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Banana Hair Mask for Dry & Dull Hair

Banana Hair Pack

Banana Hair Mask for Dry & Dull Hair


Is your hair dry, moisture-deprived and looking dull?

Banana hair mask will put plenty of moisture back into your stressed tresses. With tons of antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin Bs and other goodness, bananas are great for your hair.

Benefits of Banana Hair Mask 

  • Deep conditions hair and hydrates every strand
  • Leaves hair feeling soft, silky and shiny
  • Encourages faster hair growth
  • Tames frizz and fly-aways
  • Greatly reduces split ends
  • Adds elasticity, manageability and shine
  • Helps with dandruff and scalp dryness

My experiment with Banana Hair Mask

I had heard a lot of good things about banana hair mask but never tried it. So with two over-ripe bananas sitting on the kitchen counter (I didn’t want to eat them, or throw them as I feel guilty throwing food away), I thought it was the right time to try this fruit on my hair.

And my review is…. I loved it!

After using this mask my hair felt super soft and smooth. In fact, this mask made my wavy hair straight (just about) — which was quite unexpected. The banana mask is incredibly moisturizing and I would give it a thumbs up.

Now whenever I have an over-ripe banana, I know what I am going to do with it.

Do you want to give it a try?

How to Make Banana Hair Mask

Making banana mask is more like making a banana shake, you blend it to a smooth paste. And instead of drinking it you apply it on your hair 🙂

You will need:

  • 1 ripe banana (2 if you have long hair)
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup full-fat milk (you can also use  coconut milk or yogurt)
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice (optional)
  • 1 egg/yolk (optional, for body and volume)

Pick a ripe banana (s), put it in a blender (or use a stick blender). Very ripe bananas work best for this recipe. Then, add honey, coconut/ olive oil, and milk and blend really well. You don’t want any chunks, just smooth paste of creamy consistency. This will make it easier to rinse out.

Banana tip:

1. If you want to save yourself the hassle of blending the banana, just use banana baby food puree. Open the banana puree bottle, add the remaining ingredients and mix well and you are ready to go. This will also save you from banana bits sticking to your hair.

2. I read this somewhere, if you do not want the banana to stick to your hair: split the banana in half lengthwise and scoop out the centre black seeds, and then use for the mask.

banana hair pack

To Use:

  • Apply this mask starting at roots and working your way to the ends. Slather as much as you can, making sure you have covered every bit of your scalp and hair. Wind your hair into a loose bun if long.
  • Put on a shower cap or wrap a towel around your head to prevent dripping all over your house.
  • Leave this on for about 30 minutes. While you wait for 30 minutes.. you can read a book, listen to some soothing music, watch your favourite show or sit in a bath. I chose the last option. I put some sea salt and a few drops of lavender essential oil and soaked in for a relaxing bath.
  • Then rinse hair thoroughly and shampoo as usual. You may not need to condition your hair (see how your hair feels).
  • Let your hair air dry.
  • And enjoy your beautiful hair 🙂

Bananas for Your Skin

If you have got some leftover banana mixture, apply on your face and neck. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wash with plain water. Your skin will be soft and clear. Bananas help to remove uneven skin tone and blemishes and give you a smooth radiant complexion.

Note: For the face mask, I leave out the lemon/lime juice as I find it drying for my skin.

My hair after combing the banana bits out (preferred the B&W look for this pic :-)

My hair after combing the banana bits out (preferred the B&W look for this pic 🙂

Banana Residue: After I towel dried my hair, I saw banana bits still left on my hair. This was probably because I didn’t blend the bananas well and there were some chunks left in. Anyway, I couldn’t do much then, so I simply let my hair air dry. After it was 90% dry, I untangled my hair using a wide tooth comb, starting at the ends and slowly working my way up. I then ran a fine comb through my hair to make sure I have no banana bits left in my hair.

I loved the way my hair felt – super soft. I can’t wait to try this mask again!!

Have a ripe banana sitting in your kitchen? Try this delicious mask for silky smooth hair.

I’d love to hear how yours turned out…

Word of advice: Do not try this mask just before a party or some important event. Try this at your leisure time so you are not left pulling your hair if something was to go wrong.

Update: I Did Banana Hair Mask Again

When I first did the banana hair mask I didn’t blend it very well and I was left to remove a lot of banana bits from my hair, which was not very nice.

The second time I made sure to blend the banana mixture really well — and leave no chunks. This mask was a great success. It was so much easier to wash off and after I air dried my hair…. it was pure bliss. My hair was really soft, healthy and sleek.

Leave a Comment:

Leena Sinha says

Hi Minaz,
This looks very convincing, I am going to try it soon. The hair products that you gave me were excellent. Thanks again. I will see you soon for some more personal hair tips. I had gone to India otherwise I would have got in touch sooner.

    Minaz Aslam says

    Banana Mask is awesome, you just need to take care of few things: 1. blend the bananas into a fine paste so it doesn’t get stuck onto your hair and 2. let your hair air dry to about 80 to 90% before combing through.

    And do share your experience 🙂

Bebo says

Hey Minaaz, people say that Honey whitens up hair… Is it true?? I have lots of honey in my house.. Besides eating it I wanna do something fruitful for my hair.. Please help…
Thanxx in Adv :)))

    Minaz says

    Bebo, honey does lighten (not whiten) your hair colour. And using it once a week or once in 15 days is not going to affect much.

Anita says

Hi Minaz, I had quite a banana experience when couple of days ago decided to try mashed banana on my hair! It got stuck in my hair so badly that I thought that I will have to shave the whole head, Honestly, it was the scariest hair experience ever. I’m only sharing it with you so that you can correct me in what did I do wrong and so that no one will make the same mistake. Basically this is what I did: I washed my oiled hair with ritha water then applied fork mashed banana on my hair as a conditioner for few minutes and then tried rinsing it off. But it did not rinse off at all, it was all stuck between a very long matted hair. Please help, I would love to know what went wrong??

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Anita, Oh that must be terrible :-(. As I mentioned above it is best to blend it with a stick blender, food processor or mixer grinder to achieve a smooth paste. That way it will come out easily.

    Anita says

    Okay, great, good to know. I’ll let you know if I’ll have courage to try it one more time…

harshavardu says

I hope your hair recipes are for both genders! I have a hair condition that whenever it comes into contact with wetness, many fall and worse if it’s oil, so instead of using oil i started to use coconut milk to give my hair the required moisture! How do u think that i should overcome with!
And massaging my hair literally scares the shit out of me, so how do i massage without letting go of lot of hair!
And after reading an article, i do have all the conditions of pitta (body heat, acidity, skin problems and hair fall), do u think i can cure it? Thank u

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    When you do head massage some hair are bound to come out, but over time it should decrease.

    You can certainly balance pitta condition. Do some research on it or check with an ayurvedic doctor.

Nanadini says

I tried this banana and honey mask. I also added squeeze of lemon. And blended the mixture very smooth. Post hair wash, my hair is looking great! It gave me shine and tamed down fly aways. Loved it and will use it regularly.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Wow that’s awesome. Thanks for sharing 🙂

shinanji says

banana chunks stuck in my hair! its awful.. it ends up with awful looking hair… n huge hair loss cuz of pulling the chunks 🙁

Thrive T says

I had applied this mask, mixing banana, olive oil n curd and after wash my hair turned really soft n shiny. I have long hair n dis pack gives a great feel to my hair.

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    jinal says

    can we keep it for whole night??

Minaz @hairbuddha says

Sorry to hear that. Did you blend the mixture well?

honey says

Want to ask u.can we apply simple banana pack that is only meshed banana daily to hair .is there any side effects ?

    Minaz @hairbuddha says

    Use weekly, and you must blend the bananas really well (with yogurt or milk).

Steph says

I have this mask on my hair now; I mixed it in the Vitamix to make sure it was as smooth as can be.
Funny story, though… I think I added too much yoghurt, so the mixture was very runny (like a milkshake), so I decided to drink about half of it before putting any on my hair, hahahah! I have shoulder-length hair, so there was still plenty to go on.
It was really tasty! I know, sounds odd to drink any… But it was really good, if not a little rich (I did put the optional butter in it, which added to the fullness of flavour).

I thought you might be amused!
I anticipate it’ll make my hair quite nice and revived ahead of a date I have tonight… Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Minaz @hairbuddha says

Good tip, thank you.

Alyssa Knowling says

I tried this wonderful mask last night, and it worked magic on my hair. It has not looked/felt this healthy, shiny and strong in a long time. The trick is definitely to blend the bananas as much as possible. My mask was very well-mixed, so it washed right out of my hair with no problem. Thank you for posting this recipe!

ALKA says

I like this recipe. my hair is very dry after i use this recipe is soft and shiny.
thanks for shering.

Kasmin says

I have tried this hair mask before with wonderful results, after watching a beauty vlogger’s video about it. The result was messy. It was pulpy to apply and left a lot of residue after-wash. because she used a muslin cloth to strain the banana pulp instead of blending it. Also it didn’t have milk as a component. Thank you for posting this recipe. I added the juice of one lemon and didn’t use the butter. The blend has turned out pretty smooth and it was as easy as applying a readymade hair mask. I have 20 minutes left to wash it out. Excited to see the results.

Rumi D says

I have oily hair and oily scalp. Still i used this hair pack bcs little bit of extra moisture wont hamper my hair.. i used ripe banana egg and oil.. i usually take lots of care of my tresses.. and use a hairpack regularly on saturdays as it is my only day off.. hair pack was good i dont have any issues regarding hair so really cant comment on the fact whethet it did something or not.. but after hair was dried it felt soft.. i washed with my biotique green apple shampoo then washed with acv rinse..

    Minaz says

    Great! thanks for sharing!

Ursie says

My teen has dry 4B hair. This did condition well. We washed– ok SHE washed- her hair using her Carol’s Daughter shampoo, and a 7 minute Carol’s Daughter conditioner. Again.. nice results! Soft and easy to detangle her curls… ohh. Curls had better definition!
We pureed the heck outta the bananas, so no chunks.. less mess. No issues rinsing.

Shanthi says

Hi Minaz, thats really great tip to know banana mask also give an excellent result on hair… actually I’m going to try this today… but my hair is very curly and dry…is it ok to apply this mask for my curly hair ?? please let me know….
Thank you

Jennifer says

Can I replace olive oil with almond oil?

    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

Pragya Sharma says

Hey..just tried this amazing mask and it was a really amazing experience. My hair felt really smooth and soft. My hair are very light. Can you please suggest me some homemade remedy to make them heavy. pls

    Minaz says

    Hi Pragya, I am so glad to know your hair loved banana hair mask.
    You thicker look, you can alternate banana hair mask with egg and olive oil hair mask (see the blog).
    Let me know how it works for you.

Nayera says

My hair was great till few years ago!
It started to fall and now it became dry
I wanna get it back can you recommend me a routine to do
So I can get it back ASAP
Thanks in advance ♥️

    Minaz says

    Hi Nayera,

    Some tips that helped me and you can follow them too:

    – Drink at least 2 liters of water a day starting with 2 glasses first thing in the morning
    – Apply egg + honey + olive oil mask to your head for 45 mins once every week. Once a week also massage your head with coconut or sesame (til) oil.
    – walk everyday for 30 mins at least

    If you do this for 3 to 4 months you will see good results.

    Best wishes,

Saai says

Hi., I have a frizzy and dry hair could you please suggest the best home remedy for my hair and tell me the duration for applying this remedy.

    Minaz says

    Hi Sai, apply one of these hair masks. They will make your hair soft, smooth and shiny.

roma says

I tried wrapping the ripe banana in a muslin cloth and straining it by squeezing hard. That way it washes out of hair easily. Your hair looks amazing in the pic!

Scarlet says

I am a nigerian and i have natural african hair, if i try the egg mask would it make my hair straight?

    Minaz says

    No it won’t.

Hardi says

I tried this hair mask and it, really works and gives you nice results. Thank you for that😊😊.
Just wanted to ask what should I try to stop hair fall.

Please reply ASAP. Thanking you 😃😃

    Minaz says

    Hi Hardi, You are most welcome. I am happy to hear that it worked so well for you.
    You can continue using this once a week, it will help with hair growth. You can also try egg and olive oil hair mask.

Pragya awasthi says

Whenever I apply egg and olive oil hair mask it drips alot. Do you have any solution for this?

lakshmi says

i agree fr this tips to get shiny nd softy hai bt i need some more tips to get sof nd shiny hair plss sugest beauty girl

    Minaz says

    See here

Nudaa says

Milk used in this banana mask is raw….????

    Minaz says

    No, it’s pasteurised. But you can use any milk, and it should be whole milk with full fat.

Maiyam Hameeda says

Hey Minaz.. Just wanna ask a question that is it ok to apply the mask in oily hair.. or is it necessary that my hairs should be oil free before applying the mask

    Minaz says

    Hi Mariyam, You can apply in oily hair.

NShah says

HI Minaz, My hair was great smooth ,silky, straight before my first baby who is 3 years now. But after that I am having lot of hair fall, too much dandruff, very dry hair too. I feel only 20% hair left. I do oil massage every week on my hair. Tried many different oil and shampoo but nothing effective. Would you please suggest something? really want to get my old hair back.

    Minaz says

    Hi there, have you tested yourself for vitamin deficiencies: iron, B12, vitamin D
    Don’t use oils on your hair, instead try hair masks.
    Banana hair mask is one, or you can try. Also, here
    and here are some options

Bhuvana says

Will catch Headache after this pack …by the way the results are satisfactory with the pack

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