I can’t believe I am saying this but It’s been such a long time since I last bought a hair mask. Of course this isn’t because I haven’t been using hair masks but because I am now attempting to make as many of my own recipes as possible. I don’t know if I am biased but since I started making and using my own DIY hair masks I have found them to be much more efficient than most you find on the shelves. However, when I was on holiday my hair desperately needed some extra attention because of the sun and I didn’t have any of my carrier oils or powders (I haven’t become quite that crazy yet where I take them everywhere with me)……so I decided to buy the Hydrating Mask from My Mane Care. Mane Care is a Canadian brand I hadn’t heard anything about before that only sells 4 hair products. This, I hoped, would be a good sign as it means they are probably devoted to their small range and take care when developing them.
The mask itself is 100% natural and made with 9 different carrier oils: Organic Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Broccoli Seed Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Jojoba seed Oil, Castor Seed Oil. It’s a great combination of oils for dry, damaged hair and quite close to the same selection of nourishing hair oils that I often find myself using. Due to the main ingredient being coconut oil when it’s cold the mask turns slightly solid similar to a cream in consistency and then when it’s hot the texture is completely fluid. Of course this also means that the scent of this mask is predominantly coconut which for me is never ever a bad thing! I love the way the brand has packaged this mask, in an easy to use pouch, as it it’s cute and quite unusual packaging for a hair mask.
Apply the mask to dry hair but try not to be heavy handed or you might end up having to do 3 shampoos to remove it all from your hair. Leave it for 2 hours and then shampoo your hair clean. It is often advisable to leave the mask on overnight before shampooing your hair the next day as this is especially worthwhile if you feel your hair desperately needs some extra nourishment.
I have very fine hair and even then mask doesn’t feel at all heavy on my hair, well, as long as I made sure not to overload the application of course! It’s a great mask that nourishes and brings softness to my hair, not to mention that it also makes my hair easier to style which was great when I was on holiday. As I already have a plethora of carriers oils at home and make my own masks, that I can customise at will, sadly I won’t buy this mask again. That doesn’t mean it’s not a great product and that I wouldn’t recommend it to others who don’t make their own products though, it’s more a case of it being a simple composition that I can make myself. For anyone who will never buy each separate oil, or simply doesn’t have time for DIY recipes, then this is a great alternative as the collection of oils in it are really beneficial for hair. I might suggest that you still add some essentials oils like Ylang Ylang to it which brings extra shine or perhaps Bay Saint Thomas if you are losing your hair. Personally I might even be tempted to add some moisturising ingredients like aloe vera or agave syrup (but now I am just veering back towards making a DIY mask again) to make this mask more lush for your hair!
Have you tried this hair mask before? Do you know of any particularly great masks to recommend? Please leave a comment below!