What Should I Apply After a Hair Mask?

We all love the rejuvenating benefits of hair masks. These products can bring even the most damaged, brittle hair back from the brink of ruin. But after applying your hair mask, what comes next? What you do next can make or break your hair routine and impact your hair’s overall health. This article will examine what you should apply after a hair mask. 

What to Apply After a Hair Mask

Some hair masks contain sticky, gritty, or otherwise messy ingredients that don’t come out with a simple rinse. An egg mask, for example, should definitely be washed out, otherwise it could leave residue behind. So, shampooing and conditioning your hair after using messier masks would be wise.  

After the hair is clean after the hair mask, apply a spray leave-in conditioner to their hair. It will provide lasting moisture to get you through the day.

For Special Hair Concerns

If you’re dealing with a specific hair issue, check out the below list to see what you should use after your spray leave-in conditioner: 

  • Extreme dryness - Use a heavy-duty cream moisturizer. Apply the moisturizer to your damp hair and smooth or comb it through for another layer of moisture. You can also apply a sealing oil of your choice to minimize moisture loss. 
  • Frizz - For frizzy hair, an anti-frizz serum could come in handy. It will help to smooth your hair cuticles and keep frizz at bay all day. Remember not to apply too much for your hair type and keep it away from your roots - it could make them look greasy. 
  • Knots and tangles - If your hair is on the tangled side even after the hair mask, you may need to use a detangler post-mask to aid in the detangling process. Apply it to your hair in sections and detangle each section with either your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. 

Note: If you plan on using heat as a part of your hair regimen, consider using a heat protectant to protect against heat damage. All it takes is for you to spray your hair down in sections and then comb or smooth the product through. You’ll use the heat protectant after applying a leave-in to your hair. 

Do You Really Need a Hair Mask?

One thing that’s important to remember about hair masks is that everyone’s hair is unique. So, we can’t say that absolutely everyone needs a hair mask. However, if you deal with a hair issue that hair masks can resolve, you could definitely benefit from using one. Here are a few issues that hair masks can help with: 

  1. Chronic hair dryness
  2. Split ends (hair masks don’t make split ends go away - they prevent them from forming).
  3. Frizz
  4. Scalp irritation
  5. Hair weakness

*This is not an exhaustive list of problems a hair mask can help with.  

So, there you have it - once your hair is clean post-hair mask, you should use a leave-in conditioner and then any accompanying products that address your specific hair concerns. 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.