Maintaining healthy long and strong tresses is no mean feat. Gorgeous, healthy tresses added on to our natural beauty. Today’s stressful work culture and frequent use of styling equipment’s and products can leave our hair feeling frizzy, damaged and prone to breakage. Keeping our hair moisturized is one of the most basic steps of ensuring that we seal in the nourishment and protect our hair from daily wear and tear. Weather conditions clubbed with other factors like dirt and pollution can strip our hair off their natural shine, making it important to rejuvenate and hydrate our glorious locks. A simple masking, cleansing and conditioning routine can help achieve this. Now, while cleansing can seem like a step that is quiet obviously different from the other two, the steps that often have people a tad confused are conditioner or masque. Let’s try and understand the difference between hair mask and conditioner, how to use them and some natural do-it-yourself alternatives for you to follow through.
What are hair masks
Hair masks are a form of deeply nourishing and hydrating treatment enriched with essential oils, and rich moisturizing butters. These hydrating balsams nurture the hair and scalp from within, giving dramatic results with prolonged usage. The hydrating ingredients infused within these masks contain rich ingredients in much heavier concentrations than a regular conditioner. Several of hair care masks can in fact be prepped with homemade kitchen ingredients. There are Ayurvedic hair remedies that require one to apply organic hair masks rich with natural ingredients like Bhringraj, Reetha, Moringa, Jojoba oil, Coconut oil, Curd, Methi seeds and Neem leaves.
What are conditioners
Conditioners are moisturizing agents infused with ingredients like silicones, oils, and emollients. The primary function of each of these ingredients is to work in tandem to replenish hair moisture.
There are various types of conditioners, depending upon the ingredients used and the specific hair ailment that they are meant to target. The most common type are the ones that are applied rinsed thoroughly post being left in for 3-5 minutes. These there are leave-in conditioners, which offer a no-rinse treatment to protect hair all through the day.
Difference between Hair Mask & Conditioner
1. Differing levels of hydration
Hair masks serve the purpose of deep conditioning and nourishing the shaft. Their rich composition makes them extremely hydrating and using them too often can be a bit of an overkill. Conditioners on the other hand give short term yet instant results.
2. Frequency of Use
Masks need not be used more than once a week or twice at best in case of extreme damage caused by regular and prolonged exposure to stressors. Conditioners can be used every time one goes for a head wash, which would vary anywhere between 3-4 times a week.
3. Usage over the scalp
Conditioners are very strictly meant to be used only on the hair length and must be kept away from the hair roots and scalp. Hair mask have a lot of nourishing ingredients that can be beneficial for the scalp as well and therefore can be used at the hair roots and scalp too.
4. Duration of Usage
Depending upon hair need and type of mask being applied, the duration of mask usage may vary anywhere between 10-15 minutes to overnight. Conditioners must only be applied on the hair for 3-5 minutes and then rinsed off.
5. Difference in Results
Masks are meant for long term usage and have the impact of improving overall hair health post prolonged and regular usage. Conditioners are meant to give instant result that might in fact have a relatively short-lived impact.
Home-made Ayurvedic Hair masks
1. Neem Methi & Bhringraj hair mask
Create a thick paste by blending Bhirigaraj, dried neem leaves and Methi seed together. Apply it throughout the scalp and wash after a couple hours. This concoction of ayurvedic ingredients makes for a great hair growth mask that fights premature greying of hair as well.
2. Aloe vera Hair mask
Take a couple tablespoons of aloe vera and blend it with some warm virgin coconut oil. This simple hair mask is not just hydrating but fixes dandruff as well.
3. Banana Hair mask
Mash or blend a banana in a bowl and mix with a teaspoon of honey and coconut milk. Once the paste has been thoroughly mixed, apply it to the hair and leave it on for half an hour. Rinse with lukewarm water for deeply conditioned hair. Most hair care experts also seem to recommend Banana hair masks for curly hair.
4. Egg and yoghurt hair mask
For shiny tresses, mix an egg with a couple tablespoons of yoghurt and some virgin olive oil blend this mixture of rich ingredients till they emulsify. Yoghurt is perhaps the best natural conditioner for frizzy hair. Apply to the entire hair shaft, leave it for a couple hours and finally wash with water. This mask will soften the frizz and impart your hair a natural glow.
How to use a Hair Mask
Step 1: The process of hair masking may vary slightly, depending upon the hair-type. In case of dry hair, begin application at the scalp while gently working towards the tips. Alternately, with oily hair, begin at mid-hair length and work toward the hair tips.
Step 2: Now run a comb through your hair to ensure even application.
Step 3: Cover your hair with a shower cap or warm and wet towel to ensure deeper absorption of ingredients into the hair.
Step 4: Leave the mask for 20 -30 minutes. Depending upon the ingredients, the ayurvedic hair mask can be left on overnight.
Step 5: Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
One must make it a point to use hydrating hair masks at least once a week. The frequency may be increased in case of severely damaged hair.
How to use a Hair Conditioner
Hair conditioners aren’t particularly difficult to incorporate within your hair care regimen. Here are some simple steps on how to use a hair conditioner:
Step 1: Shampoo your hair, to thoroughly cleanse them and then rinse with water.
Step 2: Apply your hair conditioner onto the tips and working through the length of the hair, while making sure you don’t apply it to the scalp.
Step 3: Wait for 3-5 minutes.
Step 4: Rinse again, with cold or lukewarm water.
Step 5: Remove excessive water from your hair using a microfiber cloth towel or a cotton t-shirt and let them air-dry. Following this you can style your refreshed hair as you normally would.
Khadi Essentials Miraculous Methi Hair Mask & Conditioner.
While we have suggested some homemade hair masks, if you are a faced paced individual with a lifestyle that does not allow them the luxury of prepping these masks, you have nothing to fret about. Khadi essentials organic hair mask and natural hair conditioner range is here to resolve your tress woes.
1. Niramaya-Methi Hair Mask
Methi is the ultimate elixir for hair and scalp wellness, with an ability to remedy any and every hair related issue. Methi seeds are known to treat hair fall and loss, itchy scalp, excessive parchedness or oiliness and premature greying. With this Niramaya Methi Hair Balsam enriched with Vetiver, Frankincense and Cedarwood, extensively condition your hair to give your locks a homegrown care and promote strong, healthy, lustrous and dazzling locks.
Apply copiously on scalp and hair length and let it work for 30 minutes for deep conditioning and healthy scalp. Follow with customary shampoo and conditioner regime. Regular use of this organic hair conditioner thoroughly nourishes the hair and is the ultimate hare care for oily scalp and dry hair.
2. Shea Butter, Tea Tree & Thyme Conditioner
Drench and satiate your locks this season with this enchanting amalgamation of Shea Butter, Tea Tree and Thyme along with the goodness of super ingredients Peppermint and Brahmi that have long been revered in Ayurveda for best hair-care. Watch your hair exude the most revitalizing shine and enviable bounce with this rich conditioner. Khadi Essentials Shea Butter, Tea Tree & Thyme Conditioner is fortified with Ayurvedic and organic ingredients that intensely nourish and repair both scalp and hair.
The antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties of Tea Tree oil make it an optimal remedy for all hair-related problems. This Ayurvedic hair conditioner for dandruff and dry hair adds moisture and strength, while nourishing your hair with replenishing moisturizing milk proteins and micro infused peppermint oils for hydration balance, making it the best organic conditioner for all hair types.
Remove excess water from hair post shampoo wash. Apply liberally along the hair length and leave in for 3-5 minutes. Rinse out completely. Regular use of this conditioner adds sheen, bounce and luster to the hair, hydrates them and helps in moisture retention soothes scalp and controls dandruff and reduces frizz and deeply nourishes dry & damaged hair.
It is best to not skip one of the two, for the other and instead go for a hair care regime that effectively incorporates both hair masks and conditioners in your regimen to achieve the best hair results.