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Should You Be Using a Hair Mask AND a Conditioner? An Expert Weighs In

Give us all the moisture! Right? Well, as much as we crave those silky strands, we don’t want to overdo it with products and weigh our hair down. This begs the question: Should we use a hair mask and a conditioner during the same wash?

To get to the bottom of that burning curiosity, we turned to celeb hairstylist Sienree Du. Below is everything you need to know about combining the two hair softening products.

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When to Use Both on Occasion

If you just feel like your hair needs the double-duty, then it’s probably a sign that you should go for it.

“Someone whose hair needs a little extra love [should use both],” Du tells Mane Addicts. “If your hair is dry, over-processed, colored or lackluster, [that’s a sign].”

 When to Use Both Regularly

If you’re someone who takes the au-naturel route and you don’t tamper with your hair much, it’s probably not necessary to use both. But it may be necessary if the opposite is the case.

“If you just got your hair processed and it needs some repairing or extra nourishment, using both would be beneficial during each wash,” Du says.

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The Difference Between a Rinse-Out Hair Mask and Standard Conditioner 

While it may seem like the two are similar (minus how much time each is left on the hair), a mask is more efficient.

“Usually a rinse-out mask penetrates the hair follicle a little deeper than a standard conditioner,” Du explains. “With that being said, a conditioner will probably just make your hair soft, whereas a rinse-out hair mask will not only make your hair soft, but depending on what kind of mask you use, it’ll make your hair stronger from the inside-out.”

How Often to Use Each 

The use for each really depends on the person—conditioners and hair masks (like other hair products) aren’t a one-size-fits-all situation.

Du says, “Depending on your hair type and what you’ve put you hair through will usually determine how often you should use what.”

Now that you have a sense of when to use conditioner, HERE‘s a list of our drugstore faves!

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