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What Can a Hair Mask Do for Dry Hair?

Model with blonde wavy hair demonstrating before and after using Rodan + Fields Moisture+ Conditioning Mask

Healthy, silky hair is a joy to behold. If dry, brittle hair is making you feel drab, a deep hydration treatment can help give your hair back its healthy glow. Fortunately, a great hair mask can make all the difference when it comes to rejuvenating your tresses. With a little time and finesse, our MOISTURE+ Conditioning Mask can make your hair look and feel revitalized.

Hair masks are intensive rejuvenating treatments that use ingredients like plant oils, vitamins, and proteins to restore softness and shine. They penetrate your hair shaft to nourish, hydrate, and strengthen your hair from the inside out. Hair masks for dry hair address issues like dullness, roughness, and frizz while sealing in moisture and preventing future damage. They help you maintain the overall health of your hair and give it a boost whenever you need to look your best.

Should you use a hair mask or conditioner first?

Most experts believe that a successful hair care routine involves applying the right products in the right order. You’ll want to work the hair mask through your freshly shampooed, damp hair before using conditioner so that the mask’s ingredients can fully penetrate the hair cuticles.

Shampooing opens up your hair follicles, allowing nutrients, fatty acids, and proteins to reach and repair damaged areas and seal them against the elements. After you rinse out the mask, you can use a conditioner or let your hair dry. Conditioners can help detangle your hair and make it more manageable, and some people find that they provide the finishing touch to their hair care regimen.

How often should you use a hair mask?

Treating yourself to a hair mask is a wonderful way to hydrate your hair and keep it healthy, but don’t overdo it. For best results, use a hair mask once or twice a week, depending on the product’s formulation and your hair’s type, moisture level, and condition. Dry, damaged, and coiled or curly hair may need more frequent treatments. If you choose a product that’s well-suited to your hair type and carefully follow the instructions on the packaging, it should be easy to keep your tresses looking great.

How a hair mask benefits damaged hair

If your hair is brittle and fragile, a hair mask for damaged hair can infuse it with essential proteins and fatty acids that will add strength to your hair from root to tip. Repairing the keratin layer of your hair can smooth its cuticle and make your strands less susceptible to moisture loss and environmental damage.

Many oil-based hair masks contain nutrients that can protect your locks from the effects of chemical treatments, pollution, and ultraviolet (UV) rays. They also saturate your hair with humectants to provide deep hydration and make your hair soft, glossy, and voluminous.

Why coconut oil is great for your hair

When it comes to hydrating, strengthening, and protecting your hair, coconut oil is a powerhouse ingredient. Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that can fully infuse your hair with beneficial nutrients and optimize its health. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antifungal properties can improve the condition of your scalp by controlling sebum production and reducing flakes and dandruff.

This oil can also repair split ends and other issues caused by nutritional deficiencies, heat and chemical treatments, aggressive styling, and overbrushing. A coconut oil hair mask can strengthen the hair’s cuticle, reduce protein loss, and make your hair more resilient. It reduces frizz, prevents matting, and adds shine and smoothness to your hair by improving its overall condition.

How hair masks can benefit curly, coily hair

While hair masks make a great addition to any self-care practice, they can be a godsend for boosting the health of curly, coily hair. All curly hair types need to be fully hydrated, and the best masks can help moisturize textured hair and any brittle, breakage-prone areas and tame split ends.

Formulas with hydrating ingredients like coconut, avocado, and jojoba oils can replenish fragile hair, smooth out its cuticle, and enhance its flexibility. Once you find a mask that suits your hair type, you’ll enjoy greater manageability and lush, beautiful curls.

How do you use a hair mask?

With an oil-based product like the MOISTURE+ Conditioning Mask, you can apply the mask to your shampooed, slightly damp hair so it can fully absorb the essential nutrients carried by the formula. If you follow these easy steps, you’re sure to get great results from your treatment.

Step 1: Apply the mask

Starting with the ends, coat your hair with an ample amount of product. Work the mask up through your hair toward your scalp. If your hair is extremely thick or curly, try parting it at the center, sides, and back before applying the mask to each section. This way, you can ensure that the treatment fully covers all of your hair.

Step 2: Let the mask penetrate your hair

Keep the mask in your hair for five to 10 minutes to maximize its benefits. If your hair is extremely dry or damaged, you can leave the mask on for up to 30 minutes.

Step 3: Rinse, dry, and style

When you’re ready, completely rinse the mask away with lukewarm water. This will smooth your hair’s cuticles and keep your scalp feeling fresh. You can follow up with a conditioner or wrap up your hair in a microfiber towel to remove excess water and then style it.