The hair mask is a cosmetic product with a creamy formula used as a complementary care after hair washing.
The use of home-made hair masks is a practice known for centuries and still widely popular nowadays. In ancient times, the hair masks were mainly prepared from crushed roots and essential oils. Sometimes, milk was added to the mixtures. Gradually, other natural ingredients and foods were included in the hair masks, which lead to the recipes we know today from our grandmothers.
During the 20th century, thanks to the development of the chemical technologies and the cosmetic industry, specialized formulas applied after the shampoo and the conditioner were produced for the first time. These formulas became a real commercial hit, as they saved time and contained a ready to use combination of ingredients with a much more powerful and effective action than the hair masks made entirely from food products.
A hair mask may contain ingredients with moisturizing, nourishing, restructuring or other properties, depending on the specific needs of the hair. Damaged or color-treated hair is weak due to numerous factors and therefore the products for such a hair must possess a broad action. There are masks with revitalizing effect, which rubbed into the scalp act not only on the hair, but also relax the nervous system.
Modern formulas are usually a combination of active chemical agents (Q10, UV-filters, keratin) and natural extracts (pomegranate, bamboo, olive oil, jojoba) that restore and strengthen the hair and improve its vitality. Experts claim that the use of hair mask in the beauty routine is a mandatory rule for healthy and strong hair.
However, the product must be used not more than once a week (or less, depending on the package directions), as otherwise it may cause excessive oiliness of the scalp and may lose its effectiveness. Also, it is not recommended to apply a mask on hair’s roots.