Does a Hair Mask Make Your Scalp Oily?


Hair masks are the ultra-moisturizing treatments that many women rely on to remedy their dry, brittle hair. And since our scalp's natural oil production slows with age-related hormonal changes, getting adequate moisture is never more essential than it is during and after menopause.

However, finding the right moisture balance is not as simple as conditioning when you notice dryness. Your hair and scalp have remarkably different hydration needs, and moisturizers that are beneficial for your dry ends are often too much for your scalp.

Thankfully, hair masks do not always make your scalp oily. The trick to avoiding a greasy scalp? Choose the right product for your needs and make sure you apply it correctly.

Do I Need a Moisturizing Hair Mask?

Dull, frizzy hair can be discouraging, especially if you have had shiny and healthy hair most of your life. Over time, lower estrogen levels and decreased production of natural sebum oil tend to leave your hair both drier and more damage-prone.

While your first reaction may be to slather on heaps of moisture, this won't always fix the problem. To avoid the greasiness that comes with over conditioning, make sure you accurately address your hair’s underlying issues.

Use Repairing Conditioners for Damaged Hair

Too much moisture can weigh down your fine strands, leaving them flat and lifeless. You can contribute to the problem if you are also cleansing with sulfate shampoos that strip away your scalp’s natural oils.

If you are struggling with hair breakage and split ends, an unbeaten way to restore shine to your mane is by using moisturizing hair products created to treat age-related dryness and breakage. 

Try Better Not Younger’s Second Chance Repairing Conditioner for Dry or Damaged Hair

When used following BNY’s improved Second Chance Repairing Shampoo, this moisture-rich conditioner can restore the strength, elasticity, and integrity of each shaft to protect your hair from damage without over-moisturizing or giving you an oily scalp.

The Best Masks to Hydrate Dry, Brittle Hair

If dryness is at the root of your hair’s dull appearance, then a hair mask’s hydrating ability is likely the smart choice for you. Better Not Younger offers two options, Hair Redemption Restorative Butter Masque and Silver Lining Purple Butter Masque.

Both mask solutions allow you to steep your strands in a rich blend of butters, including mango, cupuaçu, macadamia seed, murumuru, and avocado. 

These plant-based butter masks relieve inflammation associated with dryness and itchiness without clogging your pores.

Get the Benefits of a Mask without an Oily Scalp

The deep-conditioning effects of a hair mask can do wonders for your dry, frizzy strands. Though if misapplied, they can saturate your scalp and roots with too much hydration.

For the perfect moisture balance, follow these application guidelines:

  • Use your hair mask one to two times per week — Your locks only require occasional deep hydration. Overuse may lead to a greasy scalp and limp roots.
  • Shampoo before using a hair mask — Shampooing before applying your mask allows you to wash away scalp impurities and excess oil so you can start with a clean slate.
  • Use in place of your regular conditioner — Skip your usual conditioner on the days that you apply your mask. Doubling up on moisture-rich products only heightens your risk of an oily scalp.
  • Use less if you have an oily scalp — For dry hair, we recommend using a quarter-sized amount for each mask application. However, if you struggle with oiliness, use only a dime-sized amount.
  • Focus on your ends — If your scalp is not dry, it may become greasy when exposed to your mask’s moisture-rich formula.
  • Better Not Younger masks can be used on your dry scalp — Better Not Younger generally recommends applying the mask to your strands from their midpoints to the ends. However, if your scalp is dry and itchy, Hair Redemption and Silver Lining Masques’ nourishing formulas can be used as a weekly deep-conditioning treatment.
  • Rinse well — Better Not Younger’s hair masks will wash away cleanly when you’re done. Rinse with cool or lukewarm water before you step out of the shower. Any conditioners left behind may flatten your hair and make it appear oily.

Scalp Healthy Products for All Types of Hair

In addition to our masks, our comprehensive line of products was created to be used holistically to address age-related hair and scalp issues, including dryness, oiliness, and thinning

Make Better Not Younger part of your hair care routine and enjoy the benefits of our quality, natural ingredients for yourself. Visit our Shop page today!