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Hair Mask – Benefits, Home Remedies, Pros and Cons

By manisha   

Hair Mask

Hair mask is a moisturizing treatment which helps to keep your hair hydrated. It is made by mixing different beneficial ingredients in a paste-like texture. It helps in keeping the hair healthy. These ingredients vary depending on the condition and the type of hair one has.

Benefits
Home Remedies
Precautions
Side Effects
Myths & Facts
Pros & Cons
OTC Products
FAQs
Reference

Hair Mask - Benefits, Home Remedies, Pros and Cons

Hair Mask – Benefits, Home Remedies, Pros and Cons


Benefits  

It is advisable to apply the hair mask once in every week or at least thrice a month. It has the following benefits:

  • It adds moisture to the hair and strengthens it.
  • It can be applied to dry or rough hair as well as damaged hair as it helps in keeping the hair hydrated. It also helps in giving one’s hair a glossy look.
  • It also treats dandruff and helps in eliminating split ends.
  • It also helps in improving the growth of hair.

Home Remedies 

Below are some easy to make homemade recipes:

1. Coconut Oil  – If one is suffering from dry or damaged hair, this will help to keep it moisturized and soft. To make this, you will need:

  • One tablespoon of coconut oil
  • One tablespoon of honey.

Directions:

  1. Mix the coconut oil with the honey in a bowl.
  2. Now, heat up the bowl until the mixture has been melted.
  3. Once it is warm, apply it on your hair thoroughly – coating your hair with the mixture from the roots till the ends.
  4. You can also cover your hair with a shower cap once you’re done applying.
  5. Keep this mask on for at least 15 to 20 minutes and then rinse it off with cool water with a shampoo followed by a conditioner.

2. Egg Yolk  – This is another one which can be used for damaged hair. It helps in hair growth. For this it, you will need:

  • 1 egg yolk,
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, and
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or whisk it until it forms a paste-like texture.
  2. Apply the mask on damp hair (wet hair) throughout the scalp and the damaged ends.
  3. Cover the hair with either a shower cap or a towel.
  4. Let the mask sit for 30 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly with a shampoo and a conditioner. You can rinse this mask off with either cool or warm water.

3.  Mayo and EggThis works best for curly hair. For this mask, you will need:

  • 1 egg yolk,
  • 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise,
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and
  • 1 tablespoon honey.

Directions:

  1. Blend or whisk all the ingredients until it forms a paste-like texture.
  2. Apply the mask on damp hair.
  3. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel.
  4. Keep this mask on for 25 to 30 minutes and then rinse it with cool water with a shampoo and a conditioner.

4. Banana  – If you have dry hair, this mask will help to make your hair shiny and silky. You will need:

  • 2 ripe bananas, and
  • 1 tablespoon of honey if you have short hair, or
  • 2 tablespoons of honey if you have long hair.

Directions:

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl.
  2. Now, add honey into the bowl and mix it with the banana paste.
  3. Apply this mixture on dry or slightly damp hair.
  4. Cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel or you can leave your hair open as well.
  5. Keep this mask on for around 30 to 35 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly with cool water with a shampoo followed by a conditioner.

5. Lemon and Egg WhiteThis works best for oily hair. Oily hair results from overproduction of sebum, a waxy type of substance that is produced by one’s body. Egg whites help in controlling the sebum production in the scalp by tightening the hair follicles (glands). Egg whites also contain bacteria which will help to keep the hair soft and glossy. For this, you will need:

  • 1 egg white,
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt, and
  • Juice of 1 lemon.
  • If you have thin hair or short hair use an only half tablespoon of sea salt and juice of half a lemon.

Directions:

  1. Blend or whisk the egg white until its form is stiff, and then add salt and lemon.
  2. Combine the mixture thoroughly and apply it to your hair.
  3. After 15 to 20 minutes, rinse the mask with a shampoo followed by a conditioner. You can rinse the mask with either cool or lukewarm water.

6. Olive oil Olive oil contains Vitamin E which nourishes damaged and dry hair. For this mask, the ingredients are:

  • 1 egg yolk, and
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Directions:

  1. Whisk the yolk in a bowl until it is smooth.
  2. Add the olive oil into it and mix it well together.
  3. Apply this mixture all over your hair and keep it for 15 minutes.
  4. Rinse off the mask with cool water with a shampoo followed by a conditioner.

7. Basic MaskIf you don’t have oily, dry or damaged hair, it is still beneficial to apply a mask twice a month. This helps to maintain the health of one’s hair. For this basic mask, you will need:

  • 1 egg yolk, and
  • 6 tablespoons of yogurt.

Directions:

  1. Whisk the yolk in a bowl until it forms a paste-like texture.
  2. Add the yogurt in the bowl and mix it well.
  3. Apply this mixture on your hair and leave it on for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse your hair with cool water with a shampoo. There is no need to apply a conditioner when rinsing off this mask as yogurt works in a similar way as a conditioner.

8. Mayo-Avocado MaskThis is another mask that can be applied on healthy hair. The ingredients include:

  • half an avocado,
  • quarter cup mayonnaise,
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil, and
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey.

Directions:

  1. Blend all the ingredients together and mix them well.
  2. Apply it on damp hair and leave it on for at least 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner.
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9. LemonLemon is good for oily hair as it helps in reducing the oil production. For this mask, you need:

  • a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar,
  • juice of 1 lemon.
  • If you have short hair, a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and juice of half a lemon will suffice.

Directions:

  1. Combine the lemon juice in a bowl with apple cider vinegar and mix it well.
  2. Apply this mixture onto your hair, coating the scalp and the ends of the hair completely.
  3. Rinse with warm water after 20 minutes. Use a shampoo and a conditioner for rinsing off the mask.

10. Brown SugarThis mask is especially for an itchy scalp. Brown sugar exfoliates dead cells from the scalp which causes itchiness. You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

Directions:

  1. Blend the brown sugar and the olive oil completely.
  2. You must apply this mask after washing your hair with shampoo. This is because after the hair has been washed, the pores in your head are still open.
  3. Apply the mask only on your scalp thoroughly. Wash it with warm water after 20 minutes. You can use a conditioner after rinsing off the mask.

11. Ginger MaskGinger is a natural antiseptic that helps fight dandruff and itchiness. You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of ginger juice, and
  • 1 tablespoon of castor oil.
  • You can easily extract the juice of the ginger by blending it in a blender.

Directions:

  1. Mix the ginger juice with the castor oil and apply it to your scalp and give your scalp a massage for 5 to 10 minutes. This will help in increasing the blood flow.
  2. You can rinse this it after 15 minutes with a shampoo followed by a conditioner. Rinse it off with cool water.
  3. You can also keep this mixture on overnight and rinse it thoroughly the next day with cool water using a shampoo and a conditioner.

 

12.  Aloe Vera TreatmentThis mask works best for stimulating hair growth. You will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of ginger juice,
  • 3 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, and
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.

Directions:

  1. Mix aloe vera gel and coconut oil with the ginger juice properly.
  2. Apply this mixture on your scalp or the roots of your hair
  3. Keep it on for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse it with lukewarm water using a shampoo followed by a conditioner.



13. Lemon-yogurtThis mask can be used as a treatment for dandruff. The ingredients you will need to make this it are:

  • 2 tablespoons of ginger juice,
  • 3 tablespoons of yogurt, and
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice.

Directions:

  1. Mix the ingredients together thoroughly.
  2. Apply the mask on the scalp of your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel.
  3. After 20 to 30 minutes, rinse the mask with cool water using a shampoo and condition your hair later. Use this mask once a week every month for better results.

14. Baking Soda Detox MaskBaking soda also helps in fighting dandruff and works well as an exfoliant. For this it, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoon of ginger juice,
  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and
  • 2 tablespoons of raw honey.

Directions:

  1. Mix the ginger juice and honey with baking soda until well combined.
  2. Now, apply the mixture onto the scalp and give your scalp a massage for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Keep this mixture on your scalp for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse it with cool water using a shampoo and condition your hair later.

15. Bananayogurt  – This mask is for people who have frizzy hair. Banana and yogurt help in balancing frizzy hair and smoothen it. The ingredients include:

  • 1 sliced banana,
  • 2 tablespoons of yogurt, and
  • 1 tablespoon of honey.

Directions:

  1. Blend or mash the banana and then mix the yogurt and honey into the mashed banana.
  2. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your damp hair.
  3. If you have long hair, you can tie it up.
  4. Keep the mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse it with cool water using a shampoo. You can use a conditioner later as well.
  5. Apply this mask once a week for best results.

16. Honey and Olive OilThis mask works on dry hair as honey and olive oil help to keep the hair moisturized. All you need is:

  • 4 teaspoons of honey, and
  • 6 teaspoons of olive oil.

Directions:

  1. Mix honey and olive oil together and apply it on your hair.
  2. Keep it on your hair for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Wash your hair after 20 minutes with shampoo. Use cool water to rinse it. You can also use a conditioner later.

17. Raw Milk  – This mask is beneficial for brittle hair. For this basic mask, you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons of honey, and
  • half a cup of raw milk at room temperature.

Directions:

  1. Mix the honey with raw milk thoroughly and apply it on your hair.
  2. Keep this mask on for at least an hour and then rinse the mask with cool water using a shampoo and a conditioner.

18. OatsThis hair mask works best for oily hair and dandruff. You will need:

  • Half a cup of milk,
  • 1 teaspoon of almond oil, and
  • a quarter cup of oats.
  • Use half amounts of each ingredient if you have short hair.

Directions:

  1. Blend milk, oats and almond oil in a blender.
  2. Apply this mixture on your hair, from the roots till the ends.
  3. Keep it on 15 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly with cool water using a shampoo and condition your hair later.

19. Papaya  Papaya helps in reducing split ends. For this mask, you will need:

  • half a papaya, and
  • half a cup of yogurt.
  • Use half of the ingredients if you have short hair.

Directions:

  1. Blend the papaya and the yogurt until you get a smooth texture.
  2. Apply the mixture on your hair by coating your entire scalp and the ends of your hair.
  3. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly with cool water using a shampoo followed by a conditioner.
  4. Use this mask thrice a month for best results.
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20. Honey ItHoney is helpful in treating dry and damaged hair. This hair mask helps in reducing split ends as well. All you need is

  • 2 tablespoons of honey and
  • a glass of warm water.

Directions:

  1. Mix two tablespoons of honey in a glass of warm water and apply it after shampooing.
  2. Keep the mixture for 20 minutes and then rinse the mixture with cool water. You can use a conditioner after rinsing the mixture.

21. Aloe-OliveAloe vera gel and olive oil help in moisturizing dry and damaged hair. For this mask, you will need:

  • 3 tablespoons of aloe gel, and
  • 2 teaspoon of olive oil.

Directions:

  1. Combine the aloe vera gel with olive oil and massage it on your head.
  2. Leave it on for around an hour.
  3. Then, rinse it off with shampoo and a conditioner. Use cool water to rinse the mixture.

22. Coconut MilkCoconut contains protein in it and is thus beneficial for hair growth. For this mask, you will need:

  • A quarter cup of coconut milk, and
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel.
  • If you don’t have access to coconut milk, you can also use a quarter cup of coconut flesh.

Directions:

  1. Combine the aloe vera gel with the coconut milk and gently apply it thoroughly on your hair.
  2. If you’re using coconut flesh, blend the flesh along with the aloe vera gel until you get a smooth paste-like texture. Apply it on your hair and cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel.
  3. Keep this mask on for 5 to 10 minutes and then rinse it thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner. Use cool water to rinse the mixture.

23. Yogurt Olive Oil  – This hair mask works best for curly hair. For this, you will need:

  • 1 cup of yogurt,
  • Half tablespoon of honey, and
  • 5 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Again, use half the amount if you have short hair.

Directions:

  1. Blend the yogurt, honey, and olive oil till you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Apply this mask thoroughly, covering all your hair.
  3. Apply the mask for 15 minutes and then rinse the mask with cool water using a shampoo and a conditioner.
Hair Mask - Benefits, Home Remedies, Pros and Cons

Hair Mask – Benefits, Home Remedies, Pros and Cons


Precautions to Take While Applying Hair Mask

It is important for one to consider the following precautions while applying it:

  • Before applying a mask it is important to make sure that your hair is clean. If your hair is not clean, your scalp will not absorb the nutrients from the mask due to build up.
  • Before making a mask always make sure that it is suitable for your hair. If you have dry hair and use a mask that is recommended for oily hair, it can cause your hair more harm than good.
  • Always untangle your hair with a brush or a comb before applying the mask. This makes sure that one’s hair is not damaged in any way while rinsing the mask.
  • If your hair is wet, it is important to remove excess water from the hair before applying the mask. This will lead to least amount of wastage of the mask.
  • It is important to gently massage your scalp while applying the mask as it will lead to more blood flow and an increase in the absorption of nutrients by the scalp.
  • Use generous and concentrated amounts of the mask on the scalp as well as the ends of the hair as these areas need the most nutrients. However, if you have oily hair, refrain from applying too much amount of the mask on the scalp.
  • After washing your hair, it is important to let the hair air dry. Do not use a hair dryer to dry your hair as it can absorb the nutrients that were just provided to the hair.
  • Applying these masks more than once a week can lead to greasy hair. Thus, it is advisable to apply only once a week.
  • Egg white masks are needed to be applied for a short duration. So, don’t leave it on for more than 20 minutes.
  • When you’re rinsing off the mask, it is advisable to first lather your hair with cool water and then rinse it off with a shampoo.

Side Effects

Generally, homemade masks are safe to use. However, if you have thin or damaged hair, it is important to consider the following side effects that may occur:

  • If you have thin hair or a highly sensitive scalp, it is advisable to not use a mask that contains mayonnaise. This is because some mayonnaise products may contain ingredients that can harm people who have a sensitive scalp.
  • Before using an egg mask it is important to consult your doctor first. Sometimes, eggs can lead to allergic reactions on the scalp.
  • If you don’t have jet black or dark hair, using lemon on your hair is not advisable. Lemon has bleaching effects, so it can bleach light hair.
  • Lemon should also be avoided on dry or brittle hair because it helps in reducing oil production.
  • Honey is healthy for hair smoothening and making hair strong. However, it too can have bleaching effects.

Myths and Facts 

Myths Facts
If you use the same mask for a long period of time, it will stop working. This is an erroneous belief. Using the same mask for a long period of time will not stop working on your hair. Its effects will be the same no matter how many times you use it.
It can completely repair split ends. Once your hair starts splitting, it cannot be repaired with a mask. However, it will smoothen your hair and give it volume. The only way you can really tackle split ends is by getting a haircut. However, it can be used to prevent any further damage that can be caused by split ends.
It tends to make one’s hair greasy and oily. This is not true as masks help in reducing the oil production in the scalp and thus make the hair look more shiny and glossy. However, it is important to use the masks that are suitable for your hair type. If you have oily hair and use a mask that is suitable for dry hair, you won’t be happy with the results.
One can use it every time they wash their hair. No, it is advisable to use it only once a week. If you use it every time you wash your hair, your hair can turn dry due to the high proportion of protein in some masks. Therefore, it is important that you use a mask only once a week.
Store bought (ready made) masks are better than a homemade one. Some ready-made store-bought masks contain chemicals that can harm one’s hair and must be avoided. If you are looking for a ready-made mask, choose the ones that are herbal and natural. Homemade masks are usually better and safe to use.

Pros and Cons  

These masks are made from different ingredients that can nourish one’s hair and make it shinier.

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However, they are not free from cons. Some pros and cons (both readymade and homemade masks) are:

Pros 

  • They prevent hair dyes from fading. They protect the colour of the dye and treat the damage caused by hair colouring.
  • They help to fight dandruff. If one is constantly troubled by itchy, dry scalp and dandruff, using a moisturizing mask can help in fixing this problem.
  • They provide deep conditioning to the hair and help stimulate hair growth.
  • They are efficient in treating damaged hair. Long hair is difficult to manage and tend to be damaged at the ends. For a regular and consistent treatment of long hair, it should be used once in every week.
  • One can apply it on either dry hair or damp hair.

 

Cons 

  • If one applies more than the recommended amounts of any mask, their hair can get greasy or oily. Thus, it is better to not over-apply.
  • Mask cannot treat split ends, however, if you use it after getting a haircut, they can prevent it.
  • If you’re using a readymade store-bought mask which contains silicone, it can be harmful to your hair and cause dryness and itchiness.
  • Masks that contain egg yolks or coconut milk tend to high on proteins. Sometimes, protein hair treatments can lead to the hair feeling stiff and hard. Many times, they can lead to extreme dryness as well. Hence, it is always advisable to use the recommended amount of these ingredients.

OTC Products

OTC refers to over-the-counter products which are safe and appropriate for use. The following products are safe for one to use:

  • L’Oréal Total Repair 5 Masque: This mask claims to nourish the hair from dryness, hair fall, roughness, and dullness. This mask is best for those who have dry hair.
  • Dove Nourishing Oil Care Mask: This mask helps in making the hair glossier and less greasy. It helps in nourishing the roots of the hair and smoothens the hair texture.
  • Schwarzkopf Bonacure Repair Rescue Treatment It: This mask is to be used once a week. It fights dullness and roughness of one’s hair and makes one’s hair shiny.
  • The Body Shop’s Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter: All the products from The Body Shop claim to be made from natural ingredients and have no side effects. This hair butter untangles and deep conditions the hair. It also leaves behind shiny hair.
  • Wella Enrich Moisturizing Treatment Mask for Dry and Damaged Hair: This it works best for brittle and frizzy hair. It improves one’s hair texture and fights frizz.
  • Matrix Biolage Deep Smoothing Masque: This mask works as a detox from pollution. It helps to moisturize one’s hair and improves its texture.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 

  • How to find out if a mask suits you?

You must always choose a mask that is suitable for your hair type. If it is suiting your hair, you will notice that your hair has an improved texture and looks hydrated. A good mask always helps the hair look moisturized, glossy and healthy.

 

  • Can it make your hair grow faster?

Yes, some it can stimulate hair growth. An average person’s hair grows a quarter inch every month. If you apply a mask that stimulates hair growth, you won’t see any dramatic effects in just a month. However, if you use the mask consistently for a long period of time, you will see the results.

 

  • How are masks different from conditioners?

Hair conditioners and it are both hair care products. However, a hair conditioner only works to add more moisture to the hair to make it look more shiny and soft. It, on the other hand, can be used as hair treatments. There are different it for treating problems such as dandruff, oily hair, damaged and dry hair and brittle hair.

 

  • Can one use a hair conditioner after applying a mask?

Yes, one can use a conditioner after applying a mask. Once you have rinsed the mask with your shampoo, you can apply a conditioner to lock the moisture and shine.

 

  • Is it okay to apply a mask after shampoo?

Masks are generally supposed to be applied before shampooing your hair. If you have difficulty applying them on dry hair, you can wash your hair with plain water and then apply the mask on damp hair.

Note: If you are applying a mask on damp hair, it is important to cover your hair with a shower cap or a towel to avoid any sort of leakage.

Reference

Wikipedia page on Hair

 

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