How to use a hair mask? See the most common mistakes you probably make

The right way of using hair-care products is the secret to success. If you do this correctly, you get more benefits. It turns out that most hair-mask users make lots of mistakes during the application. Believe it or not, you can make your mask work way better – learn what to do to get the most of it.

The top hair-mask mistakes that you probably make

1. Too much mask is too much for your hair to handle

Hair likes nourishing but you are going to weigh it down if you use too much product. In other words, instead of getting a lovely hairdo, you’ll end up with flat, volumeless, greasy-looking, stringy strands.

2. You don’t leave the mask in long enough

Don’t believe in miracle-working 3-minute repair treatments. There is no product that can fix damage so fast. In-salon treatments don’t last for several minutes, do they? If you want real hair repair, you need to let the mask sit in for longer, from 10 to 20 minutes. Professional products are always left for longer than 3 minutes.

3. You don’t smooth the mask evenly

You’ll be surprised because half of users fail to cover the strands with the product fully. They either apply it merely to the ends or don’t comb the hair after the application. Of course, if you just happen to do it from time to time, it won’t be the end of the world but if you notoriously apply the mask this way, you can’t count on good results.

4. You wash the mask out all wrong

Wrong means not thoroughly. It turns out that even the temperature of water you use for rinsing matters a lot. Use lukewarm water and avoid hot water like the plague because it opens the cuticles so the hair loses hydration and nutrients. Lastly, use cold water to seal the cuticles adding smoothness and shine. Many girls mix cold water with some vinegar to steep the hair in for a moment. Surprisingly, vinegar makes a good shine booster.

5. You use the mask on the scalp…

…even if the leaflet tells you not to do that. The skin on the head isn’t fond of too much attention on our part. When you apply your mask to the hair, keep the roots and scalp product-free. The hair near the skin is usually in good condition so it doesn’t require intensive care.

Also, the mask is likely to spark irritations on the scalp. Of course there are masks suitable for scalp use but organic hair oils prove the best for this purpose, caring for the hair, scalp and follicles.