How Much Hair Mask Do I Use?

If you’ve just got your hair mask home and are wondering how much to use, you’re not alone. When you see people using hair masks in commercials or video demos, you'll notice that some apply a lot and some apply very little. This leads many to wonder how much is appropriate. In this article, we’ll answer that question in detail so you can get the most out of your hair masks! 

Coat All of Your Hair

When using any hair mask, the key is to ensure that all of your hair is coated. Any spots that you don’t completely saturate won’t receive the mask’s nutrients. More is not necessarily better - your goal should be to apply enough of the product. One tip you can use to ensure that you’ve applied enough product is to look at your hair. If there’s no visible film on your hair, apply more product. 

Hair Type Matters

Some hair types are easier to cover with product than others. For instance, if you have fine, thin hair, you won’t need very much product at all. But if you’ve got thick or long hair, don’t be surprised if you use half of your hair mask container at once. Just remember that you need to cover every strand of hair for the best results. 

How to Distribute Your Hair Mask Effectively

Not only should you make sure that you’re applying enough hair mask, but you should also make sure that it is applied evenly. Some areas of your hair may have too much product while others have too little, which could lead you to unnecessarily apply more product. Here are some tips you can use to get even distribution with your hair mask. 

  • Start with damp hair. You never want to apply your hair mask to dry hair. Not only will the hair mask be unable to penetrate your dry hair strands effectively, but it will be difficult to spread the mask on evenly. You also don’t want your hair to be too wet, as this can cause your hair mask to drip from your hair as you apply it. 
  • Comb the mask through. Never skip this step. Combing your mask through your hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb is the best thing you can do to ensure that your hair mask is spread throughout your hair. 
  • Part your hair into sections. When you part your hair in multiple sections, it is easier to get the hair mask all over your hair. You can work one section at a time - you won’t miss any spots. 
  • Wet your hair if it gets dry. Have a spray bottle of water on hand just in case your hair dries out before you apply your hair mask. Mist it to dampen as needed.

Now you know how much hair mask to use and how to ensure that you’ve applied your mask evenly. With the information and tips in this article, you’ve got all you need for some top-notch hair pampering! 



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.