If you’ve ever wondered which hair mask is best for you, you’re in the right place. These days we are truly spoilt for choice, wandering through seemingly endless beauty aisles without a real understanding of what our body needs. This is especially true for us curly girls, who seem to be trialling a new product every week.
In a ‘Battle of the Masks’, we put four Shea Moisture formulas to the test to save you the trouble. With a glorious collection, Shea Moisture has a mask for everything and everyone. Despite its worldwide success, the brand had humble beginnings, founded by teenager Sofi Tucker in 1912 at a village market in Sierra Leone. With over a hundred years’ experience, the brand has since been admired worldwide for all-natural ingredients and ultra-hydrating formulas. Offering huge volumes, sulphate-free formulas and potent botanicals, Shea Moisture’s masks have everything you could wish for.
Wonderfully, the most difficult part is deciding which one you want.
Which hair mask is best for me?
Choosing a mask without knowing your hair type is like trying to find a needle in a haystack, blindfolded. Before you wade through the abundance of hair masques available here on LOOKFANTASTIC, you need to work out what kind of hair you have.
On the flip side, thicker hair types need thicker masks. Although rich consistencies are exactly what the doctor ordered for dry or damaged hair, they won’t do much for fine or low porosity types. The rich texture will just sit on top of your follicle, mooching around and not doing much. One curly girl’s trash is another girl’s treasure, so get to know your hair instead of wasting your money.
Before we get into the breakdown, we answered some of the usual questions surrounding hair masks.
1. Can you leave a hair mask on for too long?
Although the directions may say the mask only needs a few minutes, I usually leave mine in for a couple of hours, or even overnight. By leaving the mask on for longer, you’re giving your hair more time to absorb the goodness. If you have more time on your hands, why not amplify the effects?
2. How often should you use masks?
If you’re type 3 or 4 you should be doing this every week. I know that sounds like a lot at first, but you’ll really notice the difference. Types 3 and 4 are drier and more prone to damage than any other hair type, so they need special attention.
Thirstier than a fish in a sauna, textured hair types crave moisture. Like a tall glass of water, masks can give your hair the drink of hydration that it deserves. If your hair is type 1 or 2 you can get away with mistreatment for a little longer, but all types benefit from deep conditioning.
3. Do you wash your hair before or after your mask?
The order in which you use your products is very important, and lots of people get it wrong. Apply the mask after your shampoo but always before your conditioner. If you just add your mask in at the end of your usual hair wash routine, you’re doing it wrong.
Shampoos open up the hair cuticles and conditioners close them. For your mask to work its magic, it needs to be able to enter the hair follicle. The mask will be most effective when used after shampoo, because there’s a clear pathway into the cuticle. Thank me later.