WHAT EXACTLY IS A HAIR MASQUE?

Hair masques have been used for thousands of years with numerous examples of women in history mixing and applying homemade concoctions to their hair. In ancient Egypt men and women were known to have bathed in milk and honey, but were also known to have applied exotic oils and fruits such as avocados and bananas made into a smooth paste to their hair. The first recorded hair remedy was in 4000 BC, designed to combat baldness. During the middle ages, hair masques were restricted by the church. These superficial rituals were looked down upon as the church viewed them as pure vanity.

Modern times have us scouring the internet or searching through aisles in beauty supply and drug stores looking for the best deep conditioning hair masques for our dry thirsty strands. The options can be daunting but the truth is that all conditioners smooth the cuticle (first layer of the hair), softens the hair, adds shine and restores moisture to the hair.

Modern Masques

Hair masques. The thing you never knew you needed, right?! I’ll admit I wasn’t a hair masque girl, until I had used one a handful of times but now I’m a big fan! I love a good hair masque day!

A hair masque is a deep conditioning treatment for the hair providing more goodness than just a conditioner will. I suggest using a hair masque once every four washes to increase moisture in hair, prevent breakage and help prevent frizz. They are also known to make hair soft and shiny. Hair masques contain conditioning and moisturizing agents such as shea butter, avocado oil, botanical and fruit oils or extracts. Some hair masques may contain vitamins and can be used on all hair types. These are especially great for dry, over-processed brittle hair that has been damaged from the use of hair color, chemicals and heat.

Application is usually on wet hair which enables the ingredients to be absorbed into the hair’s cuticle. The recommended time interval to leave a hair masque on the hair is 10-20 minutes. I do not use a shower cap (processing cap) when using a hair masque, but you can if you would like to.

Hair masques can also be applied to dry hair and the hair may be rinsed the following morning if one chooses to sleep with the product applied. This will not cause damage, but rather make hair softer. Hair should not feel heavy or greasy after using a hair masque, and to ensure proper distribution throughout the hair, it should be combed with a large-tooth-comb to the ends of your hair. I suggest shampooing your hair, applying the hair masque and condition after applying a hair masque.

Which hair masques do I recommend?

Choosing the right hair masque depends on what your hair needs! Most hair masques work in similar ways. However, different formulations provide different levels of nourishment, moisture and hydration, while others help mend or repair damaged hair. Applying a masque during your weekly routine is a quick and easy way to pump some extra moisture, hydration, and repair into your locks.
With so many products on the market, choosing the right masque may feel overwhelming. So how do you know you have made the best choice for your hair? Well, it really all depends on what your hair needs! Here’s a quick reference of my three favorite hair masques you can use to decide what’s best for your hair.
Who needs it? Severely damaged, over-processed hair
Benefits: Fixes breakage, strengthens, softens
Formulated with: FIBER RESCUE™, REJUVENIQE S™
Usage: Once or twice a week or every day if hair shampooed daily and extremely damaged

Who needs it? Slightly dry, lightly damaged hair
Benefits: Delivers light hydration and moisturization & helps minimize frizz and split ends
Formulated with: REJUVENIQE™ Intensive Oil
Usage: Once or twice a week
Who needs it? Slightly dry hair
Benefits: Provides light nourishing moisture treatment
Formulated with: REJUVENIQE™ Oil Intensive & Amino Acid Complex
Usage: Once or twice a week
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