What Are the Different Types of Hair Masks?


When you think of a hair mask, you may envision one type of product with one purpose. But that’s not the case. Hair masks are incredibly diverse, and we’re seeing more and more new types coming out all the time. If you want to get educated on all the different types of hair masks available to you, this is the article for you. Let’s get into it!

Hydrating Masks

Hydrating masks are very likely the most popular type of hair mask. They are ideal for anyone dealing with dry or dull hair. Often, they are water-based and packed with hydrating ingredients like coconut oil, argan oil, and more.

Protein Masks

Protein masks are not as popular as hydrating masks, but they serve a very important purpose. They impart strength and rejuvenation to hair that’s damaged in one way or another. Most people who use protein masks have damaged their hair from chemical treatments like relaxers, hair dye, or bleach. 

Detoxifying Masks

A little-known variety of hair masks is detoxifying masks. These masks are designed to cleanse and remove buildup from the hair, revealing softer, more voluminous hair underneath the gunk. Charcoal and clay are a couple of ingredients you’ll find in the average detoxifying mask.

Color-protecting Masks

Color-protecting masks do exactly what you’d think they do – protect color-treated hair from fading. One of the main issues people have after coloring their hair is premature fading. Specialized hair masks remedy this issue by locking the color pigment into the hair shaft to keep it there longer, reducing fading. Most of these hair masks contain some type of UV protectant, and some even contain color pigments.

Anti-Frizz Masks

Though most hydrating masks reduce frizz, there’s another option to consider for this issue. Anti-frizz masks are extra special hair masks with ingredients that are targeted toward one thing – reducing frizz. They contain a high concentration of smoothers that lay your hair cuticles down and keep unruly strands in place.

Hair Growth Masks

Hair growth masks are designed to help you grow new hair or maximize length retention. You’ll usually find ingredients like biotin and caffeine in hair masks like these. They tend to be very effective but won’t increase your hair growth rate – your genetic makeup determines this rate.

DIY Masks

DIY masks are masks that you make yourself at home. They may contain virtually anything since you choose ingredients based on your hair issue. You may want to use honey as a humectant and cuticle smoother, eggs for protein, or bananas for shine and manageability. With DIY masks, you are in control.

Multi-Purpose Masks

Many of the hair masks you’ll find in stores and online are multi-purpose masks that simultaneously tackle more than one hair issue. They may hydrate and strengthen hair or enhance shine and manageability. And the best of them do all of these things and more.  

So, there you have it – different hair mask types and what they do for your hair. 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 NaturallyTextured.com, 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.