”