The efficiency of hair masks is often called into question, and the simple answer to whether or not they work is dependent on what you are expecting from them. Hair masks do not, in a wave of a magic wand, grow hair. However, they do improve a range of factors which fosters growth.
Hair masks improve your hair’s quality, strength, nutrition and moisture, which consequently facilitate hair growth. Though hair growth is for the most part tethered to genetics and lifestyle, the ingredients in hair masks make sure it gets the best chance at growth.
Different hair masks improve the following things, which in turn make hair growth possible:
Hair follicles are more susceptible to growth when they are well conditioned, and hair masks give your hair the kind of deep-conditioning that most people spend a fortune on in salons.
This makes them a cost-efficient way of ensuring your hair remains in the best possible way. Yes, technically including conditioner in your hair-growth routine can achieve this to some degree, but the beauty of hair masks is that it’s an infrequent, more intense procedure.
There are a number of ways to keep your hair conditioned, and a number of reasons to do so, but the simple fact is that hair masks do a sterling job of this and are therefore useful tools when trying to grow out your hair.
Protein and vitamins
There are no two ways about it: protein encourages hair growth. Now, how you consume that protein is where the various options come into play – you can eat them, and you can purchase products which contain them.
Sufficient protein will improve the integrity and strength of your hair, meaning growth is more likely. Just like how body-builders up their protein to grow their muscles, the protein affects hair growth similarly.
Though protein is arguably the most important growth-enabling compound, there are a many other vitamins which bolster hair’s growth potential, and they are often included in hair masks to improve their efficiency.
In strictly scientific terms, these are the vitamins which will encourage hair growth and consuming them is a fast and effective way of getting them into your body’s internal production-line of genetic jobs.
However, keep an eye out for hair masks and products which contain things like Vitamin A-E, Zinc and Iron, and you will see gradual but stunning results.
Hair’s chemical build-up
Unnatural chemicals are bad for your hair, and limit hair growth. In response to social pressure and in generally good practice, a number of brands, such as ArtNaturals, Green People, and plenty specifically relating to hair-case, as well as those listed on the Naturismo index, put the utmost care into ensuring their products are natural and toxin-free.
One of the best ways to ensure your hair has the lowest possible amount of chemicals in it is to make your own using a combination of these natural ingredients. Alternatively, here’s a tutorial to guide you through it using eggs (which, you guessed it, are of course high in protein):
If you recognise the value in a DIY hair mask, as well as acknowledge the importance of protein on the body’s growth functions, but can’t quite get your head around putting egg in your hair (or are perhaps vegan), then this is a worthy alternative:
Yes, hair masks help your hair grow…
… If the hair masks uphold the previously mentioned critical elements. The mask needs to provide a nutrition-dense conditioning to keep your hair strong and keep hair follicles healthy, your hair should be rich with plenty of protein as well as other helpful vitamins, and as few chemicals and toxins as possible should be used in your hair-care regime.
Now, armed with these structural pillars of knowledge for what makes a good, efficient hair mask that fosters hair growth, get growing!