Are you looking for the best hair mask to help treat your hair concerns? From curly and colored to dry and thinning hair, there's a special luxurious mask designed to restore your hair to its best. Learn why a hair mask could be the answer to your hair woes, here!
What is a hair mask?
Shampoo and conditioner might be two regular elements of your haircare routine, but not everyone thinks to use a hair mask, perhaps because they're not entirely sure what one is...
A hair mask is a deep and nourishing conditioning treatment that is applied after shampooing and rinsing the hair. There are different hair masks on the market and, depending on their formula, they work in different ways. Some work from inside the cuticle to repair damaged hair, while others provide a protective sheathe over the top of the hair to seal in moisture, and some do both! This is why it's important to choose the right mask for your hair.
How to use a hair mask
Because a hair mask offers a deeper condition that a regular conditioner, most should be left on for longer, usually between 3-10 minutes (always check the packaging, some can even be left on overnight!) depending on the formula and the level of care you hair needs.
After shampooing and gently squeezing out excess moisture from the hair, take a 2-3 inch section and work the mask into the hair, focusing on the lengths and ends. Repeat until all the hair is covered, then leave for the recommended time and rinse thoroughly. Include a hair mask in your haircare routine once a week (more if particularly damaged) to keep it in prime condition.
The best hair mask for...
A hair mask for colored hair helps seal in the color, meaning it lasts for longer and keeps its shine. For highlighted hair, we love the Lumino Contrast mask from Serie Expert, which adds shine and UV protection for all shades of hair, preventing any unwanted brassy tones from developing due to oxidation.
For color treatment straight from Mother Nature, the new Source Essentielle haircare collection includes the Radiance Balm, a color-protection mask made from 99% naturally-derived ingredients including fig extract, sunflower seed oil and soybean oil.
Hair masks are ideal for dry hair! While no haircare treatment can truly repair split ends (only your stylist can snip those away), a mask for dry hair smoothes the cuticles and infuses the fiber with moisture to prevent more from developing.
Try the Anti-Breakage mask from Serie Expert if you do suffer from split ends, breakages and brittle hair (great for detangling stubborn knots too) or, for an all-over dose of nourishment, the silicone-free Nutrifier mask from the same range.
Curly girls are often concerned that a hair mask will weigh down their bounce, which is why they need a hair mask specifically designed for curls. Thanks to its oil micro-emulsion formula, the Curl Contour masque nourishes the hair without heaviness, providing definition and lasting nourishment that also protects against humidity and unwanted frizz.
A major worry for those who suffer from weak or thinning hair is that a hair mask will leave their hair looking limp and greasy. Once again, it's all about choosing the right formula. Instead of an oil-based mask, try a gel treatment for volume and structure. We recommend the in-salon Volumetry Gel-masque, which uses the active ingredient Hydralight to penetrate the fiber, infuse hydration and give hair an instant boost of natural-looking volume.
If you're unsure about what kind of hair mask you need, don't hesitate to ask in-salon for a hair diagnosis to discover the best course of action for healthy-looking, voluminous and glossy hair.