What Products Should I Use After a Hair Mask?


Whether you’re a hair mask newbie or veteran, learning all you can about how your mask fits into your overall hair regimen is important. For starters, your hair mask treatment shouldn’t be the last thing you do to your hair on wash day. If you want to know what products you should use after a hair mask, this article is for you. In it, we’ll outline all the products you’ll need post-hair mask. Let’s get right into it!


There may be times when your hair mask is so messy or stinky that you need to wash it out. Whenever this happens, grab your shampoo and get to lathering. You’ll appreciate how light and fragrant your hair is afterwards.

Conditioner or Deep Conditioner

Often, terms like hair mask, conditioner, and deep conditioner are used interchangeably. Though they are used for similar purposes and may often accomplish the same thing (to varying degrees), sometimes, you’ll need to use more than one of them on your wash day.

If your hair mask doesn’t give your hair the moisture or protein you need, you can follow it up with a conditioner or deep conditioner that contains what your hair needs. If you only need a little moisture or protein, use a rinse-out conditioner – for a more heavy-duty treatment, go for the deep conditioner.

You usually won’t need any conditioner after using a hair mask, but your situation may vary.

Leave-in Conditioner

Leave-in conditioner may not be on your mind after rinsing out your hair mask, but it can really come in handy when it comes to hair styling or overall hair health. Leave-in conditioners can make your hair smoother, combating any frizz you may get post-hair mask. They can also boost your hair’s moisture levels and overall health on top of any benefits gained from the hair mask.

Feel free to spritz or smooth on some leave-in conditioner after rinsing out your hair mask. If you deal with flat or greasy roots, avoid putting this product on your roots (apply it only to the mid-lengths and ends of the hair).


Are you looking to seal in all the goodness from the hair mask? One of the best ways to do that is with oils. Grab a sealing oil like castor or jojoba oil and smooth it through your damp hair in sections. Again, avoid your roots if you struggle with volume there.  

After doing this, your hair will be more receptive to styling and won’t be as likely to frizz up throughout the day. In addition to that, since oils moisturize your hair, your strands will more easily retain moisture. All of this contributes to healthier hair overall.

So, there you have it – four products you can use after a hair mask. You don’t have to use all of these products after each hair mask session – use your judgment based on your specific hair and the goals you set for it. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best as you continue to scope out helpful information for your haircare journey.



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.