Have you ever wondered which is better for your hair? Here, we made an HONEST comparison of the pros and cons of a homemade hair mask versus a pre-made one! You might surprised by what we reveal. 💖
A good hair mask is great for any and all hair types. Hair masks infuse concentrated moisture and healing into damaged or dry hair, producing incredible, instant results. Obviously, we’re obsessed with our own hair mask, but we wanted to give you the raw, honest truth about hair masks — pre-made vs. homemade!
Here, we compare the two types of hair masks — homemade versus pre-made. We’ll reveal our conclusion at the end!
1. Extra Effort vs. Convenience
HOMEMADE: A DIY hair mask may sound easy, but there is still preparation involved. It may require measuring ingredients, a mixing bowl, and a brush or spoon for application, which you’ll need to wash afterward. You may need to purchase extra ingredients, depending on the hair mask recipe you pick. By the time it comes down to application, it may have required a bit more effort than anticipated.
PRE-MADE: What’s nice about a pre-made mask is that the work is done for you. All you need to do is open up the mask, apply, wait, and rinse. However, there’s still work to be done: RESEARCH. What brand will you go with? Is the company trustworthy? Cruelty-free? Eco-friendly? What is the mask made of really? Does the price seem fair? Are you ordering online? Purchasing in store? Are you concerned about excess plastic usage? All of these are good things to consider when using a pre-made mask.
2. Simple Ingredients vs. Complex Ingredients
HOME MADE: How cool that you can make it with simple ingredients, right there at home, right? Homemade hair masks feel safe because they’re usually made with stuff you can eat. Just always keep in mind: just because you made it yourself, doesn’t always make it right for your exact hair type. It’s awesome having simple ingredients on hand to throw together a simple hair mask, but again, do your research. Raw ingredients are gentle, so it may take several uses to see real results.
PRE-MADE: On the other hand, a pre-made mask contains complex, refined ingredients (hopefully plant essences and extracts like ours!) that require industrial processing to concentrate the benefits. The raw ingredients undergo a careful process to remove impurities and excess elements so the pre-made mask can work more quickly and effectively. Because of this, these complex ingredients often create a faster result. If a company is honest, they will list all of the ingredients, so that you can look them up and learn what they do.
Another way to understand simple versus complex ingredients is to compare pizza toppings to pizza dough. The raw toppings are easily cut up and tossed on the top of the pizza — anyone can do it, and it’s easy to see what they are! Just like mixing together hair mask ingredients at home, quick and simple. But with pizza dough, there are way more ingredients involved that get blended, kneaded, and baked into yummy goodness. Flour, salt, sugar, and yeast are all created through a complicated process before they can make pizza dough. The same is true about a pre-made hair mask. There’s a little more time, effort and science involved.
3. Short Shelf Life vs. Long Shelf Life
HOMEMADE: One of the great things about the homemade hair mask is that you can use it right away. As long as you have all the right ingredients, you can make and use it instantly. However, the fresh ingredients means that it can spoil. A homemade hair mask can be stored in the fridge, but only lasts a few days before it should be thrown out.
PREMADE: You can a also use this mask right away. But with a pre-made hair mask, the shelf life is much longer. It can often be kept for up to a year or more, and still be just as beneficial as when it was first opened. The natural extracts are concentrated, so a little mask goes a long way and it won’t spoil the same way a homemade one will. However, it may require more patience, if you’re still researching, or just waiting on its delivery. And, depending on how high quality or pure the hair mask ingredients are, it may cost more than an average hair mask.
4. Your research vs. Our research
HOMEMADE: You research the videos, blogs, and reviews for DIY hair masks. You check into the safety, ingredients, and benefits to expect. You educate yourself as best you can, and then cook up a homemade hair mask that does wonders! Or, you do some trial and error with a few homemade masks, before settling on one you like.
PRE-MADE: The company selling the pre-made mask tests and researches before they release it. They hire chemists and researchers to engineer the best product they can. In order to legally sell it, they must ensure safety and user-friendly instructions. If the product is well-received, the company will sell enough make a profit, and produce more.
Final answer? There are benefits to both, ya’ll.
It’s honestly not fair to say one is better than the other. Sometimes a homemade hair mask does the trick, and sometimes a pre-made mask is needed. It all depends on your hair needs. If your hair is extra dry and damaged from lots of color or heat, it’s probably a good idea to find good pre-made hair mask. The ultra-rich benefits of the pre-made mask will bring concentrated healing hydration fast, to stop breakage and frizz. If your hair is pretty healthy, a homemade hair mask may be just the trick! You may only need to incorporate the power of a pre-made mask once in a while.
All in all, we hope you consider the pre-made Agave Hair Mask. It’s everything you could want or need in a pre-made mask. Creamy, rich and brings all kinds of healing to dry hair.
We hope you enjoyed this honest comparison! Let us know your thoughts on hair masks! We’d love to hear from you!