Hair care is very important to protect hair from damage against sun, weather, pollution and even stress. Unkempt hair look shabby and coarse. They start showing first greys much before time. They have a poor texture and are thin, dandruff prone and acne prone. If you don’t have the time and money to visit hair spas for hair grooming, then you can pamper your hair naturally at home using a hair mask. Hair masks are effective products that make hair frizz free and bouncy. But to make the most out of hair masks, it depends on how well you’re applying it. We have listed 16 simple steps for applying hair mask in order to help you better nourish your hair.
1. Oil Your Hair One Night Before
The entire concept of using a hair mask is nourishing hair and restoring their lost shine and lustre. Oiling hair one night before applying the hair mask makes hair mask ready. The scalp’s pH level is optimized and hair texture becomes smooth. Smoother the hair strands, better the hair mask glides.
2. Shampoo Your Hair
Do not apply the hair mask directly on oiled hair. Oil will work as a barrier between hair strands are hair mask. Thus, massage your hair strands with a herbal cleansing shampoo that can remove entire oil from the hair strands, roots and scalp. It will also cleanse dirt, sebum and dust from the scalp and hair strands. This will give the mask a better chance to get absorbed and add lusture.
3. Use A Hydrating Conditioner
Sound weird, right? Well, one of the biggest hair care bloopers is that conditioners and masks are one and the same thing. But no, they are different. Hair conditioner works on the hair tips and softens their texture by reducing split ends. And hair mask hydrates and nourishes scalp and hair, and repairs all kinds of damage.
4. Select A Proper Hair Mask
While the basic purpose of all hair masks is to improve the hair texture and quality, but what matters is the kind of scalp and hair you have. A dry and dandruff prone scalp will get further damaged if you use a hair mask for oily scalp on it. Thus, choose a hair mask depending upon your scalp type, targeted problems and even degree of damage.
5. Steam Your Moist Hair
After you shampoo and condition your hair, let them become semi moist. Once semi moist, offer them some steam for up to 10 to 12 minutes. Steaming opens the scalp pores and increases the chances of better nutrition absorption. It also reduces the risk of scalp irritation due to hair mask, by making the scalp’s pH neutral before even applying the mask itself.
6. Let The Hair Dry
Do not wrap a towel around your head to dry your hair. It might lead to knot formation. Do not blow dry them either. All these pains have been taken to keep the hair strands as hydrated as possible. Blow drying will make hair dehydrated. So, let the hair dry naturally.
7. Comb Your Hair Properly
The most important step to help cover as many strands individually and smoothly as possible, is combing them and detangling each and every knot. Turn your hair upside down and brush them using a wide tooth comb or hairbrush. This ensures that the hair do not break. It keeps their texture smooth even while applying the mask.
8. Centre Partition Your Hair
Always centre partition your hair carefully when applying a hair mask. This makes it a lot easier to cover as many hair strands with hair mask as possible. Also, this is an even more crucial step for longer hair, since it reduces the chance of hair tangling while applying hair mask.
9. Apply The Mask From Roots To Tips
Do not start applying the mask from any and every direction. The straighter your hair will stay, the more evenly the mask will glide. If you start applying the mask from tips to roots, it will tangle the hair. Thus, always cover the hair with mask from roots to tips.
10. Use A Dense And Soft Bristle Brush
The more fine and closely packed the bristles will be, the more hair strands with be covered with the mask individually. This will offer better conditioning to all hair strands without causing them any damage. Since softer bristles will not cause friction, it will reduce the chances of tangling.
11. Wrap The Hair With Moist Cotton Towel
Once you are finished with covering your hair with the mask, let it rest undisturbed for at least 30 minutes. Wrapping them with a moist cotton towel gives the moisture and nutrients a chance to stay close to the hair strands. This offers deep conditioning.
12. Steam Your Hair Again
Steam your hair while they are covered in a cloth with hair mask on for 10 minutes after initial 30 minutes of applying it. Steaming will open scalp pores and the roots will be able to absorb more nutrients. This will also ensure that the scalp’s pH will stay undisturbed post hair wash.
13. Wash Hair With Tap Water
While some people would suggest for washing hair mask with cold water, it is actually a bad idea. Too much cold is as bad for hair texture as too much heat is. The cells are exposed to sudden cold than can momentarily reduce blood circulation. Thus, always wash off the hair mask with tap water.
14. Do Not Apply Shampoo
Some women may find it difficult to rinse hair mask properly. But never use a shampoo after applying the hair mask in order to get rid of the residue. Let the essential nutrients and oils seep within the scalp deeper.
15. Pat The Hair Dry
Once finished, let your hair dry naturally. Apply a mild serum on the tips and brush your hair properly. Do not pull too hard to detangle knots. Hold your hair and gently comb the tips in order to reduce the chances of hair breakage.
16. Do Not Clip Them
Remember to not clip your hair or tie them with a rubber band at least for 24 hours. Freshly pampered hair needs rest. Clipping or tying them will result in a lot pushing, twisting and pulling. And this can break hair. Breakage will make the hair coarse. Also, not clipping hair gives them a straighter, frizz free look.
Following the above listed 16 steps to apply hair mask will make your hair stronger and glossy, as if you have freshly walked out of a spa. You can ideally use a hair mask once every week, if your hair are too brittle and damaged. For others, applying a mask once in 15 days is sufficient.
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