What Is the Correct Way to Use a Hair Mask?


Hair masks hold some amazing benefits for those who use them correctly. But if you don’t know how to use hair masks, you may not get the desired results. If you’re wondering how to correctly use a hair mask, this article is for you. In it, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for using your hair mask correctly. Let’s get right into it!

Wash and Towel-Dry Your Hair

First, you must ensure that your hair is clean and damp. Most hair masks are designed to be used only on clean, damp hair. So, wash your hair with your favorite shampoo and skip the conditioner. Then, towel dry your hair, and you’re ready for the next step.

Separate Your Hair

Separating your hair is optional but can simplify the hair mask treatment process. Doing so enables you to get the hair mask on your hair quickly and evenly for the most effective session and best results. You can use your hands or a comb to separate the hair- whichever is most comfortable for you. Secure each section with an ouchless elastic, ponytail holder, or clip.

Apply the Hair Mask

Now that your hair is clean and separated, it’s time for the fun part – applying the hair mask. Choose a section and begin to apply the mask to your hair. Be generous with the product so that you don’t miss any spots. If you tend to deal with root heaviness or lack of volume, you can skip your roots and apply the mask only to your mid-lengths and ends. Otherwise, you can apply it all over. Do this all over your head until every section is covered. Cover your hair with a plastic processing cap and go to the next step. 

Wait for the Hair Mask to Work

Your hair mask is in, and now it’s time to wait for it to process. Some hair masks require a lot of time to process, while others don’t. Look at the packaging to find out how long you should let your hair mask process. The instructions there should tell you everything you need to know. If you have made your own mask and don’t have any guidelines, try leaving the mask on for up to 30 minutes.

Rinse the Mask Out

The mask has been sitting for however long it should, and now it’s time to rinse. Turn on your water source and set it to lukewarm or colder. Then, rinse all of the hair mask out of your hair. It could take several minutes to complete the rinse. If you leave any of the hair mask behind, your scalp could end up irritated, and it could even harm your hair. 

*Note: If your hair mask smells or contains really sticky ingredients, you may need to shampoo your hair instead of solely rinsing it.

You’re all done! Proceed with the rest of your hair care and styling routine, including detangling, applying a leave-in, putting on a heat protectant, or more. 

So, there you have it – everything you need to know about how to use a hair mask correctly. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best as you seek information about healthy hair 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 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.