This Nourishing Hair Mask is Probably Already in your Kitchen
Is your hair is dry and dull? Is breakage coming for those edges? Well, look no further than your own kitchen for the remedy! Do you ever find yourself in your kitchen looking at the contents of your pantry thinking, “I wonder what would happen if I put this in my hair”? It probably sounds like a strange question but weirder and more harmful substances enter our hair each and everyday. From the products we use to the harmful environmental toxins we encounter (bonus point if you live near a freeway), pollutants are everywhere. Luckily with a little conscious effort, we can limit our exposure to chemicals, protect our health, help out the planet, and be effortlessly beautiful at the same damn time. .
Why you should make your own products
Your health is at stake. A recent study found that 80% of the hair products targeted toward black women contain endocrine disrupting chemicals. Which sucks because the endocrine system is responsible for regulating our hormones, metabolism and menstrual cycles. All things that can indirectly inhibit hair growth and beauty.
Cheaper. The average deep conditioner ranges from $10-$12 and this mixture costs $1.25 provided per serving.
Less waste (no plastic). So much plastic goes into making and packaging these hair products. We rarely if ever think about the environmental impact behind our product junkie tendencies.
No guesswork when it comes to the ingredients. Eating as close to way things exist in nature makes calorie counting and portion control obsolete. Same thing with hair products, there is no back of the label to decipher when it comes to a banana.
Way more nutrients. There is no substitute for nature only cheap alternatives. Often times when companies advertise that there are avocados or matcha or whatever marketing scheme, the ingredient itself is often one of the last ones.
Benefits of this hair mask
Avocado has a rich source of proteins, vitamins and amino acids that soothe the scalp leading to longer hair over time. Plus the fatty acids in the avocado give this mixture a lot of slip for detangling!
Banana is great for softening the hair and improving it’s manageability. The potassium, vitamins and minerals that it contains help protect the hair’s elasticity so that it won’t break.
Coconut oil is especially great if you are prone to dandruff. It goes deep into the hair follicle to nourish at the root to prevent a dry flaky scalp. The fatty acids mimic our hair’s natural sebum meaning that it gets absorbed into the hair with the quickness.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is LOADED with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Olive oil helps retain the moisture in your hair and stimulates their growth. It also protects your hair against dirt and pollution.
How to Apply
Add banana, avocado, 1T of coconut oil and 1T of extra virgin olive oil to a blender
Blend until smooth, add water if necessary
Apply to damp hair in small sections working from root to tip
Cover with a plastic shower cap for 30 min - 1 hour
Rinse thoroughly then follow up with a Shikakai Shampoo and Apple Cider vinegar rinse
Once you rinse out this mixture I guarantee that your hair will be softer, more manageable and nourished from the inside out. Which is one of my passions, helping you bring out the best in your hair from a holistic standpoint.
Let me know in the comments if you will try this mask or are interested in more natural and holistic alternatives to the products on the market. I know I am!!