You know that eating avocados comes with all kinds of nutritional benefits, but did you know that they can become a part of your beauty routine, too?
All hair sustains damage over time through regular grooming, but hair that is sun-damaged, chemically treated, or heavily styled by heat or rough brushing can become particularly difficult to manage. Hair in this condition becomes more porous and its molecules more negatively charged. This leads to classic signs of dryness and can cause hair to break and frizz.
Most people treat dry or damaged hair with an oil-based conditioner, but not all oil is created equal. There are two ways that oil treats hair: first, by penetrating the hair shaft, and second, by coating it. The most common oil used in hair products, mineral oil, isn’t able to penetrate the outer layer of the hair, which is where natural plant oils like avocado come in.
So next time you find an overripe avocado in your fridge, don’t throw it away! You may not be able to eat it, but it’s still good for something! Invite over your bestie or gather your kids and try out this simple avocado hair mask.
1/2 of a ripe avocado
1/4 cup of avocado or other plant oil (coconut, sunflower, red palm kernel, olive)
1-2 drops rosemary essential oil
Mash the avocado well. Add a stream of avocado or other oil until you reach the consistency of a thick paste. (Alternatively, you can put both ingredients in the blender and whirl it up.) If you don’t have oil to add, a little bit of water will do. Mix in essential oils or other ingredients you might want to try out and blend well.
While most recipes recommend applying this paste to damp hair for easy spreading, if your hair is particularly damaged, it can absorb a lot of water, so slathering it on dry locks can improve oil penetration. Gather your hair up under a shower cap to keep the green goo from getting everywhere, and let it rest for 15-20 minutes.
When your hair has had time to soak up all that goodness, hop in the shower and rinse off with warm water, then shampoo and condition as normal!