Many things on the hair market are gimmicks. Not all things, not even most things, but there are some. When deciding what to buy, you may have asked yourself whether the product you were considering was a necessity or not. There isn’t a definitive answer to this. Everyone’s hair is different and some things that may be essential to one head of hair, are not needed at all on another.
Things like leave-in conditioners, protein treatments and hair masks all fall into this category. Personally, I use hair masks sparingly. There are other short hair divas, however, who swear by hair masks and their hair looks amazing.
To tackle this issue so that you have more information for yourself, I’ll tackle hair masks in this article.
Let’s talk about hair masks for short relaxed hair.
Types of Hair Masks
Just what types of hair masks are out there for us to choose from? I did a little digging and here’s what I found. There are 4 basic types of hair masks. Though they are marketed this way, these are hair masks for short relaxed hair.
- Deep conditioning
What do they do?
What do it do? That’s always a question that comes up. These 4 basic types of hair masks claim to add moisture, strengthen damaged or colored strands, provide the hair with a deep conditioning and reconstruct strands by fortifying them with protein.
Let’s break them down into basic terms. Moisturizing masks are commonly infused with oils that penetrate the strands and linger after rinsing. This coating of oils continually provides moisture because they stick around.
Strengthening masks make much more vague claims. They pretty much say, put this on your hair and it will be stronger. Go figure.
Deep conditioning masks do what deep conditioners sold in bottles do. The formulation of the product allows it to penetrate the hair beyond the outer layer of the strands. Because the product works its way into the inner layers of the hair, the nutrients in deep conditioners are fed to parts of the hair that are most susceptible to damage. Those are the same parts of the hair’s makeup that need to be nourished in order for your hair to be its most healthy.
Protein and reconstructive masks are similar to deep conditioning masks in that they provide the same function as protein and reconstructive treatments sold in bottles. The hair is made up of protein bonds. Chemical treatments such as relaxers and color treatments, break down those bonds to straighten the hair and/or to add color to the hair.
Protein treatments are designed to seek out those broken bonds and provide a somewhat artificial plug so that the hair performs as it would had those bonds never been broken.
Do you need them?
My thoughts are that masks themselves, as they are marketed, are really just products that provide the same benefits you can get elsewhere. You can buy the bottle or you can sometimes get away with the use homemade products that will yield similar results.
Putting a product into a packet or a tub with a twist off lid, is a way to broaden a product line. Now, that doesn’t mean they don’t work or that you shouldn’t use them. Use them if they work for you or if you like the packaging or if you haven’t found a bottled product that provides the result(s) you’re looking for.
As with any purchase, be smart about what you’re getting. Be realistic about the expectations you have when using a product. Know what the ingredients are and how your hair responds to them. And finally, research enough to know what you should be paying so that you don’t unintentionally overspend. For more tips on money saving tactics, check out the post and video below and subscribe to be notified when the eBook How To Save $2,000.00 on Short Hair Care drops.
Where do you buy them?
Hair masks for short relaxed hair can be found pretty much anywhere you find your other hair care products. Sally’s Beauty Supply, Ulta, Sephora, Amazon, local beauty supply stores and so on. Depending on the brand and the type of mask you are seeking, they can run you between $4.00 and $25.00.
Take the time to learn your hair and spend wisely. You can provide all the essentials your hair needs to thrive in the comfort of your own home. Just invest a little effort into yourself and you will be fine and your hair will be amazing.
Until next time…I’ll holla.