Salon Know How: Why use a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask?

So, why use a deep conditioning hair mask – Do you apply conditioner every time you wash your hair? If you do, you are probably wondering why you need to use a deep conditioning hair mask. It’s a valid question and, simply put, hair needs hydration. Regular conditioning supported by a weekly hair mask treatment to give hair added moisture helps to combat the environmental factors that conspire to make our hair dry.

So to give you some examples. Cold weather and wind have a drying effect on hair, leaving it brittle as does the sun in the warmer months. How we treat our hair also has an impact. Regular colour treatments or heated styling are drying for hair. So, whilst conditioning is one of the most important things we can do for our hair, sometimes it’s not enough. Step forward the deep conditioning hair mask.

What does a Deep Conditioning Hair Mask do for your Hair?

The purpose of a weekly hair mask treatment is to give hair additional moisture. Hair masks are formulated to be more intensive than a conditioner so generally should only be used once a week and perhaps twice a week for a couple of weeks if hair is badly damaged. When hair is well-hydrated it’s easier to manage, shinier and has more body. It looks and feels healthier.

Why do I need to use a Natural Deep Conditioning Hair Mask?

The key to good hair care is to think about how you treat your skin and then think about what additional support your hair might need. Why? Because hair and skin are effectively the same. Both are made up of keratin and both need moisture. But the point here is that we tend to be more gentle with our skin than our hair.  We don’t apply heat to our skin in the same way that we do to our hair. We don’t apply colour-treatments and its unlikely that we pull and tug at our skin the way we do with our hair. So even if you are not in the habit of a weekly face mask it’s probably fair to say that for most of us, our hair is subject to more things that can make it dry. Investing in a good quality deep conditioning hair mask and getting into a routine of weekly treatments is the most effective way of combating dry hair.

With over 35 years in the salon business, we have worked with a lot of hair and in our experience, our natural hair mask treatment can benefit all hair types. When we developed our Restore and Shine Hair Masque we kept it simple. So our hair mask works for all hair types. The only difference is how you apply it. Here are our recommendations for getting the best from your hair mask based on hair type.

Application by Hair Type

Fine Hair

Natural deep conditioning hair mask for fine hairThe best way to get body into fine hair is to get moisture right to the core of the hair. Pro-vitamin B5 is one of the few ingredients that can penetrate the outer layers of the hair and hydrate from within. This helps combat fly-aways and tangling that can be a problem for fine hair types. When applying any deep conditioning treatment focus on the ends and mid-lengths of the hair. Make sure you warm the product up between your palms before application. This helps to avoid an over-concentration of product in any one place. Don’t forget, with a good quality product a little should go a long way so less if more, particularly for fine hair types. Typically leaving a hair mask in for 10 mins should do the trick. Our Restore and Shine Hair Masque is a natural hair product, containing Pro-vitamin B5 and free from heavy silicones so you can leave in for longer. We’d recommend no more than an hour if your hair is fine.

Colour-Treated Hair

When you’ve invested in a colour-treatment the priority is to keep the colour looking vibrant. Dry ends can be a problem for colour-treated hair. It’s a shame to let them downgrade your do! Focus your deep conditioning treatment on the ends of the hair. Apply a small amount of product at the mid-lengths and layer additional product at the ends of your hair for an extra boost. For maximum colour retention, a weekly hair mask treatment is essential. Get into the habit of treating your hair once a week every week.

Curly Hair

Curly hair tends to be drier than most, naturally. Whether you have finer curls or thick, coarse curls a deep conditioning hair mask is a must for curl definition and for maintaining bounce and body. When it comes to curls, maximum moisture is the answer. If you’ve ever tried a DIY avocado hair mask you’ll know that avocado, loaded with vitamins and fatty acids, is good for hair. We take the mush out of avocado hair masks with our Restore and Shine Hair Masque. It contains avocado so you can get the benefits of this nutritious ingredient without the mess. If your curls are thick and dry, you can apply a hair mask from roots to the ends. In fact, our Restore and Shine Hair Masque contains nettle to help balance scalp condition. You can let it dry into your hair and leave overnight (you might want to pop a towel on your pillow). Simply rinse the next morning and style as normal.

Afro Hair

Natural deep conditioning hair mask for afro hairIf you are keeping your hair natural, chances are you are washing your hair once a week or maybe every couple of weeks. Whatever your routine, you know what works best for you. We suggest applying our Restore and Shine Hair Masque as a deep conditioner whenever you wash your hair. Not only does it contain avocado oil, but it also contains olive leave extract, an effective moisturiser for the hair. In between washes, we recommend mixing a little of the Restore and Shine Hair Masque with some water and feeding into your hair to keep it well-hydrated. You can do this every day if you choose.

Dry or Damaged Hair

If your hair is excessively dry or damaged, we recommend treating your hair with a natural hair mask for damaged hair twice for the first couple of weeks. This will give your hair a much-needed boost. After that, you can revert to applying your hair mask once a week. If there’s one thing that hair loves, it’s routine. Over time you will find that your hair needs less product as it builds moisture from regular treatments of a deep conditioning hair mask. Our advice when using the Restore and Shine Hair Masque is to use around 50% of what you would use with a standard hair mask. Around 10ml is all you need.

So, whether you want to beat the elements, combat damage from heated styling or simply get moisture into naturally dry hair, we firmly believe that a natural hair mask for dry hair, once a week, every week is the answer for hair that feels as good as it looks.

Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. As a niche brand, we are passionate about our products and delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do.  If you have any questions about our products or would like advice on the best products for your hair type, please get in touch at info@ogariolondon.com

 

 

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