By now you know that hair masks should be an important part of your hair care routine.
Those few extra minutes are an investment to keep your hair healthier for longer.
If you are ever feeling lazy or hesitant about trying a hair mask, here’s a reminder of the benefits you can experience, and enjoy, from using one.
Hydration and conditioning
Staying hydrated is a basic tenet of overall wellness. When it comes to our hair, hydration can happen inside out. This means drinking enough water daily and hydrating from outside aka using a hair mask regularly.
What happens to our hair when we are dehydrated?
Water helps stimulate hair growth by providing minerals and nutrients. When there is not enough water in our body to lubricate the follicles, our hair can become dull, rough, and brittle, thus breaking easily.
Dehydration can also accelerate hair loss. The hair shaft is partly made up of water so it can become fragile when we are dehydrated. Fragile hair strands are prone to split ends and breakages. If unchecked, it can lead to drastic hair loss.
Regular hair mask use can also boost conditioning because the richer texture of the mask (compared to a regular conditioner) allows it to nourish their hair inside out. A good-quality hair mask should be packed with a higher concentration of nutrients that can rejuvenate the hair and not just give it temporary shine.
Repair and restoration
There are many ways our hair can become damaged. (We wrote about them here.) Sometimes, regular washing and conditioning is not enough to repair the damage and protect our hair.
If you have colour-treated hair, dryness and brittleness can be common issues. A hair mask can help restore your hair’s strength and shine whilst maintaining its vibrant colour.
The deep penetrating power of hair masks allows it to strengthen the strands and deliver nutrients straight to where it’s needed most.
Speaking of nutrients, here is a quick rundown of some essential nutrients vital to hair health..
- Vitamin A - Did you know that hair is the fastest growing tissue in the body? Vitamin A helps the skin glands produce sebum, which moisturises the scalp, lubricates the follicles, and keeps our hair soft and shiny.
- B vitamins - B vitamins transport oxygen and nutrients that help facilitate hair growth. Biotin metabolises fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein. It stimulates keratin production and supports growth of hair follicles. It is essential to overall hair health, which is why many hair supplements contain biotin.
- Vitamin C - It helps fight harmful free radicals which can inhibit growth and stimulates the creation of collagen. Collagen can help fight damage to hair follicles and slow premature greying. Vitamin C also enables better iron absorption.
- Iron - Iron supports hair growth, amongst other vital bodily functions. When a person is anaemic (iron deficient), one of the potential effects is hair loss.
Hair masks are easy to buy and easy to use. You don’t need fancy tools or equipment. You can order it from the comforts of home.
With regular and proper use, you may find that you no longer need to book an expensive salon treatment to achieve the same outstanding and long-lasting results.
If you are trying to practise a more sustainable lifestyle, you can opt for an organic hair mask like our 5-in-1 Peach Hair Mask.
You may be wondering: Why peach?
Peaches are sweet, fragrant, delicious, and packed with health benefits. The oil extracted from the pit of the peach - peach kernel oil - is known to support hair growth, among other perks. (We’ve outlined them here.)
Here are a few more reasons why we can’t get enough of peaches, and not just for our hair.
What else is in our hair mask?
It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent or manage hair loss-triggering conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Coconut oil can also help improve cuticle health, which means your hair is more resilient against damage caused by styling or environmental factors like pollution.
It also has vitamins A and E which help moisturise and repair hair damage, as well as restore lustre. The fatty acids in shea butter are great for improving scalp health, which in turn can minimise hair loss and help hair grow thicker.
This helps prevent breakage especially when brushing or combing wet hair. For those with hair colour, it reduces the likelihood of fading.
What do you love most about using a hair mask?