Do you have dry, damaged or color-treated hair with balayage? One thing is for sure, you need to choose a hair care product adapted to your hair type.
And yes, the mask is an essential part of your beauty routine.
Applied once or twice a week, depending on your needs, it intensely nourishes and repairs your hair fiber… in just a few minutes! So why deprive yourself?
The only problem is that you don’t know how to apply your mask. In fact, you’re not optimizing its use. To help you out, the Get the Look editorial team has put together a few tips for a good hair routine. Let’s get started!
Our tips and advice for applying your Loreal Xtenso Care Masque
Apply the Loreal Xtenso Care Masque to damp hair after shampooing.
Place a small amount of product in the palm of your hand. Then distribute the mask strand by strand.
Depending on your needs, gently apply the treatment from the roots to the ends. If you only have damaged ends, it is not necessary to apply the mask to all the hair.
Apply a small amount of product to each strand and gently untangle, paying special attention to the ends.
Leave on for 3 to 10 minutes.
However, if your hair is very dry, you can easily leave your mask on for up to 20 minutes. Our ultimate tip? Cover your head with a warm towel for 10 minutes.
Rinse your hair with warm water.
The right thing to do: avoid combing your wet hair, as this breaks the fiber. And yes, during the treatment, let your hair rest so that it can fully absorb the nourishing active ingredients of the treatment.
Nourishing, moisturizing, purifying or repairing: each hair type has its own hair mask. This treatment is a must for beautiful hair because it acts in depth.
Why use a hair mask?
Heat, coloring, humidity, sun, pollution… are all harmful factors for the hair:
They alter the scalp, hinder the evacuation of fatty acids contained in the sebum, promote the accumulation of toxins at the roots.
These elements affect the scales (protective barrier) of the hair, which leads to an overproduction of free radicals.
They attack the keratin and dry out the hair fiber.
Consequences? Weakened, dry, brittle hair, the appearance of dandruff and hair loss. The hair mask will repair and nourish the scalp as well as the hair, in depth and durably.
It is preferable to choose a natural hair care product from organic cosmetics, which is more respectful of the environment and less aggressive for the hair.
The nature of hair under the microscope
Hair originates in a cavity called a follicle. It is composed of a root (implanted under the epidermis of the scalp), a bulb intended to receive nutrients and a stem. The hair shaft is made up of keratin and amino acid chains.
The active ingredients contained in the hair care product, applied in the form of a mask, act gently and allow for a targeted action, depending on the needs and type of hair.
This is why it is recommended to apply the Loreal Xtenso Care Masque about once a week.
When to apply a hair mask: before or after shampooing?
Contrary to popular belief, it is often best to apply an organic hair mask before washing your hair.
If you have fine, dry or damaged hair, apply your mask to dry hair before shampooing, concentrating on the length of the hair (even the ends) and avoiding the scalp.
Then tie up your hair and wait at least 20 minutes for the product to work. Rinse with water and shampoo as usual.
In specific cases, a mask can be applied to the root of the hair: these are treatments formulated to purify the scalp and regulate sebum production.
In order to regenerate the hair fiber in depth, certain masks can be used after shampooing.
It is then advised to leave them on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing the hair thoroughly.
How to properly apply the Loreal Xtenso Care Masque?
It is recommended to apply the Loreal Xtenso Care Masque once a week, or even twice if your hair is really damaged, in order to revitalize it quickly.
After your shampoo and conditioner, wring out your hair well so that the mask adheres well to the hair fiber and apply it strand by strand, avoiding the roots to avoid making them greasy.
Gently massage your scalp to activate its circulation as well as your ends, which are often dry and weakened.
Leave on for at least 20 minutes, or even overnight for even better results.
You can wrap your hair in a warm towel: this will increase the effects of the mask tenfold and, between us, what a relaxing pleasure!
Take advantage of the few minutes you have left to apply a scrub to your face and legs. Giving yourself a little cocooning time just for yourself will do you a world of good.
Far from the stress and worries of everyday life, it’s the wellness break we all deserve!
Take a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your hair.
Be careful, wet hair is more fragile, so don’t brush aggressively! As the mask has a detangling action, your hair is already much smoother and more supple, so there’s no need to damage it.
Next, rinse your hair thoroughly.
This is a very important step, otherwise your hair will remain dull and lack luster.
Rinse with cold water – if you’re brave – or lukewarm water for those who are a bit more dull.
Water that’s too hot will tend to open up your hair’s cuticle, allowing the water in your hair to escape, making it dryer.
Squeeze out your hair again, dry it gently and air dry or blow dry it at a low temperature.
As you can see, heat is not your hair’s friend!
Incorporating a nourishing mask into your hair routine is a beauty gesture that will restore your hair to its lost splendor.
However, be careful not to overdo it! Once a week is plenty of time and not after every shampoo.
Overloading your hair with nutritive products will tend to suffocate it, so limit yourself so as not to create the opposite effect!
The Loreal Xtenso Care Masque is a great hair fiber restorer. It nourishes and strengthens the most fragile hair in depth.
The result: hair that is more supple and easier to style.
All this is made possible by the active ingredients they contain, which seal the gaps in the hair fiber while coating the cuticle.
They contain fortifying agents, responsible for repairing the hair fiber thanks to active ingredients such as keratin, plant proteins, amino acids and collagen.
In addition, emollient agents repair the hydrolipidic film of the hair, which is damaged by frequent shampooing, unsuitable hair products, pollution and aggressive treatments such as coloring, perming, straightening, etc.
Once protected, the hair is more supple, shinier and less sensitive to humidity, and therefore tends to frizz less.
A true nutritive treatment, the Loreal Xtenso Care Masque requires a little patience and time but offers amazing results
Final Verdict: 4/5