So I recently celebrated my one year anniversary of being natural this July (cheers) and I’m so excited about the progress my hair has been making. My main two hair goals when I big chopped were Healthy hair and Length, and my hair has been doing quite well in both areas!
At the beginning of my journey I was a little bit of a product junky: I assumed that what my hair needed was multiple products and brands which would miraculously cause it to grow and be healthier. I was quite far from the truth! What I have discovered in my year of being a natural is that it is better to establish a specific regimen which your hair responds well to, rather than piling multiple products onto the hair and breaking bank in the process.
One of my favourite things which I have incorporated in my hair regimen has been hair masks. Hair masks can serve multiple purposes for your hair: from moisturizing, to repairing damage, to conditioning and nourishing. The fun thing about hair masks is that you can easily (and cheaply) make them at home using the natural foods in your kitchen. My favourite natural hair mask so far has turned out to be the Avocado Banana mask, and I’m going to show you how I make and apply this to my hair!
You will need:
- ½ to 1 full avocado
- 1 to 2 bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
Avocados contain vitamin B and E and help to strengthen and protect the hair, while bananas enhance shine and help to control or prevent dandruff by moisturizing the scalp. Eggs provide rich protein for the hair and honey gives it extra shine.The amounts can each be tweaked according to the length and thickness of your hair.
Blend all of these together until it forms a creamy mixture and voila! The blender helps to make sure there are no chunks of food left in your hair when you wash the mask out, so make sure to push that ‘liquify’ button to make the wash easier for yourself!
I started out on damp, unwashed hair and divided my hair into four sections with some plastic clips. I used my fingers to part the hair into smaller sections and rub the mask onto each section, from root to tip. When I was done, I wrapped my hair up with a plastic bag and put a shower cap on top and let it sit for 20 minutes.
I later rinsed my hair out and used Apple Cider Vinegar to wash, followed by a deep condition. To read more about my wash day and what I use in my deep conditioner, go here.
Overall, my hair turned out soft, moisturized and strengthened, and I had very little fall out during my wash process. I am always very happy with the results of this mask and try to treat my hair with a mask every two weeks if it is not under a protective style.
What are some of the natural hair masks you use at home? Let me know if you try this one and what you think of it.
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