Choosing the Best Mask for Your Hair Type
Hair masks are revolutionary. Dry hair? Mask. Chill time? Mask. Curly hair? Mask. There are literally hundreds of brands in the market which do a range of masks to suit hair needs and hair types. With that being said – how do you know which is right for you?
Curly hair is naturally drier than straighter hair. Those with curly hair will want to go with a mask that’s more moisturising, but one that will also help retain and enhance curls. The Love Curl Hair Mask by Davines is the perfect go-to for those with curly locks, with the promise of “extra nourishing and conditioning power for wavy or curly hair. It gives remarkable softness and hydration also to very thick and unruly hair. Nourished and elastic workable curls.”
It will depend on the type of mask you go for, but we recommend massaging the mask to your damp or towel-dried mid-lengths to ends, leaving on for 10-15 minutes, combing through with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers, then rinsing off.
If you have dry hair, fear not! There are loads of products in the market to help nourish and give life back into your locks. To tackle dryness, opt for masks featuring plant-based oils to give strands the moisture they need! For thick, coarser hair, we definitely advise trying something with coconut or shea oils.
Make sure to really massage in that mask, targeting the ends in particular. You may want to tie up your hair using a silk scrunchie (to prevent further damage from elastic hair ties) and go about some house chores before thoroughly rinsing off.
Maybe you’ve gone a little overboard with the hot tools or bleaching? Damaged hair can occur due to a range of factors, such as too much heat, over-styling, excessively colouring or diet. Damaged hair is often dry, coarse and frizzy. The answer? A protein-rich mask! Opt for a mask which smooths, conditions and strengthens your hair (or look out for keratin specific masks) and avoid hot-tools, harsh towel-drying and elasticised hair ties which can break your hair further.
Those who have fine hair can also benefit from doing a hair mask. Choose a mask that won’t weigh down your hair, such as lightweight formulas and those including ingredients to strengthen your hair. However – don’t overdo it! Fine hair only needs a mask treatment once a week or so to avoid making your hair greasy.
If you’re wanting to help maintain colour, masks are a great way to do so (especially if you’re blonde or have gone lighter recently, as your hair will be more damaged). Because of the array of different colours and hair types, there are so many to choose from! If you’ve gone blonde, we highly recommend choosing a hydrating and bonding mask, to keep your hair strong and shiny. If you’ve gone darker, choose a mask which will help maintain the colour from fading out. The Minu hair range (particularly the hair mask) from Davines is a perfect option. The mask is made with salina capers which are a good source of quercetin (a protective amino acid), as well as colour-protecting polyphenols.
Oily hair? No worries! Contrary to common belief, masks can help oily hair types too. But be aware of selecting one that’s right for you – in other words, don’t go choosing a super-thick, heavily moisturising mask because that will only add to the issue! Select a mask with clarifying ingredients, such as clay and avoiding masks with heavy oils. These ingredients will help extract unnecessary oils, giving a lighter feeling to your hair.
With any mask, ensure to rinse thoroughly to avoid build-up and clogging of your scalp and strands.