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How to use a Hair Mask?

Hair Masks deeply nourish the hair. Sometimes they also provide specific treatments, like dandruff or hair-fall. How to best use a hair mask to maximize your hair treatment? What makes good natural hair mask ingredients?

What is a hair mask?

Just like a conditioner, a hair mask helps untangle and nourish your locks. Very often, masks also offer various hair treatments: from taming frizzy hair to soothing irritated scalps.

The main difference between a mask and a conditioner is that the mask ingredients are usually more concentrated and the treatment is left on the hair for a longer time. Conditioner typically is left on for a couple of minutes only. This helps untangle hair and smooth superficially. Whereas a mask can be left on for much longer: 10 to 30 minutes, and sometimes even the entire night! The reason is to let the active ingredients deeply penetrate the hair and scalp to treat and nourish.

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How to use a Hair Mask?

1. Wash and towel dry your hair

Most hair masks are used AFTER shampoo. However, many can also be used before shampoo. In this case, you can work your mask into dry (or slightly damp) hair and leave on, before shampooing off.

If you are opting for AFTER shampoo, read on! Start by shampooing and then towel drying your hair so it is not dripping wet.

2. Apply your mask

You can just use your fingers. Some people like to use a small brush (the type that is used to color the hair is great). This helps evenly apply the hair treatment product (and feel like you are giving yourself the spa treatment!).

If you are applying a nourishing mask, start from the mid-lengths and work your way to the tips.

If your treatment is also a scalp treatment (like for dandruff, itchy scalp or hair loss) then you’ll want to also apply at the roots too.

If your hair is on the oily side, be sure not to apply a nourishing treatment to your hair roots. This will most likely make your hair limp, greasy and heavy! Focus on the ends.

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3. Spread the mask evenly

Again, you can do this with your fingers by running them through your hair. Alternatively, you can use a wide-tooted comb to evenly distribute the treatment.

4. Let the magic work!

Leave your hair mask on for as long as is recommended on the label.  Five, 10, 20 minutes or longer! Leave-on times differ, and the best recommendation is to follow the instructions especially if your hair treatment product contains specific ingredients that could be irritating if left on for too long.

You can also wrap your hair in a shower cap or warm towel, to let the product set. Definitely wrap your mane if you are going to bed with your hair mask on!

5. Rinse out thoroughly

Rinse your hair mask out with warm or lukewarm water. And finish off with a cold water rinse. The cold water helps seal the hair cuticles, making hair smoother.


How often to use a hair mask?

This really depends on the treatment: is it a nourishing, purifying, color-enhancing or volumizing hair mask? Have a look at the instructions on the product label.

Generally speaking, if you are using a nourishing hair mask, once or twice a week works well for mid-length normal to dry hair. Greasy manes may only need a nourishing mask a few times a month, and even so, only on the mid-lengths to tips.


What makes good natural hair mask ingredients?

This of course depends on the treatment you need.

If you are going for an overall nourishing mask to keep normal or dry hair healthy, here are a few natural ingredients that can help you choose a product that will deeply moisturize.

Plant Oils

Argan Oil and Coconut Oil are great choices for hair mask ingredients. They both are high in fatty acids (Argan Oil is very rich in Omega-6 fatty acids, and Coconut Oil in lauric acid). Both also have antioxidant and even anti-bacterial properties. Furthermore, Argan Oil also contains Vitamin E. Other oils that are also good for hair care include Jojoba, Macadamia, and Olive oils. The best is to try different oil ingredients and see which work best for your hair.

More on the Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair and Skin here.

Plant Butters

Natural Plant Butters, like Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter to name only a few, are rich in fatty acids and different vitamins (such as A, E, K, F…). They also are emollients, meaning they soften the hair (and skin). Commonly found plant butters in hair masks include Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Cocoa Butter or Kokum Butter. For a nourishing hair care, look out for butters with high Vitamin A and E content and test different plant butter hair products to find the one that makes your mane look its best!


Try Fleurance Nature Argan Oil and Shea Butter Hair Mask – Certified Organic and Made in France

This hair mask nourishes normal and dry hair the natural way without bogging your mane down with silicones, mineral oils or petroleum. Indeed, such ingredients coat the hair, hence giving it a smooth appearance and helping lock in moisture. That sounds good for a quick-fix, but they also weight the hair down, create extra build-up and end-up dulling the hair in the long run.

Organic Argan Oil Hair Mask by Fleurance Nature
Argan Oil and Shea Butter Natural and Organic Hair Mask by Fleurance Nature




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What are the benefits of Argan Oil for skin and hair?


What is Argan Oil?

Argan Oil comes from the kernel of the Argan Tree (Argania Spinosa). This tree grows in Morocco, and sometimes Argan Oil is referred to as “Moroccan Oil”.

Argan nuts are harvested mostly by women. The nuts are then roasted (in the same way as coffee or cocoa beans), and the oil is extracted from the kernel by grinding.

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Argan Oil is extracted from the Argan fruit


What are the benefits of Argan Oil for the Skin and Hair?

Argan Oil is rich in Omega 6 fatty acids. It is also very high in antioxidants and Vitamin E. It also has anti-inflammatory and certain anti-bacterial properties.

This makes Argan Oil effective in moisturizing the skin and preventing oxidative damage from the sun and free radicals.

It can also help slow signs of aging : Argan Oil helps keep skin supple and prevents premature skin drying and the premature appearance of wrinkles.

Argan Oil can help regulate oily and blemish prone skin. Although putting oil on oily and acne-prone skin seems counter-intuitive, sometimes what the skin needs is a protective barrier to help seal in natural moisture and prevent the skin from over-reacting to harsh pimple products by producing… more oil! Argan Oil is also considered a medium to light oil, and is more easily absorbed than say, Coconut Oil which is more adapted to dry skin.

Argan Oil can also be used on hair to help prevent and repair split ends, and overall to beautify dry, brittle or damaged hair. If your hair is on the oily side, apply Argan Oil to the tips (not the roots).

And last but not least, Argan Oil is great to repair damaged and brittle nails as well!


How to use Argan Oil on Skin and Hair?

To apply on skin, the best is to massage a few drops of Argan Oil into damp skin or damp hair. This will help lock in the moisture. You can also add a couple of drops to your favourite face or body lotion to give it an Argan Oil boost!


What is high quality Argan Oil?

The benefits of Argan Oil are well recognized now, as the many skin and hair products available on the market definitely show. With all these choices, how can you be sure you are buying a high quality oil?

Here are a few tips to help you shop for quality Argan Oil that will make a difference on your skin and hair.

Look for 100% Argan Oil

Argan Oil is expensive, and one way to make an oil cheaper is to dilute the oil with cheaper oils. To make the most out of Argan Oil’s many beauty benefits, be sure to get 100% Argan Oil, oil that is not mixed with other cheaper oils.

Organic Fair Trade Argan Oil by Fleurance Nature
100% Cold-pressed Argan Oil – certified Organic and Fair-Trade


Buy Non-refined and non-deodorized Argan Oil

Skip any oil that’s been heated or refined, and go for cold-pressed and non-deodorized Argan Oil that conserves more of its beneficial properties. How to know? Non-refined oil has a nutty smell and a rich gold colour. It may also say “cold-pressed”, “non-deodorized” or “non-perfumed” on the packaging.


Skip the value-pack

Non-refined oil also spoils faster, so it is best to buy Argan Oil in bottle sizes that are adapted to your use and buy again when you’re done. You may also want to buy Argan Oil that is protected from light: look out for tinted bottles or bottles packaged in boxes. Keeping sunlight out also helps to conserve Argan Oil’s beauty benefits.


Go Organic

Argan Oil is extracted from the heart of the Argan fruit. The very high oil content of the kernels makes them sponges for absorbing anything that’s used in cultivation. Conventional agriculture uses chemical pesticides and fertilizers that end up in the oil. Buying certified organic Argan Oil means such chemicals are not used. Less harmful chemicals is always better and choosing organic when possible is a sensible decision.


Buy Fair-Trade

In certain area of Morocco, the women producers are organized into Fair-Trade rural cooperatives. Buying Argan Oil from such cooperatives at a fair price helps support rural women’s livelihoods. It also helps preserve Argan tree plantations. Desertification puts these plantations at risk, and planting more trees helps to stabilize the soil and slow desertification. Fair-Trade Argan Oil probably doesn’t have a composition that’s very different from non-Fair-Trade oil, however knowing that the women who make it feel empowered and able to sustain their communities and families most likely makes them happier. And happy people make happy oil!

We sell Fair-Trade and Organic Argan Oil and Hair Mask.

Read more about the Fair-Trade communities that are supported by Fleurance Nature Argan Oil.

argan fruit morocco
Fruit on the Argan Tree in Morocco