Let’s begin by saying that people often confuse these hair products because they both provide nourishment to the hair. However, you can find several key differences between the mask and conditioner.
A conditioner is a lighter product that coats the outside of your hair strands with nutrients, providing immediate hydration, detangling, and softening benefits. Conditioners can be used as part of your daily routine, from shampooing to styling, to ensure your locks look healthier and shinier.
On the other hand, a hair mask is a much heavier product that provides deep conditioning to repair damaged areas in the cuticle layer. Hair masks not only provide intense nourishment, but they also lock in moisture and help protect against future damage.
So, conditioners are designed to help detangle and add shine, while hair masks are intended to restore moisture, repair damage, and promote the overall health of the hair. Besides, unlike conditioners which can be used daily or every other day, hair masks should only be used once or twice a week as they contain more concentrated ingredients. It’s important not to overdo it, as this can cause the product to build up in your hair.
Should I use a hair mask or conditioner first?
It really depends on the type of hair you have and what kind of results you are looking for. Generally, using a hair mask before conditioning can help give your hair more intense hydration, while conditioner helps to seal in that moisture.
So, if you suffer from dry and damaged hair, then using a hydrating mask or deep conditioner firstly may be best. However, suppose your hair is already in good condition and only needs light conditioning. In this case, it’s probably better to use a lighter conditioner before the hydrating mask or deep conditioner, if it is needed.
Ultimately, experiment and find out what combination works best for your favorite locks.
Is it needed to apply a hair mask and conditioner to the roots?
In general, applying hair mask and conditioner directly to your roots is not recommended.
As for hair masks, they are likely to be too heavy and thick for the delicate skin on your scalp, which can clog pores and lead to irritation. Additionally, applying a hair mask too close to the root area may cause product buildup, leading to an oily scalp.
The same situation with conditioners. Applying it to your roots can cause excess oils and product buildup in these areas.
Instead of applying the hair products directly to the roots, you should focus on the mid-lengths and ends, as this will help nourish your strands without weighing them down. Leave any remaining product on these areas for 5-10 minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly with lukewarm water.