Have questions about how to use hair masks? Or maybe you’re wondering which ones you should be using alongside your normal hair care products?
Whatever your query, keep scrolling down to discover more about these restorative treatments which can help you achieve silky and healthy locks.
Hair masks are nourishing treatments which are a little more intensive than your average, everyday conditioner. They either come in a tub, tube or individually packaged, and are typically infused with restorative ingredients like argan oil.
While some hair masks are designed to moisturise your hair and make it appear smoother and sleeker, others can help strengthen your hair or even help boost the health of your scalp.
Most are quite thick in consistency and are supposed to be left on for around ten minutes or so to really see results.
Making a hair mask part of your regular hair care routine could ultimately lead to luscious, healthy locks.
If you frequently use heated styling tools, dye your hair or have particularly dry hair naturally, you’ll benefit from hair masks as most are designed to moisturise your hair and replenish it of any oils it may have lost.
Those with fine hair which becomes greasy quite quickly may not benefit from a standard hair mask, as it could clog up your hair follicles and make your hair appear even more oily. Instead, try a more lightweight option that doesn’t contain oils or parabens.
You’ll also find hair masks designed specifically for curly hair, as well as options for those who regularly dye or highlight their hair or you can make your own DIY hair mask.
While your chosen hair mask will have detailed instructions about how to use it on the packet, you’ll usually follow these five steps:
If your hair feels weak, brittle and lifeless, then don’t worry as there are some easy and inexpensive ways to nourish your scalp and restore the lustre to your locks.
Why not turn to the naturally nourishing ingredients found in nature and make your own hair mask? This rich hair mask is made from ingredients you might already have in your kitchen cupboards.
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Avocado is a source of vitamin E, which has emollient properties. This means using avocado on the hair can add shine and gloss by helping to smooth along the hair shaft and trap in moisture.
Vitamin E can also help maintain a healthy scalp as it’s an antioxidant, which can soothe hair follicles, and might help prevent excessive hair fall.
The omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid present in the flaxseed oil (which also contains vitamin E) is great at adding moisture to dry strands as well as sealing in existing moisture.
Omega-3 fatty acids are also very effective at nourishing the scalp and hair follicles and helping to prevent the scalp dryness that can lead to itching.
Almond and olive oils are sources of omega-9 fatty acids. Omega-9 fatty acids include oleic acid, an emulsifying agent which helps your hair retain moisture and stops over-drying through styling.
Unlike most conditioners, natural plant oils can coat the hair to give it a healthy appearance.
Instead, natural oils penetrate the hair shaft and reduce the amount of water the hair absorbs through washing, which can damage hair strands through the constant process of swelling and drying out.1
Using omega-9 oils on your scalp will also help control the flakes associated with dandruff by moisturising the scalp.
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You can do this mask once a week.
Apple cider vinegar is delicious as a dressing for salads and offers a whole host of health benefits when consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Your scalp has a natural pH level of around 5, which can be disturbed by the average hair care routine which involves shampoo, conditioner and styling products which often have alkaline formulas.2
Having its pH thrown off balance can cause an overproduction of oil on your scalp. This can lead to blocked hair follicles along with itching and flaking.
Just like your scalp, apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic. This means that rinsing the hair with apple cider vinegar could help restore your scalp’s pH balance back to natural levels.
Not only this, the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar will clear up any unwanted residue lurking on your scalp.
The acetic acid also breaks down oils and proteins from the hair and removes product build-up which can occur as a result of a daily hair care regime as well as pollution from the environment.
Try this recipe for a simple apple cider vinegar hair mask. It could be the key to soothing your itchy scalp.
Make sure you choose an unpasteurised variety of apple cider vinegar, which will look cloudy in the bottle. This is a sign that the vinegar is in its natural raw state.
Do not use apple cider vinegar or essential oils undiluted on hair as they might be too strong for sensitive scalps.
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