Do “Hair Masks” Work?September 26, 2018
Hair masks are a deep conditioning treatment usually concocted of moisture enriching oils and materials to nourish and restore your hair. But do they actually work? This all depends on your definition of “work”. If by work you mean nourish and condition your hair, yes they do. This all depends on the ingredients in the mask. Will they fix your split ends? In this post, we take an in-depth look at how hair masks work and what benefits you will obtain by using them.
Usually, if you are Googling hair masks or looking to buy one, your hair is in dire need of attention or has some severe damage. Or maybe you are just trying to stay ahead of the game and ward off split ends or dry and damaged hair. They can also be used to add body, reduce frizz and give your hair a silky smooth shiny appearance. These are all good things, so it makes sense that people gravitate towards hair masks.
Hair Masks Do Work
Hair masks do work to a degree. They are a moisture-rich, intensive treatment for your hair that works by saturating your hair with oils and minerals, then leaving them in for an extended period of time in hope that your hair will absorb the oil and nutrients. Then they are washed out, leaving your hair looking and feeling great.
What they won’t do is fix split ends or servery damaged hair, although they will act as a masking agent and give your hair the illusion of looking healthy. The only thing that will fix split ends is a visit to the hairdresser and getting them chopped off. I’m sorry if that’s hard to swallow and you were relying on a hair mask to be a cure-all and turn to take your locks from the gutter to the stars!
Ingredients Make the Mask
There are so many hair masks, from DIY to store-bought containing a myriad of different ingredients with promises of complete hair restoration. But what ingredients are the most beneficial for your hair?
I am a big believer in natural products and will choose them over any chemical any day. When you go to purchase your hair mask or even create your own, always read the label and keep looking for some of these key ingredients.
Argan oil is widely known in the hairdressing circles as being a great natural oil for your hair. It moisturises, softens and protects your hair.
Coconut oil is one of the best oils to use in your hair. It contains medium chain fatty acids that aid in the absorption of the readily available minerals and moisturising properties.
Not only are they delicious on toast, the natural oils in avocado work wonders on your hair. Avocado oil contains potassium and vitamin E which are both great for restoring dull hair and making it smooth and shiny again. It also contains lecithin, a fat that aids in the maintaining the structural integrity of your hair while improving the overall strength.
We have all heard of it, but what exactly is Shea butter anyway? Well, shea butter is derived from the nuts of the shea tree. It is a protein that contains many things that are beneficial to your hair. It’s full of healthy fatty acids that will penetrate and moisturise the hair and of course make it look great. It’s also full of vitamins and minerals that are essential for happy healthy hair.
Honey is one of the greatest gifts mother nature has to offer. It can be used for a number of different applications from sweetener to healing wounds, but in this case, we are referring to healing hair. Honey is antibacterial so it’s great for skin disorders such as flaky scalp which can be the cause of unhealthy hair. It’s also filled with essential vitamins and nutrients that will prevent split ends.
Next time you are shopping for your next hair mask look at the label and see if contains any or many of these ingredients before you shell out some cash. If the label doesn’t have any of these, chances are it may not give you the result you desire.
Hair masks vary in ingredients and how long to leave them in for. It varies from a few minutes to overnight. Hair masks with a short duration could contain nasty chemicals that may make your hair look good now but have limited or negative effects in the future.
If your hair mask is all natural you should be able to leave it in for extended periods of time without the fear of damage. That is why it’s important to read the label and be well informed of the ingredients in the mask.
Hair masks are a great way of maintaining and nourishing your hair with vital oils, vitamins, and minerals. They will certainly make your hair look amazing, although a lot of the transformation does come down to ingredients. Hair masks aren’t the absolute solution and will not fix split ends but they are a great rejuvenation tool and definitely worth using – if you pick up the right ones.