The best hair conditioning treatment? The hair mask
Sun, heat, wind and environmental pollutants can all take their toll on our hair as their drying effects rob it of its health and shine. The number one way of counteracting this is by using a rich moisturizing hair mask. Not only do these deep conditioning treatments replenish all of the moisture and oils that our hair desperately needs, but they help to seal the hair cuticles too, so as to prevent future moisture loss.
When to use hair conditioning treatments
Hair masks hydrate and restore
Conditioning hair treatments are the holy grail of hair repair products. Packed full of oils, hydrating ingredients like yogurt and butter, along with various beneficial nutrients, a hair mask coats your strands and drenches them in moisture and restorative goodness. This treatment is perfect for all manner of different problems and can be essential for people of all hair types depending on the climate they live in. In summer, hot air and constant exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can dry your hair out and make it brittle and weakened. Winter isn’t any better, as the lowered humidity in the air can make your scalp dry, itchy and flaky, while stormy weather and thick jumpers, hats and scarves are all abrasive on our hair cuticles and can cause split ends.
How to use a hair mask
To get the most benefit out of your deep conditioning hair treatment, you will need to apply it properly. Using a hair mask once a week instead of your usual conditioner ensures a regular moisture kick that should help to effectively combat dry and frizzy hair. Of course, severely damaged hair responds well to more frequent applications. If you are applying your hair treatment product at home, distribute it through damp hair using a wide-toothed comb to make sure each strand is evenly coated. Pay particular attention to the tips of your hair as it is older here and contains less sebum, therefore making it more prone to damage.
Once you have applied the hair treatment, wrap your hair in a warm towel and leave it in for as long as recommended on the packaging. This can vary from between three to 20 minutes. Keeping the hair warm will help to soften the cuticle layers of the hair so that the active ingredients can easily penetrate the outer hair shafts. After the leave-in time, thoroughly rinse out the hair mask. If the water in your area is particularly hard you should use mineral water for the final rinse to help stop calcium and magnesium buildup, which in turn will make your hair shine brighter.
Hair mask tips & tricks
- For particularly intensive deep conditioning treatments, work the hair mask into your hair ends at first and leave for five minutes. Then begin to spread the mask up towards the scalp strand by strand. Although this method takes a little more time and effort, it guarantees that the hair treatment completely covers every single hair and really targets dry and broken tips.
- For a practical and on-the-go hair treatment product, try a leave-in conditioner. These can be applied as a spray or by hand and left in the hair without rinsing. The oil content is relatively low and won't weigh down your hair, also making it well suited to fine hair.
Hair treatments for different problems
Deep conditioning treatments can perform magic on damaged hair, but it’s important to make sure you are using the right kind for your particular problem. Whether a hair mask is essential for maintaining the moisture you need for your curly hairstyle or to fight a sudden blast of cold weather, these are the most frequent problems that can be targeted using a specific hair treatment:
Brittle or dry hair: Intensive hair masks for dry hair replenish the hair's moisture reserves and restore the balance of natural oils.
Frizzy hair or unruly curls: Leave-in hair treatments prevent fly-away hair and frizz from moisture loss.
Split or fraying hair ends: To seal the split ends, apply a hair treatment with regular leave-in time. Be sure to thoroughly work the treatment into the tips.
Dry or itchy scalp: Regular hair masks provide moisture for the scalp, helping to prevents dryness and dandruff.