Can I Use a Hair Mask on Short Hair?

Short hair is known for being low-maintenance, but there will be times when it needs a little extra TLC. Whether you regularly color, heat-style, or otherwise damage your hair, a hair mask can give your hair exactly what it needs to thrive. If you’ve been thinking about trying a hair mask on your short hair but have hesitated to do so, this article is for you. We’ll tell you everything you need to know about using a hair mask on short hair. 

Your Hair Length Doesn’t Matter

Hair masks are for all hair lengths: short, medium, long, down to the floor - it doesn’t matter. The only thing you should be mindful of when it comes to hair masks and hair length is how much of the product you use. Since your hair is short, you don’t have to use much of the hair mask. In contrast, someone with very long hair would need to use a large amount of the mask to cover every hair strand. 

Hair Mask Benefits for All

Hair masks didn’t get their hair-saving reputation for no reason. They are super-hydrators that can take parched hair and transform it into moisturized, healthy locks. Protein-based conditioners can reduce breakage and help you retain length. Color-safe conditioners can support hair health in dyed or bleached hair. There’s a hair mask for every hair type and problem - with a bit of research into your options, you’re sure to find one that’s perfect for your hair. 

Using a Hair Mask for Short Hair 

Putting a hair mask on short hair is super easy. Here’s how: 

  1. Shampoo your hair. Use a clarifying shampoo if you’ve got hairspray or gel buildup. 
  2. Apply some of the hair mask to your hair. You can use your fingers to slather it on. Be sure that the hair mask is on all of your hair. If you have a problem with flatness at the roots, avoid your roots. 
  3. Wait for five or more minutes while the hair mask does its magic. 
  4. Rinse the mask out and continue with the rest of your hair routine. 

Choose the Right Hair Mask for You

Regardless of your hair length, you’ve got to choose the right hair mask for you. The below points can help you select the best one: 

  • If you struggle with flat hair, choose a lightweight hair mask with volumizing ingredients like polymers, vitamin B5, and soybean oil. 
  • If your hair is extremely dry, opt for a water-based hair mask that’s infused with penetrating oils like coconut oil and olive oil. 
  • To stop breakage and repair damage, look for masks that have reparative proteins, moisturizers, and humectants. 
  • If your hair is curly, you need a mask that prioritizes moisture above all else. 

There you have it - you can use a hair mask on your short hair and enjoy the many benefits it can bring. Just make sure that you select the right mask for your hair problems and apply your mask according to the instructions on the packaging. Soon, you'll discover a version of your hair you never knew existed. 



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.