The Best Hair Sheet Masks to Condition Your Strands
No, Sheet Masks Aren't Just for Your Face
As of late, the hair care industry is taking notes from what’s available in the world of skin care. Already, you can essentially replicate your skin care routine on your hair, with hair oils, serums, and primers all readily available. And now, the same can be done with sheet masks. While hair masks in tubs and tubes still have their place, if you want to translate your skin care regimen to your mane, try using a hair sheet mask if you haven’t already. Ready to dive a little deeper into this trend? We’re sharing what exactly a sheet mask for your hair is and how to use it—plus, a few of our favorite hair sheet masks to get your hands on.
What Is a Hair Sheet Mask?
Don’t expect a sheet mask for your hair to exactly resemble the ones you’re fond of for your face. You won’t see any openings for your eyes or mouth—which makes complete sense. Instead you’ll find a sheet, in the form of a cap, that’s free of holes and soaked with a hair mask formula. These sheets allow you to skip the process of slathering your strands with a mask. Instead, all you have to do is put the sheet mask on—which is sure to be a bit less messy. As for what you can expect the mask to do, that all depends on your mask of choice. Popular benefits include increased moisture and damage repair.
How to Use a Hair Sheet Mask
Incorporating a sheet mask into your skin care routine is close to foolproof. You put it on, you wait it out, then you remove. When it comes to hair sheet masks, the process is slightly different. Thankfully, it isn’t much more challenging. Here’s how to use a hair sheet mask:
Step 1: Prepare your mask. Hair sheet masks should be used in the shower, so it makes sense to reason that when it comes time to put one on, your hands may be a tad too slippery. To avoid a potential slick-handed ordeal, prep your mask before stepping foot in the shower. Open the package and unfold the mask, then leave it somewhere that’s within reach but out of the way of the water.
Step 2: Wash your hair. When using a sheet mask on your hair, it should take the place of your conditioner for the day. That means it’s a must to use shampoo beforehand. Wash your hair as usual, preferable with a shampoo that’s coordinates with your mask. Once your locks are thoroughly covered in suds, rinse out with lukewarm water.
Step 3: Apply the mask. Twist and wrap your hair, gathering the entirety of your mane atop your head—as if you’re about to don a shower cap. Put the sheet mask on over your hair and secure it in place.
Step 4: Massage your scalp. Simply sitting a mask atop your head isn’t enough, to ensure your hair is completely coated with the mask formula you’ll have to gently massage the cap.
Step 5: Be patient. Rinsing out immediately won’t supply you with the results you’re seeking. A hair mask needs a bit of time to work and hair sheet masks are no exceptions. Leave yours on for 5-10 minutes, being sure to consult the product instructions. While you wait, exfoliate your body or shave your legs.
Step 6: Rinse. When time is up, remove the cap and rinse out with lukewarm water. And that’s it—you’re free to style your hair any which way you like.
Our Favorite Hair Sheet Masks
Ready to give a hair sheet mask a try? These are our top picks:
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Deep Moisture Hair Sheet Mask : Dry skin is no fun for anyone—and the same can be said for dry hair. Formulated with aloe blossom, this 5-minute steam treatment provides deep moisture to combat dryness.
L’Oréal Paris EverPure Intense Repair Hair Sheet Mask : Damaged hair is easier to come by than we’d like. Whether it’s via heat tools or hair dyes, damage is all too common. While it’s better to avoid damage in the first place, you can use a sheet mask, like this sulfate-free option formulated with camellia flower, to treat your hair.
Redken All Soft Mega Recovery Tissue Mask Cap : Everyone loves the idea of a quick fix but most of the time, such a thing doesn’t really exist. However, you’ll be happy to hear that doesn’t hold true for severely dry hair. This single-use mask instantly quenches and revives.