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Published on: 13 Jul 2018 by zkhan
It is quite a common misconception that hair masks and deep
conditioners are the same and have the same purpose which is to soften and
strengthen the hair at the same time. While there are some similarities between
the two products, there are also some significant differences.
The confusion comes in because some hair masks fulfill the
same or a similar function to a deep conditioner and vice versa. The product
that you choose should be largely dependent on what you expect it to do for you
or a problem that you are currently experiencing with your hair.
1. Dry Hair
Deep conditioners are designed to moisturize and soften the
hair from the root to the tip and are the ideal fix for hair that is dry.
However, if your hair is damaged or has other problems in addition to just
being dry, a deep conditioning treatment may not be sufficient.
2. Dry And Damaged
Dry hair that has become damaged may benefit more from a
hair mask which has strengthening properties rather than just the softening
properties of a deep conditioner. Damaged hair is broken or has split ends
resulting in a dull and lifeless appearance.
It may be best to choose a hair mask that has moisturizing
properties. Alternatively, your can use a deep conditioner and mask to fulfill
both the moisturizing and strengthening needs of your hair on alternate washing
days or together.
3. Dry And Brittle
Brittle hair breaks and becomes damaged easily and needs a
strengthening treatment as well as moisturizing benefits and should be treated
in much the same way as dry and damaged hair - either using both a conditioner
and a mask or alternating between the two.
4. Damaged Or Brittle
Hair that has become damaged or is brittle but not dry only
requires a strengthening hair mask. It is important to ensure that the mask you
choose actually does have strengthening properties and is not just a
conditioning treatment that has been re-branded in new packaging.
5. Oily Hair
Contrary to popular belief, the best treatment for oily hair
is sometimes a moisturizing deep conditioner. This is because the scalp
produces oil in an effort to moisturize the hair follicles. However, if the
follicles and hair shaft are already moisturized, the scalp produces less oil.
A deep conditioning treatment will result in moisturized, soft and manageable
5. Oily Damaged Or
Oily hair can also become damaged or brittle and in this
case, a strengthening treatment from Three Squares Soil
is the best solution. Once again, it can be used in conjunction with a deep
conditioner to get both the strengthening and moisturizing benefits that are
6. Tangled And
Hair that tangles easily and is simply unmanageable is
normally the result of damaged or brittle hair. In most cases, a strengthening
mask should be sufficient to repair the damage, but a conditioner may also be
helpful in making the hair softer and more manageable.
7. Frizzy Hair
Frizz can be the greatest obstacle to soft and luscious
curls as well as sleek and straight hair. Frizzy hair can be as a result of
damage or brittle hair and a strengthening treatment should solve the problem
on a long term basis. However, it can also be a result of dry hair which needs
a moisturizing conditioner to calm the frizz. The frizz may also be inherent
meaning that you are born with it in which case a deep conditioner is the best
treatment. It is necessary to figure out the cause of your frizzy hair before
deciding whether a mask or deep conditioner best suits your needs.
Another major difference between a mask and a deep
conditioner is when and how they should be used. Of course, every brand also
has different instructions that need to be followed. In general, a mask should
be used once a week, but a deep conditioner can be used more often.
It is however recommended to use your own hair as a guide.
If a problem exists, use a conditioner or mask. If the problem goes away, the
product has worked and is no longer necessary. If your hair is limp and heavy,
you have used too much, too often and need to take a break fro using products
and let your hair recover.
It is also advisable to work the treatments into your
existing hair care routine. Keeping in mind that both a deep conditioner and
hair mask need to be washed out after use, only apply on days when you would
normally wash your hair. For example, if you only wash your hair once a week,
the conditioner or mask should be applied on this day and an additional wash
during the week shouldn't be added. Additional washing can have negative
effects on the hair, especially dry and brittle hair.
It may however be necessary to adjust your hair care routine
to allow for the extra time that is necessary for the mask or deep conditioner
to work. Generally, the product should only be left on your hair for between 10
and 15 minutes but there are treatments that can require up to 30 minutes to
achieve the best results.
It is not advisable to leave the product on longer than the
recommended time which should be detailed in the instructions or on the label.
If in doubt, rinse after 10 minutes. It is also very important to ensure that
either product is rinsed out properly. It is a fallacy that the product will
work better if it is left on the hair. This will just result in dull, limp and
Care should also be taken in choosing the right product for
your hair. African hair has different needs to other hair types such as
Caucasian or Asian hair. Choose a product that is designed to take the unique
needs of your hair into consideration.
If you are still concerned about the difference between deep
conditioners and hair masks and which is best for you, ask your hair stylist
for the best advice.