Do you want strong, shiny hair that grows faster?
Apply an avocado on hair.
But that stuff is food.
Yes, it is. However, it works great as a hair mask. If your question is how and why? We will come to it later, before that my story about how I fell in love with the green, creamy avocados…
I was not always a fan of avocado.
I first tasted avocado when I moved to England. I had heard a lot about avocado health benefits, so I very enthusiastically bought half a dozen. I neither liked its taste or texture. Avocados were sitting in the kitchen, and I was not sure what to do with them. So I put them in the freezer, which preserved them for the time being.
And then the avocado hair mask happened.
The results were stunning. My hair was strong and full of body. Also, it deep conditioned hair and put in shine and smoothness to it. After the first try, I looked forward to using the remaining avocados on my hair.
And this way avocado hair mask became one of my favourites. But I still didn’t eat avocado for a long time until I tasted guacamole. One of my friends made it with onion, chilli and lime juice. It was absolutely delicious. From then on, my true romance with this fruit began. I will include the guacamole recipe at the end, do give it a try.
Now let’s get to what, why, how of avocado for hair, followed by avocado hair mask recipe..
The best thing about the avocado mask is that everyone can use it, whether your hair is dry or oily, fine or coarse, short or long. The avocado works for all hair and scalp. And also all hair colours — it won’t colour it green.
Avocados contain a complete package for your hair: healthy fats, protein, vitamins A, E, C, and several B vitamins and minerals.
It Smooths Hair and Enhances Shine: The amazing fatty acids in avocados: oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid — all offer deep conditioning and hydration, locking-in moisture and thereby giving hair long-lasting shine and smoothness. Also, this helps improve manageability, so when you comb your hair, it detangles easily.
With the stash of healthy fats, avocado scores top on the conditioning factor. But it won’t let you down on strength and protection factor too. Its amino acids make hair strong, thick and voluminous.
While its powerful antioxidants — vitamins E, C and A— protect hair from damage and thinning.
Avocados also look after your scalp. They help maintain the scalp’s pH balance, thus reducing irritation, itching and flakiness. While their healthy fats moisturise and rejuvenate a dry scalp. And as I always say, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair.
You can eat avocados to nourish hair from within and apply some to transform your hair into glorious-dazzling tresses. But, the Proof is in the Pudding, and until you don’t try it, you won’t know if it works for you.
Although avocados are a complete package for your hair: fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, I like to add a few more ingredients to make the hair mask more potent as well as to boost hair growth. My favorites to go along with avocado are olive oil and honey.
Olive oil is high in antioxidants and squalene – which makes hair healthy and shiny.
Honey is great for your scalp health, and it offers moisturising and pH balancing effects.
Ingredients for Avocado Hair Mask
Put the avocado pulp, olive oil, honey (and egg yolk and coconut milk if using) and some water into a blender and blend to a smooth, creamy paste. (use more water to make the mask thinner.)
How to apply
Start with dry hair. Apply this mask to your scalp and hair. Put on your shower cap or wrap your head in a muslin cloth or a towel. You can also leave your hair uncovered as this mixture won’t drip.
Leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes, then rinse out. Wash with homemade shampoo or SLS free shampoo and let your hair dry naturally. Repeat once a week to pamper and enrich your hair with the avocado hair mask.
Mistakes to avoid
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can I apply avocado to dry hair or damp hair?
Start with dry hair, so that you absorb all the nutrients from the mask. If hair is wet, it may affect the process.
2. Can Avocado Increase Hair Growth?
Avocados are superb for hair; you can eat them or apply them to promote growth. But it’s also essential that you eat a variety of foods to provide your hair nourishment from within.
3. How long will it take to see actual results from applying avocado hair mask?
You should see visible results with just one use. It will enhance your hair’s shine, smoothness and volume.
4. Can I store the Avocado Hair Mask
No. Avocado oxidizes quickly and turns black. So, make it fresh each time.
You can save some avocado mask for your face. It will give you baby-soft skin.
Although, for the time being, you might look like Shrek covered in avocado from neck up. But after washing it out, you will be the princess/prince…of your house.
Okay, now it’s time to relax and get something to eat, and what better than the avocados itself…
As promised, here’s the recipe for guacamole
Guacamole is a Mexican dish, and in the native language, āhuacamolli means avocado sauce. And what a tasty sauce it is. I love to eat it for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack. It’s quick to make, and keeps you full for a few hours. And not to miss the health benefits – it’s good for your heart, gut, eyes and mood.
Here’s my version of guacamole:
In a bowl, mash avocado with a fork. Add chopped spring onion, chilli, coriander, lime juice and salt. Mix, mash, mix, mash. Once it becomes smooth and creamy, sever on toast and enjoy your green and healthy life. And of course, your beautiful hair!
Are you a fan of avocado? How do you use it? Please share in the comment box below…
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