Avocado, the luscious green fruit bursting with emollient goodness that your body craves, also happens to be great for your hair as well. Cracking open the wondrous fruit is the key to well-maintained and healthy hair. Dry hair can get a quenching drink from the avocado plant when applied as a hair mask. Avocado is rich in good fats that your body needs as well as protein.
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Saturated fats, once thought to be dangerous, are actually good for your body and will help you to feel full longer. These same fats can also nourish and condition your hair. In addition to these healthy fats, avocado is also a powerhouse full of nutritional substances including vitamin C, E, K, folate, and magnesium just to name a few.
When mixing up your own avocado hair mask, there are a few different ways you can go about it. Customize your avocado hair mask depending on what your hair is craving. Either way, the fats and antioxidants from the avocado will be a rich and nourishing treat for your hair, leaving it shiny, lustrous, and healthier than before.
Depending on the length and thickness of your hair, remember to adjust the amount of ingredients you use accordingly. If your hair is long and thick, you may need to use an entire avocado, whereas if you have shorter hair, half an avocado will do the job sufficiently. Leave the masks on for anywhere from 20 minutes to a full hour. Now, let’s check out these mask recipes!
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 tbsp. Honey (optional)
What to do:
First, blend half the fruit thoroughly into a lump-free puree. Mix the pureed avocado with the olive oil and lavender oil. Once mixed well, your mask is ready!
Apple evenly throughout your hair, focusing on the ends of your hair, as this is where hair tends to be most dry. You may also add a tablespoon of honey. Honey is a humectant, meaning it draws moisture to it. If the mask feels too sticky from the honey, add some olive oil to the mixture. Place cap on head and leave on your hair from 20 minutes to an hour depending on the level of treatment you prefer.
1 egg white
What to do:
First, blend half the fruit thoroughly into a lump-free puree. Mix the pureed avocado with an egg white and apply throughout your hair. Leave on for thirty minutes to an hour depending on how damaged your hair is.
Rinse with cool water (make sure it is cool so you do not cook the egg!) well before shampooing and styling hair as usual. This mask can be used up to twice a month to ward off the signs of color treatment damage.
Over processed strands and the use of heat styling tools can lead to weakened, damaged hair. The bonds that form hair are made up of keratin and both chemicals and heat styling can break down those bonds, leading to damaged and brittle hair. Pampering your with avocado and egg whites will give it both moisture and luster to your strands.
Eggs are not a good source of protein for your hair because the proteins are too big to penetrate the hair shaft. Same problem with mayo but they still can benefit the hair with shine.
1 Cup Avocado (pulp)
1 1/2 tsp. Honey
1 tbsp. Coconut oil
3 tbsp. Apple cider vinegar
What to do:
Place all ingredients into a blender and blend into a smooth and lump-free paste. Damp hair with water before applying to hair from scalp to ends paying much attention to the ends of the hair. Massage into scalp after hair is completely covered and then cover with a shower cap for 20 to 25 minutes.
Rinse with cool water (make sure it is cool so you do not cook the egg!) well before shampooing and styling hair as usual.
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Gain moisture, luster and strength with the power of avocados and if the DIY is not your thang, you can harness all the goodness with good ole Avocado oil like NOW 100% Pure Avocado Oil. Have you tried Avocado oil or a hair mask? Share below!
Healthy living and natural beauty are a passion for Marina and she enjoys empowering others through the tools and knowledge she has gained over the years as a healthy living enthusiast and she is always searching out new and exciting information to share with her readers in this area.
Great stuff. Honey is also a humectant — in that it attracts and helps to retain moisture.
I love using avocado on my hair. I use to use for a pre-poo when I first went natural now when I have the time I use it in a deep conditioner. Avocado oil is one of my go tos as well.
I am going to try this tonight. I am taking out my braids and my hair need some love
We never tried any type of hair mask! We are definitely interested in trying it out!! Thanks for the breakdown!
This is awesome! The next time I have my natural hair out I’m going to try this for sure! Xo
I never would have thought to use avocado. Great recipe.