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Conditioners vs Masks

Conditioners and masks have an important role to play when it comes to keeping your hair in tip-top condition, says Taylor. But what’s the difference between the two? And why do we need both?

“Put simply, a conditioner should be used every time you wash your hair while a hair mask is used just once or twice a week,” explains Taylor.

Hair conditioners…

Treat the hair surface, smoothing down cuticles that are raised by shampooing to make hair shinier and less tangled. They are rinsed out very quickly after being applied. Conditioner should be used every time you wash your hair.

Hair masks…

These are much richer and more nutritious. They are designed to penetrate and deep treat the hair and are left on for longer than conditioners. Because the hair absorbs the concentrated goodness in the mask, the results last longer. They will strengthen and nourish your hair, treat damage and make it softer, shinier and bouncier

Types of hair mask

There are different types of hair mask so it can be a bit confusing if you’re trying to choose the best one for you so I do suggest you chat with your stylist and ask for their recommendation says Taylor.

Hair that is frequently colored, bleached or styled with heated tools is more likely to need one of the richer masks like Olaplex #8 or Redken Acidic Bonding Treatment. This also goes for coarser hair, curly hair and afro hair that are more likely to become dehydrated.

But do ask your stylist for their recommendation at your next appointment or pop into the salon for some professional advice.

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