How to Apply a Hair Mask Perfectly

Most of the time, your hair mask’s package instructions may say something like, “Apply to the hair, wait for 3-5 minutes, and rinse thoroughly.” It sounds simple enough until you get to the product application part. How exactly are you supposed to apply the hair mask? That’s what we’ll cover in this article.

This is How to Apply a Hair Mask

If you want to reap the benefits of your hair mask, you must apply it correctly. Here are some tips to keep in mind during the product application process:

  • Ensure that your hair is clean before applying the hair mask. No matter how well you apply the hair mask, dirt, debris, and oils can stop the mask from penetrating your hair strands. Use a clarifying shampoo that cleanses the hair deeply, giving it a clean slate.

  • Use your fingers to slather the hair mask on, focusing on your ends. Since the ends are the oldest part of your hair, it’s essential to apply the mask there first. Once your ends are covered, apply the mask to the mid-lengths and roots. Some may experience root flatness - if you do, avoid your roots.

  • Smooth or comb the hair mask through. Once you have the product on your hair, it’s time to work on product distribution. You’ll smooth and/or comb the hair mask through to ensure every strand is covered. Any strands left out will not receive the benefits of the mask. Your hair should begin to take on the color of the mask. If it hasn’t, apply more product.

What to Do After Applying Your Hair Mask

Achieving a flawless hair mask application is great, but it’s not the only thing to be concerned with. After applying your hair mask, it’s time to decide how long to leave it on. Most of the time, the time recommendation will be somewhere on your hair mask packaging. It’s usually between 3 and 30 minutes. But if you’ve made your own DIY hair mask, you get to decide how long you’ll leave it on (the generally accepted limit is about 1 hour).

Some like to leave their hair masks in overnight. Before you do that, read this first.

Next, decide whether to let the hair mask process in the open air or under a hooded dryer. If your hair is in relatively good condition and has a balanced porosity, you probably don’t need to sit under a hooded dryer. But if your hair is damaged or has very low porosity (it doesn’t easily absorb product), we recommend covering your hair with a plastic cap and sitting under a hooded dryer for the processing time (up to 30 minutes).

Once the time is up, rinse the hair mask out of your hair and move on with the rest of your hair routine.

Note: If your hair smells or feels sticky to the touch, you’ll need to shampoo it (choose a moisturizing shampoo for this step). 

So, there you have it - everything you need to know about applying a hair mask. In addition to mastering hair mask application, choosing the right hair mask for your needs is crucial. Daily Dose Deep Conditioner/ Hair Masque contains the protein, hydrators, moisturizers, and protectants your hair needs to thrive. Check it out here! 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.