Rapunzel-length hair is a goal that countless people strive for. You may have even tried biotin pills, rice water, or other treatments to no avail. But can hair masks help your hair grow? In this article, we explore hair masks and their potential to promote hair growth.
Hair Masks Can Help with Length Retention
A good hair mask could be the key to reaching your hair growth goals, but not for the reason you might expect. A hair mask cannot speed up your hair growth - but it can make your hair and scalp healthier, which translates to more length. One of the most common reasons people never reach their hair growth goals is because their hair breaks faster than it grows.
If you use a hair mask that strengthens, repairs and hydrates your hair, it'll be in much better shape and will be able to resist breakage. As a result, you'll be able to retain much more length. Also, if you're experiencing hair loss, hair-follicle stimulants in hair masks can trigger your scalp to grow hair at the rate determined by your genetic makeup.
Anti-Breakage Masks are Your Best Bet
Hair growth mask producers often slap "fast hair growth" or "long hair" on their labels. But what you should focus on is whether the mask can stop breakage. That's what will determine whether you'll get the results you want.
Anti-breakage masks target dry hair and strand weakness to nourish and repair your strands. Here are some ingredients you'll find in anti-breakage hair masks:
- Moisturizers - For your hair to be healthy, it needs adequate moisture. Without it, your hair will be prone to breakage. In hair masks specifically for hair breakage, there are usually emollients, oils, and butters, all of which rehydrate and nourish the hair.
- Silicones - Silicones bind to your hair shaft to make your hair smoother. They also help seal in the moisture from the other ingredients in your hair mask, vastly lowering your chance of hair breakage. Not all silicones are good for your hair- the wrong ones can build up on the hair and cause a plethora of problems. Make sure that the silicones present in your hair mask are water-soluble.
- Caffeine- Select hair growth masks are formulated with caffeine which stimulates hair follicle function. With your hair follicles hard at work, you may notice more hair growth than usual.
- Sealants- Sealants like castor oil, shea butter, and avocado oil all seal in moisture so your hair will stay moisturized in between deep conditioning sessions.
Note that every hair mask is different and may not have all of these ingredients in them. The only way to know if a hair mask will work for you is to give it a try.
You are now one step closer to reaching your hair growth goals. We recommend adding a quality hair mask to your hair routine to maximize length retention – you’ll notice the benefits before long. We wish you the best along your hair journey!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.