4 Ways to Apply a Hair Mask


Many know that applying a hair mask correctly is incredibly important – but how exactly are you supposed to do that? There are many ways to apply a hair mask, and each application method has its place. In this article, we’ll share 4 ways to apply a hair mask and specify the best scenarios to use them. Let’s get right into it!

Standard Application

The standard hair mask application requires you to follow a systematic process. Here’s how it goes:

  1. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo.

  2. Squeeze out any excess water to ensure the hair mask will adhere to the strands.

  3. Separate your hair into 2 to 4 sections to aid in distribution.

  4. Apply the hair mask to one of the sections. Be sure to get the mask on all of the hair strands.

  5. Comb through the section to distribute the hair mask throughout the section.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the rest of the sections.

  7. Allow the mask to process for the amount of time indicated on the packaging or 15 minutes to an hour.

You’ll use this standard application process if you usually don’t have any issues with volume or flatness after using hair masks.

Ends and Mid-lengths Only Application

If your roots look flat or limp after using a hair mask, you can use the ends and mid-lengths only application method. It’s similar to the standard application method, except you’ll avoid the roots when applying the hair mask to your hair. The rest of the process remains unchanged. 

Ends-Only Application

For those who don’t want to apply their hair mask to their mid-lengths or roots, go for the ends-only application. After following steps 1, 2, and 3 from the standard application process, you’ll apply the hair mask only to your ends. This is a good option for those who have generally healthy hair but have split ends or breakage concentrated at the ends of the hair. They’ll be able to repair their hair without potentially weighing down their roots or mid-lengths.

Scalp Application

If you’ve purchased or made a hair mask for your scalp, you can go ahead and apply the mask there. In this case, go through steps 1, 2, and 3 from the standard application process and then apply the mask directly to your scalp. After that, allow the mask to process and rinse thoroughly.

Post-Application Tips

After applying the mask to your hair, you could simply allow the product to do its thing. Or you could take things a little bit further and incorporate heat into the mix. Doing so will open up your hair cuticles, allowing the mask to get further into the hair shafts for better results. There are a couple of ways to add heat during a hair mask treatment, and they include:

  1. Sitting under a hooded dryer for anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes.

  2. Putting a plastic processing cap on your hair to trap the heat from your scalp. You can also blast some warm air from your hair dryer onto the cap to raise the temperature of your hair.

So, there you have it – 4 ways to apply a hair mask and tips for how to maximize your results. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair!



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.