Most of us regularly incorporate a face mask into our skincare routine but when it comes to our locks they’re often left lacking.
It tends to only be when our hair feels really dry or damaged that we reach for a hair mask – often following sun exposure, excessive use of heating elements, or over use of dye – but ideally we should be using hair masks regularly as a way to constantly protect and nourish our tresses.
US haircare brand SheaMoisture have the following advice to help you get the most from your mask and keep your hair in tip-top condition.
Once a Week
Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.
Applying to Dry Hair
Apply your mask to dry hair, and let it absorb for about 20 minutes. This is a great weekend morning activity before you take a shower.
Sleep in Your Hair Mask
If you think your hair is especially dry, try sleeping in a hair mask. Simply apply the mask at the end of your shower (or apply it to dry hair), and cover with a shower cap. Rinse out in the morning.
Apply the mask using your hands and comb through. Combing the mask through your hair helps to evenly distribute the mask and makes sure that the mask reaches all of your hair. (The Wet Detangler from Tangle Teezer is an ideal product for this!)
Choose a Mask for Your Hair Type
To get the most benefit from a hair mask you need to choose the right mask for your hair type.
Concentrate on Hair Ends
The ends of our hair are the parts that are most commonly damaged. To reduce the appearance of split ends and to help prevent future split ends, apply enough product to cover all of your hair ends.
Shower Cap and Warm Towel
Extra heat helps your hair and scalp more easily absorb the oils and nutrients from a hair mask. For maximum absorption, pile your hair up on top of your head after applying the mask and cover your head with a shower cap. Warm a towel up in the clothes dryer and wrap it around your head, on top of the shower cap.
Don’t Use Too Much
More mask on your hair does not equal better results. You are just wasting the product. Instead, make sure your hair is lightly coated in the mask.
Shampoo & Condition After
After you have left the hair mask on for the time required, the final step is to rinse it out and then wash and condition your hair. Hair masks, if not washed out, can leave a heavy, oily residue on your hair. Washing your hair afterwards removes excess and prevents product build up
SheaMoisture masks are available from pharmacies nationwide priced at £12.95