Are You Supposed to Put Anything in Your Hair After a Hair Mask?


Some think they aren’t supposed to put anything in their hair after a hair mask, but that’s usually not true. You should do several things to your hair after your hair mask treatment, and we’ll share them with you in this article. By the end, you’ll have a good idea of the care your hair needs after such a treatment.


Some hair masks are made of ingredients that either smell bad or leave behind a stinky residue. And others contain ingredients that must be washed out vs. rinsed off. In these cases, you’ll follow up your hair mask with a shampoo of your choice.

Considering that some shampoos contain harsh ingredients, choosing a shampoo made of gentle ingredients is extremely important. That means low to no sulfates and lots of nourishing oils and other goodies that make your hair healthier and stronger.


If your hair needs a pick-me-up after your hair mask treatment, reach for a nourishing rinse-out conditioner. It’ll not only give your hair more moisture, but it’ll help to lock in the goodness from your treatment. Not every hair mask has good conditioning properties – if yours doesn’t, you may need a conditioner afterward.

Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioner is one of your options when it comes to post-hair mask nourishment. If a regular rinse-out conditioner doesn’t do the job, opt for a deep conditioner instead. It’ll give you more substantial moisture than your regular conditioner does.

Leave in Conditioner or Serum

Most of us love a good leave-in conditioner or serum – both products aid in detangling, smooth your hair, and may protect your mane from heat and styling manipulation. Whichever one you choose, ensure it’s the right product for your hair type and needs. Either can benefit your hair post-hair mask treatment. 

The great thing about leave-in conditioners and serums is that you can use them as needed. That means every day or every other day, so long as you monitor buildup and other hair issues.

Detangling Product

You may have detangled your hair before or after your hair mask treatment, but if you notice tangles after rinsing it out, you may need to use a detangling product to help you get through them. Follow the instructions on your detangling product for the best results.

Styling Products

Most hair masks make your hair easier to manage and even simplify styling. But that doesn’t mean you won’t need styling products when you style your hair. You’ll still need your gel, mousse, hairspray, and any other products you tend to turn to. So, ensure they are in your stash and ready to use after your hair mask. 

If you haven’t been giving your hair adequate care after hair masks, don’t worry. It’s not too late to turn your hair care routine around with the tips in this article. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best as you strive to give your hair the best possible care. 



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, 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.