One of the reasons I love homemade beauty treatments is because I almost always have everything on hand to make them. Not only that, but they are an awesome way to use up fruit and veggies that aren’t pretty enough to be served on your plate any longer.
Last week, I shared a Strawberry Cream Winter Facial Mask that used up some strawberries that were on their way out along with some yogurt that wasn’t getting eaten quick enough. But this week? I’m giving you something else to make with those brown bananas instead of banana bread: a Banana Avocado and Coconut Oil Hair Mask.
I wasn’t sure what the combination of banana and avocados would smell like, but it was actually really pleasant. Plus the consistency is thick enough to stay on your hair without dripping and hold it in place while you’re letting it set.
Why It Works
Coconut Oil is loaded with Vitamin E and healthy fatty acids that give it high moisture retention properties . The chemical structure of coconut oil also allows it to penetrate the hair instead of just coating it, making it the perfect ingredient to add some moisture back into dry and damaged hair.
Avocados are packed full of vitamins that allow them to aid in hair growth as well as repairing damaged hair. Avocados also help improve the the strength of hair strands.
Bananas are high in natural oils and vitamins that soften the hair and help prevent breakage. Bananas also aid in improving the appearance of your hair, can add a healthy glow to your strands and aid in controlling dandruff.
How to Make it
- 1 Ripe Avocado
- 1 Ripe Banana
- 2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
- Combine ingredients and blend together until thoroughly mixed.
- Spread the mixture over your hair and let it set for 20-30 minutes.
- Thoroughly rinse out with your regular shampoo and conditioner
- Use 1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil instead of 2 if you have thin hair. I have thick, wavy hair and used extra coconut oil to reduce frizz.
- If you want to make the rinsing process easier, press the mixture through a sifter or cheesecloth before applying it to remove any chunks. (I didn't do this, but just had to shampoo a little bit more vigorously to get some of it out.)
- Makes two masks for thick, shoulder length hair.
After it’s all rinsed out, I just comb through my hair and let it air dry. Then it’s super soft, shiny and a breeze to style!
do you have any favorite at home beauty DIYs?
I’d love to hear them!