Cold weather and hair trends play a big role in causing frizzy, brittle strands to cry out and be tamed by moisture! The easy solution is to hide the problem under a hat, but upon removal your hair will be suffering from a serious case of hat head. Ugh! Deep-conditioning masks can make your hair smooth, manageable, and shiny. Lucky for us, sometimes all it takes is a five minute session with a hair mask to take our hair from limp to luxurious giving us no real excuse to be walking around with head full of frizz. Below are some of the best masks for your mane.
Some hair masks such as It’s a 10 Miracle Hair Mask are mild enough to be used like regular conditioner. Thick treatments like the Fekkai Shea Butter Mask work well as a leave-in conditioner for fine and/or thin hair. Massage a pea sized amount into ends before blow-drying.
QUENCH THE THIRST
Hair needs moisture just like your body needs water and your skin needs lotion to stay hydrated. The main point of a hair mask is to give your mop a much needed boost of moisture. There are many different kinds of masks. Some are creamy and lotion-like, while others are oil-based. Cream masks such as Organix Macadamia Oil Intensive Moisture Mask can add body and nutrients to flat hair while products such as Moroccan Oil Dry-No-More Scalp Treatment, formulated with argan oil will yield high-shine results. No matter which you choose, you can rest assured you’ll be giving your strands a conditioning drink.
There is a difference in dry hair and damaged hair. Damage is over processed, overly color/heat treated, split ends, breakage, and nodules. Applying your mask from roots to tips is the go-to method, but you can also use it to zero in on especially damaged areas. If you tend to heat style the ends of your hair, try painting a mask onto the tips once a week to reduce split ends. Alternately, if you just touched up your roots, massaging a mask into your scalp might cut down on breakage and itching.
KEEP YOUR CURLS
Fight the frizz and keep your natural texture. Wavy, curly, and ethnic hair is especially prone to dryness in the winter, causing shrinkage and tangling. Go for a heavier mask and products with a buttery or balmy base to penetrate deep. Try a curly haired favorite Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask to put a stop to breakage. Work through gently with your fingertips. Make sure to rinse well to prevent buildup!
Color treated hair loves moisture, and there are a wide variety of masks on the market specially formulated to beef up your dye job. Try one of my faves Phytocitrus Restructuring Mask by Phyto to keep your vibrant dye from feeling dull.
If your hair is thirsty but your pockets are empty, don’t let it starve! Feed it from your kitchen. Many cupboard staples work wonders on dry and brittle hair. Olive oil is one of my favorite at-home beauty products for almost anything. Smash a ripe avocado with two tablespoons of olive oil and massaging into your hair for 15 minutes after you shower. An easy DIY hair recipe right from your pantry!
Certain masks can take up to 30 minutes to work while others need only three. Different ingredients need various time intervals to be absorbed by hair, but that doesn’t mean that a five minute treatment can’t be worn for an hour or even overnight. Try relaxing with a hair mask by wrapping treated hair in a warm towel to open the follicles. If you get caught up in a phone call or a movie, fear not your hair knows when it’s time to stop drinking.
*Brit Tips: Combing with a wide toothed comb helps distribute product evenly. Rinsing with cold water helps lock in moisture, adds shine and cuts down on tangles! Also, try letting it air dry.