Trying to maintain healthy hair can be a challenge. Also, depending on your hair type, and whether your hair is colored, or damaged, there might also be more challenges.
In this blog post, I will describe how to maintain your natural hair using a hair mask. I will describe it from the perspective of your hair type and whether your hair has been colored, damaged, or just dry and brittle.
- Maintaining Natural Hair with Hair Mask for Different Hair Types
- Maintaining Natural Hair for Dry and Brittle Hair
- A Review of Hair Masks
Maintaining Natural Hair with Hair Mask for Different Hair Types
One group of natural hair experts argues that there’s a clear difference between natural hair types (e.g., 4A, B, C, etc). Another group of experts believes that all hair is the same.
In this blog, we’re not going to settle that debate here. Whichever camp you belong to, we’ll just note that natural hair can be coily, curly, or wavy. If you have either of these hair textures, the first place to start is by washing and conditioning your hair at least once a week. You can of course alternate the conditioner with hair masks. I have found that when I use a hair mask on my natural hair, my hair retains moisture for longer than when I wash and use a quick 2 minutes conditioner
Irrespective of your natural hair texture (coily, curly, or wavy), deep conditioning with a hair mask and doing do weekly works wonders for the hair. Some have even suggested that black women with natural hairstyles should consider increasing the frequency of the regiment to every 3 days. It is possible that this regiment may be a bit much for some, but it might just present the results that one seeks.
Maintaining Natural Hair for Dry and Brittle Hair
If your hair is already dry and brittle or damaged due to hair color application, this means that your hair might be prone or susceptible to breakage. The suggestion might be to skip regular conditioning and reach for the hair mask to help bring moisture back into the hair and to slow and stop the breakage.
You might be asking what’s the difference between a regular deep conditioner and a hair mask. Both are good for the hair but the difference is found in their main purpose. You see, the purpose of a deep conditioner is to soften hair, whereas the purpose of a hair mask is to strengthen and protect the hair.
For dry, brittle, or color-damaged hair, hair experts suggest using a hair mask. However, you know your hair better than anyone and can probably tell which of the product types works better.
Highly Reviewed Hair Masks
Here are a few of the hair masks that have great reviews on Amazon and other retailers.
- SheaMositure Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque. – A Black owned or founded product
- Carol’s Daughter Sacred Tiare – A Black owned or founded product
- Pumpkin Mint Deep Treatment – A Black owned or founded product
- Camille Rose Deep Conditioning Mask – A Black owned or founded product
- Briogeo – A Black owned or founded product
- Coco and Eve
- Cantu Moisture Mask