Natural hair endures a lot of abuse from the environment that usually leaves it dry, brittle, and lifeless. The best way to tackle these issues is by using a hair masque. That’s because this product adds health and bounce to natural hair.
But which masque should you use? How often can you use it? And how can you make sure that the masque you’re using won’t leave your hair feeling greasy and weighed down?
Hair masques are not a new fad. Even the people in ancient Egypt recognized the benefits of using oils such as olive or coconut oil to nourish and condition their hair. But today’s advances ensure that women today have a wide range of options to choose from.
However, it is important to note that hair masques are not a “one size fits all” solution. The more you know, the more successful your masque treatments will be. With that in mind, here are 5 tips to help you use hair masques efficiently on natural hair:
- Make the Right Choice for Your Hair Type
All hair types can certainly benefit from a little extra moisturizing. However, you have to be sure that the hair masque you choose is right for your hair type. For example, colored hair needs deep moisturizing to help it maintain color and a healthy glow. Frizzy hair will benefit more from keratin-based masques, which provide the most amount of moisture.
However, natural, curly hair is a whole other story. It has the reputation of being the most difficult hair type to manage. The best hair mask for curly hair is one that contains argan, avocado, or coconut oil. This will help you smooth and tame your wild curls.
- Use Oil-Based Masques on Dry Hair
If you want to get maximum benefit from oil-based hair masques, it’s best to apply the treatment on dry hair. Water repels oil, so it will prevent most of the masque from soaking in where it is needed. Applying it on dry hair will take a bit longer – at least 20 minutes – but the results will be worth it.
That said, there are some water-based masques on the market. These are the only type that should be applied to wet hair.
- Use a Masque Every Week
A lot of factors affect the condition of your hair and rob it of its natural moisture and nutrients. These could include your diet, hormonal changes, medication, stress, weather changes, air-conditioning, styling products, or even air travel.
This doesn’t mean that you will notice the signs of hair damage or dryness immediately. Therefore, it is important to use a hair masque at least once every week in order to protect your hair from these subtle attacks.
- Focus on your Hair Ends
The ends of the hair are the most brittle and delicate parts of your natural locks. Whether you are conditioning regularly or using a hair masque, they still require a lot of attention. Therefore, focus on the ends of your hair during your weekly masque treatments. This approach will help lock in moisture and prevent further breakage.
- Use Some Heat
In many cases, heat helps to accelerate chemical reactions. That doesn’t change when it comes to hair masques. Heat helps the product bond more with your hair cuticles. This will help necessary nutrients to diffuse more thoroughly through the cuticle and the rest of your hair. So, incorporate some sort of heat source into your weekly treatments. This could be by heating the hair masque itself, using a hot towel, or a heated cap.