If there’s one thing about me? I’m gonna use some food in my hair. My friends laugh at me all the time for using my good avocado in my hair. And I will keep on doing it because avocado is a hair moisture miracle. Let’s get into this mask for hair with avocado and a secret ingredient my friends will roll on the floor when they find out about.
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When I went natural, I read all the blogs and watched all the Youtubers to see what they were using in their hair. I was determined to not become a product junkie but instead to use all-natural ingredients to nourish my hair as much as possible. So far, I’ve found an arsenal of foods that are quite nourishing both internally and when applied topically. You already know I love aloe vera for my hair. Now, let’s get into why I love avocado for hair treatments too.
In this post you'll find:
- Benefits of Avocado for Hair
- Avocado Oil Hair Mask For Deep Conditioning
- Why Banana? The Benefits of Banana for Hair
- Avocado Oil Hair Treatment
- Mask for Hair with Avocado
Benefits of Avocado for Hair
I’ve discussed at length the benefits of avocado oil for hair before so I won’t go in-depth here. But let’s recap.
It can penetrate the hair shaft
Avocado is rich in healthy fats, particularly monounsaturated fats. These fats are great for moisturizing hair, especially if it’s dry or damaged. They penetrate the hair shaft, providing essential moisture to keep hair soft and manageable.
Many oils just sit on top of your hair, never actually getting up in there and moisturizing it from the inside out. That’s OK if you’re looking for an oil to seal in moisture, but I was looking for one to moisturize as well and this is a great avocado oil benefit.
Avocado oil is light enough to seep into your hair follicle so all the vitamins penetrate deeply into your hair for long-lasting nourishment.
It is rich in Vitamin E
Avocado is a good source of various vitamins and nutrients, including vitamin E, vitamin C, and B vitamins. These nutrients help promote hair health by strengthening hair strands, reducing breakage, and enhancing overall shine.
Avocado-rich vitamin E promotes hair growth and is also a good antioxidant. This means while growing your hair, you’re purging it of toxins from your diet and environment that may be affecting your hair, stunting its growth and luster. Vitamin E also helps to lessen the effects of the sun’s harmful rays on your tresses.
It repairs damaged hair
Avocado contains proteins and amino acids that can repair damaged hair, particularly hair that’s been exposed to heat styling or chemical treatments. It can help reverse some of the damage and improve hair’s elasticity.
This is important when looking for a hair mask you can use regularly. Avocados can be used to add shine and moisture to your hair, taming frizz without being heavy and greasy. I love the strength and shine it adds to my wash and go.
Avocado benefits those with hair loss
Avocado oil, derived from the fruit, can stimulate hair growth due to its high content of essential fatty acids. It nourishes hair follicles, promotes blood circulation to the scalp, and encourages the growth of thicker, stronger hair.
Promoting blood circulation helps to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss on your scalp. You can boost this by massaging your scalp with a mix of avocado oil and castor oil which is also excellent for hair growth.
It genuinely moisturizes and adds shine
Avocado’s fatty acids and vitamins coat the hair shaft, making it smoother and shinier. This results in hair that looks healthier and more vibrant.
The natural oils in avocados act as a protective barrier against environmental damage, such as UV rays and pollution. This can help prevent hair from becoming brittle and prone to breakage.
It helps with dandruff
A healthy scalp is crucial for healthy hair. Avocado contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe and nourish the scalp. This can alleviate issues like dandruff and itchiness, creating a better environment for hair growth.
Avocado Oil Hair Mask For Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioning your hair regularly with a hair mask is crucial for maintaining its health and appearance. Hair masks offer a range of benefits that contribute to the overall well-being of your hair. First and foremost, they provide essential moisture and hydration, preventing dryness and making your hair more manageable. This hydration is vital for reducing brittleness and minimizing the risk of breakage. Additionally, hair masks often contain ingredients like proteins, amino acids, and vitamins, which repair and strengthen the hair shaft, especially if your hair is damaged from styling or chemical treatments.
Deep conditioning also improves the elasticity of your hair, making it less prone to snapping or breaking under tension or during styling. It enhances shine and smoothness by smoothing the hair cuticles, resulting in hair that not only looks healthier but also feels softer. Furthermore, maintaining a healthy scalp and hair follicles through deep conditioning can indirectly contribute to preventing hair loss and promoting long-term hair health. Lastly, the act of applying a hair mask can be a relaxing self-care ritual, reducing stress, and benefiting your overall well-being.
To deep condition effectively, apply the mask to clean, damp hair, ensuring complete coverage from roots to ends. Follow the recommended time mentioned on the product label or your DIY recipe, and then rinse thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water to seal the cuticles. Depending on your hair type and needs, you can incorporate deep conditioning into your hair care routine once a week or as required to keep your locks healthy and vibrant.
Avocado Hair Mask Recipe
Because I like to use avocado in hair treatments I regularly leave pieces of the fruit back for use on wash day. I like to mash the following together to make my DIY mask for hair:
- an overripe banana
- half of a small avocado
- 2 tbs honey
- an egg or some Greek yogurt for protein
- 1 tbs argan oil or castor oil depending on my hair’s needs
Mix this all together and work it through all of your hair, saturating each strand and covering it with a plastic bag or cap for an hour or two.
The exact measurements of the ingredients really don’t matter in a homemade conditioning treatment since you will be washing it out. You just need enough of the end product to saturate your hair.
You can also use heat like a hooded dryer or a warm towel to allow the mask to penetrate quicker if you only have 15-20 minutes to spend conditioning your hair. The ingredients in this mix leave your hair super moisturized, shiny, and healthier than before, ready for a week of styling.
Why Banana? The Benefits of Banana for Hair
You may be wondering why on earth there’s a banana in my avocado hair mask recipe. I told you I love to use all-natural ingredients in my hair and the truth is bananas are so wonderful giving it a softness I just love! Here are just a few reasons.
Natural Moisturizer: Bananas are rich in natural oils and carbohydrates that help provide deep hydration to hair. This moisture is essential for preventing dryness, reducing frizz, and promoting soft and manageable hair.
Strengthens Hair: The high silica content in bananas can improve the thickness and strength of hair. This can reduce the risk of breakage and split ends, contributing to overall hair health.
Rich in Vitamins: Bananas are packed with vitamins, particularly vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These vitamins play a vital role in maintaining the health of your hair by nourishing the hair follicles, promoting growth, and adding shine.
Prevents Hair Loss: The potassium in bananas helps strengthen hair and prevents hair loss. It also contributes to a healthier scalp by improving circulation, which can stimulate hair growth.
Natural Shine Enhancer: Bananas can add a natural shine to your hair. The vitamins and natural oils in bananas smooth the hair cuticles, making your hair look shinier and healthier.
Conditioning Properties: The natural sugars in bananas act as humectants, which can lock in moisture in the hair. This makes bananas an excellent ingredient for homemade hair masks and conditioners.
Just make sure to blend all the ingredients well and rinse everything out, perhaps with a clarifying shampoo once done to get all the residue out. I use a dedicated blender for my hair products to get my masks just right.
Avocado Oil Hair Treatment
If you have the oil on hand but not an actual fruit, you can still make a mask and get the benefits in your hair. Mix 1 tablespoon each of Avocado Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil and 5 drops each of Lavender Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil to make an avocado oil pre-poo.
Warm the mix in a container filled with very warm water (but not too hot to burn your scalp or change the properties of the oils, so you should be able to comfortably touch the oil) then apply this hot oil treatment to clean, wet hair or dry hair (experiment and see which works best for your hair) making sure to massage it into your scalp especially.
Cover your hair for 15 minutes with a warm towel to keep the oil warm then cleanse and style as usual.
Lavender and rosemary essential oils are touted for their hair growth properties but you can switch out these oils for the particular benefit you may be looking for. Some oils like tea tree help to detox the scalp.
I’ve found this to be the best avocado oil for natural hair. Bonus, I cook with it too! I love a double-duty product.
Mask for Hair with Avocado
As you can see, avocado benefits hair in a number of ways. I hope you found the post helpful! Please share with your friends and do tell, what do you use to moisturize your hair?
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