Saturday, August 24, 2013

DIY: Avocado and Banana Hair Mask

Homemade hair masks are one of my favorite things to make! They're effective, they're inexpensive, and they're super easy to do.  Avocado, thus far, is one of my go-to ingredients when making a deep conditioning hair mask- it always helps to define my natural curls and adds shine to my hair so it's an ingredient that I use much more often than anything else. In the past I've done two different types of masks, one consisting of avocado as the main ingredient and the other consisting of banana as the main ingredient. But recently, I've been combining the two, both the avocado and the banana, and I'm LOVING the results. It leaves my hair soft, shiny, defined, and bouncy! Treat yourself to a deep conditioning hair mask once per week!

What you need:
1 ripe Avocado (or 2 depending on your hair length and thickness)
1 Banana  (or 2 depending on your hair length and thickness)
2 tbsp of Olive Oil
1 tbsp of Honey
(I fluctuate how much olive oil and honey I use from time to time.)


Instructions:
1. Peel avocado and banana and place into the blender along with other ingredients.
2. Blend together ingredients (You can also do this by hand, but I highly recommend pureeing this mixture as it makes it much easier to rinse out later.)
3. Apply to hair.
4. Put a shower cap over your hair.
5. Leave in for 30-45 minutes. 
(or sit under a hooded dryer for 30 minutes)
6. Rinse hair and wash hair.


Benefits:
This mixture will take your dull and dry hair and give it life, shine, and softness!   Avocados are rich in potassium, Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K,  fiber, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, copper and protein and have been used in treating many skin and hair ailments. Banana has potassium, natural oils, and vitamins. It also creates manageability and controls dandruff. Banana helps soften hair and protects hair’s natural elasticity, by protecting the hair's natural elasticity you can prevent breakage and split ends. Olive Oil can help cure dandruff problems, adds shine, and it adds moisture which improves manageability.. Honey serves as an excellent conditioner for hair, has anti-bacterial properties for a healthy scalp, and acts as a humectant preventing hair loss by preventing loss of moisture.

You can apply this mask to dry hair, damp hair, or shampooed hair. I have tried it all 3 ways and I personally like to apply it to my damp hair before shampooing. It works well for me that way, but you may find that doing this deep condition after shampoo works more to your liking. It's your hair so of course you want to find what works best for you.

3 comments:

Chetana said...
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minnie contreras said...

Can I add tea tree oil to this mixture?

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