Hair Masks 11/06/10
As each part of our bodies needs attention and care, so does our hair. In the furry of the day we often forget our hair’s needs until it get’s too late and split ends, dryness and loss of shine appear. In the transitional seasons (Autumn and Spring), the need of special hair care increases because of the effect the weather change has on our organisms. This is a time when a good hair mask is especially needed.
For seasonal hair strength boost, or for general weekly care, here are some ideas for hair masks which will help you keep your hair nourished, shiny and, most importantly: healthy.
Best Ready-Made Hair Masks
The following hair masks are some of the most liked and satisfactory. The review is based mostly on the used ingredients and their effect on the hair. However, please keep in mind that different people’s hair can have different needs and a mask might be good for one but not for another. The best way always is to try and see what is best for you!
Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask
The Macadamia Oil is an extract taken from the nut of the Australian tree of the same name. Even though this oil can be used for cooking, it is also found in haircare, skincare and sun protection products. It has moisturizing effect.
The mask contains also other moisturizing ingredients such as Glycerin and Algae extract, as well as some soothing extracts (Tee tree and Aloe Vera).
Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Mask is strong enough to moisturize even curly dry hair. It also is widely used as a conditioner, though if your hair is not generally dry, this would not be a good idea because if used too often, it may make your hair oily.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask
This hair mask is especially designed for over-processed or extra dry hair. For such type of hair it is recommended to use the mask weekly, or even more often, as a conditioner.
The Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask has the best quality/price balance. You can get a package for less than 10$. Note also that a very small amount of the mask is needed when used. This makes the 6 oz package go a long way.
There are three extracts in the mask: Olive, Meadowfoam and Almond oils. The combination of those oils provides complete moisture treatment for hair and scalp.
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
This mask contains Moroccan Argan tree extract which contains vitamin E, phenol (disinfectant), carotenes and fatty acids – ingredients perfect for a hair mask nourishing. In a nutshell, the Argan oil renews the cell structure of the hair in a very natural way.
The Moroccanoli mask is more pricy, but having in mind the richness of natural hair soothing ingredients in that oil, it probably is worth investing into it.
- For very dry hair, you can use masks as conditioner.
- For normal to oily hair: once a week.
- For normal to dry hair: twice weekly.
Homemade Hair Masks
The ready made hair masks are a more “lazy” way to take care of your hair. However, if you want a fresh, organic and right-out-of-fridge nourishing, you should try one of these easy homemade masks.
- Avocado Hair Mask
This is a very simple but effective hair mask. All you need is one ripe avocado and 2 tbs olive oil. The avocado should be mashed in a blender or with a fork until creamy, then mixed with the olive oil. This mask has to stay on the hair minimum 15 minutes.
- Moisturizing Mask
This easy mask is for very dry hair. In order to do it simply mix two egg yolks with 1 tbs olive oil. Let it on your hair for about half an hour.
- Honey Mask
Honey is one of the most healthy food. It is a very good ingredient for all kinds of natural cosmetics. Here is how to use it for a hair mask: mix 3 tbs of honey with 1tbs olive oil. Mix well and keep for about 30 minutes.
- Banana Mask
Bananas are very good nourishment for hair. To make a banana hair mask, you have to mash a ripe banana very well. Preferably in blender. Then you can add 2tbs yogurt or 1tbs honey. Keep for 30 minutes.
As you have probably noticed, natural hair masks take more time and preparation. However, they have their advantages. Organic masks are more safe, because of the usage of ingredients that can actually be eaten. Also, those kinds of masks are considerably cheaper.
If you are a busy person though, it is better to use a ready mask than none at all. The ready masks do have their own charms: nice package, lovely smell and color. And it is so easy to use them!
Whichever mask you prefer, make sure it is what your hair needs. It is important to know the needs of your own body.
Of course, most masks cannot do wonders for over a night, but if you are consistent and observant you will see the result and find the best nourishment for you hair.