Do you want strong, shiny hair that grows faster?
Apply an avocado on hair.
But that stuff is food.
Yes, it is. However, it also 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 spring onion, chilli, coriander 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 bottom, do give it a try.
Now let’s get to what, why, how of avocado for hair, followed by avocado hair mask recipe…
What are the Benefits of Avocado Hair Mask
- Moisturises hair and leaves it feeling soft, smooth and shiny
- Adds volume and definition to hair
- Tames frizz and fly-aways
- Makes detangling easy
- Nourishes and encourages stronger and faster growth
- Reduces dandruff and promotes healthy scalp
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.
How Does Avocado Promote Thick, Gorgeous Hair
Avocados are packed with amazing fats: oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid. All these offer deep conditioning to hair, making it soft, smooth and elastic. So when you comb your hair, it detangles easily, without breaking.
With the stash of healthy fats, avocado scores top on conditioning factor. But it won’t let you down on strength and protection factor too. Its amino acids make hair strong and thick. While its powerful antioxidants — vitamin E, C and A— protect hair from damage and thinning.
Avocados also look after your scalp. They help to soothe the irritated and flaky scalp and its healthy fats eliminate dryness.
You can eat avocados to nourish hair from within or apply on your hair 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 or not.
Along with avocado, I also add olive oil and honey to make the mask more potent and improve hair growth.
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.
You will need:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 egg yolk (optional, use for body and thicker strands)
- 1/4 cup coconut milk (optional, use for extra softness)
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 or damp 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.
Once done, cover with a shower cap or muslin cloth. But even if you choose not to, don’t worry, the mask 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
- Choose a ripe avocado. Unripe one will not have the same effect.
- Blend the mask really well. You don’t want any chunks, just smooth paste of creamy consistency. This will make it easier to rinse out.
Avocado Face Mask
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…
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:
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/2 chilli (deseeded)
- 1 tablespoon chopped coriander
- the green part of 1 spring onion
- salt to taste
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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