How to apply natural hair masks for salon-worthy softness

Mar 06, 2024

How to apply natural hair masks for salon-worthy softness

Welcome back to The ARKIVEs by ARKIVE Headcare, your go-to source for all things hair, hacks and Headcare made for healthier & happier heads.  

Today, we're diving into the secrets of achieving salon-worthy softness from the comfort of your own home with natural hair masks. Discover the ins and outs of their application, ingredients, and more to transform your locks into a luscious masterpiece.

Let’s dive in…

What is a Hair Mask?

Let's start with the basics. What exactly is a hair mask? Consider it a spa day for your hair - a real treat. Hair masks are intensive conditioning treatments designed to nourish, repair, and rejuvenate your locks. They go beyond your regular conditioner, providing deep hydration and addressing specific hair concerns. The result? Silky, touchable hair that radiates health.

Natural Hair Mask Ingredients

Not all hair masks are created equal, and the magic lies in their ingredients. Traditional formulations may use animal-derived oils which not only present thetical concerns but also miss the opportunity to provide a sustainable, plant-based solution. At ARKIVE, we take pride in crafting vegan-friendly marvels, such as  THE FUTURE YOUTH Treatment Mask, where the magic lies in the synergy of plant-based ingredients. 

This vegan-friendly formula is an ode to sustainably minded and cruelty-free beauty, bursting with natural goodness. It features Baobab Oil and Vitamin E for scalp moisture, Baobab Protein for hair resilience, and Coconut, Soybean & Caster Seed Oil for conditioning, along with Shea Butter and Panthenol for enviable shine. But that's not all. With the addition of Abyssinian Oil for improved shine and detangling, it goes beyond the ordinary. Furthermore, Sebacic Acid Copolymer and Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol help to close lifted cuticles, split ends and seal down damage from chemical or colour treatments to increase hair strength, ensuring your locks look and feel their absolute best.

The Benefits of Regular Hair Masking

We think we know what you’re thinking. It’s another step to add into your weekly Headcare routine - do I really need to bother with regular hair masking? This is where the magic of a good hair mask really comes into play. Beyond the surface-level benefits, incorporating a hair mask into your routine can improve texture, enhance shine, and increase manageability. Whether you have curls that crave definition or straight strands seeking that extra bounce, a natural hair mask can be a game-changer for all hair types.

Deep Nourishment: Say Goodbye to Dryness: hair masks, especially those formulated with nourishing ingredients dive deep into each strand, providing intense hydration. This is a game-changer, particularly if your hair tends to be on the drier side.

Enhanced Texture: Sleek and Silky Finish: the rich, emollient properties of a quality hair mask contribute to a smoother texture. Say farewell to unruly frizz and hello to sleek, touchable locks.

Vibrant Shine: Light-Reflecting Brilliance: ingredients like Baobab Oil and Coconut Oil in THE FUTURE YOUTH not only moisturise but also add a natural shine. 

Improved Manageability: Tame the Tangles: knots and tangles be gone! A good hair mask makes your hair more manageable, reducing the post-shower battle with your brush.

Hair Resilience: Strength from Within. The right ingredients fortify your hair from root to tip. This added resilience minimises breakage and promotes healthier, stronger strands.

Revitalised Scalp: Happy Scalp, Happy Hair: don't forget the roots! Hair masks contribute to scalp health, ensuring that your hair follicles have the optimal environment for growth.

Relaxation Ritual: Self-Care Time: beyond the physical benefits, applying a hair mask is a moment of self-care. Take a few minutes to pamper yourself, unwind, and let the mask work its magic.

Remember, consistency is key. Incorporating a hair mask into your routine, whether it's once a week or as needed, ensures that your hair continually reaps these nourishing benefits. 

How to Apply Hair Mask in 5 Easy Steps

On the subject of being consistent, applying your hair mask should be a blissfully indulgent experience, and with THE FUTURE YOUTH Treatment Mask, it’s about to become your hair’s favourite treat. From wetting your hair to the luxurious massage, we've got you covered. Follow these five simple steps to unlock salon-worthy softness in the comfort of your own home:

Step 1: Pre-Mask Preparation

  • Before you jump in the shower, start by gently brushing through your dry hair to get rid of any existing knots or tangles. Not only is this better for your hair’s overall condition this ensures that the mask can penetrate each individual hair shaft more effectively.
  • Next it’s time to shampoo your hair as you normally would. Apply, rinse and move onto step 2. 

Step 2: Section Your Strands

  • Divide your damp hair into sections. This ensures an even application and makes it easier to work the mask through from root to tip.
  • Pro tip: use hair clips or ties to secure each section neatly if needed.

Step 3: The Application 

  • Squeeze a dollop of THE FUTURE YOUTH Treatment Mask onto your palms. The amount depends on your hair length and thickness; start with a moderate amount and adjust as needed. Our applicator is designed to be applied directly to the scalp if you prefer. 
  • Rub the mask between your palms to help with better distribution.
  • Apply the mask evenly to each section of your hair. Begin at the mid-lengths and work your way down to the ends. 

Step 4: Massage and Relax

  • Take a few extra Headcare minutes to indulge in a soothing scalp massage. This not only enhances the mask's benefits but is also an excellent way to unwind.
  • Once applied, you can use a wide-tooth comb or wet brush to gently detangle your hair, ensuring that the mask is evenly distributed and that every strand is generously coated.

Step 5: Let It Work its Magic

  • Leave the mask on for a minimum of 3 minutes. This allows the potent blend of Baobab Oil, Shea Butter, and Coconut Oil to deeply nourish your hair.
  • For an extra indulgence, you can leave it on for a longer duration. Some even prefer an overnight treatment for an intensive boost.
  • Once you’ve patiently waited for the Headcare magic, rinse thoroughly with water ensuring that no residue is left behind.

How Often Should You Use a Hair Mask in Your Hair Care Routine?

The frequency of your hair mask application depends on various factors such as your hair type, its condition, and your overall hair care routine. Let's break it down:

Hair Type Matters: Dry or Damaged Hair: If your hair tends to be on the drier or damaged side, using a hair mask once a week is generally beneficial. This helps replenish lost moisture and repair damage.

Normal to Oily Hair: For those with normal or oilier hair, a fortnightly application might suffice. Over-masking can sometimes lead to excessive moisture, making hair feel heavy and weighed down.

Consider Your Hair's Needs: Intensive Repair: If your hair is in dire need of restoration, you can initially start with twice a week applications. Once you notice improvement in its condition, you can reduce the frequency.

Maintenance Mode: For maintaining healthy hair, once a week to once every two weeks is usually enough.

Integration with Your Hair Care Routine: Shampoo First: Always apply your hair mask after shampooing. Clean hair allows the mask to penetrate more effectively.

Prioritise Consistency: Consistency is key. Rather than occasional intensive treatments, regular, moderate use tends to yield better results.

Seasonal Adjustments: Winter Woes: In colder, drier months, you might find your hair craving more hydration. Increasing the frequency during winter can combat seasonal dryness.

In the warmer months, when your hair is exposed to more elements (think salt, sweat, and swimming), a weekly mask can help maintain its health.

Listen to Your Hair: Trial and Adjust: Start with a schedule that aligns with your hair's needs and adjust based on how your hair responds. If it feels weighed down, reduce the frequency; if it still craves moisture, increase it.

Remember, there's no one-size-fits-all answer. Observing your hair's response to a hair mask will guide you in finding the perfect rhythm. Whether it's a weekly ritual or a bi-weekly indulgence, the goal is to keep your hair happy, healthy, and cocao butter smooth.

FAQs - Your Hair Mask Queries Answered

All your burning questions answered to ensure you get the most out of your masking experience.

Can You Leave a Hair Mask on Too Long?

Absolutely, yes! Leaving a hair mask on for an extended period can lead to over-moisturization. Follow the instructions—usually, 20-30 minutes is more than sufficient. Overdoing it might not necessarily yield better results and could make your hair feel heavy.

Can You Put a Hair Mask on Dry Hair?

While it's not a crime against hair care, it's generally more effective on damp, freshly washed hair. Damp hair allows the mask to distribute more evenly, ensuring that every strand benefits from the goodness packed in the mask.

Can I Leave a Hair Mask on Overnight?

As tempting as it might be, leaving a mask on overnight might not provide added benefits. Most masks are designed for shorter application periods. Leaving them on for too long can lead to diminishing returns and might not be comfortable for your scalp.

Are Hair Masks Different from Conditioners? Which One Do I Need?

Yes, they are different. Conditioners are more about detangling and smoothing the hair's outer layer. Hair masks go a step further, providing deeper hydration and repair to the shaft itself. Use conditioner regularly and a mask as a weekly or bi-weekly treat.

Why Can’t You Apply Hair Masks on the Scalp?

Hair masks are specifically formulated to nourish and treat the hair shaft, not the scalp per se, however, as we all know, happy hair means a happy scalp.  Applying them directly to the scalp might lead to product buildup and could be challenging to rinse out but sweeping any mask residue over your roots can provide great scalp benefits. For the scalp, consider using a dedicated scalp treatment or serum [link].

Should I Use My Hair Mask Before or After Shampooing?

For optimal results, use your hair mask after shampooing. Clean hair allows the mask's ingredients to penetrate better. Shampooing opens up the hair cuticle, making it more receptive to the mask's nourishing properties.

Remember, hair care is a bit of trial and error. Adjust these guidelines based on how your hair responds, and you'll find the sweet spot for achieving that salon-worthy softness.

How long does it take to see results from a hair mask?

Results can vary, but many people notice improvements after the first use. For long-term benefits, it's recommended to use a hair mask regularly, usually once a week. As always, consistency is key to achieving and maintaining healthy, beautiful hair.

Why Choose ARKIVE?

ARKIVE's commitment to formulations ensures that your hair receives the utmost care without compromising your ethical values. Our commitment to quality ingredients, outstanding results, vegan friendliness, and an affordable price point make us your ultimate choice. Explore THE FUTURE YOUTH and kickstart your journey to salon-like softness. Transform your routine and embrace the confidence that comes with a well-nourished mane.

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With love and oh-so-soft manes,