Everyone is familiar with conditioner, even if their choice of brand differs, and most people have a general concept of a face mask. A hair mask is sort of a combination of those two concepts, providing a deep-conditioning hair treatment that is undertaken less frequently than ordinary conditioner.
Hair masks, if used once per week, and depending on the particular product’s recommendation, improve the quality of hair. They’re made up of a deep-conditioning treatment and the ingredients combine to ensure your hair is protected against the damages prevalent in the environment.
Hair masks work provided you’re acting in accordance with the following key factors. Otherwise, they are either counter-productive or ineffective:
Identify your problem
Though it’s likely that everyone you know has some sort of issue with their hair, hair masks don’t offer a “one size fits all” approach to hair care. Different hair masks target different issues, meaning not all hair masks will work for you.
So, whilst the general answer may be, “Yes, hair masks work”, the catch is that it’s only true if you’ve identified the issue with your hair and either made or bought a mask accordingly. A hair mask tailored for frizzy hair is going to be redundant if your issue is flat, lifeless hair. This goes for most hair problems, as there are often opposing sides to the issue.
Here are some DIY hair masks you can make at home for your specific needs:
Chemicals cause damage
The world around us is filled with external variables that you can’t avoid, which damages your hair to the point that it requires the treatment that hair masks offer. This includes everything from sun damage to the split-ends caused by the harsh water in your city.
Then, of course, there are the controllable variables. Hair is damaged when we apply heat (ie. Hair dryers and straighteners), when we scrunch it into an elastic band or wear hair accessories. As a general rule of thumb, hair is negatively impacted by the chemicals we apply to it, which are undeniably present in a lot of sprays, mousses and hair products, and especially in hair dye.
So, simply, hair masks work because they provide hair, damaged by both unavoidable and self-inflicted factors, with the moisture, vitamins and nutrition it needs to remain healthy. This is why buying hair masks filled with chemicals is totally counter-intuitive to your goal, as chemicals play a major role in damaging your hair in the first place.
Understand the ingredients
Most people impulsively buy hair products that promise certain outcomes without looking into what makes that promise possible to achieve. Armed with an understanding of the ingredients of hair masks, and what those ingredients are doing, you will always be able to ensure your hair masks work, because you’ll be ruling out those which don’t contain what they ought to in order to work.
Here are some natural ingredients that achieve what you’re looking for without chemicals, or you could watch this video on how to make DIY hair masks using kitchen-cupboard ingredients.
Hair masks work… if you make them work
In conclusion, hair masks work in very specific ways. They’re not pots of magic formulae which transform your hair, no matter its ailment, with one quick rinse. Instead, they target certain issues like excess moisture, scalp-dryness, frizziness and more, and rectify them.
So it’s a simple three part process if you want a hair mask to effectively rejuvenate your hair:
- Figure out what your issue is
- Identify factors which aggravate this issue
- Pick hair masks with ingredients best suited to the issue