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DIY Avocado
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DIY Avocado Hair Mask
June 23, 2024

Avocados don’t just taste great; they can also be used on your body and hair! You may already know avocado is essentially the only fruit that contains “good fat,” which is made up of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids. Good fat helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K without raising LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The unsaturated fatty acids found in avocados are also known for their nourishing properties, which may help protect hair from further breakage — making them the perfect ingredient for a DIY hair mask. Sayonara, split ends!

 

To get started, you need a ripe avocado. Ripeness is essential because it will make the mashing easier.

 

How to Tell if an Avocado is Ripe

Ripe avocados are generally dark purplish green, but the only way to know for sure is to give it a little squeeze. If the skin yields to gentle pressure, your avocado is ready for action!

 

As with trying any new product, please consult a dermatologist prior to incorporating avocado hair masks into your routine.

 

How to Make a DIY Avocado Hair Mask

1. Slice the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop the flesh into a large mixing bowl.

2. Add 2 tbsp. of olive oil or coconut oil.

3. Add 2 tbsp. of organic raw honey. Mix until smooth.

4. Apply to hair. Put on a shower cap.

5. Let sit for 60 minutes. Meanwhile, mix up a batch of fresh guacamole with the leftover avocado — it’s a two-for-one!

6. Rinse hair thoroughly.

 

Avocado Hair Mask Benefits

Our hair goes through a lot: brushing, tangles, sun damage, dyes, heat styling. Over time, how we groom our hair and environmental stressors can zap the moisture — and fullness — out of our tresses. Dry hair gets frizzy and unravels into dreaded split ends.

 

The antidote is moisture. Specifically, oil, of which avocados contain a lot! Well-moisturized hair is more resilient to future damage by allowing hairs to bend instead of break. You may also be surprised to learn that about 72% of an avocado’s weight is from water, an important factor when parching thirsty strands.

 

Vitamins and Minerals in Avocado

  • Niacin (6% DV)
  • Vitamin C (4% DV)
  • Vitamin E (6% DV)
  • Good Fat (Helps you absorb vitamin E!)
  • Water (While not a vitamin or mineral, water is essential for our beauty routine, keeping our hair, nails, and skin soft and hydrated.)

 

Avocado Hair Mask with a Twist

Everyone’s scalp and strands are different. Perhaps you want more from your avocado hair mask than just moisture. No problem! Avocado hair masks can pull double duty by adding the beauty superpowers of other nutrient-rich foods. Try one of these avocado mask variations:

  • Flat, thin hair? Pump up the volume with Greek yogurt.
  • Degrease your scalp with the help of apple cider vinegar.
  • Pack in the protein with scoops of peanut butter.
  • Break out a banana for severely damaged strands.

 

Avocado Mask for Hair + Complete Routine = Happy Body

Adding a DIY avocado hair mask to your regimen is just the tip of the beauty iceberg. You can continue the glamorous green self-care by mixing an avocado body scrubavocado foot scrub, avocado eye mask, and avocado face mask. Then, top off your new beauty routine with avocado nail care, moisturizing and nourishing your nails from cuticle to tip. (Buh-bye, winter hands!)

 

Make a spa day out of it by inviting over some friends and serving up an array of delicious guacamole appetizers (including shrimp guac-tails and guacamole egg rolls — or perhaps bistro guac toast) while sipping on avocado margaritas or avocado and spinach smoothies. Feel great knowing you’re all pampering your bodies with nutrient-dense fruits! A single serving of avocado contains vitamins C (4% DV) and E (6% DV), as well as niacin (6% DV), all of which are associated with skin health. Ergo, putting avocado on and in your body can help promote healthy skin and may help combat telltale signs of aging, such as wrinkles, age spots, and dryness.

 

Did You Know?

Fresh avocados can be part of a heart-healthy diet as they are low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and are naturally sodium-free. And you thought Avocados From Mexico couldn’t get any better! Here are six salad recipes with avocado that are certified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association.

 

Discover brand new ways to enjoy avocado by browsing our recipes archive.

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