Do You Apply Hair Masks to Roots?

Are you thinking about getting into hair masks? If so, the first thing you should do is learn how to use them correctly. That way, you can be sure to reap all their benefits. One of the most difficult things about using hair masks is figuring out how to apply them. Should you apply them directly to your roots? Or should you focus on the mid-lengths and ends only? That’s what we’ll get into in this article. By the end, you’ll know precisely how to apply your hair mask for the best results. 

You Can Apply Your Hair Mask to Your Roots 

Applying your hair mask to your roots isn’t a taboo thing to do. People do it all the time. The idea is that applying it all over ensures that all the hair will benefit from the mask. And in some cases, this makes perfect sense. If you’ve got damage along the entire length of your strands, you should consider applying your mask to your roots in addition to the mid-lengths and ends. 

Why Some People Avoid Applying Hair Masks to the Roots 

It’s important to know that while you can apply your hair mask to the roots, it’s not always the best idea for your hair or scalp. There are two reasons for this. The first is that some people are prone to flatness or oiliness at their roots, and the average hair mask formula can make that issue worse. The other problem to look out for is excessive oiliness or clogged follicles from the hair mask formula. Even if you’re not applying the hair mask directly to your scalp, some of the product may get onto your scalp and irritate or clog your follicles. 

These are a couple of reasons why you might not want to apply your hair mask to your roots, especially if your roots aren’t damaged. To avoid the above problems, you can skip your roots and only apply the hair mask to your mid-lengths and ends. 

Final Recommendation: Consider Your Hair and Scalp Condition

Considering all the information we’ve shared up until this point, we recommend applying your hair mask all over your head if you don’t suffer from oily or flat roots and don’t have any active scalp issues. Otherwise, it makes sense to avoid your roots and scalp to preserve volume and prevent scalp issues. 

Pro Tip: Focus the Hair Mask on Your Ends

Whether you plan on applying the hair mask to your roots or not, it’s essential to apply enough of it to your ends. They are the oldest and often most fragile part of your hair, and they need the most help as a result. Take the time to saturate your ends so that no strand is missed. 

So, there you have it - you can apply your hair mask to your roots, but sometimes, it’s just not going to be a good idea. We hope that 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.