How To Use Hair Mask and Conditioner

Are you looking to double up on moisture with a hair mask and conditioner? Before you do, make sure you’re going about it correctly. Using the products improperly or in the wrong order could result in unwanted results. In this article, we’ll explain how to use a hair mask and a conditioner on the same wash day. 

This is How to Use a Hair Mask and Conditioner 

Using a hair mask and conditioner together is not something you should do haphazardly. For the best results, you’ll use your hair mask first to inject your hair with moisture and hair-healthy nutrients, and then you’ll finish things up with a conditioner to seal all of the goodness in. 

So, here’s how the process will go: 

  1. Wash your hair with a shampoo of your choice, focusing it mainly on your roots and then smoothing it down the length of your strands shortly before rinsing. 

  2. With your hair freshly cleansed and still damp, apply the hair mask to your hair, focusing especially on the ends. Since they are the oldest and have likely taken the most abuse, they will need the most love. Smooth the hair mask on in sections if you have very long or thick hair. Rinse thoroughly after the mask has done its job (every hair mask is a little different, but 30 minutes to 1 hour of processing time is usually sufficient).

  3. Follow that up with a conditioner of your choice and leave it on for a couple of minutes or as instructed on the label. You can then rinse and follow up with the rest of your hair routine. 

Some Hair Masks Need to Be Washed Out 

We’d be remiss if we didn’t stress that some hair masks must be washed out rather than rinsed out. For instance, if your hair mask contains eggs, mayonnaise, onions, or anything else that may smell or stick to the hair, you’ll want to add shampoo to the mix. You’ll wash, apply the hair mask, wash the mask out, and then follow up with conditioner. If you want to be extra kind to your hair, choose a super gentle shampoo for the second wash. It’s essential to ward off dryness and retain as much goodness from the hair mask as possible. 

Do You Need a Hair Mask and a Conditioner? 

Just because you can use a hair mask and a conditioner doesn’t mean you should. Sometimes, using a hair mask and a conditioner will result in overhydrated hair that lacks volume and has an increased risk of breakage. So, before using both a hair mask and a conditioner, you should survey the health of your hair to make sure it’s what your hair needs. 

So, there you have it - how to use a hair mask and a conditioner. We hope you found all the information you needed, and we wish you the best as you strive 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.