What is the difference between a hair mask and a conditioner? You can see the following three points first. Then I will give you a detailed explanation of the role of hair masks and conditioners and the correct usage.
1: Hair mask is for damaged hair; unique care products that fill internal hair cavities and fill the role of the epidermal layer of the hair bump, from the inside care hair.
2: Conditioner is a complementary product to shampoo, which can only increase the smoothness of the hair, but does not have the function of hair care.
3: Hair mask can improve the damaged state of the hair. Hair conditioners can only increase the lubrication of the hair. This is the difference.
From these three points, it can be seen that for damaged hair, hair masks are great for improving hair’s condition and increasing smoothness and shine. On the other hand, a conditioner can only add smoothness to hair after shampooing, and that’s about it.
Expanded knowledge: In order to let you understand more clearly the difference between hair masks and conditioners, I will address the two products below, give you a detailed explanation, and finally share the correct way to use hair masks and conditioners. After reading, you will understand.
1. The role of hair mask.
Hair film has extreme penetration and wrapping effect, and nutrients can enter the cortex layer of the hair, filling in the cavities formed by injuries, locking nutrients in the hair, and replacing the natural nutrients to nourish the hair. It will also wrap tightly around the epidermis of the hair, wrapping up the bumps formed by shedding, adding smoothness and shine to the hair, and preventing nutrient loss and moisture evaporation.
The molecular structure of the hair mask is microscopic and highly absorbent, allowing it to penetrate the inner cortical layer of the hair and fill in any holes or breakages caused by damage, to lock the nutrients into the hair over time.
The hair mask also contains a considerable keratin substance that wraps a film around the hair’s surface after application, giving it more shine and smoothness and prolonging the mask’s action.
However, the nutrients that go into the hair are slowly lost when shampooing, as the nutrients in the hair mask are manufactured substances. Although they can replace the nutrients in the hair, they are less stable, and each shampoo will take away some of the nutrients. And once the nutrients are lost, the hair will return to its dry state before the treatment.
Therefore, hair masks need to be done at least once a week to ensure that the nutrients in the hair build up to a saturated state, the hair will be improved, restore elasticity and toughness.
2. The role of conditioner.
Conditioner is a shampoo companion product. The main ingredients for cationic surfactants can neutralize the shampoo residue and anionic surfactants but also can be wrapped in a film on the hair to increase the smoothness of the role.
The molecular structure of the conditioner is large and cannot enter the hair’s interior but can only accumulate and wrap in the epidermis of the hair, so the role of the conditioner is limited to lubrication. Still, it does not have a real sense of the role of hair care.
So don’t expect a conditioner to improve your damaged hair. The damage is irreversible and can only be repaired temporarily with the help of the nutrients in the hair mask. The conditioner can neither improve the hair quality nor repair the hair but only prevent the hair from tangling and tangling when shampooing so that the hair lubricates some.
3. The correct way to use hair masks and conditioners.
Understanding the role of hair masks and conditioners, the following is an introduction to the use of these two products.
How to use the hair mask
After shampooing, wipe with a towel to the extent that it does not drip, take out an appropriate amount of hair mask and apply it gradually upwards from the tips of the hair to the healthy part without applying it. After applying evenly, gently rub the hair piece with the palm of your hand to help the hair absorb the nutrients in the hair mask. After rubbing for 3-5 minutes, wrap the hair with a shower cap, use an electric heating film or another heating device, and heat for 30 minutes.
Once heated, open the shower cap and let the hair cool to its natural temperature before rinsing the hair mask out of your hair with warm water. When rinsing, do not use shampoo, and do not use conditioner. Because the hair mask has a strong moisturizing effect, using shampoo will affect the effect, and using conditioner is also superfluous.
After shampooing, dry your hair with a hairdryer. The process of blow-drying is what helps the mask to coat the surface of the hair, so it must be dried. If you don’t blow dry, the effect will be significantly reduced.
How to use the conditioner
For dry, frizzy, severely damaged hair, moisten your hair before shampooing and apply conditioner first. Apply the conditioner to the damaged area, rub it in and comb through the hair repeatedly with your fingers, or use a wide tooth comb to smooth the hair and leave it for 5 minutes.
When shampooing, clean the conditioner from the hair, follow the normal shampooing process and wash the hair well. Finally, apply a little conditioner to the ends of the hair and rub for a few moments, making sure to wash the conditioner out to lubricate.
When shampooing normal hair, first wash your hair with shampoo and then use conditioner for lubrication to make the hair smoother and shinier.
These are the differences between hair masks and conditioners and how to use both products. Do you already know the difference between the two products?