Can Hair Mask Touch Scalp?

Yes, a hair mask can touch the scalp and it should be applied on the scalp for best effect. When the hair mask is in direct contact with the scalp, you will get better results.

Whether you have dry, damaged, fragile, or colored hair, it is important to use the right hair care product that can nourish and repair your hair from roots to ends.

It is not necessary to use a hair mask daily. You can make it a part of your hair routine. 

How to Optimize the Effects of a Hair Mask?

After applying the hair mask, cover your hair with a shower cap. Around the shower cap, use a hot towel. Leave the hot towel in place for 10 minutes. After doing this, your mask will be in direct contact with the scalp. You will enjoy more benefits. 

Vary the timeframe of mask means it depends on the treatment you want to do. For a commercial hair mask, follow the instructions provided on the label. For the homemade hair mask, the duration will be different. It depends on why you are using a hair mask, and what you want to achieve? 

  • For protein treatment, 10 minutes will be more than enough. 
  • To hydrate your hair, 5 to 10 minutes are enough. 
  • Coconut oil masks should be left in the hair for at least 30 minutes. 
  • For very dry hair, it is better to apply a hair mask and leave it overnight. To avoid your pillow from getting dirty, use a shower cap. In the morning, wash your hair, and your hair will be soft and silky. 


After using a hair mask, if you feel your hairs are greasy, and then use less amount of hair mask next time. If still, it is a problem, then you might be using a wrong hair mask according to your hair type. For such an issue, try to use a hair mask that is designed for oily hair.


How to Properly Apply a Hair Mask?

A hair mask can be a good choice for dry and frizzy hair. It can help to strengthen and hydrate your hair. To enjoy the benefits of a hair mask it is essential to apply it correctly. To get better results makes sure that the hair mask touches your scalp. The best way to apply a hair mask is on damp hair and from root to tip. How much time should the mask leave in? It depends on the mask and hair type. In the beginning, you will have to do experiments to find out the right amount according to your hair type and length. 

Follow the steps given below to apply the hair mask thoroughly. 

  • Carefully read the directions
  • Most of the commercial hair masks contain specific instructions. So, before using a hair mask, read the label for directions. Some hair masks are designed for weekly use. There will be different timeframe and frequency of use. So, reading instruction is essential. Otherwise, after using a hair mask, if you have found something goes wrong, it means you have missed some instructions. 

  • While applying messy masks wear old clothes
  • Hair masks can be messy, so before applying a hair mask, wear old clothes. It may be an old T-shirt. If you have an old styling cap, you can wear it. During the application process, there are strong chances that the clothes will get damaged. Another way to protect yourself is to wrap yourself in a towel. To be more secure, buy a hairstyling cap. 

  • Wash and naturally dry your hair
  • It is essential to wash your hair before applying a hair mask. Wash your hair as you usually do. Then dry your hair naturally means use a towel. Don’t dry your hair completely. Blow drying is never recommended before applying a hair mask. While applying a hair mask and get good results, your hair should be slightly wet. 

  • To apply thoroughly separate your hair into sections
  • The easiest way to apply a hair mask is to separate your damp hair into 3 or 4 sections. Divide one section on the front and one on the backside of the head. And finally, two sections on the sides of your head. To keep the sections apart and securely apply hair ties or clips. Apply the hair mask on one section at a time. If you have longer and thicker hair, then you may have to divide them into more sections. Let say, you may have to divide them into 4 to 8 sections. For short hair, sections are not required. 

  • Carefully and completely apply a hair mask
  • Now, it’s time to apply a hair mask starting from roots and move towards tip. Start applying the hair mask by massaging your scalp. Make sure that you are dispersing the mask completely throughout the hair. To spread the mask completely, use gentle massaging motions. While applying a hair mask, have a close eye on your tips because tips are more prone to dryness. Tips need special care. 

  • Comb Your Hair
  • After applying a hair mask, gently comb your hair and makes sure that the mask remains in place. A wide-toothed comb will ensure the mask is distributed evenly throughout the hair. Combing your hair is not for all types of hair. If you have curly hair then you can skip this step and use your fingers for a gentle massage or otherwise, skip this step. 

  • Rinse your hair mask
  • Once the recommended timeframe is over, now it’s time to wash your hair. Take a shower and rinse your hair properly. After washing your hair, apply a hair conditioner as you normally do. It will help to re-hydrate your hair. 


    How often should you use a hair mask?

    The best answer to this question is that it depends on your hair type. Ideally, it is better to use a hair mask whenever you wash your hair. If it’s not possible, then once a week is also okay.

    If you have too much frizzy and dried hair, then it is recommended to use a hair mask regularly. Apply the mask and leave it overnight wrapped in a towel. In the morning, when you wake up, your hair will be soft and silky. 

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    Sky Hoon
    Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.
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