Healthy hair is always on trend and one of the ways to make sure your hair is healthy, glossy and strong is to incorporate a hair mask into your regular hair care routine.
Hair masks are like conditioners, except that they are super concentrated versions that provide greater benefits when it comes to repairing and soothing distressed hair. Whether you have chemically- or colour-treated locks or just hair dulled by pollution, heat, UV and mechanical damage, everyone stands to gain from incorporating hair masks into their beauty routine. Well-nourished hair is also less prone to frizz and breakage—great news for those looking to tame their mane.
Hair masks should be applied to washed, towel-dried hair. Use a wide-tooth comb to evenly spread out the product. Put the hair up into a bun or use a claw clip to hold it in place and let the mask work its magic according to the product directions (at least 10 minutes usually). Finally, rinse the hair mask off and finish with your usual hair care routine.
Here are a few other pointers to keep in mind when using a hair mask:
- For people with long, thick hair, sectioning it into smaller bunches can ensure that every strand gets TLC. We also recommend applying from the ears down to minimise any contact with the scalp.
- Those who have short hair can go in with the tiniest amount of product, concentrating it on the ends. You can also keep it on for a shorter period of time.
- The ends of your hair are the oldest and driest so don’t be afraid to concentrate the mask there.
- If your hair feels oily and weighed down after using a hair mask, reduce the amount you use or switch to a lighter formula.
- To increase absorption, wear a hair cap as heat will help open up the hair cuticles and improve absorption of the mask. You can also blow-dry the cap with medium heat settings to increase the temperature.
- Hair masks are great for a weekly pampering session. But you can increase or decrease the frequency in accordance with how your hair looks and feels.
- If you are prone to scalp acne and irritation, you can go in with another round of shampoo, just at the roots, to rinse out any residue of the mask that could clog pores.
Here are seven hydrating hair masks to get you started.
Text: Vanessa Chia/ Female / August 2017
Additional text: Cheryl Lim, Ho Guo Xiong