Five Dos and Don’ts for Using a Hair Mask


One thing you should know about hair masks is that they don’t work very well when misused. If you want to get the most out of your hair mask, learning how to properly use it is important. And that’s what we’ll help you with in this article. We’ll cover five dos and don’ts for using a hair mask. 

Dos for Using a Hair Mask

Hair masks are very easy to use; still, things can go awry if you’re not completing all the necessary steps. And the instructions on hair masks (and hair products in general) tend to be vague. Below are some of the things you should do to reap all the benefits of your chosen hair mask. 

Do read and follow the instructions on your hair mask. 

The instructions on your hair mask are there for a reason. Not all hair masks are created equal; it’s always a good idea to verify exactly how the product should be used. 

Do rinse the mask out thoroughly after the processing time is complete. 

Rinsing your mask out thoroughly is extremely important. Your mask residue could weigh your hair down or lead to buildup if you don't. 

Do comb the mask through your hair. 

When applying your mask, it can seem like you’ve coated all of your strands when, in fact, you’re missing some spots. That’s why combing the mask through your hair with a wide tooth comb is always a good idea. 

Do apply the mask generously. 

Getting your hair mask on all of your hair is a must. So, don’t be afraid to apply too much of it. 

Do apply the mask in sections. 

Working in sections is crucial to ensure a stress-free experience and even product coverage. 2 to 4 sections should work just fine. 

Don’ts for Using a Hair Mask

Just as there are things you should do when using a hair mask, there are mistakes that could completely ruin your treatment. Below are the main practices to avoid when using a hair mask. 

Don’t apply the mask to your hair while it’s dry or dirty. 

Unless you’re using your hair mask as a pre-poo, don’t apply it to dry, dirty hair. The oils and debris on your hair could block the mask’s ingredients from penetrating your strands. 

Don’t use your hair mask every day. 

Hair masks are designed to be used 1 to 4 times per month. Using yours daily could lead to several issues ranging from moisture overload to protein overload to dullness, and more. 

Don’t use your hair mask overnight. 

Using hair masks overnight can be a waste of your time since hair masks only work for a set amount of time (minutes to about an hour). Moreover, hair masks are messy and can even irritate your scalp if you leave them on for too long. 

Don’t apply your hair mask to your scalp unless directed to do so. 

Some hair masks are designed for use on both the scalp and hair. But not all of them are. Before massaging your hair mask into your scalp, glance at the usage instructions to see if the manufacturer recommends it. 

Don’t rinse your hair with hot water. 

Hot water can open up your hair cuticles and dry your strands out. So, it’s not a good idea to rinse with hot water. The better option is to use cool water. It will help to close your cuticles and lock in the goodness from the hair mask. 

So, there you have it - 5 dos and don’ts about using hair masks. We hope these tips are helpful to you as you learn more about using hair masks, and we wish you the best of luck in your efforts 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.