Can I Use a Hair Mask Under a Blow Dryer?


Are you looking to enhance the effectiveness of your hair mask treatments? Adding heat to the mix is a great way to do so. But how you add heat is extremely important; if you go about it the wrong way, you could end up with damage. In this article, we’ll tell you whether you can use a hair mask under a blow dryer and share tips to ensure you get the best possible results from your hair mask treatments.

You Can Use a Hair Mask Under a Blow Dryer

We won’t waste your time - you can definitely use a hair mask under a blow dryer. In fact, we recommend doing so if you want to ensure your hair mask is getting to the inner layers of your hair shafts. Still, there are several ways things can go wrong, so it’s wise to learn all you can about this treatment-enhancing method. 

How Hot Should the Blow Dryer Be?

For the best results, set your blow dryer to the lowest possible heat setting. Only increase it if your hair isn’t heating up. Chances are you won’t need to set your dryer to the highest heat setting to warm up your hair. You don’t want your hair to be hot to the touch – warm is what you’re looking for.

How Long to Use a Blow Dryer During a Hair Mask Treatment

The general recommendation for how long to apply heat to your hair during a hair mask treatment is anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. It’s best to reference the instructions on the hair mask packaging, though. They often specify how long you can use heat during the treatment.  

Mistakes to Avoid When Using a Hair Mask Under a Blow Dryer

Most of the time, adding heat to your hair during a hair mask is harmless. But there are a couple of mistakes you should try to avoid, and they include:

  • Pointing the blow dryer at any part of your hair for more than a split second. Keep the dryer moving to minimize the risk of burning your hair.

  • Turning the blow dryer temperature up too high. Start low and only increase as needed.

  • Using the blow dryer for too long. Stay within the manufacturer’s guidelines to minimize damage.

Consider a Hooded Dryer

Heating up your hair with a blow dryer can be tiring since 1) hair dryers can be heavy, and 2) you have to keep the device moving constantly for a prolonged time. To save your arms and achieve even heat distribution, we recommend getting yourself a hooded dryer or hooded dryer attachment. Then, you can sit under it without a care in the world as your hair mask processes.

Hooded dryers can be expensive, especially if you go for a standalone dryer unit. But if you want to save money, you can buy the hooded attachment that slips over your blow dryer, instead. Regardless of the route you take, you’ll thank yourself later.

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, 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.