The Avocado has quickly become one of the most beloved natural food only 2nd to the coconut within the natural hair community. From deep conditioning masks to hot oil treatments, the fats that the avocado contains have proven to provide not only moisture, but essential nutrients and vitamins that enable healthy hair growth and repair damage.
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This fruit provides the body with over 25 nutrients including Vitamin E, protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin K, fiber, folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Copper and potassium, and is essentially what is known as a ‘complete food.’ As with any food product the benefits of the fruit yield more value internally than applying it externally, but the avocado provides essential nutrients either way.
Bet you’ll re-think saying ‘no’ to that guac after all….
What Avocado Does For the Hair
Since this fruit is full of healthy fats, protein and vitamins; when used topically as a mask it provides both moisture and strength to dry, damaged hair. The oils and vitamins from the fruit contain repairative properties that heal the skin and encourage cell turnover, which is important if you’ve struggled with scalp problems such as dandruff and psoriasis.
The amino acids and vitamins help soothe the scalp while the oils moisturize and heal, leaving you with a flake-free scalp and healthy new growth. Since the scalp is stimulated to in order to encourage cell turnover, it has also been shown that avocado aids in hair growth as well. Overall, it’s safe to say that this fruit is the be-all-end-all solution for scalp and hair health!
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It’s best to use avocados that are ripe/over-ripe so that you have a smooth consistency once it’s blended. Many recipes suggest that you ‘mash’ the avocado, but as we ALL know, ain’t nobody got time to be picking avocado lumps out of their hair 3 days later…so I’d suggest using a blender or food processor. If you’re unsure of how to cut an avocado properly, here’s a pictorial:
Here are 3 easy DIY Avocado hair masks for you to try at home
Damaged Hair Mask
This mask is great for those of us with dry, damaged hair. The addition of honey and egg give the avocado an extra boost in its moisturizing and strengthening qualities.
½ ripe avocado
1 tbsp. raw honey
1 large egg
Essential oil of your choice (rosemary oil is a good choice as it stimulates hair growth)
Add all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. Apply to clean hair and cover with a plastic shower cap. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before thoroughly rinsing with lukewarm-cool water. DO NOT use hot water or else the egg will cook in your hair!!
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Dry Hair Mask
This is for those of us with dry hair that drinks up any and EVERY product we apply to it. If your hair is thirsty, give this mask a go!
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp Olive Oil
Add all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. Apply to clean hair and cover with a plastic shower cap and leave on for 15-20 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm-cool water. DO NOT use hot water or else the egg will cook in your hair!!
Dandruff Treatment Mask
10 drops Argan Oil
2 tbsp honey
1-3 drops Tea Tree Oil
Add all of your ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until it reaches a smooth, creamy consistency. Apply to a clean scalp and massage gently, making sure every portion of your scalp is covered. Work any excess down the hair shaft and cover with a plastic shower cap. Leave on for 10-20 minutes
What are some of your favorite ways to incorporate avocado into your hair routine?
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