I often get asked by clients, “Is is really important to use a hair mask?” The answer is always a solid yes, especially if your hair is chemically treated. Easily explained, when your hair is treated by chemicals, i.e.. hair color, perms, Brazilian blowouts etc, the hair structure and cuticle changes. Even if you never color or use chemicals on your hair, it still is important to use a hair mask because of the damage that the sun, pool, beach, and the outdoors (think pollution, etc) will do to your strands. Since I’m asked this question often, I thought it would be a good idea to create a blog post for you all for How To Find The Right Hair Mask + DIY Hair Masks You Can Create At Home. Those of you that know me, know that I love a good hair mask created by a brand but equally love channeling my inner hippie and so I wanted to also add in some DIY mask options for you as well.
How Do You Know If You Need A Hair Mask?
First things first, I’m sure you’re wondering how to know if you even need to be using a hair mask? The answer is always YES you need to use one! Even if your hair is natural (meaning you don’t use chemicals or heat on it) and healthy, you still should be using a hair mask. The big difference between you and someone with more chemically treated and tool treated hair, is how often you will need to use a mask. Hair masks are not used daily in most instances, but I always recommend using one as it’s very beneficial for maintaining the health of your hair. Think of it like a bottle of wine, you may just pull out your average bottle of wine for settling down at night and distressing after a long day with the kids or at work, but for special instances, you will likely pull out your more expensive selection for the special treatment. So how often should you use a hair mask? Read on below.
How Often Should You Use a Hair Mask?
As I briefly mentioned above, that depends on how much love your hair needs. If your getting your hair bleached blonde every 6-8 weeks, its a good idea to use a treatment once per week to ensure your hair is strong and healthy for your next visit to the salon. This will help to eliminate breakage from lightening your hair. But what about if your hair is already healthy? In this case you can treat your hair once or twice a month. Keep in mind, using the right daily shampoo and conditioner is equally as important for your day to day protection. You can play around with these numbers as you begin to use masks your hair will tell you when you need it. Much like a glass of water, you get thirsty, you have a drink. Same concept with a hair mask.
How To Find The Right Hair Mask For Your Needs?
Most hair masks are designed to help with damaged and dry hair. What is the difference between the two? Damage is caused by chemicals or over use of heat, resulting in the hair is beginning to break off. If this is happening to your hair, you definitely need to start using a hair mask right away. Dry hair is often cause from the use of heated tools. Many of the hair masks on the market are designed to help with both. For extreme cases you may have to play around with different brands to see which is best for you. Below I am sharing some of my favorites.
Marula Rare Oil Intensive Hair Mask
First up is by Paul Mitchell Marula Rare Oil Intensive Hair Mask. The Rare Oil Intensive Hair Masque features cold-pressed marula oil, which thoroughly hydrates and dramatically smoothes to soften dry, coarse hair. For a luxurious hair treatment that includes powerful antioxidants, oleic acids, protein and vitamins, while adding fullness and protection to fine, limp hair, the Rare Oil Intensive Hair Masque is the perfect way to add a sophisticated look and touchable softness to your hair. By using this mask you will experience 80% reduced split ends and 80% improved condition in your hair. This mask is definitely a top pick for me. The price: $39.00.
Iles Formula Haute Performance Hair Mask
The Iles Formula Haute Performance Hair Mask is definitely a favorite of mine. This mask was developed to strengthen and nourish all hair types. Selected raw ingredients make up the most sumptuous cocktail for hair and scalp, without weighing the hair down. Macrobola seed oil, tucuma butter are sourced from the Amazon, silk proteins from Japan, nut oils from Australia with an infusion of vitamin E, panthenol and B5. PARABEN-FREE + COLOR SAFE + BIOGEGRADABLE + NO ALLERGENS Those 4 features alone make this a top choice. The mask is a thick butter that feels sumptuous on the hair. INSTANT repair after just one use, YES please! The price: $67.00.
OUAI Haircare Treatment Mask
Another hair mask that I have tried and really like is the OUAI Treatment Mask. It’s a restorative healing mask that’s formulated to repair damage in minutes, leaving strands incredibly soft and smooth after just one treatment. Made with Artichoke Leaf Extract to seal the cuticle and protect hair from future damage. You can find this fan favorite online at the link above or at every girls favorite beauty spot ~Sephora. The price: $32.00.
DIY Hair Masks You Can Create At Home
So what about if budget is an issue, or you just prefer the DIY route for a more natural treatment option? Well I have you covered with some of these DIY Hair Masks that will help you to maintain your locks just as well. Below are some recipes for creating your own mask by using ingredients you have right at home or at your local grocer. Keep in mind, choose organic where you can to eliminate the chemicals that are in non organic produce and ingredients.
All recipes courtesy of: theindianspot.com
There you have it! Hopefully this has helped you to learn everything you need to know about hair masks and how often you should use them. Plus, some easy recipes for creating your own masks as home. Now its time to go and do a mask… Don’t forget to tag me @daniellevaliente_ #daniellevaliente so I can see your posts on your hair mask ritual.