Hair Mask vs Conditioner – what is the difference?


Hair Masks and Conditioners should both be a part of your regular hair care routine. But why – what is the difference between the 2?


Essentially, Hair Conditioner will seal the cuticles of your hair after shampooing, ensuring a nice smooth finish to your hair. If you have medium to long hair, it should be used after every wash, as not only will it seal your cuticles, it helps restore the pH balance of your hair as well. Make sure you use a conditioner suitable for your hair type, and only on the mid lengths and ends, using conditioner close to your scalp can lead to greasiness and lank hair.


A Hair Mask on the other hand, acts as a deep treatment, and deeply nourishes and helps repair your hair. In Australia, with out harsher climate, a hair mask is a must. The results of a mask tend to last longer than a conditioner, however they are generally heavier in formula, and do not need to be used after every wash. Most hair masks recommend you use them 2-3 times a week, which is plenty for nourishing and caring for your hair with a richer mask, however some are lighter weight, and able to be used after every wash (look at the usage instructions on a particular mask if you are not sure). Hair Masks tend to treat a specific need in your hair, such as nourishing coloured hair, repairing damaged hair etc. Look for a mask that suits the needs of your hair. Some good ones to try are:

Schwarzkopf Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask


A great mask from the hair care experts at Schwarzkopf if your hair is heavily damaged or very dry, as it helps to reconstruct your hair deep inside the hair shaft with liquid Keratin. The result is hair that is stronger and healthier and more able to resist damage. The mask leaves your hair soft with added shine. 250ml RRP $8.99.

Dove Intensive Repair Treatment Mask


Another winning product from the Dove family, this mask with nutri-Keratin ingredients to deeply nourish hair, helps leave your hair more resistant to future damage – even for the most damaged hair. Used long term, hair gets better and better. 200ml RRP $7.99.

Garnier Nutrisse Avocado Enriched Mask


It turns out Avocado isn’t just great for your body’s nutritional health, it’s great for your hair as well. This mask, for coloured hair, is enriched with Avocado oil and nourishes your hair to help repair any damage caused by colouring, and protects your hair so the colour lasts longer. The formula is lightweight enough to use every day, even on fine hair. 300ml RRP $13.95.

Pantene Pro-Vitamin Daily Moisture Renewal Intensive Hair Masque


This ultra-repairing hair masque helps to minimise the appearance of damaged hair caused by colouring and daily styling.  The formula penetrates deep into the hair’s core, to help repair 3 months of damage in 3 minutes, and hydrates every strand, for nourished, healthy hair. 300ml RRP $10.99.



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