Hair masks are a severely underrated product in the beauty and hair care market today. Of course, it goes without mentioning that there are more than a few products out there that don’t exactly keep their promises, so it’s understandable why people aren’t exactly the biggest believers in the claims of hair strengthening masks. Well, it’s time for all the nonbelievers to start believing in all of the super strengthening powers that the ultra-dense conditioning masks have to offer.
Lather… Rinse… Repeat
Believe it or not, hair masks are at the very least as powerful as your typical conditioner, but more than often they are much more mighty. The conditioner that you lather, rinse, and repeat with every morning typically works by resting on the outermost layer of your hair. Assuming that you leave the moisturizing compound on your hair for the recommended amount of time, it will give your hair a rather semi-transformation by replacing the natural oils that are stripped away by your shampoo. Think of this conditioner somewhat like a smoothing primer that would be used prior to putting on the foundation; when someone has rough or dry patches, they may apply a smoothing primer to coat their dry skin so that their makeup goes on easier. However, it’s important to remember that the primer is not actually fixing, helping, or healing the dry patches on your skin.
Lather… Relax… Rinse
Unlike your typical conditioner, which just simply coats the dry, damaged outer cuticle, hair strengthening masks actually strengthen the inner and outer cuticle by totally immersing into each and every strand. This means that instead of the temporary fix provided by a regular conditioner, the hair strengthening mask will provide nourishment to your hair, ultimately leaving it with a natural luster and better than ever manageability.
That being said, a hair strengthening mask is not exactly going to fix split ends, as if they’ve never happened (the only way to do that is to make an appointment for a trim), but it will make them less noticeable. Think of it as the school glue you use to adhere two pieces of paper together: no matter what, it is still two separate sides, but the glue works as a compound to hold it all together, right? That’s exactly what the hair strengthening mask will do; it will hide the noticeable damage by “packing” or “insulating” the hair with as much moisture as possible, giving it added thickness and strength.
Should Everyone Use a Mask?
The answer here is yes! Although there are different hair strengthening masks tailored to different hair types (fine, frizzy, curly, ethnic) that cater to different needs (color protection, keratin safe, growth promoting), everyone should try to use the hair treatment at least once per week. When choosing the mask that is best for you, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for a few ingredients that can ensure the treatment will keep its promises.
- Almond Oil: An ultra-hydrating, yet ultra lightweight emollient that is ideal for those with thin or fine hair.
- Argan Oil: Coined by experts as “liquid gold,” argan oil is known for its powerful nourishing abilities, and will leave your hair smooth and shiny.
- Bamboo Extract: This plant-based ingredient works to structure the hair by implementing strength.
- Keravis: A must-have for those who use heat tools regularly, keravis is a double threat that works strengthen heat-wreaked, while protecting it from further heat damage.
- Panthenol: A vitamin B5 derivative, this element works as a magnet, pulling in water to give dehydrated hair the moisture it longs for.
- Wheat Proteins: A potent ingredient, wheat proteins encourage the saturation of other nurturing products while working to prevent future breakage.