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Washing your hair can be tedious at times, especially if you have extremely curly hair that requires what feels like half a day of grooming to make it manageable again. Still, there’s one more step you’ve probably been encouraged to include in your epic wash routine: a pre-shampoo hair mask. Just like face masks nourish and purify skin, hair masks are reportedly loaded with benefits for your locks.
Home-made, natural-ingredient hair masks have a long tradition, going all the way back to ancient times. Olive oil was applied in Greece; yoghurt and milk in Arabic countries; Rhassoul clay in Morocco. For centuries, people around the world have used these natural substances – and others, like coconut oil, egg, banana, honey, beer, avocado, and even mustard – as versatile haircare solutions for every problem condition. Want an end to dandruff, frizz and tangles? Craving visibly nourished, shiny hair with greater volume? Apply a hair mask.
When it comes to haircare today, many people prefer the idea of using ingredients from Mother Earth. The thinking is that organic haircare products are effective and far gentler than man-made chemical treatments.
Just be warned: it’s not as simple as slapping mayonnaise on your scalp to combat dryness. DIY natural hair treatments aren’t all created equal, despite frequently seeming that way at first glance.
Oils like coconut and jojoba are deeply nourishing and lock in moisture, making them useful in a hair mask for dry hair. Meanwhile, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar feature more frequently in oiliness-fighting masks. Even egg white and egg yolk act differently, while mashed avocado and avocado oil feature different levels of efficacy.
There’s a lot of confusing and contradictory information about hair masks online. Just remember: Like all haircare advice, it’s best to turn to an expert for their opinion before acting on hearsay. You don’t want to end up reliving a hair mask horror story because of something your aunt’s best friend’s neighbour told her. A reputable, professional stylist will be able to assess the unique needs of your hair, recommend a product to meet those needs and provide step-by-step usage instructions that skip unwanted side effects.
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