Hair Masks: The Secret to Smooth, Healthy Hair

I was so excited to grow out my hair that I forgot about the necessary maintenance. While I never put heat to my hair—and I sleep with a humidifier every night—the dry winter air still caused split ends, and I couldn’t run my hand through it without catching on gnarly knots. My hair eventually got so unruly that I could barely brush it.


Not good.


Conditioner was no longer cutting it. I needed something stronger. Resisting the urge to go to the hairdresser and get it all chopped off, I gave my hair one last chance. I knew I needed some kind of hair cure-all, but I had no idea what to do.


That is, until I ordered a hair mask online. I had no idea if this was going to work, but I figured, what the heck? Might as well take a shot.


Let me tell you, my hair had never been so smooth in my entire life. For once, my hair felt healthy. I had turned into an unlikely, yet instant, believer in hair masks.


What is a hair mask?

A hair mask offers ultra-deep conditioning for dry and damaged hair. Typically made with hair-healthy minerals and plant-based oils, hair masks not only strengthen hair by locking moisture into your strands, but they also help protect hair from damage. A good hair mask can help prevent knots and tangling, and it can moisturize itchy scalps while preventing dandruff.


Even if you have healthy, undamaged hair, you can still benefit from a hair mask! According to Osensia, “No matter how carefully you tend to your hair, it’s still at the mercy of the environment. Changes in season, sun exposure, indoor heating and cooling, styling, even friction with hats are all impacting your hair health on a daily basis. Getting in the habit of using a mask will help counteract these damaging factors.”


All that said, if you have significant damage to your hair, a hair mask will not undo broken and split hair. The only way to really fix your hair is to book an appointment at the salon and face the scissors.


How to use a hair mask

Keep your hair mask in the bathroom so it’s within reach when you get out of the shower.


After you wash and condition your hair, apply the mask to wet hair. (You can towel dry your hair and then apply the mask so your hair isn’t sopping wet.)


Grab a dollop of hair mask (about one or two tablespoons is typically enough) and work it through your hair, concentrating on the ends. Massage the hair mask into your scalp if you suffer from incessant itchiness and dandruff.


Let it sit in your hair for about 10 minutes. You can also sleep overnight in your hair mask—just grab a shower cap and gather all your hair under it!


Either way, when you’re ready, rinse it out and gently towel dry your hair. Run a comb through your locks and enjoy how smooth and silky it feels!


Use your hair mask once or twice a week to get the desired effects. You’ll love your new, gorgeous mane!

Rebecca is a freelance writer and creative director who loves writing about health, wellness, and living the good life outdoors. She lives in the Ohio countryside with her husband and Australian Shepherds, and when she's not writing, she's playing piano and guitar in her folk-rock band.

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